Tag Archives: Marathon Races

Signs Of Heart Attack When Running Marathon

There have been a couple recent deaths in marathon races. In 2011 marathon deaths have been reported of a 35-year old in Chicago, 32 year old in San Antonio, 27 year old in Toronto, 32 year old in Montreal, and a 58 year old in savannah. These deaths are making some runners now worry about running long distance races?

I remember reading an article in NYT about this issue of runners dying from heart attack a few years ago. One of the conclusions was “The risk of dying on a marathon course is twice as high if you drive it than if you run it”.

Runners World magazine resident doctor wrote on this topic (Heart attacks) and he adviced all runners to look out for the following tale tell signs of an imminent heart attack when running.

Listen to your body and stop for chest pain or pressure; pain or pressure in your arm, neck, or jaw; skipping or irregular heart beat; or unusual breathlessness, loss of energy, or fatigue.

If you have an event, like blacking out or feeling dizzy while exercising or feeling your heart flutter or race, report it to your physician for evaluation. Also be aware that “heartburn” during exercise may not be from your stomach and can be your heart.

 

 

Register to Run 2012 Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon is one of the prestigious marathon races in Europe. Registration for the 2012 race is open. The race has 40,000 slots. The rule is first come first served. Last year the race opened in September and it was all sold out by end of November.

2012 Paris Marathon Dates.

2012 Paris marathon will be on 15 April 2012.

Registration 2012 Paris Marathon

Registration for 2012 Paris marathon will be done online, at the official Paris Marathon site. Payment of registration fee is also done online.

2012 Paris Marathon registration fee.

  • 12,000 first quota of places 60 €
  • 15,000 next quota of places 79 €
  • 10,000 final quota of places 95 €

Doctors medical report

Paris marathon require a medical certificate signed by doctor proving you are in good condition to run and finish a 26 mile marathon

Book a Starting zone

The starting zone just after elite runners is reserved for sub 3.15 runners who provide proof of previous race results obtained within the last two years. For this fast runners the registration must be done via post mail.

Half Marathons San Francisco

San Francisco, California is one of the few U.S states with marathon and half marathon events all round the year. The following are half marathon events across the state of California.

Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon & 5K Fun Run San Francisco

This half marathon is held in February – Runner’s World magazine ranked San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon & 5K one of the country’s most scenic half marathon races.

For registration, race results & half marathon photos check out the official race website

Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 7-Mile Race

The Golden Gate Headlands Marathon, Half Marathon & 7-Mile race is held in the first week of April. The race is virtually all trails, including Sausalito’s Coastal Trail, Wolf Springs Trail, Old Springs Trail, Marincello Trail and Rodeo Valley Trail.

To register, get race results or golden gate marathon photos visit the event website.

San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathons & 5K

San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathons & 5K is held in July. There are actually two half-marathon events to choose from at this race, as runners may run either the first or the second 13.1 miles of the full marathon course.

To register, get race results or San Francisco Marathon, Half Marathons & 5K photos and pictures visit event website.

Giant Race Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, San Francisco.

If you are a fun of San Francisco giants this is the race for you. The runners finish the race literally by crossing home plate inside San Francisco’s gorgeous AT&T Park, the home of its Major League Baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.

The race is held in the last weekend of August.

To register, get results or get Giant Race Half Marathon photos and pictures visit official race website.

Lake Merced Half Marathon & 4.5-Mile Run San Francisco

This half marathon takes place in September. The course takes runners along the pedestrian & jogging path that runs around San Francisco’s Lake Merced Municipal Park.

To register, check race results race photos and pictures visit race website.

Nike Women’s Marathon & Half Marathon San Francisco

This women only event attracts 20,000 women runners. To register, check race results and race photos and pictures visit race website.

US Half Marathon, San Francisco.

A fantastic race, most of the race course is fairly fast and flat, though there are some challenging, hilly stretches around the mid-point of the course. The US half is held in November. To register visit the race website.

North Face Endurance Challenge Trail Run Half Marathon San Francisco.

This half marathon race is held in December. Part of four trail races. North Face Endurance Challenge trail race features a 50-mile, 50K and 10K race in addition to the 13.1-mile half marathon.

To register, get race results visit North Face Endurance race website.

Half Marathons 2011

The best website to find half marathons in 2011 is marathons.ahotu.com. The site describes itself as the largest directory of half marathon. They have listed over 1123 half marathon 2011 races and counting.

The half marathons in 2011 are listed in countries, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France etc. You can also find half marathons in 2011 from cities worldwide.

The Popular Half Marathons 2011

Bupa Great North Run Half Marathon 2011

This north east of England half marathon race is the largest half marathon in the world with over 50,000 racers taking part. The race is on 2nd of October 2011. If you will be in England then you may include it as part of your half marathons 2011.

Disney Princess Half Marathon 2011

This women oriented race will be on February 27, 2011. If you are thinking of a half marathon 2011 gift to your girlfriend or wife  this is the race.

Boston Half Marathon 2011

This is one of May half marathons 2011. Boston half marathon 2011 will take place on 29 may 2011.

Chicago Half marathon 2011

Another interesting half marathon in 2011. A perfect preparation for the 2011 Chicago marathon. Almost all major marathons have half marathons 2011 races that will act as dress rehersal for the big one.

To find 2011 half marathons in your country or worldwide go to marathon.ahotu.com.

Register To Run 2011 Paris Marathon : Enter 2011 Paris Marathon

The Paris Marathon is one of the prestigious marathon races in Europe. Registration for the 2011 race will open around September 2010. The race has 40,000 slots. The rule is first come first served. Last year the race opened in September and it was all sold out by end of November.

