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Distance Running
2013 Edition 3

Published July 2013

Cover:

Runners at the start of the Three Hearts Marathon, Slovenia. (Photo: Dani Mouke)

Contents

Free fall marathon

Free fall marathon

Dead Sea Ultramarathon, Fri 5 April 2013

By Norrie Williamson
Every marathon event has its own special character. Those claiming to be the toughest, the most beautiful, the most challenging or the most scenic are subject to personal opinion, and most often the opinion of passionately committed race directors. But no one can deny that the polar marathon is the most northern. The Dead Sea Ultramarathon falls into a similarly unequivocal category. It is the race that reaches the lowest point on Earth.


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The perfect running party

The perfect running party

Maraton de Santiago, Sun 7 April 2013

By Fernando Jamarne
Chile, the lone star flag of South America, has added another attraction to its great diversity of natural landscapes. The country stretches from the Atacama Desert in the north to the glacier-fed fjords of Patagonia in the south, with the famous vineyards of the Central Valley and the exuberant rain forests of the Lakes Region lying in between.


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Flat, but trending upwards

Flat, but trending upwards

33rd Three Hearts Marathon, Sat 18 May 2013

By Milan Verdev
Who would have thought that, 33 years after the original vision, a modest sporting event in the small Slovenian town of Radenska would have grown to be so vibrant, so energetic, and so hearty?


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Opinion

Boston – running strong

By Guy Morse
It has been two months since that horrific day in April when the marathon, our city and our sport was changed forever. I can still see the images and hear the sounds of that fateful day, which began as “Marathon Monday” always does, full of excitement, tension and celebration.

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Opinion

Thinking of the children

Lenguyana Tairo-Urasa, organiser of three AIMS Children’s Series races in Tanzania, looks back over the past three years

Running into history

A marathon hotspot: The Reykjavík Marathon celebrates its 30th anniversary

By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir
From humble beginnings 30 years ago, the Reykjavík Marathon has grown to become a major harvest festival for runners in Iceland and a hotspot for athletes from abroad. It started out as a bit of a tourism stunt. “At the travel agency Úrval, where I was working at the time, we were looking for ways to attract foreign tourists to the country,” reveals Knútur Óskarsson, one of the founders of the Reykjavík Marathon. “Originally I tried to establish a Nordic ski marathon called Lava Loppet in 1981–82 but those plans went up in the air.”

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Also in this issue …

Race previews: Venicemarathon; Vodafone İstanbul Marathon; Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon; Philadelphia Marathon; Maratón Donostia - San Sebastián
Lives remembered: Vince Regan 1944–2013, Jack Fitzgerald 1923–2013

News from AIMS, IAAF, WMRA and IAU; Race dates; Race contact details.