Extra, Extra - Run All About It
* As reported on Citizen.com (Laconia, NH) on September 10th, the Belknap County sheriff's department may be in for a holly jolly Christmas indeed. This week, the Belknap County Administrator received permission to apply for a Primex Wellness grant in order to purchase a $7,800 treadmill for its sheriff's department's exercise room. Should the Administrator receive the grant from Primex, an insurance company funded by local government, it will have until December 31, 2009 to make the purchase. Should the county not be awarded the grant, I would advise all truck drivers carrying exercise equipment to maintain all local highway laws while passing through the county. I know that, if I had lost my access to the use of my apartment building's gym's treadmill, I would go to great lengths in acquiring an alternative treadmill.
* As reported in the Daily News (New York, NY) on September 10th, marathon organizers around the world might want to think about revising their rules and regulations regarding the allocation of prize money to the respective winners of their marathons. While the New York Marathon awards $130,000 to the winner of the men's division and the women's division, there doesn't seem to be any language that deals with the situation where the winner of the men's division and the women's division is...the same person! After South African runner, Caster Semenya, dominated the women's 800-meter competition in the Berlin World Championships a few weeks ago, the International Association of Athletics Federations took the unusual step of ordering tests to be conducted on Semenya to see whether she was, in fact, a woman. After weeks of testing to answer a seemingly obvious question, it seems that Semenya is indeed a woman. But, the tests concluded that she is also...a he. The man-woman Semenya, who is what is known as a hermaphrodite (one having both male and female organs), despite the possibility of having her/his gold medal stripped, remains upbeat and positive, "God made me the way I am and I accept myself. I am who I am and I'm proud of myself".
* As reported in the Los Angeles Times on August 12th, while he may have played a poker card shark, an uber-intelligent psycho-killer and a huge green hulking Hulk, unfortunately Edward Norton has never played a role in any of his excellent movies that will help him in November's New York Marathon. Nevertheless, the actor will be running the big apple's big racing event with three Massai warriors in their effort to raise awareness and money for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, a Kenya-based conservation organization. Given the fact that the "Maasai often run for days, holding spears and shields to protect their cattle from lions. They also hunt lions for food", there is little doubt that running a marathon will be a simple act for them. Norton, on the other hand, noted that, "I've never run a marathon before and the difficulty of it is both intimidating and motivating, especially when it's for a cause like this". While Ed Norton may be nervous for November's big day, at least he will know that, should a lion escape from the Central Park Zoo, he will be safe and secure with his Massai warrior teammates!
Next Weekend's Marathons
Saturday, September 19th
Air Force Marathon (Dayton, OH)
Arkansas Marathon (Benton, AR)
Equinox Marathon (Fairbanks, AK)
Kroll's Diner ND RoughRider Marathon (Bismarck, ND)
North Country Trail Marathon (Manistee, MI)
Odyssey Trail Marathon (Millboro, VA)
Lake Chelan Shore To Shore Marathon (Chelan, WA)
Timberline Marathon (Government Camp, OR)
NordicTrack Top Of Utah Marathon (Logan, UT)
Sunday, September 20th
Adirondack Marathon (Schroon Lake, NY)
Boulder Backroads Marathon(Boulder, CO)
Community First Fox Cities Marathon (Appleton, WI)
Maui Marathon (Maui, HI)
Montana Governor's Cup Marathon (Billings, MT)
Yonkers Department Of Parks, Recreation & Conservation Yonkers Marathon (Yonkers, NY)