In this issue…
Connecting the twins: Twin Cities Marathon, USA, 2 October 2005
Minneapolis and St. Paul are cities both connected and divided by that great natural symbol of the American nation, the Mississippi River. Locals just call it “The River”. There is friendly rivalry between the Twins, going back to the 19th century when each city padded the 1890 census report in an attempt to be bigger than the other. But the Twin Cities Marathon undoubtedly draws the rivals together in a common cause.
More than a monster
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, Great Britain, 2 October 2005
Running into the heart of Africa: Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, Kenya. 23 October 2005
Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
Comparing the map of Africa to a human body – and Africa is where humans came from - Nairobi is located where the heart is. The Kenyan capital is unquestionably the hub of East Africa (though Addis Ababa is a close second). It is also the epicentre of world running talent. Since the days of Kip Keino, Kenyan runners have spilled out onto the world scene, dominating races in all corners of the globe. A bit like their East African ancestors did in the original settlement of the world.
Fireworks, indoors and out: Messe Frankfurt Marathon, Germany. 30 October 2005
Mainova Frankfurt Marathon
Running a marathon is infernal enough for most people; running it indoors would be like a modern version of Dante’s Circles of Hell. Yet indoor marathons were all the rage a century ago. The nearest thing to it nowadays is the Messe Frankfurt Marathon, where the last 100m of the race takes the runners off the pavement and into the ‘Gut Stubb,’ the city centre Festival Hall. A fireworks display and brass band await them, along with 10,000 rowdy spectators lubricated (since this is Germany) by the inevitable steins of beer.
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