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Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week in Running, November 29 - December 6

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By Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported on PE.com (Southern California) on November 29, despite the horribly unfortunate spate of deaths in recent marathons, research indicates that, historically, very few people run (no pun intended) the risk of death while preparing for, and running of, a marathon or any other similar long-distance race. In addition to a 2007 University of Toronto study which found 26 runner deaths after studying 3.3 million runners in 750 marathons held during a 30-year period (a risk of death of 0.8 per 100,000 runners) and a recent study from Duke University which found that aerobic exercise, such as running, without a change in diet can improve people's health and affect levels of good and bad cholesterol and insulin resistance, a May study out of the University of Manitoba in Canada reported at a San Diego found that cardiac abnormalities experienced by some marathoners after races are temporary and that those abnormalities don't damage the heart.

* As reported on Celebrity-Gossip.net on November 30, 2009, Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian may be harder than simply turning into her reality television show. Using the on-line service, Twitter, Kim Kardashian tweeted to all her fans on Thanksgiving last week that, just because her family's Thanksgiving feast was cooking in the oven, there's 'no excuse for getting lazy during the holidays' and that she was planning on hitting the treadmill right up until her family sat for dinner. Just like her boyfriend Reggie Bush's football team, The New Orlean Saints, it appears that Kim Kardashian is running away from the competition despite not actually going anywhere (since, obviously, one never moves forward whilst running on a treadmill)!

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, December 12th
Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon (Charlotte, NC)
Kiawah Island Marathon (Kiawah Island, SC)
Rocket City Marathon (Huntsville, AL)
Roxbury Marathon (Roxbury, CT)

Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week in Running, November 15 - 22

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By Peter Washkowitz

Dear Readers, Let's take a look back at the week in running:

As reported in the Washington Post on November 18th, it would seem that my hatred of walking and cell phones when exercising is very well-founded indeed. In a study conducted by the University of Illinois, researchers not only found that people who talk on cell phones while crossing the street took much longer to get to the other side than did those who weren't gabbing with pals but also that, when it came to adults 60 years old and higher, those talking and walking had a 15% higher chance of getting run over than did they non-talking fellow octogenarians. Employing a treadmill to simulate a 'virtual environment,' this study is evidence of the dangers inherent in both walking and talking. The only clear solution: Do as I do: run and stay mute!!

As reported by a Google news subsidiary on November 19th, maybe a recession isn't so unhealthy after all. In fact, it may be one of the biggest catalysts in helping to fight America's growing obesity problem. In a year that has seen fortunes vanish, jobs dry up and growth becoming a forgotten concept, "some 9.2 million people completed a certified foot race in the United States in 2008, up from 3.7 million in 1987. Of those, 425,000 completed a marathon -- 26.2 miles, or 42.2 kilometers -- and 715,000 ran a half-marathon, according to Running USA, a non-profit group that promotes running. That's up from 143,000 marathon runners in 1980". While I would have thought the reason for this increase in runners during bad economic times would be the fact thatrunning is a relaxing activity that calms the mind and distances it from the woes of the world, according to the article which cites, Ryan Lamppa of Running USA, the actual cause of the increase is the fact that, "We live in a financially uncertain, violence-scarred world, and running 'gives you something to control -- you can't control the stock market or the economy, but you can control your health'". Either way, the fact still stands that, as a runner who loves the camaraderie found in running corrals the world over, I can't wait for the next recession!
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Next Weekend's Marathons

Thursday, November 26th
Atlanta Marathon (Atlanta, GA)

Saturday, November 28th
Mississippi Coast Marathon (Waveland, MS)
Baltimore Road Runners Club North Central Trail Marathon (Sparks, MD)

Sunday, November 29th
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon (Seattle, WA)
Space Coast Marathon (Cocoa, FL)

