Weekly Newsletter May 4th 2016
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, postponements for the Balfour Burn & Surf Rescue Run, a date change for the Coffs Coast Coastal Charity Walk, and late additions of the Ultimate Compound Challenge & Boolarra Rail Trail.
100-year-old sets world record at Penn Relays
Ida Keeling runs a 1:17 in the 100-meter dash, setting new mark for centenarians; she smiled and celebrated by performing five pushups on the infield after Saturday's race! Watch the video and read more in this article at Runner's World.
A dog's perspective: Running with my human
Copper Campey Guzman writes: "As a dog, I thought you might also be interested in hearing a canine perspective on running with my human. Not to boast, but I'm a more serious runner than he is, and I think my story deserves to be told." Read Cooper's letter here at Canadian Running.
Australia's toughest athletes ready to sweat it out at Hamilton Island Endurance Series
Preparations are underway for athletes across the country to push themselves in paradise with the Hamilton Island Endurance Series set to begin on the 1st of May with the Hilly Half Marathon. The four-event series includes the Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon and the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim. Find out more here.
Fitness app Strava faces uproar over doping
Strava is a fitness app used by cyclists and runners (originally it was just a cycling app) and has King/Queen of the Mountain records and fastest times for "segments" of a ride or run. This article at Executive Style is all about cycling, but it reveals some very interesting aspects of these social fitness apps: people will dope and cheat to get these virtual number one places.
'Today we die a little' - writing the story of Emil Zátopek
Richard Askwith talks about the difficulty and the joy of writing a biography of one of the greatest runners of all time, from grappling with the legends to capturing the spirit of a truly unique man. Read the article here at The Guardian.
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. And don't forget to check the calendar page for a complete list of upcoming events.
Postponements & cancellations
- Balfour Burn in Launceston, Tasmania scheduled for May 1st (last weekend) had to be postponed; a new date is still to be advised
- Surf Rescue Run at Broadbeach, Queensland scheduled for May 15th has been postponed; a new date is to be advised
- Coffs Coast Coastal Charity Walk at Coffs Harbour, NSW has changed from June 12th to 19th
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!