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Distance Running
2013 Edition 4

Published October 2013

Cover:

Mandela Day Marathon, South Africa: In the foreground runners near the top of ‘Struggle Hill’. In the background: Marco Cianfanelli’s sculpture of Nelson Mandela. Pictures courtesy of Mandela Day Marathon and The Apartheid Museum.

Contents

Amandla!

Amandla!

Mandela Day Marathon, Sun 25 August 2013

By Norrie Williamson
Few people change lives, even fewer manage to change countries and a handful change the world. Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is fondly referred to in South Africa, is one of those world icons. At the age of 95, the father of the nation was spending his 78th day in the Medihelp hospital in Pretoria as over 4000 runners lined up in the Mandela Day Marathon to remember, commemorate and celebrate his 67 years’ service to South Africa. The marathon links two key landmarks in his fight to free South Africa from the bondage of apartheid.


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A runner’s reward

A runner’s reward

Hvar Half Marathon, Sat 24 August 2013

By Veronika Jurisic
The Croatian island of Hvar is one of the most popular vacation places on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Located off the Dalmatian coast, Hvar is renowned for its special climate with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the region. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests, with vineyards and olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields. A maze of beautiful biking, hiking and running routes make it an ideal vacation spot for runners.


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Economic strength through marathon stamina

Economic strength through marathon stamina

Running Festival of the Economic Forum, Fri 6 September 2013

By Grzegorz Rogowski and Ilona Berezowska
In early September every year, for the last 23 years, a small health resort in Malopolska has been a meeting point for many of the world’s most important politicians, economists, businessmen, scientists and journalists. During debates about the contemporary world, they search for methods of overcoming its problems. The Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj, has also been of interest for runners over the last four years. Why?


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An Olympic homage

An Olympic homage

Maratón de la Ciudad de México, Sun 25 August 2013

By Katya Lopez
The Maratón de la Ciudad de México, which celebrated its 30th edition last year, has been re-cast as a tribute to the Olympic movement. Mexico City hosted the XIX Olympic Games 45 years ago. In 2013 the Marathon route was remodeled to revisit the original sites along the Olympic route. The most significant of all was undoubtedly the entry to the University Olympic Stadium.


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Running into history

Connecting continents

By Alpaslan Baki Ertekin
The Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon will be held for the 35th time on Sunday 17 November 2013. It has been organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality since 1979. It is the only course in the world where the marathon straddles two continents, Asia and Europe.

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Also in this issue …

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