Extra, Extra, Run All About It! The Week in Running 10/25 - 10/31

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By Peter Washkowitz

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

As reported in the Tampa Tribune on October 27th, if nothing else, at least Jesuit High School cross country runner, Shayan Falasiri, got an opportunity to break-in his pair of jeans this past summer when he visited his parents in their home country of Iran. Despite the desert heart temperatures which often exceed 100 degrees, because Iran strictly adhere to the teachings of Islam, those wanting to go for a run outdoors must do so in long-sleeve tshirts and pants since, according to Iranian edicts, men and women are not supposed to show their skin while out in public. On top of this, because Iran imposes severe restrictions on how much visitors are allowed to bring into the country, the only pair of pants that Falasiri brought with him and was thus forced to wear while running outdoors were his jeans. While Falasiri did not question the idiocy of having to run in jeans as the desert sun beat down on him, there was no question in his mind he would return to wearing shorts when he got back to America, "I never really got used to running in jeans, not like I thought I would after all that time last summer...They're not only hot, they're heavy and they restrict your movement. When I put on a pair of shorts again - oh, my gosh - I couldn't believe how comfortable it was to run."

As profiled in the New York Times on October 27th, Wesley Paul and Howie Breinan both agreed that when they ran the New York City Marathon in 1977 and 1979 respectively, they both felt some sense of child-like glee. But then again, that's probably because they both were children back then! While the first NYC Marathon was run in 1970, it wasn't until 1981 that marathon organizers set the minimum age of runners at 16-years old (in 1988, it was raised to 18-years old). Exhilarated by the cheers of the crowd, Paul finished the 1977 marathon in 3:00:31 (2 hours and 41 minutes faster than Mario Lopez) when he was the ripe old age of 8-years old while Breinan finished the 1979 marathon inn 3:26:34 (2 hours and 15 minutes faster than Mario Lopez) when he was but 9-years old. While both (now) men still run today, their last marathons were back in the 1980s after suffering various knee and leg injuries over the long course of their careers. While Paul and Breinan should serve as an inspiration to today's youths about what they can do if they put their minds to it, they also provide me with evidence as to why marathon organizers should set lower minimum age standards for entrants into the NYC Marathon. Hopefully, come next year's marathon, both myself and Baby Petes will be lining up at the start line in Staten Island!

As reported on WebMD on October 27th, it seems I may have been somewhat wrong in the assumption that chewing Nicorette does not negatively impact a runner's performance in any material way. While one can hardly argue with the myriad evidence concluding that cigarettes are harmful not only to one's health but to one's ability to run, I had been under the impression that chewing Nicorette, which not the most attractive habit, was akin to chewing bubble gum and, as per a past post, occasionally chew Nicorette whilst running. However, new research by Stella Daskalopoulou, MD, of the McGill University Health Centre, has shown that, while not on the same level as smoking (increasing arterial stiffness by an astounding 24.5% after running on a treadmill), chewing nicotine gum can cause arterial stiffness to increase by 12.6% after being put through a treadmill exercise test. Daskalopoulou noted that this finding is important because, as "arteries stiffen...the heart must work harder, increasing the risk for heart disease or stroke". With all the technology available today, why someone can't produce some nicotine product that is completely harmless, is beyond me. But for now, unfortunately, I may have to rethink chewing Nicotine next time I head out for a run.

Celebrities Running The New York Marathon

As reported on RadarOnline.com on October 23rd, let's just hope former ER star Anthony Edwards need not make a re-appearance at the ER after running in tomorrow' New York City Marathon. The former Thursday night doctor will be running the marathon in the hopes of raising enough money for shoe4africa whose goal is to raise enough money to build the first public children's hospital in Kenya.

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, November 7th
St. Francis Hospital And Health Centers Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (Indianapolis, IN)
Midsouth Marathon (Wynne, AR)
Stinson Beach Marathon (Stinson Beach, CA)

Sunday, November 8th
Vertical Runner Bobcat Trail Marathon (Glouster, OH)
Oroweat Fort Worth Marathon (Fort Worth, TX)
Select Medical Corporation Harrisburg Marathon (Harrisburg, PA)
OBX Marathon (Outer Banks, NC)
Santa Clara Marathon (Santa Clara, CA)
Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon (Fresno, CA)

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)

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)

Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week in Running 10/04 - 10/11

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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 2nd, it would appear that Padma Lakshmi, the sassy host of Bravo's hit reality show "Top Chef", would most likely eat herself out of the job were it not for the treadmill. Since Ms. Lakshmi, in her capacity of the show's host, must taste each of the contestants creations every show, by the time the show has concluded her weight has gone up more pounds than chefs she has booted from the show. With that being the case, Lakshmi told reporters that, in the show's off-season, her goal is to lose at least one dress size which she added while taping the show and that "when you’re in my line of work, you need every minute you can get on the treadmill". While I have oftentimes disagrees with Padma Lakshmi on decisions regarding which chef deserved to be kicked off on a particular week, I am glad to say that I most definitely agree with her about the need for the treadmill. Ahhh, the treadmill....now that's a delicious meal!

