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Issue 70 2014 Edition 1

2014 edition 1 flat

Cover: Chosun Ilbo Chuncheon International Marathon, Korea

In this issue…

A journey of new and old
Features Standard Chartered KL Marathon, September 20 2013 by Gloria Ng

Kay-El. Not Superman’s name in Kryptonian but the capital city of Malaysia, officially known as Kuala Lumpur but universally abbreviated to its initials. It plays host to the Standard Chartered KL Marathon annually – and some might say you need superman-type resolve to complete the KL marathon.

Local history
Features Airtricity Dublin Marathon, October 20 2013 by Frank Greally

For over three decades now the Dublin Marathon has been regarded as one of Ireland's premier annual sporting fixtures, taking place each year on what has become known nationally as Marathon Monday: the last in October and a national holiday.

A marathon survivor
Running into history Rotorua Marathon

The race was first organised by the Rotorua Athletic Club and in the 1990s by the Lake City Athletic Club. Sponsorship from the Fletcher group of companies covered the first 35 years of the race’s life, from 1965 to 1999. It was this long standing sponsorship, along with good organisation, that attracted a ‘who’s who’ of New Zealand’s greatest distance runners. One has only to look at the event’s Hall of Fame to see who has competed at Rotorua and who has gone on to perform at the highest level in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

The Rekordman
Marathon movers BMW Berlin-Marathon by Helmut Winter

In Germany a world record breaker is a “rekordman” but it is a title more fitting to BMW Berlin Marathon race director Mark Milde…

Tel Aviv
Race previews Tel Aviv Marathon

Milano City Marathon
Race previews Milano City Marathon, April 20 2014

Race preview

Fjordkraft Bergen City Marathon
Race previews Fjordkraft Bergen City Marathon, April 20 2014

ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam
Race previews ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, April 20 2014

34th edition of “Netherlands’ most beautiful marathon”

Skopje Marathon
Race previews Wizz Air Skopje Marathon, May 20 2014

The “most exciting and popular sporting event in Macedonia”

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Issue 71 2014 Edition 2

2014 edition 2 flat

Cover: New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi International Marathon, Chinese Taipei, 2 March 2014.

In this issue…

A blend of authenticity and modernity
Features Marathon International de Marrakech, January 20 2014 by Youssef Outmane

Marrakech is an oasis in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains; an imperial city surrounded by beautiful palm groves and ochre walls. Every year it plays host to the Marrakech International Marathon. Red Marrakech, also known as the Pearl of the South, which once gave its name to Morocco, still retains its capacity to amaze in a blend of authenticity and modernity which make the ideal combination for a long weekend running competition.

Old into new
Features São Silvestre de Luanda 10k, December 20 2014 by Norrie Williamson

Angola’s capital city Luanda has hosted this “Sao Silvestre” New Year’s Eve race since 1954, with only two years – 1961 and 1978 – forfeiting the race date. It is a heroic record, given that the country was engulfed by a war of liberation from 1954 until 1974, and thereafter by a civil war backed by foreign regimes which lasted until 2002.

A long-running romance
Features Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon, February 20 2014

The Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon is a race that might be expected to take place in a certain city on a certain day: the nearest Sunday to St Valentine’s Day and in the city in which Shakespeare placed the hero and heroine of his famous drama – Verona.

La fiesta lagunera
Features Maratón Internacional Lala, March 20 2014 by Alan Brookes

More than just a race, “La Fiesta Lagunera” originated as a gift from a massive dairy conglomerate to the community of “La Comarca Lagunera” that it calls home.

One man’s dream
Running into history Servus Calgary Marathon

On 10 August 1963 nineteen men lined up at Glenmore Stadium to run the first Calgary Marathon – the first city marathon ever to be run in Western Canada.

A run through Stockholm
Race previews adidas Stockholm Marathon

Water, islands and bridges. The ASICS Stockholm Marathon winds through one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. Over two laps you can experience the buzz of a big city, nature’s tranquility and Stockholm’s world famous archipelago.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Race previews Edinburgh Marathon Festival

2014 will be an epic year of sport in Scotland, with the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. But kicking it all off will be the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Volkswagen Prague Marathon
Race previews Volkswagen Prague Marathon, May 20 2014 by Jim Moberly

Turin Half Marathon
Race previews Turin Half Marathon

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Issue 72 2014 Edition 3

2014 edition 3 flat

Cover: 29th Telekom Vivicittá Spring Half Marathon, Budapest, Hungary, Sun 13 April 2014

In this issue…

An extraordinary atmosphere
Features ASICS Medio Maratón Villa de Madrid, April 20 2014 by Isaías Díaz

The Asics Half Marathon Villa de Madrid opened on a morning which began foggy but turned ideal by the time of the race, and closed with respective individual records by Kenyan Peter Emase (1:02:00) and Cinthia Jerotich (1:09:40) in the male and female category respectively. These record times, and the 16,969 runners who completed the course, confirm the Asics Half Marathon Villa de Madrid as one of the largest on the world scene.

