Runner's Web Digest - December 1, 2000
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The 2008 Olympic Triathlon:
Eric Schwartz (duathlon.com) on November 26, 2000
There is no guarantee triathlon will be included in the 2008 Olympics, but
if it is, and if the Games are in Osaka, Japan, triathletes may want to
start practicing their moat swimming skills.
Five cities are still in consideration for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games:
Beijing, Istanbul, Osaka, Paris, and Toronto. The election of the Host City
for the XXIX Olympiad will be made on July 13 during the 112th IOC Session
Les McDonald recently visited Osaka and Beijing to tour potential triathlon
venues for the 2008 Olympic Games. If Osaka gets the Games it is possible
that the swim would be in the moat of the Castle of Osaka, the best known
landmark in Osaka.
McDonald, President of the ITU, also paid a visit to Beijing. The Beijing
course would include a swim in the Lake of Yuyuantan Park, a bike and run
through the heart of Beijing and the Forbidden City, and a transition area
in Tianamen Square. Beijing would also make the women's triathlon the
opening event of the 2008 Games.
Genes give black runners edge: findings
Dominate track and field: Kenyan Olympic gold medallist condemns research
Anne Marie Owens, National Post, with files from Agence France-Presse
Danish sports researchers have found that black runners have a genetic
advantage over white athletes that allows them to run faster and longer.
The scientific findings, which were presented on a British television
documentary last night, explain black runners' world domination of track and
field and come amid an ongoing academic controversy over whether racial
differences influence athletic and intellectual ability.
The documentary, on a Channel 4 show titled The Difference, examined new
research from the Danish Sports Science Institute, which compared the
running style of Kenyan athletes with Danish runners of similar physique.
The researchers spent 18 months in Eldoret, a town in northwestern Kenya
that is home to the Kalenjin tribe, which has produced 12 of the world's top
More...from the National Post at:
Foods and Vitamins That Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy:
Research Reveals Soy, Niacin, and Tea Offer Protection From Heart Attack and
By Liza Jane Maltin ,WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Dr. Gary D. Vogin, MD
Nov. 13, 2000 (New Orleans) -- Chances are that you, or someone you know,
already are taking one of the cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs collectively
known as statins. If so, listen up. There is new evidence that adding a
daily dose of vitamin B-3, or niacin, offers even more protection from heart
attack or stroke by boosting levels of the "good cholesterol" -- HDL. This
and other nutrition-related findings were presented here Monday at a meeting
of the American Heart Association. Among the other big winners were tea and
soy products. Alcohol and the antioxidant vitamins didn't fare so well.
More...from onHealth at:
Freeman eyes 800m as new challenge:
By Tom Knight
Monte Carlo: Far from resting on her laurels after her heroics at the
Olympic Games, Cathy Freeman may move up to the 800m in her search for new
Freeman said her plans included defending her Olympic 400m title in Athens
in 2004 but that a move to 800m remained a possibility.
"People tell me I don't sprint, I run, so there's a chance I may move to the
800m. The idea of running twice as far really appeals to me," Freeman said.
"It would be a new challenge and something to look forward to. But it is
only an idea at the moment."
More...from the Sydney Morning Herald at:
El Guerrouj bids to prove he's still King of 1,500m:
Monte Carlo, Nov 27 AFP - Olympic failure has forced Hicham El Guerrouj to
redefine his future.
Before the Sydney Games in September the Moroccan two-time world 1,500m
champion had been planning a move towards 3,000m and 5,000m.
For four years the 26-year-old had lived a dream that he would avenge the
moment when in Atlanta he fell at the bell while leading and finished only
12th in the 1,500m final.