* As profiled in the Ticker (Baruch College, New York) on October 4th, it appears that the treadmill has taken its act to Broadway! Well, actually, more like off-Broadway. But no matter its actual location, Diqui James' hit Argentinian show, Fuerzabruta, may mark the beginning of an all new theater experience for fans of plays and musicals. Rather than have its audience be mere bystanders and sit back and watch the performance, Fuerzabruta not only allows but also encourages its audience to participate in the dancing and jumping engaged in by the performers themselves. And, perhaps, Fuerzabruta's greatest scene is its opening one in which, "The central figure is a mysterious man who walks on a giant treadmill. Soon his walk turns into a run, until a loud bang is heard and blood splatters on his shirt. This man appears and disappears throughout the show". For as long as I can remember, my dopeness wife CVSW has chided me on my dis-inclination to go to Broadway plays. Well, my betrothed, not only will I definitely go see Fuerzabruta whenever you'd like, but I also have every intention of trying out for the understudy position of the mysterious man on that giant treadmill!


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Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, October 17th
GMAA Green Mountain Marathon (South Hero, VT)
Indianapolis Marathon (Indianapolis, IN)
Waddell & Reed Kansas City Marathon (Kansas City, MO)
Marathon 2 Marathon (Marathon, TX)
Marathon Makeover Marathon (Ridgeland, MS)
Medoc Trail Marathon (Hollister, NC)
Siouxland Lewis & Clark Marathon (Sioux City, IA)

Sunday, October 18th
Asbury Park Relay Marathon (Asbury Park, NJ)
Atlantic City Marathon (Atlantic City, NJ)
Bay State Marathon (Lowell, MA)
Amica Insurance Breakers Marathon (Newport, RI)
Nationwide Better Health Columbus Marathon (Columbus, OH)
Des Moines Marathon (Des Moines, IA)
Detroit Free Press International Marathon (Detroit, MI)
New Mexico Cancer Center Duke City Marathon (Albuquerque, NM)
Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon (Grand Rapids, MI)
Humboldt Redwoods Marathon (Redcrest, CA)
Kennebecasis Challenge Marathon (Hampton, NB)
Cherokee Road Runners Louisville Marathon (Louisville, KY)
Mount Desert Island Marathon (Bar Harbor, ME)
New Denver Marathon (Denver, CO)
Nike Women's Marathon (San Francisco, CA)
BMO Nesbitt Burns Prince Edward Island Marathon (Charlottetown, PE)
Toronto Marathon (Toronto, ON)
Wichita Marathon (Wichita, KS)

Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week In Running: 9/20-9/27



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By Peter Washkowitz

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

As reported on People.com on September 23rd, despite gearing up for her upcoming pregnancy, Jenna Elfman, former Dharma & Greg star and now leading the way on CBS' sitcom Accidentally On Purpose, sat down and gave us a glimpse into how she has been trying to stay fit as she continues to balloon. While I may not have agreed with any of the comedic routines in the mildly-decent Dharma, I have to agree with Jenna's workout habits. As the star told People Magazine, “I walk on the treadmill as much as I can, like four times a week with the production schedule and raising a two year old...I had to actually put a treadmill in my dressing room at work. So if I have a ten-minute break I’ll just hop on it for ten minutes just so I’m staying moving. It’s very important to stay moving when you’re pregnant. Then I have some free weights here and there. Nothing outlandish". I have known many people who dreamed of one day becoming a famous Hollywood celebrity. I'm sure everybody knows people like this. Many do it for the fame. Other do it for the fortune. But me? I never actually wanted to become an actor until I read this People.com article. To actually demand, and then receive, a treadmill in your dressing room?!?! Now that's an amenity that cannot be beaten!
As reported on CNN.com on September 24th, when ultramarathoner Maria Natero-Armenta set out for an 8-mile run (a little stroll for someone who has run countless 100-mile and 50-mile races), she had no idea that she wouldn't arrive home for three days. But, after leaving her house at 5:30am on September 21st and starting her run along a trail in the the Cleveland National Forest near San Diego, she eventually got lost on the forest trail and, "Night turned into day. She had no water or food, and she didn't try to eat anything. She became disoriented but had the wherewithall to know that she was completely out of fuel. She didn't have the strength to keep walking, so she climbed into a ravine, believing that would be the safest place". With only 2 bottles of water and no food to sustain her, Armenta was on the verge of death when rescuers eventually found her three days after her run began. Despite the harrowing experience, Natero-Armenta told reporters that, "The experience has not scared her away from distance running on trails," and, that once she fully recovers, "she will be back, running". Good luck in your recovery, Mrs. Natero-Armenta. For the time being, might I suggest sticking to the roads and more populated running areas!?!?