2011 Paris Marathon Dates.

2011 Paris marathon will be on 11 April 2011.

Registration 2011 Paris Marathon

Registration for 2011 Paris marathon will be done online. Payment of registration fee is also done online.

Doctors medical report

Paris marathon require a medical certificate signed by doctor proving you are in good condition to run and finish a  26 mile marathon

Book a Starting zone

The starting zone just after elite runners is reserved for sub 3.15 runners who provide proof of previous race results obtained within the last two years. For this fast runners the registration must be done via post mail.

To Register visit the official paris marathon website

Weekend Half & Full Marathon Photos & Pictures

It was a great weekend of marathon running, I found pictures from some of marathon races that happened over the weekend.

2010 Hyannis Marathon Race photos & Pictures

The local paper had a great photo taken at the start of the race : a picture of Dad with his wheel chair bound son just ahead of the leading pack. See photo at cod times site

2010 Gasparilla Half & Full Marathon photos & Pictures

The notable thing about thsi race was the 41 year old winner, Terri Rejimbai won the womens half in a time of 1 hr 22 mins. See pictures at st petersburg website

2010 Cowtown marathon photos & pictures

The largest running field over the weekend, 21000 runners turned up. I wondered why the winner had a slow finish time in the low 2:30s. This picture tells it all

See more pictures at flickr

2010 Standard Chartered Hong Kong marathon photos & pictures

See photo of the winner at peoples website

Marathon Rules For Elite Runners

Marathon races have rules and regulation. The rules for elite runners are more stringent than for the casual runners.

The rules for elite runners became more clear after the debacle at 2009 Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee. In that race three different ladies were declared winners.

The first winner was Cassie Pellar who was disqualified shortly after the race for accepting aid – a water bottle – from a friend outside of the official water stations. The second place finisher, Jennifer Goebel, then took the first place. After a few days, supporters of Cassie posted a photo of Jennifer, the race photos showed Goebel with an iPod tucked into the waistband of her shorts. Since running with an ipod is against the rules she was stripped off her first place.

The third place finisher Canitz, a green 42 year old runner was elevated to first place.I wonder what dirt they will now dig out about her??? she better have her taxes in order.

The Elite Marathon Rules

  • Don’t take water or food from spectators
  • Don’t listen to music during the race.
  • And this last one is so obvious, Don’t use dope

How To Predict Your Marathon Time

To predict your marathon time, race shorter races about a month or less than the marathon.

Marathon Time Calculator

For a 10K race, multiple your time by 4.67 to predict your marathon time. For a half-marathon, multiple your time by 2.1. For example, a 10K time of 45:30 would predict a marathon time of about 3:32:30; a half-marathon time of 1:35 would predict a marathon time of about 3:19:30.

Good Luck

Marathon Races In September

Marathon races on the Weekend of September 12

  1. Patriots Run Marathon, Olathe City
  2. Big Bear Marathon, Big bear lake city
  3. Lake city marathon Winona lake
  4. Little Grand Canyon Marathon, Price city
  5. Montreal Marathon, Montreal city
  6. Rochester Marathon, Rochester city

Marathon races on the weekend of September 19

  1. Air force marathon, Daytona city
  2. Arkansas Marathon, Arkansas city
  3. Robin Hood marathon, Nottingham UK
  4. Sydney Marathon, Sydney

Marathon races on the weekend of September 26

  1. Road Runner Akron Marathon, Akron city
  2. Hamptons marathon, east Hampton city
  3. Omaha Marathon, Omaha city
  4. Flagstaff Marathon, flagstaff city
  5. Scotia bank Toronto waterfront marathon, Toronto city
  6. Accra International Marathon, Accra Ghana

How to Attract More Marathon Entrants To A Race

Marathon business is a competitive business. In the USA alone over 400 marathons are organised each year targeting something like 400,000 runners.

The big marathons such as New York Marathon, Boston marathon and the Chicago marathon have no problem attracting runners, they dont even need to spend alot on marketing because it is the runners that come to them. But for many marathon races how to attract runners is a big headache.

Any race director who is organising a marathon and is wondering how he can attract more runners needs to read the following case studies. I read them from raonoke dot com.

Case Studies of formers struggling marathons and how they solved the problem

The Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee

The race started 10 years ago with hilly course, and participation fell off from 7,500 the first year to 6,300 the second year, said Adam Zocks, the race’s general manager. Organizers flattened the course and added a half-marathon. Last year, the races had a combined 31,000 participants.

The Mount Rushmore Marathon.

The mount Rushmore marathon in the black hills of South dakota which had a mountainous course has seen steady growth in recent years, says Steve Kurtenbach, president of All Sports Central, which organizes the race. He attributed part of that to adding a second, easier marathon course that now draws more runners than the original.

From this two case studies is clear that if the marathon course is hilly and tough a marathon race will find it difficult attracting willing runners, if a race directors manages to convince some novice local runners to participate, they will have a hard time such that they will not participate again.

But what about a race that with an easy flat course but struggles to attract runners.

Few marathon race can survive on local participation. The race director and the organisers must target runners from out of town. To get out of town runners to come the organisers must give them a good reason, rather than the marathon alone, as to why they should visit the town.

Like the organisers of country music marathon added “part of the Country Music Marathon’s success was people realizing that Nashville was a great destination apart from the race.”

Another well market marathon is the Suntrust Richmond marathon, the marathon targets first time marathon runners with the tagline “America’s most friendliest marathon”