This week's newsletter has information about our upcoming prize draw, interesting articles, and a large number of date changes, corrections and postponements.
We have a prize draw which is open to premium members only, which will be drawn on February 1st. All premium members are automatically entered into the prize draw. The prize draw is for:
- a $100 sporting goods voucher
- free entry into any event distance for ONE of the following events:
- Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon on May 12th
- Runaway Noosa Marathon on May 26th
- Runaway Barossa Marathon on October 20th
Many thanks to IRONMAN® Oceania for providing entry to these events, which are part of the Runaway Series.
Find out more about premium membership here and why we need your support here. Becoming a premium member enters you into this prize draw, opens up some additional features on the website, and we are currently working on some discounts for premium members as a thank you for signing up.
Greg Wallace's Hands Across the Water run
Greg Wallace started an epic 800km run in eight days through Thailand yesterday, in order to raise money for Australian charity Hands Across the Water. Find out more at his The So Extreme Run website and Facebook page.
Former race winner disqualified from across the years 24 hour race
I always find it amazing that people cheat at events, but never really considered that it would be possible to do so at a 24 hour track race where you run around a loop over and over. However it turns out it is possible: Kelly Agnew cheated by stepping off the track after crossing the timing map to go to the toilet, but when he came back he'd cross the timing map again. Find out more in this article at Marathon Investigation.
Different race lengths for men and women? It's time things changed!
Although this is a UK commentary piece at The Guardian, a lot of athletics and cross country events across New Zealand and Australia still have different race distances for men and women. It is extraordinary that we are still having a "debate surrounding gender equality", so here are some of the arguments given by "traditionalists" for maintaining the status quo - and their rebuttals.
Getting back to running after a long break
If it's been a while since you've been running and you are struggling to get back into it, Duncan Larkin has some tips to help in this article at Motiv Running, which include: gradually easing back into it; go easy on yourself and don't compare yourself to the runner you were before; and run with others.
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 full calendar of upcoming events.
- Sydney Summer Twilight Series in Baulkham Hills has chganged from the 25 to 24 January
- Mt Marlay Fun Run is on March 3rd, not the 4th as originally posted
- Victorian Road Runners Westerfolds Park Fun Run has changed from 22 to 15 April
- ANZAC Day Challenge at St Ives Showground has changed from 22 to 29 April
- Greenbelt Challenge has changed from 15 to 22 July
- Border Barkfest: I've corrected the date from 23 to 16 September; I'm not sure if the originally listed date was a mistake on my part or the date has changed
- Sri Chinmoy Trail Ultra in Canberra has changed from 23 September to 7 October
- McLaren Vale Half Marathon has changed from 21 to 14 October
- Rip to River at Point Lonsdale in Victoria was postponed from 6 January to 18 February due to extreme heat conditions
- Avalon Beach Surf Swim in Sydney was postponed from 14 January to 8 April due to strong winds and high seas
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!