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, October 3rd

Freedom's Run (Shepherdstown, WV)
Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon (Leavenworth, WA)
New Hampshire Marathon (Bristol, NH)
St. George Marathon (St. George, UT)

Sunday, October 4th

Blue Sky Marathon (Fort Collins, CO)
City Of Trees Marathon (Boise, ID)
Crazy Horse Marathon (Rapid City, SD)
YMCA Johnstown Marathon (Johnstown, PA)
Lakefront Marathon (Milwaukee, WI)
Peak Performance Maine Marathon (Portland, ME)
Marathon De Rimouski (Rimouski, QC)
Mt. Rushmore Marathon (Rapid City, SD)
PEC Marathon (Picton, ON)
Portland Marathon (Portland, OR)
KMXT Run The Rock Marathon (Kodiak, AR)
Sacramento CowTown Marathon (Sacramento, CA)
Cancer Centers Of Southwest Oklahoma Spirit Of Survival Marathon (Wichita Mt. Wildlife Refuge, OK)
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)
28th Wineglass Marathon (Corning, NY)

Extra, Extra, Run All About It: The Week In Running: 9/13-9/20

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By Peter Washkowitz

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

As reported in the Journal Sentinel Online (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on September 15th, there must be something in the water which flows in Wisconsin and Dublin, Ireland. What else would explain the fact that, over the last four years, the Guinness Book Of World Records' record for the most siblings to complete the same marathon has bounced between the Dublin Marathon and the Community Fire Fox Cities Marathon three times. With a potential four record about to be set in this Sunday's running of the Community Fire Fox Cities Marathon. In 2007, the record was set by the family Weiss whose 13 siblings finished the Fox Cities thon. Two months later, the family O'Donaghue set the record as their 15 siblings finished the Dublin Marathon. And, this Sunday, the family Kapral will go for the record when their 16 siblings will compete in Fox Cities. While eight of the Kapral brothers and sisters have children under 5 years old, and four of them are still under 25, they have been training extensively over the last several months and have dedicated themselves not only to the 26.2 mile adventure that awaits them but also to setting the Guinness record. While many of the siblings are probably feeling the nerves that come only days away from any marathon, they remain upbeat and positive, 'A lot of us probably never thought we would do a marathon, but there's been a lot of motivation with all of us training together,' said Sarah, 18, the youngest of the group". Good luck to all of you siblings out there!! If nothing else, I'm sure you're next family reunion will be filled with interesting, albeit similar, new stories!

* As reported on Core77.com on August 18th, I may have found a solution to the homesickness I always feel whenever I travel abroad. Florida-based designer and professor at theArt Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Jeff Smith, may have just invented something that will make my unfamiliar surroundings seems that much more familiar...and comfortable. Working for Reflex Design, a full service industrial and graphic design consulting firm, Smith has created a fully-functioning folding treadmill that is sure to be a hit with traveling runners the world over. While Smith has not made any claims as to whether this folding treadmill is simply a concept or whether it will be manufactured in the future, his idea is one that is well before its time. Should nothing ever come from the prototype, I may have to make a trip down to Fort Lauderdale with a car big enough to hold an object the size of, say, a folding treadmill!!

* As provided for on FitSugar.com on August 18th, lovers of treadmills can now prove just how strong that love. FitSugar.com has provided this interesting (though exceedingly short) quiz that will test your knowledge of all things treadmill and will help separate the runners from the wannabes! Not to brag, but I, of course, scored a 100%!!

