Weekly Newsletter May 16th 2017

This week's newsletter has interesting articles, information about the new Runaway Barossa Marathon, and an update on the upcoming changes to the website.

runaway barossa marathon

Runaway Barossa Marathon is Australia's newest weekend running escape with friends and family, offering brand new marathon and half marathon courses (as well as 10k and kids run) in a stunning location.

Experience the stunning vistas and celebrated vineyards, indulge yourself in the regions delicious food and wine, found everywhere from family-run bakeries to rustic wineries and the finest dining rooms.

Part of the new Runaway Marathon series, you can combine your favourite past time with your ultimate holiday destination! Don’t just chase your dreams…run them down at Runaway Barossa Marathon! Find out more at www.runawaybarossa.com

website updates

I had hoped to be announcing the new version of the website in this week's newsletter, but migrating all the events over to the new format is taking a lot more manual work than anticipated. I'm getting there though, and it will happen this week! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out last week's newsletter for details.

interesting articles

Told she would never walk up a hill again, but now doing this weekend's UTA 50
Kerri Clayden from NSW was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 2012, and lost feeling in her feet. She was told by various doctors that she would never walk up a hill again from the nerve damage but built her strength slowly, got into running, and will be runnning this weekend's Ultra Trail Australia 50K. Find out more about this inspirational story in this article at the Daily Mail.

Finishing a race under your own power
It was the photo seen around the world: four runners stopping to carry another runner about 250 meters to cross the finish line at this year's Boston Marathon. People called it inspirational, heartwarming and selfless. Others point out that it might be illegal under the race rules and such competitors should be disqualified. Find out more about other examples, the rules and opinions in this article at competitor.com.

What I wish I had known before I signed up for my first half-marathon
Amy Marturana shares the tips she wish she'd known before running her first half marathon in this article at Self. These include learning to pace yourself is key; that you can over-hydrate; don't eat anything new on race day (indeed - don't even try anything new on race day); it's easier with a friend; and it's supposed to be fun!

Watch the moment two hikers find a massive snake
Yolanda McVilly from Cooriemungle in south-west Victoria, was training for the upcoming Serra Terror at Moonlight Heads on the Great Ocean Road Walk with friend Annie Watson last Thursday and came across a very big snake with 20 metres to go on their walk. Check it out here at The Courier.

recently added and updated events

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the website homepage for the full running calendar of upcoming events.

I haven't had a chance to do any updates this week due to all the behind the scenes work on the website, so nothing to list here this week.

Until next week

That's all for this week, so have a great running week!