Distance Running
2012 Edition 3

Published July 2012


Proud medal winners at the Steinmetz Gaborone Marathon held on 22 April 2012. Photo by Ulf Nermark


Diversity in unity

METRO GROUP Marathon Düsseldorf, Sun 29 April 2012

By Julia Ehrich
“Let’s just start something” was the simple sentiment behind the roll-out of the marathon in Düsseldorf 10 years ago. It began as something small but has grown steadily since.

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The rushing Ottawa River

Ottawa Marathon, Sun 27 May 2012

By Susan Marsh
You’ve run along the rushing Ottawa River, skirted vast wilderness in Quebec, weaved through vital urban neighbourhoods thronged with cheering supporters, and passed by Canada’s old stone parliament buildings. Now you’re back running along the historic Rideau Canal, staring down the final stretch of the race, digging deep.

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A diamond race

Steinmetz Gaborone Marathon, Sun 22 April 2012

By Emma Muller
A cool drizzle covered the faces of runners huddled together at the start line in the early morning darkness. A few hundred spectators had made their way to the capital’s Phakalane suburb by car, minibus, taxi or on foot before daybreak. They followed the signs in pitch dark to the Golf Estate, which had been transformed by the race organizers into a marathon and entertainment site for over 3,000 runners taking part in the 42km, 10km race or 4km fun run/walk.

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See the latest news from Diacore Gaborone Marathon


Chasing a dream

By Ray Charbonneau
Runners may have their heads in a cloud, but they always have their feet on the ground …

Running into history

Then & now

By Anders Olsson
Sunday 14 July was the big day during the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm …

Running into history

Michel Bréal: the founder of the Marathon

By Norbert Müller
Born in Landau, Palatinate, Michel Bréal was an outstanding linguist but has become better known as the man who inspired the 1896 Olympic Marathon in Athens and – indirectly – all that flowed from it.

Running into history

Small place, big race

By John Flatøy
The Fjord Norway Half Marathon in Knarvik is one of the great running events in Norway, taking place close to Bergen, “The gateway to the Fjords”.

See the latest news from Knarvikmila – The Great Fjord Run

Also in this issue …

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