But as El Guerrouj's expected coronation with the only major honour to elude
him over 1,500 metres ended in heartbreak when he won Olympic silver behind
Kenya's Noah Ngen in Sydney, the Moroccan has been forced to replan his
More...from Sports Today at:
Triathlon & Goodwill Games 2001:
From Duathlon.com: http://www.duathlon.com/
With the passing of the Olympics triathlon's next appearance at a worldwide
sporting festival is the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane. This will be
triathlon's third appearance at the Goodwill Games. The first was in 1993 in
St. Petersburg and then New York in 1997.
The race will take place on September 2 with 25 men and 25 women and a prize
purse in excess of $100,000 (exact amount to be announced). Among those
invited to compete will be the Olympic medallists and the top 10 finishers
at the 2001 World Championships.
Visit the Goodwill Games site at:
eFit.com Fitness Tips:
Cycle-ogical Counseling: Riding in Wet Weather
Riding in wet weather can be miserable, but if you equip yourself well, you
can stay comfortable.
Long Runs May Help Break Up Fat
If you're conscious of your dietary fat intake (and who isn't?), you'll be
interested to know that endurance running may help you reduce unhealthy fats
in your system.
You're Never Too Old to Get Fit
Starting a new exercise routine can add life to your years.
Sex Effects: Is It OK to 'Just Do It' Before the Big Game?
Sexperts Debate Impact on Athlete's Body and Mind
By Jeanie Davis, WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Dr. Aman Shah
Nov. 28, 2000 -- To athletes, it's a huge issue. Should they have sex the
night before competition? Football coaches, Olympic athletes, even the great
Muhammad Ali -- all have advocated chastity the night before a big athletic
event. Football stars have even been separated from their wives before Super
Bowl Sunday. Yet, there are plenty of athletes -- like Olympic gold medalist
and U.S. track star David Wottle and Canadian downhill skier Karin Lee
Gardner -- who claim that a little pre-event sex has worked in their favor.
One review of research on this subject shows no evidence that an athlete's
performance is affected -- at least in terms of physiology. Whether sex
affects aggression is another matter, one that has not received much
attention from researchers.
More...from WebMD at:
Cold Weather Running Tips:
excerpted from the "Runner's Lifestyle Log", pages 49-50 by Running Room
president and founder, John Stanton along with Nick Lees.
"Running in winter is like running in a Christmas card," says Canadian
septuagenarian marathoner Doug Jones.
In the Canadian High Arctic, air force pilots are taught on a survival
course that there is one thing they must overcome if they are to survive in
a region of the world where temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius are not
uncommon. It is the psychological fear of cold.
They are also taught that the heart is a very efficient heater and if proper
clothing is worn, they can function comfortably. Instructors note that in
high mountain ranges, tiny organisms survive on rocks warmed by the sun
while temperatures around them are well below zero. The organisms have their
own microclimate. And that's what we must create for ourselves if we are to
enjoy running in the winter.
More...from the Running Room at:
Runner's World Tips:
Go Crooked: "If you hit a really steep downhill in training or a race, you
may want to zigzag it. You'll experience less pounding this way,
plus you'll bring more leg muscles into play, which will spread the work
around somewhat. Result: less soreness the next day." - Jeff Galloway
Look in the mirror: If you need some extra motivation after a few weeks on a
running program, "look" no further than the mirror. Do your best
Arnold Schwarzenegger impression and flex those legs muscles to see how
they're developing. When you can physically see results, you'll want to head
out the door and make those legs even stronger.
Run for Life: We've reported that running can lower your risk for heart
attacks. For those who do suffer a heart attack, a new study suggests
that running can help you avoid a second one. According to a study by the
University of Texas- Houston Health Science Center, people who had
been active and maintained their activity level after a heart attack, or who
increased their activity level, had an 89 percent lower risk of
death or second heart attack than did patients who remained sedentary.
Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association October 31, 2000
Lift for Life: Older adults can reap the benefits of a strength-training
program. As we grow older, muscle fibers and the connecting tissue
between nerves and muscles decrease. Strength training can preserve muscles
and can contribute maintaining bone density. The result of the
training makes everyday actions such as walking, cooking, and reaching for
the oat bran easier. The key, according to the American College of
Sports Medicine, is to stay with the program once you have started. To
maintain the benefits, make sure you pick a program that that feels safe
An Apple a Day... will keep the doctor away, but 365 apples a day will not
keep the doc away for a whole year. A recent report by the Institute
Of Medicine's Food & Nutrition Board says there is no evidence that
megadoses of vitamins can prevent age related illness. In fact, large
doses of Vitamin C and E and selenium may be harmful. Exceeding more than
1,000 IUs of vitamin E, 2,000 mg of vitamin C, or 400 mcg of
selenium can have adverse affects on the body. Medicine & Science in Sports
& Exercise, November 2000
Tall and Strong: Are you worried that the demands of athletics may stunt
your child's growth? A study by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, will
calm those fears. The researchers found that the sports had no effect on the
height, weight, or stage of puberty in the children. In
their sample of 184 prepubescent children, the type of sport and number of
training hours had no impact on the size attained. The height your
child will reach is still determined by genetics.
"Got blisters? Smooth away calluses and dead skin with a soft foot brush
once a week and apply skin cream on a daily basis to maintain proper
moisture. Then wear shoes and socks that fit. There should be a thumb's
width of space between the toes and end of the toe box. Your socks should
fit smoothly, with no extra fabric at the toes or heels." - Melanie Strong,
online assistant editor
"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks
you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"
- Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner
Weight-Lifting Safe for Elderly Hearts:
New York -- More and more often the elderly are being advised to pump iron
to strengthen their muscles, bones and overall health. Yet there has been
some question as to whether their hearts can take it. Now, study findings
suggest that when it is done right, weight-lifting puts no undue pressure on
More...from drkoop.com at:
Athens faces a herculean task:
By William Drpzdiak, Sunday 26 November 2000
When a group of high-powered delegates from the International Olympic
Committee arrived here last week on an inspection tour for the 2004 Summer
Games, they were expected to be dismayed by what they saw - or, rather, what
they didn't see.
That they issued a positive, if cautious, report card surprised many, but
there is no doubt that the city still faces a huge task to be ready for the
A gleaming ring road supposed to dissolve Athens' notorious traffic jams is
still a fantasy. Construction of many venues appears paralysed, and ground
will not be broken on five major sites until 2002. An Olympic village to
house 16,000 athletes remains a dream.
More...from The Age at:
Emil Zatopek; The runners' runner:
By Len Johnson, Friday 24 November 2000
Emil Zatopek had a strong claim to be considered the greatest distance
runner ever, an even stronger one to being the most charismatic and
influential. From the time he lit up the running tracks of post-war Europe
right up to the present day, Zatopek was an inspiration to runners
everywhere. His influence was especially strong in Australia, having its
genesis in his meeting with Australian runner Les Perry at the 1952 Olympic
Games in Helsinki.
Zatopek won three of his four Olympic gold medals in the Finnish capital
where he completed an unprecedented and since unmatched treble of 5000
metres, 10,000 metres and marathon in 1952. He also won the Olympic 10,000
in London in 1948 and took the distance double at 5000 and 10,000 at
successive European champion ships in 1950 and 1954.
More...from The Age at:
Peter Reid Commits To Ironman Europe:
November 16, Roth, Germany (by correspondent Dirk Kantlehner for
Ironman Europe's race director has announced a special coup for the 2001
event on 8 July: Two-time Hawaii Ironman champ Peter Reid will race there.
The Canadian has already filled his career with eight Ironman titles. He
plans two Ironmans for next season -- Ironman Europe and, of course, a
return to Kona on October 6.
In Roth in 1999, Germans filled eight of the top-10 places. Some even say
that the race is entirely in German hands. Even Kühnel shows respect: "Peter
Reid has got courage to challenge the Germans. I'm very proud that he will
race here in 2001."
