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Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported in the New York Times on August 24th, While he doesn’t expect to run faster than a speeding bullet, Matthew Reeve, son of movie star Christopher Reeve, is continuing his preparations for November’s New York City Marathon. Despite admitting that he used to ‘loathe’ running in his younger years, Reeve decided to honor his father’s efforts in supporting programs and research for spinal cord injuries by raising money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through running this year’s marathon. A first-time ‘thoner, Reeve’s ultimate goal “would be $10,000 a mile. That’s the moonshot number. But even to raise $1,000 a mile is very motivating”. Reeve just hopes there isn’t any kryptonite in the water during the marathon (note: this fact has not been corroborated by any news source). Good luck, Matt!

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, September 5th
Beaver Island Marathon (Beaver Island, MI)

Idaho State Journal Pocatello Marathon (Pocatello, ID)

Sunday, September 6th
Monster Trail Marathon (Virgil, NY)
New Mexico Marathon (Albuquerque, NM)
Tail Dawgs Stumpy's Marathon (Newark, DE)

Tupelo Marathon (Tupelo, MS)

Monday, September 7th
Pikes Peak Road Runners American Discovery Tail Marathon (Colorado Springs, CO)
Heart Of America Marathon (Columbia, MO)
Turtle Marathon (Roswell, NM)
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Extra, Extra - Run All About It!

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported in Science Daily on August 18th, we may be getting more high than we thought whenever we feel that runner's high after a great workout. Results of a study conducted by Robin Kanarek, PhD, of Tufts University and his team of researchers have found that extreme exercise may be physically addicting. After observing 44 male and 40 female rats who were allowed to either run in exercise wheels or remain inactive, Kanarek found that "Rats given a drug that produces withdrawal in heroin addicts went into withdrawal after running excessively in exercise wheels, according to new research. Rats that ran the hardest had the most severe withdrawal symptoms". While these results cannot be definitive proof that human beings can also become addicted to exercise, because rats and humans share many nervous-system traits,
researchers frequently carry laboratory findings like these out into the real world. Maybe the running world should engage in a tobacco-like marketing campaign and get kids hooked on exercise rather than smoking cigarettes in their adolescent years.

* As reported on 'the official website of Denmark' on August 20th, for those marathon runners out there who, unlike myself, love to be on the high seas, I've got just the marathon for you: The Tejn IF sports association from the island of Bornholm has just been granted permission to host a marathon on the 121m long and 24m wide ferry that connects Bornholm with Ystad in Sweden and Køge in Denmark. The article gave no indication as to how many laps the participants will have to do to complete the full marathon but did mention that "For those who may get dizzy, organizers have promised a half marathon and a
10km run on the same day, as well as a children’s race". Just thinking about boats tends to give me sea-sickness and, from my experiences, I am not sure whether running a 10K as opposed to a full marathon aboard a boat would do anything to stifle my nausea.

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 29th

Sunday, August 30th
SSQ Quebec City Marathon/Marathon Des Deux Rives (Quebec City, QC)
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Extra, Extra - Run all About It

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

Dear readers:
* As reported on on August 12, former OC star Mischa Barton has begun using working-out in an effort to get her life back together after suffering a nervous breakdown last month. Currently in New York City to shoot the TV show A Beautiful Life, Barton has hired a trainer and is trying to overcome her self-esteem issues (according to an un-named source). From experience, I know that the best thing I do when I begin to get nervous or anxious, is go for a run or workout. Hopefully it will work for Ms. Barton as well!

