Distance Running
2011 Edition 2

Published April 2011


WORLD RECORD: 18 February 2011: Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon, United Arab Emirates – Mary Keitany tore around this clockwise loop course to record 1:05:50 and rip no less than 35 seconds off Lornah Kiplagat’s 2007 world record for the half marathon.


A running resort

Limassol Marathon GSO, Sun 20 February 2011

The Limassol Marathon, only in its fifth edition, has become the foremost marathon in Cyprus – Aphrodite’s island in the eastern Mediterranean where the weather is the warmest you can get within the European Union. The race date is fixed for the end of February, no doubt selected for when many runners from higher latitudes are getting fed up wih the dark and drizzle of a north European winter, and yearn for a bit of sunshine.

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Running as nature intended

Seychelles Eco-Healing Marathon, Sun 27 February 2011

By Glynn Burridge
Sapphire seas, cobalt skies and a meandering road ahead, sandwiched between lush forests, largely untouched since the dawn of time and the lapping of the Indian Ocean against magnificent silver sands.

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A foothold in Africa

By Paco Borao
With so many superlative distance runners in Africa, why are there not more high profile races? Paco Borao feels the wind of change


Big in Japan

By Ken Nakamura
Until recently most of the renowned marathons in Japan were single-sex elite races. Mass marathons like Lake Kawaguchi Marathon have been held for years, but only Nagano Marathon and Hokkaido Marathon invite a significant number of elite runners. But with the re-launch of the Tokyo Marathon in 2007 everything started to change.

Running into history

Vancouver volunteers its best

The BMO Vancouver Marathon celebrates its 40th consecutive running on 1 May 2011. The race was founded in 1972 by Jack Taunton and Ivor Davies, members of the Lions Gate Road Runners, a newly formed local running club, and was known as the “British Columbia Marathon”.

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Also in this issue …

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