It has been since 1997 that the last current Hawaii champion raced in Roth
-- and that was Belgian Luc van Lierde. The result was a world-record
7:50:27 -- plus three more athletes going sub-8 hours.
Reid already has some experience over the generally flat Ironman Europe
course. In 1996 he placed fourth, on the same day that Lothar Leder broke
the 8-hour barrier for the first time.
Ironman Europe has developed from its start in 1987 to the world's largest
and most competitive Ironman. It has had as many as 2,704 starters, and some
120,000 spectators cheering them.
What's Your Body Type?
How would you describe your body? Probably in terms such as short, tall,
thin, plump, big-boned or small-boned. But do you know the more scientific
description for your build? A Harvard psychologist, William H. Sheldon,
developed a system in the 1940s that consists of three body-type
classifications: endomorph, ectomorph and mesomorph. What body type you have
can tell you how much testosterone or cholesterol your body produces, as
well as where your body stores fat and how well you can hide it.
More...from drkoop.com at:
Athletes with Disabilities Push the Limits in Adventure Sports:
Lisa Marshall Camera Staff Writer: thedailycamera.com
At first glance, the film "Beyond the Barriers," looks a lot like a typical
extreme sports film.
In the opening scene, the camera sweeps across a landscape of towering
sandstone spires in the Utah desert, then zooms in on three climbers
ascending a narrow finger of rock at dizzying heights. Next, viewers are
delivered to the cold Canadian waters of the English Bay, where a solo
sailor clips across whitecaps at a furious pace. In another scene, a skier
bombs down unspeakably steep terrain through face-deep powder.
More...from Asimba.com at:
16 survivors cross finish line at Ultraman:
November 27 -- A former Olympic ski-and-shoot biathlete from Slovenia and a
Guatemalan woman who took up triathlon in her mid-20s to help stop a
cigarette habit that killed her parents won the 16th Ultraman over the
More...from Inside Triathlon at:
"I am writing to invite you to our exciting Canmore Challenge Trail and
Mountain Running event for 2001.
Come and enjoy Canmore and our pristine trail running mecca. You 're in for
a treat. Three events to choose from. A world class trail running venue.
Superb scenery in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. And camaraderie we hope
you will enjoy.
This year is extremely special for two reasons. First, the Canmore
Challenge will see the first time Canadian athletes have been selected to
travel to the World Mountain Trophy. Second, Canmore Challenge participants
can combine their participation in the Canmore Challenge with travel plans
to watch the world's best track and field athletes in action at the IAAF
World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton in the week following the
Last year the Canmore Challenge drew an international field of almost 500
trail and mountain runners. Participants from Austria, Poland, Italy, Great
Britain, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. descended on Canmore to test
their skills on the demanding 12km Canmore Challenge. Others enjoyed the
pristine trails on the less demanding but equally spectacular 6km trail run.
So everyone gets to play, there is also a 1km trail romp for the kids.
Playful fun run is the name of the game so come prepared to giggle. There's
no time limit on how long you take on this course.
For more details regarding our event, entering, accommodation and travel
please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or check out our website at
Thank you for your time
Race Manager Canmore Challenge and Stampede Road Race"
For Blood Vessels, a Fountain of Youth:
The idea that exercise keeps the body young is not news, but a new study
from the University of Pisa makes the notion more specific: the blood
vessels of vigorous older people functioned as well as those of athletes
less than half their age.
In an article published last week in the journal Circulation, Dr. Stefano
Taddei says that one effect of aging is diminishing the efficiency of a
mechanism within blood cells that causes nitrous oxide to be released.
Nitrous oxide protects against clogging and assists in dilating the vessels
when the heart needs more blood.
More...from the NY Times at:
Power through plyometrics:
If you don't know what plyometrics is, no doubt you soon will. Fitness
classes across the country are beginning to incorporate this advanced
training technique. Typically, elite athletes have used this training to
push themselves to the next level, such as jumping higher or exploding out
of the starting blocks. But can recreational athletes use this training? If
so, how should they modify it to fit their needs?
