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Distance Running 2012 Edition 2

2012 edition 2 flat

Published April 2012

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.



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.


On Tour

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

Running into history

The beautiful battleground

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

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, Half and 10k

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.


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