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Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* 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!

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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)
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Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported on Examiner.com on August 30th, Madonna may have learned all of her dance moves not at a dance school but, rather, on a treadmill! Last week, the material girl's trainer, Tracy Anderson, went on CBS News and talked about her training strategy which, she said, amounts to 'Dancing on the treadmill". Anderson provided the news reporters with three tips from her: Tracy Anderson Method: Spice Up Your Treadmill Workout Tips: (1) Warm up with "attitude lifts" that exercise the hips and glutes. To warm up with Tracy Anderson's attitude lifts, kneel on all fours. Ground your left leg into the floor and bend your right leg slightly at the knee. Raise the right leg up behind the glutes and then straighten, move to the left leg while lifting up. Do 50 on each side, (2) Skip on the treadmill. Anderson encourages exercise movements that keep the "mind activated as well as the muscles". Single skips or single and double skips are easy on the quads and not as "invasive" on the muscles as running and (3) Sashay. The term that you probably haven't heard since your childhood dance-class years has just made a comeback. Sashaying on the treadmill keeps the cardio workout elevated and helps improve skin tone, pulls muscles in and gets rid of fat. While I am all for changing up treadmill routines, I am also all for not looking like quite the fool on the treadmill. That being the case, I don't see skipping or sashaying on treadmills in my future, but, you never know.

* As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times on August 31st, with the Bank Of America Chicago Marathon a month away, Bank Of America has embarked on a massive ad campaign, "to point out just how big a deal this event is for tens of thousands of runners, spectators, numerous charities and for the city itself, which benefits from the race's huge economic impact". With the campaign's tag line being "Leave Your Mark", BofA has added a particularly creative aspect to the typical marketing strategy of radio, print and outdoor ads for the 26.2 mile event. Trying to raise up to $50,000 for local charities, BofA has set up the website, www.chicagomarathon.com/footprints, where visitors can, "create a customized running shoe tread with personal images and message. For each shoe tread submission, BofA plans to donate $1 to one charity from among 25 listed at the site". While you cannot actually put the tread on a pair of sneakers, the idea is an interesting one and hopefully will turn out to be a successful on. I just hope that the treads of the shoes that I actually wear for the marathon make it to the finish line!

As reported in The Baltimore Sun on September 3rd, with my stupid Apple iPods breaking upon a droplet of sweat touching them, I have very little faith in how reliable an Apple treadmill would be. Nevertheless, Apple has filed a patent which suggests they may be looking to get into the treadmill manufacturing business. According to the filing, an Apple treadmill  would be able to digitally write workout and physical information to a media player so the iPod wouldn'tt just play music and videos on the built-in treadmill screen, but would also basically record your workout (i.e. miles run) and your vitals through the sensors on the machine which would then be uploaded to a computer or third party website for further use. The treadmill might also allow users to partake in, "real-time, head-to-head competition. These competitions may be between two or more people in one or more locations. Competition data may be shared and displayed to each user". Let's just hope that, should an Apple treadmill every actually be made, it can hold up to sweat a whole lot better than their iPods have been able to.

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Next Weekend's Marathons

Friday, September 11th
Patriots' Run (Olathe, KS)

Saturday, September 12th
Big Bear Marathon (Big Bear Lake, CA)
Lake City Marathon (Winona Lake, IN)
Little Grand CanyonMarathon (Prince, UT)
Mid Mountain Marathon (Park City, UT)
Moose Mountain Marathon (Lutsen, MN)
Salmon Valley Chamber Of Commerce Salmon Marathon (Salmon, ID)
Superior Trail Marathon (Lutsen, MN)

Sunday, September 13th
Eerie Marathon At Presque Isle (Erie, PA)
Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon (Allentown, PA)
Fleet Feet Lewis & Clark Marathon (St. Charles, MO)
Montreal International Marathon (Montreal, QC)
MountainAir Marathon (Crested Butte, CO)
Oil Sands Marathon (Fort McMurray, AB)
SaskCentral Regina Queen City Marathon (Regina, SK)
Preferred Care Rochester Marathon (Rochester, NY)
Skagit Runners Skagit Flats Marathon (Burlington, WA)
Treherne Marathon (Treherne. MB)
Two Bear Marathon (Whitefish, MT)
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