In the heart of Europe
Features TUI Marathon Hannover, April 20 2014

The fair city of Hannover offers a variety of cultural, historic and scientific highlights, but the marathon has played a leading role in making Hannover one of the foremost sporting cities in the country.

Tracing a path through history
Features International Marathon Alexander the Great, April 20 2014 by Giorgios Karagiannis

Nearly 15,000 runners flooded the streets of Thessaloniki in the ninth edition of the race, which has become the biggest sporting event in Northern Greece. They ranged in age from 9–85 years, participating in the Marathon, the 10km & 5km road races, and a 1000m race for schoolchildren. Runners from 54 countries lived a unique experience, won the applause of many fans and sent a message of fitness and health through an event that resonates with social, cultural, environmental, touristic and historical significance. Since 2006 the race has linked the ancient Capital of Macedonia, Pella, with the modern one, Thessaloniki, and brings the name of Alexander the Great before a worldwide audience.

Fearless in Palma
Features 261 Women’s Marathon by Kathrine Switzer

Bohemian rhapsody
Features Pardubice Wine Half Marathon, April 20 2014 by Oldřich Bujnoch

Established more than 20 years ago, the Pardubice Wine Half Marathon is evolving into a full sporting festival. Since 2009 the race has incorporated the national championship of the Czech Republic and it is set to continue hosting it for the next few years. Some of the best Czech runners participate, but so too do people who just love the sport.

A dream destination
Features Dhiraagu Maldives Road Race, June 20 2014

The Maldives has been a dream destination for honeymooners and a brand name for affluent tourists who appreciate the art of doing nothing. But now it is a place that people can go to do something: that is, run a road race.

A marathon phenomenon
Running into history Košice Peace Marathon by Brano Koniar

Europe’s longest-running marathon race

Turin Marathon
Race previews Turin Marathon by Alessandra Ramella Pairin

Visiting Turin means plunging into Italian culture, history and traditions – and running the Turin Marathon lets you live these. Runners can get a good look around and enjoy the warm welcome of Turin’s people, who support and encourage them for the entire length of the course.

The Mother City Marathon
Race previews Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town hosts of one of the world’s most irresistible city marathons.

A two-day jubilee
Race previews Dam tot Damloop, September 20 2014

The largest running event in the Netherlands will become a two-day sports festival this year, with a record number of 65,000 runners participating in the Dam tot Damloop on the weekend of 20–21 September.

Celebrating 35 years
Race previews GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, October 20 2014

Twelve thousand runners will assemble on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend for the 35th edition of the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon.

A marathon in an 8000 year old city…
Race previews Erbil Marathon

In setting your goals for the year you should consider making the Erbil Marathon your destination of choice. Come along and join thousands of runners and peace lovers from all over the world.

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Issue 82 2014 Edition 4

2014 edition 4 flat

Cover: International Ergo White Nights Marathon, Russia, Sunday 29 June 2014.

In this issue…

Fruits of the forest
Features Portumna Forest Marathon by Angela Geraghty

Portumna is a small town in the heart of rural Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The name Portumna comes from the Irish word Port Omna, meaning the landing place of the oak tree.

White Nights
Features International Ergo White Nights Marathon, June 20 2014

The famous ‘White Nights’ (Beliye Nochi) of St Petersburg, which occur from 11 June to 2 July, are a unique phenomenon. Because the city is located at 60 degrees North the sun does not dip deep enough below the horizon for the sky to grow dark around the time of the summer solstice.

Running River City
Features Brisbane Marathon Festival, August 20 2014 by Ricky Swindale

Over 4500 participants from 30 countries came to take part in the 23rd edition of the race. They were presented with ideal running conditions on a cool, calm and clear winter morning.

Running the empire
Features The Angkor Empire Marathon, August 20 2014

The inaugural Angkor Empire Marathon took place this year in the ancient city of Angkor and attracted more than 2200 runners from 42 countries

Enchanted in Ireland
Features Longford Marathon, August 20 2014 by Thomas Lyons

Longford is a town of around 10,000 people located 120km from Dublin on the main road to the north west of the country. It stands on the banks of the River Camlin, a tributary of Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon. Being in the hinterland of the Shannon it is relatively flat. Although there are no mountains in the area it is nonetheless breath­takingly beautiful.

Practice makes perfect
Features Pila International Half Marathon by Marcin Dulnik

The PHILIPS Piła Half Marathon is one of the oldest races in Poland with a history that goes back to 1991 when the first race was started by Henryk Paskal, who is still the race director. He gathered local running enthusiasts together and suggested staging a 15km race called the “Pilska Fifteen”.

One territory, two marathons
Running into history China Coast Marathon and Half Marathon by Hugh Jones

On 18 January 2015 the China Coast Marathon will celebrate its 35th running. For an event that has no big budget to call upon, and has no possibility of attracting a mass field of thousands (and would not want to anyway), such longevity is a mark of how successfully it has established itself.

Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon
Race previews Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
Race previews Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, November 20 2014

Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon
Race previews Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon, December 20 2014

Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon
Race previews Ayla Red Sea Half Marathon, December 20 2014

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