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Issue 50 2009 January-March

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Cover: The spectacular indoor finish of the Dresdner-Kleinwort Frankfurt Marathon, Germany. 26th September 2008

In this issue…

A coastal spectacular
Features Monterey Bay Half Marathon by Sally Smith

The Big Sur Half debuted in 2003 and was an immediate and overwhelming success. The half marathon rivaled the full marathon in terms of scenery and over the following five years the field has now almost doubled in size.

Land and sea
Features Half Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP by Paco Borao

The motto that appears on the new emblem of Valencia’s Town Council reads “Tierra y Mar” (or in Valencian “Terra i Mar”). It is an accurate description of the way in which Spain’s third largest city has forged a strong new identity for itself, using the interplay between these basic assets.

Raising the standard
Features Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

The quality of the marathon experience offered is what has driven the growth

Worlds apart
Opinion by David Martin

Times have changed in the Marathon world, observes AIMS Statistician David Martin

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Issue 51 2009 April-June

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Cover: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, India, 18 January 2009

In this issue…

A race for life
Features Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, January 20 2009 by Bruno Goveas

The people of Mumbai unanimously chose the platform of the marathon as their riposte to the forces of terror and destruction

A Catalan carnival: Marato de Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 2009
Features Zurich Marató de Barcelona

The course offers a complete tour of the city, taking in Barcelona FC’s famous ground, the Nou Camp, La Pedreda, the astonishing cathedral constructed by Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia, the Agbar Tower, the Port Olimpic and the famous Ramblas.

A race for the place: Lago Maggiore Half Marathon, 8 March 2009
Features NEXIA AUDIREVI Lake Maggiore Half Marathon & 10K

It is a matter of the place awaiting the race, and at Lake Maggiore the race has arrived.

The Long Run
Opinion by Hugh Jones

The Marathon is a race of 42195m, but there is no such thing as an exact measurement. Hugh Jones asks: who decides the length of a race?

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Issue 52 2009 July-September

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Cover: Edinburgh Marathon, Great Britain, 31st May 2009

In this issue…

That magical feeling
Features Vienna City Marathon by Andreas Maier

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A new corner of Europe: Nordea Riga Marathon, Latvia, May 17 2009
Features Rimi Riga Marathon by Inese Kikule

Latvia’s capital Riga has long had the ring of an exotic, faraway place, but it is rapidly establishing itself as a cornerstone of Europe. Although the population is only one million, and it may seem like a pocket-size metropolis, the city takes you by surprise with its incredible intensity of life.

Before the boom
Opinion by Andy Milroy

Marathon researchers have now delved back 70 years, finding the bare statistics that tell a history.

Paul Selby – comrade
Opinion by Alison Kay

What keeps this man going on his epic ultramarathon quest, he can’t really explain, but Alison Kay offers some insights

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Issue 53 2009 October-December

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Cover: Great Scottish Run, Great Britain, 6 September 2009

In this issue…

An intoxicating experience
Features Kaua’i Marathon and Half

I keep reliving the moments of pre-race joy as hundreds of men and women gazed at one another in the dark. At 05.45, almost 1900 runners gather together and head toward the start line – some arm-in-arm, some solo.

A race of superlatives
Features Zermatt Marathon, July 20 2009 by Andrea Schneider

The Matterhorn is considered to be the most beautiful mountain in the world and decorates the front page of nearly all guidebooks.

Between fjords and mountains
Features Fjord Norway Half Marathon

The course is fun and it starts and ends close to the stadium. The course is is charming because it goes through the streets of the town and its surrounding natural environment, with a lot of spectators and several bands playing. It’s very different from a marathon in a big city.

Tortured minds, tortured bodies
Opinion by Charmayne Wellington

Charmayne Wellington wonders at the damage runners inflict upon themselves, and encourages a self-questioning attitude to athletic injury.

New chip on the block
Opinion

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