* As reported on (Winston, Salem) on August 12, in one sense, a person who eats a diet high in fat is much quicker than someone who healthy a more balanced diet. Quicker to manifest the consequences of that age-old adage, "you are what you eat." You see, dear readers, while researchers at Oxford University knew (just like we all should) that a high-fat diet will cause the eater to have less physical endurance than they had before engaging in such a diet, they weren't aware of just how quick acting an unhealthy diet is. Studying the effects of a high-fat diet, Dr. Andrew Murray and his team took 42 rats and gave half of them a diet high in fats, and observed the differences over a nine day period between them and the 21 rats eating the healthy diet. Startlingly, in only nine days, the high-fat diet rats were observed to only run has as far as their counterparts and began showing signs of weakening cognitive abilities as well. For the last few years, the New York City Parks Department has been engaged in an effort to curb the growing rat population that has inundated city streets and railroad stations by spraying rat poison in known rat habitations. Based on Dr. Murray's research, to slow down the rat's reproduction, maybe they should just us high-fat food products instead of the rat spray!

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 22nd
Mesa Falls Marathon (Ashton, ID)
Newpark Town Center Resort Hotel Park City Marathon (Park City, UT)
Green River Chamber Of Commerce Run With The Horses Marathon (Green River, WY)

Sunday, August 23rd
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Extra, Extra - Run All About It!

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As shown on on August 3, future marathon runners better be wary of the growing competition! In this video clip, the viewer can see that the $5 million Drexel University Jaemi HUBO robot had no problems at all walking on a treadmill. While researchers could not be contacted to explain the robot's presence on the treadmill, we can't help but feel that, within the next few years, we might see a robot be crowned the winner of a marathon.

* As reported on (England) on August 5, comedian/actor Eddie Izzard's running abilities are no joke. Izzard is on the eighth day of his eight-week run across the United Kingdom as part of his marathon fundraising jog for Sport Relief. Izzard's plan, which heretofore he has been able to maintain, will see him cover between 25 and 30 miles a day, six days a week. Mr. Izzard, good luck with your ventures!! If the comedian thing doesn't work-out, maybe you should go into long distance running!

* As reported on on August 8, when Anthony Davies begins October 18th's Cardiff Half-Marathon, he might very well be the only runner to actually gain weight. Instead of his normal running shorts, Davies intends to wear a 70-pound suit of armor in an effort to 'step-up' his game. But his 70-pound outfit is just the first step in Davies' long-term goal. Speaking to reporters, Davies stated that, "I’ve always wanted to do something for charity for children...I’m hoping if Cardiff goes well I’ll be able to do the London Marathon in it". Having never word a suit of armor during a race, I sure hope for Davies' sake that there are at least a few holes where the sweat can drip out. If not, good luck, Mr. Davies, trying to run puddles of water for 13.1 miles!

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 15th

Fallsburg Marathon (Lowell, MI)

Sunday, August 16th
Intact Insurance Edmonton Centennial Marathon (Edmonton, AB)
Humpty's Classic Marathon (Anchorage, AK)

Leading Ladies' Marathon (Spearfish, SD)
Arrowsmith Radical Runners Log Train Trail Marathon (Port Alberni, BC)
Pikes Peak Marathon (Manitou Springs, CO)
Yellowknife Marathon (Yellowknife, NT)
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Extra, Extra - Run All About It

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported on on July 27, for those runners out there that find running on a treadmill insufferably boring, they need look no further than the St. Louis Zoo. Lined with exotic animals who would love nothing more than to devour any and all paying customers, the zoo's walking paths offer incline upon incline that will give most visitors a better workout than any treadmill could, "The abundance of inclines alone will make your treadmill at the gym jealous. 'But dear treadmill, you just don't understand. At the zoo I actually go somewhere and get to see something! And my legs are just as tired as they would be had I walked with you'". Well, I suppose nothing gets you more motivated to run than an 800 pound gorilla chasing you with its teeth poised to get to your more meaty sections!

* As reported on on July 29, the citizens of Tulsa, Oklahoma are either devoted running enthusiasts or devoted cheaters. Beginning last October, the program offered members an interweb site where they could log on and input their daily exercise mileage from running, walking, swimming, and cycling. Nine months later, with almost 2,200 active members, Tulsa citizens have logged an impressive 600,000 miles and are determined to run their way to a million miles. Assuming these members are being completely truthful with their exercise data, the citizens of Tulsa should be commended for their devotion and commitment to running. Maybe, for our next trip, my dopeness wife CVSW and I will head to Tulsa so I can help put the city over the million mile mark.

