You need not wait for the Copper Canyon marathon in Urique to meet or run with the Tarahumara. You can now visit the Tarahumara or Raramuri any time of the year, and even run with them. http://authenticcoppercanyon.com/ is the website that makes it possible. Book a tour, choosing form the 2/3 trips a month and you are off!
Ride the world renowned “CHEPE” train with 86 tunnels and 37 bridges along its amazing route. Eat the Norteño food on the high elevation of the Chihuahua Desert. Run with any one of the young Porochi ejido runners…perhaps even the young Caballo Blanco champ, Miguel Lara.
The 7-night itinerary costs $ 1590.
For the first time in the history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) stock index that tracks Wall Street, a sports goods company has been included in the composite. Nike is scheduled to form one of the 20 stocks composing Dow Jones from 23rd September, 2013. On that day, three new stocks – Goldman, Visa and Nike will replace BoA, Alcoa and Hewlett-Packard.
Shares of Nike have climbed every year since 2008 and traded at an all-time high of $66.98 in mid-September, 2013. As per Bloomberg, the world’s largest maker of sporting goods reported net income in the quarter ended May 31 of $668 million, up 22 percent from a year ago, as demand surged for running and basketball gear in its largest market, North America. At the same time, the company reduced its annual forecast for sales and earnings and said revenue in China, which accounts for almost 10%, is estimated to decline in the next two quarters.
And you thought there is no money in running. More the runners for now, faster will the DJIA sprint!
Every marathoner’s Dream – The Pheidippides Medal.
Whenever you run a marathon or any long distance race, you land a medal, which is specific to that race.
When you go on logging such timed mileages, you get the coveted, customised
with your name engraved in it
How can you get the Pheidippides Medal?
How many Marathons / Half Marathons / 10K’s / 8K’s / 7K’s / 5K’s have you run so far?
Essential are your Finish Times and Timing Certificates.
Within 24 hours, you will see your online PHEIDIPPIDES Medal in your profile page.
What does your Pheidippides Medal contain?
- Your Name
- Your timed kilometers / miles rounded to the nearest (lower) 10’s up to 100 and to the nearest (lower) 100’s thereafter.
This is how it works:
In October 2009, Ranjan Das, the youthful CEO of SAP India had just turned 42. A fitness freak, Ranjan worked out regularly and ran marathons. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned home from his gym, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died.
Ranjan was certainly stressed. It was in his package. But then, so are most of us stressed. Then what exactly happened?
There was an indicator. In a TV interview, Ranjan had said that he would love to do with more than the 4-5 hours sleep he was getting everyday.
A 2001 study at Chicago Medical Institute suggested that sleep deprivation may be linked to serious heart diseases
- Short sleep duration (<5 or 5-6 hours) increased risk for high BP by 350% to 500%compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.
- Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high BP if they sleep less.
- Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold increased risk of heart attacks .
- Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), and Lipoprotein A (LpA), the strongest predictors of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high.
- Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for<=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease.
In 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt got a son, but were jolted to find out that he is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Doctors told the parents that their son Rick had no chance of recovering, and little hope to live a "normal" life.
But the parents won’t give up. They taught him alphabets, and when he was 10, built an interactive computer, through which he could communicate his thoughts. And they found out that Rick thought like everyone else and liked sports. Admitted in school at age 13, Rick graduated from Boston University in 1993.
In 1977, Rick told his Dad he wanted to participate in a long distance run. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles of their first run. Team Hoyt was born. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."
That was motivation enough for Dad Dick to complete over 1,000 races, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 Ironman’s). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days.
And what’s Rick’s one wish in life? "The thing I'd most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once."
During the 2012 Boston Marathon, one of the duos spectators eagerly waited to see was Team Hoyt. And complete did they, their 30th Boston: Dick was 72 then and Rick 52. The Team does not intend to retire.
Boston Marathon begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics at Athens. Today it ranks as the world's oldest marathon.
This is a Boston Marathon begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics at Athens. Today it ranks as the world's oldest marathon.
This is a photograph of the 8th Boston Marathon in 1904. Sammy Mellor is shown leading at 22 miles. This amazing photo shows wonderful detail of children, bicyclists and horse-drawn carriages accompanying the lead runner. Mellor had developed a huge lead.
Mellor has been described as "one of the early stars" of the Boston Marathon. In 1902, he had won the race with 2:43:15. He finished in the top 10 six out of eight years between 1901 and 1909.
Unfortunately in 1904, he dropped out of the race shortly after this picture was taken.
The voting process on the reviews in the SCMM Contest was engrossing. Many writers have written how it lead to a new experience in ‘mobilising.’ We wanted to keep the process simple, secure and transparent.
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2. The vote box was a continuous ticker indicating the positions, which sometimes shuffled by the hour. As everyone was watchful, vigilance got enhanced. We also received very valid feedback from several well-wishers on the quality of votes being cast. In a highly inter-linked world, somewhere someone is someone’s friend.
Based on this experience, we have formulated some rules on voting for future contests. The same were also applied for SCMM contest. A post-mortem was easily possible, as our server had recorded extensive details on every vote.
1. Valid Votes: Mobilising votes through relatives, friends, friends of friends (even if they are personally not known to the mobiliser) through various sharing and re-tweeting mechanisms on the social media.
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Based on these guidelines, we have declared the winners in the SCMM Contest who pooled the highest number of valid votes.
Every place they run marathons. But no where have they organized such a marathon: A Marathon of Reviews. Only Mumbai Marathon can elicit such an efficacious efflux of encomia from runners. An outpour of hearts, sincere thanks from grateful souls.
From a debutant to an 80 year old running his 115th marathon, from an eatery help to billionaire industrialist, teenybopper to matinee idol, everyone ran in unison to the rhythm of “Run India Run.”
And they reviewed. Voluminously.
Here’s a gist of all they wrote.
With an ankle injury just one week prior SCMM, Vivek Gharpure ran to the rhythm of M.S.Subhalakshmi's Vishnusahasranamam. And then all pain vanished, thanks to endhorphins, adrenaline and Mumbaikars (read a young woman in white slacks and top, singing and smiling).
Having badly twisted his left leg on 17th, Chidambaran Subramanian completed the HM in 1:57:23. En-route he spotted another barefoot runner, who happens to be Barefoot Venu Dasu from Bangalore. Venu has never owned running shoes, believing only in God-given shoes.
Five sub 2:05's in Dubai Marathon
But in none of the years he ran in Dubai, could Hailie better himself. Now with five sub 2:05's, Dubai is hopefully looking forward for setting a world record sooner or later. Current world record time for men over the distance is 2:03:38, set in Berlin by Patrick Makau of Kenya in 2011, beating Hailie’s record by 21 seconds.
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