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Distance Running
2014 Edition 3

Published July 2014

On the cover…

29th Telekom Vivicittá Spring Half Marathon, Budapest, Hungary, Sun 13 April 2014

Contents

An extraordinary atmosphere

An extraordinary atmosphere

ASICS Medio Maratón Villa de Madrid, Sun 6 April 2014

By Isaías Díaz
The Asics Half Marathon Villa de Madrid opened on a morning which began foggy but turned ideal by the time of the race, and closed with respective individual records by Kenyan Peter Emase (1:02:00) and Cinthia Jerotich (1:09:40) in the male and female category respectively. These record times, and the 16,969 runners who completed the course, confirm the Asics Half Marathon Villa de Madrid as one of the largest on the world scene.


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In the heart of Europe

In the heart of Europe

TUI Marathon Hannover, Sun 27 April 2014

The fair city of Hannover offers a variety of cultural, historic and scientific highlights, but the marathon has played a leading role in making Hannover one of the foremost sporting cities in the country.


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Tracing a path through history

Tracing a path through history

International Marathon Alexander the Great, Sun 6 April 2014

By Giorgios Karagiannis
Nearly 15,000 runners flooded the streets of Thessaloniki in the ninth edition of the race, which has become the biggest sporting event in Northern Greece. They ranged in age from 9–85 years, participating in the Marathon, the 10km & 5km road races, and a 1000m race for schoolchildren. Runners from 54 countries lived a unique experience, won the applause of many fans and sent a message of fitness and health through an event that resonates with social, cultural, environmental, touristic and historical significance. Since 2006 the race has linked the ancient Capital of Macedonia, Pella, with the modern one, Thessaloniki, and brings the name of Alexander the Great before a worldwide audience.


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Fearless in Palma

Fearless in Palma

261 Women’s Marathon, Sun 30 March 2014

By Kathrine Switzer
In 1967 I was a 20-year old university student who loved to run. I showed my coach I could cope with the marathon distance and he got me into my dream race: Boston. I proudly pinned on my bib number, 261. The men in the race were full of encouragement for me. Three kilometres into the race the press bus passed us. The race director spotted me, a woman, wearing a race number in his men-only race. He leapt off the bus, grabbed me, and tried to pull off my number and throw me out of the race.


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Bohemian rhapsody

Bohemian rhapsody

Pardubice Wine Half Marathon, Sat 19 April 2014

By Oldřich Bujnoch
Established more than 20 years ago, the Pardubice Wine Half Marathon is evolving into a full sporting festival. Since 2009 the race has incorporated the national championship of the Czech Republic and it is set to continue hosting it for the next few years. Some of the best Czech runners participate, but so too do people who just love the sport.


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A dream destination

A dream destination

Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race, Fri 6 June 2014

The Maldives has been a dream destination for honeymooners and a brand name for affluent tourists who appreciate the art of doing nothing. But now it is a place that people can go to do something: that is, run a road race.


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Running into history

A marathon phenomenon

By Brano Koniar
In the summer of 1924 Vojtech Braun Bukovský went to see the Olympic Games in Paris. He was a sports enthusiast, organizer and journalist from Košice and returned home thrilled by the drama of the Olympic Marathon.

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Also in this issue …

Race previews: Turin Marathon; Sanlam Cape Town Marathon; Dam tot Damloop; GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon; Erbil Marathon

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