This week's newsletter has our monthly prize draw winner & event discounts, interesting articles, and a number of dates changes/corrections, postponements, cancellations and a late addition to the running calendar.
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The phenomenal rise of the ultramarathon
They are an almost-impossible test of the human body and spirit, yet the number of ultramarathons has increased 1,000% over the last decade. Adharanand Finn asks what’s behind this rapid increase - and whether racing 100 miles or more is actually good for you in this article at The Guardian.
Newbie's guide to ultramarathons
And since we're already talking about ultra marathons, this article from almost four years ago at iRunFar has some solid advice for you starting out in your transition to ultra marathoner, from running newbies to experienced marathoners. And don't forget to check out our comprehensive ultramarathon calendar.
80-year-old marathon runner hits the road: "I refuse to give in to old age"
At an age when most are heading for the recliner, 80-year-old marathon runner Bob Wray from Athelstone, South Australia is hitting the road. He'll be running this year's London Marathon and found out there's an 83 year old also running, noting that "I’m usually first in my age group (at marathons), as I’m the only one in my age group." Find out more in this article at Adelaide Now.
Why you hit the wall in your last marathon
If you hit the wall in your last marathon, you’re in good company. According to one study, 43 percent of runners hit the wall in any given marathon. This article at Motiv Running has 6 ways you can avoid falling apart in the final miles of your next marathon.
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.
- Bathurst RSL Club Half Marathon: due to unforeseen circumstances, the date was changed from 29 April to 6 May.
- Waratah Run Series: Street Relays is on 21 July, not 15 July as originally listed (15 July was last year's date!)
- Marawalk in Geelong: corrected event date from 2 February to 2 March
- The Copperlode Cup has been postponed due to landslides; a new date is TBC and dependent on when the council allows access to the road
- Warrnambool Sufferfest on 14 April has been cancelled due to lack of entries
- The Melanoma March events in Broome on May & Kalgoorlie on 20 May have been cancelled, but planning is underway for these to happen in 2019
- The Ring Road Run in Bundaberg scheduled for 3 June has been cancelled and will not be run again
- Wild Women on Top Happy Hike Melbourne on 19 April
That's all for this week; have a great running week!