Weekly Newsletter September 17th 2015

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, our competition for the Yass Valley Running Festival which finishes tonight, two date corrections, two event cancellations, and the late addition of the Wollongong Walk for Wishes.

== Interesting Articles ==

Everything you wanted to know (or didn't) about port-a-loos
This article at Runner's World answers your biggest port-a-loo questions (assuming you had any at all!): how the user to loo ratio is determined; why everything is wet; what the smell is; why they always run out of toilet paper; what the lifespan of the unit is; and how they clean them out.

Guide running with blind or visually impaired runners
Becoming a guide runner for the visually impaired is one of the most challenging and gratifying things you can do as a runner. A guide runner is a volunteer who aids the visually impaired in running or jogging. If you believe that running should be shared with people who can't do it on their own due to vision loss, pay it forward by becoming a guide. Find out more here at Attendly.

"I was almost the marathon world champion"
This article at The Guardian was posted a few weeks ago, on the eve of the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. This is the remarkable story of Kenya's Simon Biwott, who came second in the marathon in 2001, in the closest finish in world championship history.

Scott Jurek, eating and the Appalachian Trail
Scott Jurek recently ran the Appalachian Trail in 46 days (it's 2160 miles long) and Bon Appetit talked to him about what he eats normally (he's a vegan) and what he ate on this epic journey. Read the interview here, and also find out about some of the legal trouble he got into here at Runners World.

What every runner should know about iron deficiency
This article at Trail Runner Magazine by Sarah Lavender Smith looks at iron deficiencies and how to get your iron - and for the vegetarians and vegans, while you are more likely to suffer from an iron deficiency, it doesn't necessarily mean you need to start eating meat or take supplements.

== Competitions ==

Yass Valley Running Festival
You only have a few hours left to get in the draw for your chance to win a free entry to the Yass Valley Running Festival on September 26th 2015 - this competition finishes tonight and the winner wil be drawn tomorrow morning. There are 21km half marathon, 14km, 5km and 2.5km fun runs at this event in Yass, 45 minutes drive from Canberra, and just under 3 hours from Sydney. Enter competition.

== Recently added and updated events ==

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the website homepage regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates such as date changes, cancellations or late additions to the calendar. Late additions are events which will take place in the next two to three weeks and have only just been added to the website.

Date corrections
- The Penrith Gift Carnival is on December 5th, not November 27th as originally listed
- The Big Red Run starts on June 25th 2016, not the 30th as originally listed - and entries are now open too

- The Stampede in New South Wales on October 24th and Victoria on November 28th have been cancelled

Late additions
- Wollongong Walk for Wishes at Killalea State Park on September 27th (Sunday next week)

== Until next week ==

Have a great running week!


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