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 Monday, February 26, 2007 

Ron Clarke assists young athletes

Record-breaking middle and long-distance runner Ron Clarke is giving back to the sport of athletics through the R.W. Clarke Foundation Awards. Clarke, who set 21 world records during the 1960s, has established the award to assist young athletes not already receiving support through traditional pathways. The awards aim to recognise and help registered club athletes from the age of 16 to 23 and provide funding for competition at major domestic meets such as the Telstra A-Series, national championships and high level competitions and training camps. Athletes are invited to apply by mailing their application to R.E. Clarke Foundation, Athletics Australia, Suite 22, Farkner Towers, 431 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004.

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 Saturday, February 17, 2007 

CoolRunning most popular Australian "Sport-Athletics" website for 3rd year running

Hitwise has announced that www.coolrunning.com.au has qualified for a Hitwise #1 Award for the year ended December 2006. During this period, www.coolrunning.com.au ranked No. 1 by visits in the Sports - Athletics category against other Australian websites.

This is the 3rd year running we have won the award, beating contenders like Athletics Australia, Runners World, Athletics Victoria and all the major marathons.


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 Thursday, February 15, 2007 

Athletics Australia and Healthe develop partnership

Athletics Australia and Healthe, a provider of online health and wellbeing services, have signed a three-year partnership to develop a range of products aimed at assisting all athletes from the elite to recreational levels to improve performance and overall wellbeing.

Athletics Australia manages the Running Australia program that accommodates more than 80 fun run events. In addition to active participants in running, the Sweeney Sports Report estimates a quarter of the population run recreationally - equating to more than five million people.

Healthe through its network of offices in Australia provide a unique combination of products, services and information to assist all Australians to prevent and manage their health challenges.

Healthe’s services include an online personal health record, partnerships with health and lifestyle merchants providing savings on a range of products and services and many other resources to endorse maximum performance and health.

Healthe will work with Athletics Australia to develop an elite product that better allows athletes, their coaches and medical advisors to manage treatment wherever the athlete is training or competing.

The news comes 48 hours after a report from Sport Knowledge Australia (SKA) in which Prof Kevin Norton, says that an array of strategies and programmes designed to stem the rate of obesity in Australian children have failed.

“Right now all levels of government are doing little more than tinkering in terms of the financial resources available to tackle the problem. Tens of millions of dollars is a lot of money but when spent addressing this issue it is minuscule and is not having any measurable impact on the obesity crisis.

“We need to spend closer to $1 billion to make positive change, he said”

Complete article at Sportsbusiness USA

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Sonia O'Sullivan announces retirement from athletics

Sonia O'Sullivan has announced her retirement from athletics at the age of 37.

The Cobh athlete will make one final competitive appearance when she takes part in the Great BUPA Run in Dublin on April 15.

O'Sullivan was Ireland's greatest and most popular athlete for many years winning an Olympic silver 5,000m medal in Sydney in 2000, World Championship gold in 1995, three European gold medals and two World Cross-Country titles.

She missed a chance to compete in last year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, under the Australian flag, when she was forced to pull out with a hamstring injury.

The Cork-woman, who spends at least half the year down under with her Australian husband and manager Nic Bideau and two children, was granted dual citizenship just before the tournament.

Complete article at the Irish Examiner

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 Friday, February 09, 2007 

Guaranteed places at NYC Marathon for Australian runners

Running enthusiasts are being offered the opportunity of a lifetime – to run the highly coveted ING New York Marathon while raising funds for charity.

Travel charity company Inspired Adventures – which takes hundreds of Australians abroad to exotic, physically-challenging and culturally-stimulating destinations – has secured entries into November’s New York Marathon.

Participants will not only have the work out of their lives, but will also raise valuable funds to fight cardiovascular disease through the National Heart Foundation (NSW Division).

Runners pay a $700 registration fee and then raise funds for the Heart Foundation to join the stable.

“What an amazing adventure – and when there are only a few spots available to Australians through organised travel groups – we are thrilled to offer this trip,” Inspired Adventure’s Justine Curtis said.

“The New York Marathon is one of the world’s greatest road races and each year, it draws more than 90,000 runners.

“Imagine being cheered on by more than two million New Yorkers and knowing that by doing so, you are making a difference to the heart health of Australians.

“Over the course of 42.2kms, you will experiences the excitement, colour and personality of all five New York boroughs – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhatta. Take a challenge with heart, and join us in the fight against cardiovascular disease in the Big Apple,” Ms Curtis said.

To join the team, contact Inspired Adventures on (02) 9907-7088 or visit their website www.inspiredadventures.com.au. Please are strictly limited and entires must be received by the end of February.

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 Friday, February 02, 2007 

American to Attempt Guinness World Record By Running Marathons On 7 Continents In 35 Days

On 11 February 2007, "Marathon" Don Kern will begin an attempt to break the Guinness World Record "Marathon on each continent - Shortest duration to complete (Men)" by running in organized marathons on each of the seven continents in 35 days. Scheduled conclusion is 18 March 2007.

The marathons included in the "world tour" are: Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham Alabama (North America), Egyptian International Marathon in Luxor, Egypt (Africa), Maraton Popular de Valencia in Valencia, Spain (Europe), The Antarctic Marathon on King George Island (Antarctica), Fin del Mundo Marathon in Ushuaia, Argentina (South America), Six Foot Track Marathon in Sydney (Australia), and the Donga Seoul International Marathon in Seoul, South Korea (Asia)

All of the above marathons are officially organized events, recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) or other international running bodies. None are contrived just for the purpose of this world record attempt.

Affiliated charities 1) Alternatives in Motion, a local Grand Rapids charity provides new made-to-order wheelchairs and other mobility devices to people who need them. 2) City to City Run to Defeat Malaria, Donating Bti (bacillus thurengiensis var israelensis) to Equator Belt Countries. This bacteria naturally kills mosquitoes without disrupting personal health or environment, as opposed to spraying DDT.

Kern is an IT Consultant, freelance writer, and the Race Director of the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. He has run 133 marathon or longer races, in all fifty states, in twelve countries, and at the North Pole.

For additional information, contact Don Kern, or visit www.cooladventures.net/sevencontinents.htm

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