* As reported on (Orange County, California) on July 30, it seems that the Athletic Republic facility (an organization dedicated to improving athletes' performance, Athletic Republic has facilities across the country where Olympians, professional and even children go to improve in their chosen sport) in Santa Ana has found yet another use for a treadmill. With an ice-like surface that allows its users to wear ice skates, the facilities hockey treadmill is aimed at teaching players to skate more efficiently. With the treadmill able to reach an incline of 32-percent and go as fast as 16mph, Pat Polen, Principal and Co-Chairman of the facility, told reporters that, "We have two ways to make kids faster...We can cycle faster and increase the incline, or they can take longer strides, which is how you really get faster". This article is just another in a long line of articles demonstrating the multitude of ways treadmills can be used for non-running activities (horses, dogs, Nascar stock cars, etc...). I wonder if the treadmill, when set at its highest incline, can be used to simulate sledding downhill!

* As reported in the Pasadena Star-News on July 31st, when 30-year Pasadena Fire Department deputy chief Calvin Wells turned 50-years old this past Friday, he wanted to celebrate by doing a run. While his run may not have been particularly far in distance, I'm sure it certainly have him a great runners' high. You see, dear readers, rather than running along a path, Wells ran up and down all 2,464 steps of the famed Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California in a swift 53 minutes. Upon concluding the 'festivities', Wells reported that he felt good and that, "It was a milestone birthday and a prime time in life to set a new fitness standard". Happy birthday, Mr. Wells!!! For your 51st birthday, maybe you should try running up and down the stairs while holding a fireman's hose. At least you won't get dehydrated!

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 8th
Crater Lake Marathon (Klamath Falls, OR)
Extraterrestial Full Moon Mightnight Marathon (Rachel, NV)
Loop The Lake Marathon (Invermere, BC)

Sunday, August 9th

Drake Well Marathon (Titusville, PA)
The Center Haulin' Apsen Trail Marathon (Bend, OR)

Extra, Extra - Run All About It!

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

* As reported in the Omaha World-Journal on July 19th, Artist Jamie Burmeister, probably best known for his to Omaha exhibits - 'Bucket', a swiveling, stainless-steel bucket that constantly pours water into a small pool, and 'Omaha Song', a giant sculpted “O” that plays chimes whenever anyone sits on it - has certainly taken the expression 'running is an art-form' to an extreme. Last October, Burmeister went for a 26.2 mile run (equivalent to a full marathon) and was able to film himself over the entire course. His film, or rather his films since he managed to film himself at two different angles, is now part of his latest exhibit, 'Needle In Cotton' at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln. When asked to describe his exhibit, Burmeister explained that, "There are two large projection screens. One shows my face as I was running. The other shows my shadow, which is what I see as I'm running. There's also an interactive table that has several components. One is a map of my route. Another is a sculpted figure of a runner on a track. And there's also a heart-rate sensor that the viewers can use to measure their own heart rates. So the viewer becomes part of the exhibit". While I am the first to admit that running is a fantastic sport, I have to say that, by the end of a marathon, I can hardly imagine anyone thinking that my face, being so contorted in pain and so caked in dried sweat, is the personification of artwork. But I have never really understood impressionism anyways, so who knows.

* As reported on Mail Online (England) on July 24th, it seems that Mr. President Barack Obama's influence on foreign affairs in becoming greater and greater with each day in office. At an hour-long question-and-answer session before hosting a Cabinet meeting, England's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown admitted that, "he tried to keep fit on a treadmill in an attempt to keep up with U.S. President Barack Obama". The article was silent on whether Prime Minister Brown intends to better his basketball skills as well.

