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Extra, Extra, Run All About It! The Week in Running 10/18 - 10/25

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By Peter Washkowitz

Dear readers, let's take a look back at the week in running:

As reported in Stars And Stripes.com on October 23rd, it seems that the U.S. Air Force cadets at the Osan Air Base in South Korea are doing all they can to get a little more air under their feet. With the new Air Force fitness standards kicking in next year where the running test will now count for a major part of the overall score, officials are Air Force bases around the world have been setting up 'run clubs' to help get the cadets prepared. With a 16-week program that features weekly runs and lectures on an array of run-related topics, “The objective [of the running clubs] is to have a program for airmen to prepare them for the aerobic run assessment that’s due out in January,” said Dr. Reginald B. O’Hara, an Air Force physiologist at Osan. “Because it will include 60 percent of their total score.” While I have not been contacted to help train these cadets for the onerous running test that lays ahead of them, I am ready, willing and able to do so should the Air Force require my services!

New York Marathon News

As reported on Virtual Jerusalem.com on October 20th, while Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat won't be at the wailing wall next Sunday, November 1st, he will be doing some wailing himself. Attempting to raise awareness of Jerusalem as the top destination site for tourists, Barkat announced on Tuesday that he would be participating in the New York City Marathon. Known for running from his home to his office many times a week, Barkat has previously run marathons in Berlin, Paris and Israel. With this in mind, no matter how hot the temperature may be next Sunday, I'm sure Barkat will feel like he is in arctic conditions.

As reported on Chart Attack.com on October 23, fresh off her running in the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon on October 11th, singer Alanis Morissette announced that she will take part in next Sunday's New York City Marathon to pledge her support of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. While she won't be running with her Hand In Her Pocket and she wasn't Crazy enough not to be Uninvited, Morissette's ambitious plan should be commended. If nothing else, she at least deserves a knife instead of being given ten thousand spoons!

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, October 31st

Hoover Dam Marathon (Boulder City, NV)
Enviro-Sports Napa Valley Wine Country Trail Marathon (Calistoga, CA)
Spinx Run Fest Marathon (Greenville, SC)

Sunday, November 1st
Bass Pro Shops Marathon (Springfield, MO)
Sony Ericsson City Of Oaks Marathon (Raleigh, NC)
St. Louis Ultrarunners Group Frankenstein Marathon (Frankenstein, MO)
Murray Ridge Center Inland Trail Marathon (Elyria, OH)
Manchester City Marathon (Manchester, NH)
HealthyHuntington.og Marshall University Marathon (Huntington, WV)
ING New York City Marathon (New York, NY)
Rails To Trails Marathon (Norwalk, WI)
Losani Homes Road2Hope Hamilton Marathon (Hamilton, ON)

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