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Distance Running
2012 Edition 2

Published April 2012

On the cover…

Runners in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Half Marathon stream off the 4km-long Sealink as the early-start mass marathon participants embark on their outward journey, 15km into the race.

Contents

Features

On recovery road

Kyoto Marathon, Sun 11 March 2012

By Jane Tse
At 14.46 on 11 March 2011 Japan was hit by its worst ever earthquake. It registered 9 on the Richter scale, and was one of the five worst ever suffered – anywhere. The World Bank rated it as the most expensive natural disaster in world history.

See the latest news from Kyoto Marathon

Features

A popular pilgrimage in the Holy City

Jerusalem Marathon, Half & 10k, Fri 16 March 2012

The City of Jerusalem hosted about 15,000 runners from all over Israel and from about 50 countries worldwide in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km races. They fought driving rain and strong winds in the second ever marathon held in the Holy City.

See the latest news from Jerusalem Marathon, Half & 10k

Opinion

The long way home

By Richard Donovan
Why would anyone want to run seven marathon distances on seven continents in less than five days? “Because I thought I could” says Richard Donovan.

Running into history

The beautiful battleground

Kinmen Marathon, Sun 26 February 2012

By Queenie Juang
Kinmen was first known as Jinmen (meaning “golden gate”) from Ming Dynasty times when the emperor sent in the military to protect the area against pirate attacks.

See the latest news from Kinmen Marathon

Opinion

On Tour

By Martin Joyce
Tour operator Martin Joyce recalls some memorable moments…

Running into history

In the footsteps of a legend

By Jari Salonen
The 21st edition of the Paavo Nurmi Marathon takes place on 30 June 2012, commemorating the much earlier feats of the “Flying Finn” in the 1920s. Paavo Nurmi won nine gold and three silver medals in the Olympic Games held in Antwerp in 1920, Paris in 1924 and Amsterdam in 1928.

See the latest news from Paavo Nurmi Marathon

Marathon movers

Jim Ralston

By Joe Hvilivitzky
After helping breathe new life into the world’s only country-to-country marathon, Jim Ralston is stepping aside following a 14-year run as its race director. Under Ralston’s stewardship the race, now called the Niagara Falls International Marathon (NFIM), has enjoyed steady growth in popularity as a destination race for runners drawn by the idea of starting a race in the United States and ending it in Canada—near the brink of the iconic Canadian Horseshoe Falls, no less.

See the latest news from Niagara Falls International Marathon

Also in this issue …

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