This week's newsletter has our premium member prize draw winner, interesting articles, and some event cancellations.
Our first premium prize draw winner is Phil Gerard who has won a free entry to the Queenstown Marathon. The original prize choice was for Hawke's Bay, Barossa or Noosa but it was a bit hard for Phil to get to one of those events, so IRONMAN very kindly offered an entry to their Queenstown event instead. Thanks guys! You can find out more about IRONMAN's Runaway Marathon Series here, which includes all four of these events. Phil also won a $100 voucher to spend at the Healthy Runner.
The next prize draw will be on March 1st, which will include a Mix It Up 12 energy bar pack from At One Foods. At One real food energy bars are designed to keep you strong and healthy day to day, so you can optimise your training and perform your best; their bars are a wholefood, vegan and gluten-free energy source and a tasty alternative to regular heavily processed energy bars.
To be included in the prize draw, you need to be a premium member.
Cycling New Zealand in 13 days
Australian Cameron Nicholls cycled the length of New Zealand last winter, covering 2,336 kilometres in 13 days, and raising $11k for CanTeen along the way. Check out his story here, along with some amazing video footage. They are still taking donations for CanTeen on their donation page here.
After 40 years Jogalong becomes jog a lot
At a time when there were few female runners in Canberra, 10 women gathered in Stromlo Forest and ran the first women and girls' six-kilometre Jogalong. It was 1978, running was still very much male dominated and these women wanted to create a supportive and inclusive environment for female runners. 40 years later, the Jogalong is still going strong. Find out more here at City News.
Butterflies and how to make them fly in formation
All athletes know it too well. The feeling of unease in your stomach, "butterflies", your heart is racing... and it is all because of that race looming in the distance. Australian Olympian Anneliese Rubie shares her tips for dealing with butterflies in her blog post. Tips include not fighting it, and faking it until you feel it.
A loop eternal: welcome to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra
The Big Dog Backyard Ultra follows a slightly more than four-mile loop that you run once an hour until all your competitors have dropped out. It doesn’t matter if you finish a loop quickest or slowest. Once you finish it within the given hour, every runner begins the new loop on the next hour tied for first place. Until the last one is standing... Find out in more in this article at The Guardian.
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.
- The Kangaroo Valley Trek for Timor was originally scheduled for 7 October 2017 but was postponed; the new date is 5 May
- The Gallipolli Runs in Ipswich & Brisbane are not going ahead this year
- The City2South Fun Run in Brisbane has been discontinued and will not be run in 2018
That's all for this week, so have a great running week!