Weekly Newsletter May 11th 2016
This week's newsletter has interesting articles, the new date for the Balfour Burn, a date correction for the Caboolture 48 Hour Race and the late addition of the Pace the Tan & Race the Tan.
Australia's superwoman on what it takes to be an elite marathon runner
She's come out of nowhere, running her first serious marathon in Amsterdam last year - and finished sprinting across the line in third place with tears streaming down her face. Now, Tasmanian Milly Clark is one of our best hopes for the Rio Olympics. Find out more in this article at news.com.au
Athletics Australia, parkrun partnership underpins Athletics for Life mission
Athletics Australia and parkrun Australia have announced a ground breaking partnership that aims to grow community participation in recreational running and walking across the nation. This will see the two organisations affiliate and collaborate in an effort to better engage recreational runners with athletics club structures. Find out more in this article at Athletics Exclusive.
Ed Whitlock: 85 year old running legend
A couple of weekends ago, 85 Ed Whitlock ran a half-marathon in 1:50:47, which would outperform many (most?) of us! This was a new world record for a male runner aged 85 to 89, breaking the prior record by more than 9 minutes. Find out more in this article at the Wall Street Journal.
Fitness bands continue to outsell smartwatches in wearable market
Three out of four wearable devices worn by U.S. consumers are fitness bands, over half of which are made by Fitbit - Fitbit sold 21.4 million devices in 2015, earning $1.86 billion in revenue! Find out more in this article at Mac Rumours. Me? I'll stick with my Garmin Fenix 3 :)
Strava - social kudos not social responsibility
Last week I linked to an article about a doping issue & cheating with the Strava running/cycling app (here); Darryn Gordon followed this up with this guest post at Ultra168 talking about honesty and integrity, and how it's critical to the success of Strava.
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
- The Balfour Burn scheduled for May 1st has to be postponed due to an intense rain system; it has now been re-scheduled for October 9th
Date changes & correction
- Caboolture 48 Hour Race in Queensland: changed next event dates from 13/14 to 12/13 August as per update on event website
- Pace the Tan & Race the Tan in Melbourne, returning on May 17th
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!