More...from NBCi.com at:
Kiwis win on home turf in Discovery Channel Adventure Race:
This report filed November 26, 2000
By Barry Siff, Inside Triathlon contributing editor
The much anticipated Discovery Channel Adventure Race: A Southern Traverse
Partnership was won on November 18 by New Zealand's own Propellor-Heads.
After racing for 96 hours and 33 minutes on New Zealand's South Island, they
successfully held off Team Nokia of Finland (fresh from its Mild Seven
Outdoor Quest victory) and The Science Team (aka Eco-Internet, featuring Ian
Adamson, Mike Kloser, Robyn Benincasa and world-class paddler and adventure
racer John Jacoby) for the victory.
More...from Inside Triathlon at:
Privalova eyes 400-meter record:
Monaco (AFP) -- Russia's Olympic 400-meter hurdles champion Irina Privalova
announced Sunday that she would compete at that distance next season before
setting herself a new challenge by moving up to 800 meters.
"I think I still have something to show in the 400 meter hurdles and 2001 is
world championships' year," said Privalova, 32.
"But it's true that I'd then like to move up to 800 meters which has become
a long sprint. And why not consider it for the 2004 Olympics?"
More...from TotalSports.com at:
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Paralympic athletes not all disabled:
Up to 15 teammates were able-bodied, says Spanish hoopster
National Post, with files from news services
The Paralympics, once seen as the last outpost of true sportsmanship, has
been hit by another scandal, prompting a Spanish official to resign
yesterday over accusations that able-bodied athletes masqueraded as disabled
at the recent Paralympic Games in Sydney.
Spain's Paralympic Committee vice-president Fernando Martin Vicente stepped
down yesterday as reports suggested as many as 15 Spanish athletes at the
Games were not disabled.
Staged in tandem with the Olympics, the Paralympics are designed to give
time on the world's stage to athletes with mental and physical disabilities.
The emphasis is placed on achieving personal bests, rather than medals.
More...from the National Post at:
Hot And Cold Treatments Icing Your Injury:
by The Sports Medicine department at Portland Adventist Hospital
When should you ice an injury?
Ice is most commonly associated with immediate first aid to an acute injury
because it causes decreased blood flow and an increase in deep circulation
as well as superficial vessel constriction.
Ice decreases pain and muscle spasticity and enables you to exercise easier,
but does not mask the pain. Ice also allows increased circulation to carry
away waste products and aid healing.
More...from YouthRunner.com at:
Aussie junior Glenn Bennett is paralyzed:
[From TriathlonLive.com at: http://www.triathlonlive.com]
Glenn Bennett, one of Australia's most promising junior triathletes, has
been left an "incomplete quadriplegic" after an accident in the surf six
The news comes via Justin Drew, a triathlon coach with the New South Wales
Institute of Sport, when Bennett was one of the junior elites racing with
that team. "Glenn is very positive, and we are hopeful that things will keep
improving every day," Drew said. "This week, Glenn is being sat up and will
go into a wheelchair, after which he will be moved to a rehab centre.
December 3, 2000
California International Marathon
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First Tennessee Memphis Marathon
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Run Barbados Festival
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West Chester, PA
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White Rock Marathon
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Canberra Half Ironman
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"Welcome to the Party!
The countdown to the 16th annual Ironman Australian Triathlon has begun. We
have readied another unforgettable 'down under' Ironman experience for you.
Ironman Week in Forster - Tuncurry in 2001 will include the Pura-Milk / Seal
Mask Ocean 1km Swim and the ASICS 5km Dash plus an exciting Ironman Expo -
all in the unique Ironman Village in Tuncurry. We extend a welcome to the
Ironman triathlon supporters of the world to head 'down under' in 2001 to
experience the emotional highs of this great Ironman event - We invite you
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