* As reported in the Financial Times on July 25th, despite the global recession, according to Mintel, a market research company, "sales of sports and gym wear have thrived this year, despite the recession, with 36.8% of us buying at least one item in the past 12 months, compared with 35.4% in 2007". With Puma seeing a 5% increase in sales and Nike a 14% increase, it is hardly surprising that companies like Dolce & Gabbana and well-known personal trainer, Matt Roberts, would come out with their own new lines of gym clothes as well. Explaining his impetus to start his own line, Roberts told reporters, "“I was always struggling with workout gear...I could never find something that I felt really good in, something that was comfortable but flattering. Meanwhile, women were also saying to me that they didn’t like cropped vests that showed off their stomachs". In this recession, I just hope that people don't spend all of their free cash on clothes and then find themselves unable to join a gym!

Next Weekend's Marathons

Saturday, August 1st

Southeast Road Runners Frank Maier Marathon (Juneau, AK)
Grizzly Marathon (Choteau, MT)

Sunday, August 2nd
Yukon River Trail Marathon (Whitehorse, YT)

Extra, Extra - Run All About It

Extra Extra By  Peter Washkowitz

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

As reported on The Moderate on July 13th, amidst all the hoopla surrounding Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, very little attention was paid to Dr. Regina Benjamin’s nomination as the next Surgeon General. While this is not particularly newsworthy in-and-of itself for Runners Write’s purposes, it rockets to the top of the list with the added information that Dr. Benjamin has a fitness obsession similar to mine and Mr. President Barack Obama! Dr. Benjamin joins a growing list of President Obama’s nominees who are likewise exercise fanatics and, as the article notes, “Driving the praise was Benjamin’s compelling personal story, which, along with a fitness obsession, now seems to be a prerequisite for serving in the Obama administration”. If President Obama is reading this, please note that, should Dr. Benjamin’s or Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings not go so well, I am always available!! As a frequenter of fitness clubs, I am more than qualified!

* As reported on on July 14th, parents of chubby children should think twice before throwing out their chubby child’s video games. Results of a study led by Diana Graf of the University of Oklahoma Health Services Center found that, “children ages 10 to 13 can get more exercise out of Wii Sports' boxing and the PlayStation 2's Dance Dance Revolution than they can out of walking on a treadmill”. Observing 14 boys and 9 girls between the ages of 10 and 13, Graf found that the energy levels of the children playing active-style video games were comparable to moderate-intensity walking and concluded that, “for children who spend considerable time playing electronic screen games for entertainment, physically active games seem to be a safe, fun, and valuable means of promoting energy expenditure". Given these results and, in an effort to reduce childhood obesity, might I suggest that video game makers develop a video game in which all the player must do is run away from the police who are hot on your trail?

* As reported on on July 15th, Stephen Starr, owner of many of Philadelphia’s best restaurants (most notably Buddakan which has also opened in New York City), is also the owner of a delicious treadmill in his office. Noting how it’s his job to eat, Starr told reporters, “With the amount of food I eat, I have to at least make an attempt to stave off the calories. Having a treadmill in my office is quicker than going to the gym. I use it on those busy days when I'm constantly on phone calls or in meetings; I can easily jump on the treadmill and be back at my desk right afterward. (Luckily, I have a shower in my office, too).” Well, Mr. Starr, since so many people eat so much of your incredible food as well, maybe you should think about replacing all the chairs in your restaurants with treadmills so we can eat and exercise at the same time!

* As reported in the Star Tribune (St. Paul, Minnesota) on July 16th, when U.S. star runner Kara Goucher runs in next month's Chicago Half Marathon, not only will she be trying to win the event but will also be trying to look good while doing so. In a racing first, fans of Goucher's will be able to watch her every stride thanks to a real-time video feed that will be following her during the entire 13.1 mile race. Being promoted by, the 'Kara Cam' will begin recording at 6:30 (Chicago time) and will be played exclusively on the website. While logistics of the video feed have not been worked out, Goucher told reporters that, "I'm not exactly sure how this will work on race day; I'm expecting that a motorcycle will be following me". When I heard about this story, I immediately emailed to see if they had any interest in setting up a "Mr. Petes Cam" to follow me during the Chicago Marathon in October. As of this writing, I have not heard back from them.

