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Extra, Extra, Run All About It! The Week in Running 10/11 - 10/18

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By Peter Washkowitz

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

As reported in the New York Times on October 12th, in running the fastest marathon on American soil last Sunday in the Chicago Marathon with a finishing time of 2:05:41, Kenyan Sammy Wanjiru not only guaranteed his winning of the men's World Marathon Majors series but also ranat a pace that would have enabled him to run the marathon twice plus an additional 10 or so miles by the time I crossed the same finishing line last Sunday. While he failed to mention my performance in his post-race interviews, Wanjiru did tell reporters that he was, "really happy to see I was the winner...It was a bit unbelievable to take $100,000 [the prize money for the winner] in one second.” Looking ahead, Wanjiru went on to tell reporters that, with the right pacemaker, he hopes to break the world record marathon time (held 2:03:59, set by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia last year in Berlin) at the 2010 Berlin Marathon. With the right pacemaker, a vehicle and a full tank of gas, I, too, hope to beat the world record in Berlin as well!

As reported on People.com on October 15th, while actor Jason Bateman has never run a marathon before, he is using the 26.2 mile as the basis for his acting career. With a desire to keep audiences laughing for at least another 30 years, Bateman is focused on providing himself with enough fuel to keep his career burning for as long as possible. Likening his career approach to a marathon, Bateman told reporters that, ""So I need to figure out the fuel to do that. And so far, I think it's respect and quality and company, not celebrity or box-office stardom.... It's not a sprinter's approach. It's more like a long-distance thing. You can stick around a lot longer if you kind of slow-play it". Given that it would appear that Bateman's philosophy has been a success so far, with the former child star appearing in a good deal of movies recently and with many people raving about his hilarity, maybe he should think about actually running in a marathon. It certainly looks as though he already has the strategic wherewithal for it!

As reported on NewsTribune.com (Tacoma, WA) on October 16th, University of Alaska Anchorage cross-country runner Auston Ellis found a new source of motivation to help him quicken his pace last week. It is a source that he sincerely hopes never to come into contact with again. Running up the Tour of Alaska Trail into the Cambell Tract, Ellis suddenly "saw a huge set of jaws closing on his rump as he paused near the top of the Spencer Loop Trail on the Anchorage Hillside". As soon as Ellis realized that the jaws belonged to a huge grizzly bear, he ignored conventional wisdom dictating that running away from grizzly bears only provokes them further and, instead, "I took off and sprinted for about 20 yards or so". After dodging and weaving for some time, Ellis was finally able to allude the grizzly and made it home safely. While the grizzly proved effective in helping Ellis to increase his pace, something tells me that he has no interest in making the bear an everyday running partner.

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, October 24th
Columbia River Power Marathon (Umatilla, OR)
Frankenthon Monster Marathon (Ceder Park, TX)
BMRC Ridge To Bridge Marathon (Morganton, NC)

Sunday, October 25th
Dunkin' Donuts Cape Cod Marathon (Falmouth, MA)
Hallow's Eve Trail Marathon (North Vancouver, BC)
Marine Corps Marathon (Washington D.C.)
Fallsview Carino Resort Niagra Falls International Marathon (Niagra Falls, ON)
On The Road For Education Marathon (Mason City, IA)
Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Marathon (San Jose, CA)
Kennewick General Hospital Tri-Cities Marathon (Richland, WA)
White Tail Trail Marathon (Waynesville, OH)

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