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It’s funny how cell phones used to be big and bulky. Through the years, they got smaller, sleeker, and smaller still. The ones that were the coolest were so tiny that we could barely keep track of them. Then, all of a sudden, bigger was better. The phones got bigger and bigger—so much so that now my kids no longer laugh at the size of my original cell phone, which, yes, I still have. I guess the same could be said of fashion, too. For instance, bell bottoms were hip. Then, in the ’80s, we really couldn’t believe we wore those things. In fact, in that decade our jeans were so snug that we had to do bodily contortions just to put them on. Of course, the bell bottoms made a reappearance, and to date, I have no idea whether they are still “in.”
Just as phones and clothing styles seem to revisit earlier eras, many races have opted for finisher medals that hearken back to the past—and they have won the hearts of many runners in doing so! In 2014, some beautiful medals that were extremely popular among our panel were made from such materials as wood, clay, and glass. Also, the classic medallion styles with skylines and landmarks won favor, getting away from odd shapes, designs, and flashing lights. The finisher medals were, for the most part, truly medals; the gadgets and gimmicks gave way to old-fashioned, traditional pieces.
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LOS ANGELES – New Global Adventures, LLC, in partner with New Yunnan Culture Media Company, officially announce the 2nd annual Yunnan Puzhehei International Marathon, a one-of-a-kind destination adventure race in the Yunnan Province of Southern China.
This event was created to give the world of international runners the opportunity to experience a beautiful exotic and remote location of Puzhehei China while running a marathon race. Click here to read the entire press release.
Dallas Marathon Launches Inaugural RunDallas Race Series in Partnership With Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC DallasMay 19, 2015
DALLAS (May 19, 2015) – Organizers of the Dallas Marathon today announced the creation of a year-round race series in collaboration with the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas. The RunDallas Race Series is designed to promote health and fitness in the Dallas community through running and physical activity, a goal collectively shared by each of the participating organizations. The race series will also help increase awareness of these running events in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
“We strive to create fun and memorable experiences through running events, and we’re excited to align with professional sports franchises that share our passion for fitness like the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas,” said Patrick Byerly, president of the Dallas Marathon. “The RunDallas Race Series will help deliver an entertaining lineup of year-round running events for the community to participate in, and will add a new level of energy to Dallas Marathon race weekend each December.”
To complete the RunDallas Race Series, one must finish a series of four races throughout the calendar year, culminating in the running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or Behringer Relay. 2015 RunDallas Race Series events include:
- The inaugural FC Dallas Footy 5K and Fun Run presented by VAZATA on July 11
- Rangers Labor Day Race Presented by Medical Center Arlington on Sept. 7
- The Mavs Run This Town 5K in October, date TBD
- The 45th running of the Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon or Behringer Relay on Dec. 13
Upon completion of all four races, participants will earn a special RunDallas Race Series medal, awarded at the Dallas Marathon finish line on Sunday, December 13.
Episode 2: Howe Sound Crest Trail, just outside of Vancouver, Canada
Elevation Change: Depends on the direction you travel. The extra challenging way is from Porteau Cove to Cypress, and offers 2,600 meters of elevation gain. (That’s a whopping 8,530 feet!) The *slightly* easier, still very challenging way, is Cypress to Porteau Cove, offering 1,830 meters of elevation gain! (Still 6,000 feet!)
In Run the World series, RunGo’s team of run-loving employees will take you on a tour of their favorite runs around the world. Each run will feature a different region, with tons of photos to get you motivated and a link to RunGo’s route, so you can follow the run with voice navigation. Whether it’s road or trail, it will be something to add to your running bucket list.
This run is a true classic, a runner’s and hiker’s favorite near to RunGo’s home base in beautiful Vancouver, BC. The point-to-point run takes you along a ridge with panoramic views of British Columbia’s Howe Sound. Run in-between the iconic, granite Lions, gallop past alpine lakes and through technical rock scree, and feel challenged with both great climbs up and down and technical trail underfoot. When you’re not stunned by the view overhead, you’ll be entertained with the challenging terrain – rocks, routes, and nearby cliffs!
Beware of trying this in winter, unless you’re trained in winter travel. We advise traveling the route once you’re sure it’s free of snow – August and September are great times to go run it. Because you’ll be up on a ridge, this run is best during a day with good weather. Also, be aware that this is a point to point route, we recommend having two cars for the trip – one at each end – as there isn’t any public transportation in this area. Finally, don’t be surprised if this takes you a full 8 hours to run – much of it is very technical and almost hiking pace!
More great photos can be found on the Trails BC website!
RunGo Route to Follow: Howe Sound Crest Trail 29k
Marathon & Beyond has teamed up with the RunGo team, a group of run-loving employees who would like to share with you some of their favorite runs around the world. Each run in the “Run the World” series, will feature a different region, with tons of photos to get you motivated and a link to RunGo’s route, so you can follow the run with voice navigation. Whether it’s road or trail, it will be something to add to your running bucket list.
Episode 1: Ship’s Stern Circuit, Lamington National Park, Australia
Elevation Change: 1576 meter cumulative elevation change
This run takes you through one of the most beautiful rainforests we’ve ever seen. Discover waterfalls, open views of lush, cascading valleys, and be treated to soft, rolling terrain that keeps you feeling fresh. What’s more, Lamington National Park treats you with a temperature that is much cooler than the Gold Coast’s typical scorching temperatures.
Beware of leeches! These little critters are harmless though, and good motivation to run faster!
RunGo Route to Follow: Ship’s Stern Circuit
Alicia, from the RunGo team