Next Weekend's Marathons

Friday, July 24th
Somerville Road Runners Around The Lake Marathon (Wakefield, MA)
Desert Morning News/KJZZ-TV Marathon (Salt Lake City, UT)

Saturday, July 25th
Grand Island Trail Marathon (Munising, MI)

Sunday, July 26th
Carrollton Education Foundation Carrollton Festival Of Races (Carrollton, MI)
The San Francisco Marathon (San Francisco, CA)
Nova Scotia Marathon (Barrington, NS)

Team LifeLife Marathons

And another note about a great charitable running event!   There is no shortage of events to put your running to good use.

Team Lifeline is the innovative, effective training program that gets runners and walkers ready to meet their goal of finishing a half or full marathon. To join, participants commit to raising funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network. Chai Lifeline’s mission is to enhance the lives of seriously ill children and their families through activities that offer friendship, good times, great memories, and emotional and social support. Ari Weinberger, a Chai Lifeline supporter, founded team Lifeline in 2006 because he was impressed by the amount of pre-race support he was given while he was training for a half-marathon for another charity. Weinberger thought that someone should be doing this for a Jewish organization—Team Lifeline was born.

Each participant is equipped with customized training schedules, access to online coach Toby Tanser, their own personal fundraising web page and fundraising coach, furthering their ability to bring inspiration and optimism to many lives. Team Lifeline is so dedicated to the individual’s success that once the participant reaches the fundraising minimum of $3,600 (United States and Canada), they cover the costs of each participants’ round-trip airfare, three night stay in the official Team Lifeline Headquarters hotel, pre-race pasta party, post-race victory party and more.

For more information, go to:  5th Annual Team Lifeline Marathon and Half-Marathon

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Fresh Air Fund - Half Marathon Opportunity

I also received information for a great half marathon opportunity and much more!   Read on....

The Fresh Air Fund is looking for runners and sponsors to join the Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Half-Marathon on August 16th.  This is a great way to participate in NYC's premier summer road race while helping Fresh Air Fund children.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families and at Fund camps, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities.  The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities.  Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend one of five Fresh Air Fund camps.

Last summer's NYC Half-Marathon was a huge success and the Fresh Air Fund-Racers raised more than $125,000. We are also still in need of Friendly Town hosts for next month. Host families open their hearts and home to a NYC child who would not otherwise have the opportunity to escape the hot, crowded city streets.

For more information, check out:

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Run For Congo!

I received an email about a great cause and wanted to pass it along - 2009 Run for Congo.   If you are looking for a cause to pair with your running, here is one to consider.


Run for Congo Women began with one woman’s determination to raise awareness about the dire situation in Congo and has become an international movement.


• More than 5.4 million people have died since 1998 in this conflict.
• Half of these deaths are children under the age of five.
• For women in Congo, brutal gang rape and torture are a daily reality.


Run for Congo Women is your opportunity to support these women and children as they rebuild their lives. Visit to learn more and register for one of the following runs today!

  • Morrison, CO - Saturday, September 19th
  • Portland, OR – Saturday, September 19th
  • New York, NY - Saturday, September 26th
  • Tempe/Phoenix, AZ - Sunday, September 27th
  • Chicago, IL - Saturday, October 3rd
  • St. Louis, MO - Saturday, October 17th

By signing up today, you will support Women for Women International’s program in Congo, in which women receive direct assistance, rights awareness and job skills training that make it possible for them to start their own micro-enterprises. You also allow them to provide for their family and to regain their role as an active member of their community.

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