The Quad-City Times Bix 7 Miler in Davenport IA, is a road running tradition in the U.S. With over 10,000 finishers in the 2014 race, this race is larger than most Marathons. I was lucky enough to run in the 40th version of the race this year.
One of the major storylines of the European Track and Field Championships was the stripping winner of the 3000 Meter Steeplechase. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad looked to be the clear winner of his third straight European title in the Steeplechase. He was so elated by the prospect that over the final water barrier he removed his singlet and began waving to the crowd. He then finished the race with the singlet in his hand. Mekhissi-Benabbad was originally given a yellow card by the official for “acting in an unsporting or improper manner.” He was later disqualified from the event and stripped of his Gold medal. “When I took off my vest on the last metres, it was because of my joy, of course,” he told the championship’s official website before the disqualification was announced. “It was the pleasure of winning. I was so happy to defend my title.”
Perhaps Mekhissi-Benabbad would have received a little more mercy if he did not have a history of creating trouble. After winning the European Championships Steeplechase in 2012 Mekhissi-Benabbad walked up to the mascot and shoved it.
Mekhissi-Benabbad’s hate of mascots can be traced even further back though. In 2010 after winning his first European Championship in the Steeplechase he asked the mascot to get down on his knees, and then shoved him.
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Running on water? Not really, but the start and finish lines of the Valencia, Spain Divina Pastora Marathon make you think you are. There’s more than a cool start and finish to attract runners from around the world to Valencia on the third Sunday in November.
This year the weather was cold and windy on Friday when we went to the Expo at the complex of buildings near the finish line where the Opera House is located. But on Sunday, the temps moved up to the low 60’s and it was a great day to run.
Running kilometers instead of miles is a real difference and seemed to enhance the experience of running in an interesting foreign city. Among the memorable sights along the course were the America’s Cup Port and the beach along the Mediterranean, the University of Valencia, the Royal Gardens, and the Plaza de Toros.
Water stops? They were pretty much like in the U.S., except that hardly anyone spoke English, and being given dried apricots during the later miles was an unexpected treat. Crowd support was great and spectators yell your name on your race bib when you pass by from start to finish.
ENGLEWOOD, CO, June 30, 2014 – NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson is officially registered with a 6-person ultra team to compete in the Wild West Relay which takes place August 1st and 2nd in Colorado. He will join the competition from the International Space Station where he is currently in orbit. The race is a 200-mile relay originating in Fort Collins and ending in Steamboat Springs. Swanson has completed the Wild West Relay Race twice before as a participant.
To participate, Swanson will be strapped onto a treadmill on the International Space Station where he will run his six relay legs for his team at his designated times. The team is hoping to be in communication with Swanson during the race to notify him when to start running, and for him to notify his team when the next runner should start when each of his legs is completed.
Swanson will compete on a six person ultra-team (each runner averages 33 miles) with the team200 Miles, 20 Orbits and 90 Schillings. The name of the team represents the number of miles of the relay, the expected number of orbits that will be made during the course of the relay and the team’s favorite beverage. The captain of the team is Bredt Eggleston of Fort Collins, a friend of Swanson’s and previous participant in the relay. Other astronauts are expected to be part of the team, including Sunita “Suni” Williams, who participated in the Boston Marathon in 2007 by running her marathon on the Space Station.
Swanson is originally from Steamboat Springs and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently two months into a six month mission on the International Space Station.
About the Race
August 1-2, the Wild West Relay will cover 200 miles from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs. Runners compete on a 12-person or a 6-person ultra team through foothills, open spaces, and back roads, passing through three National Forests and crossing two mountain passes. The race finishes at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. More information available at www.rltrelays.com.
Furthermore, RunnersOnTheGo.com Members receive a discount to the relay. Each runner who owns a card can receive $10 off their respective race cost.
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Roads Less Traveled Relays are staged by Timberline Events LLC, a Colorado owned company. The races benefit Volunteers with a Purpose, Inc. (www.VolunteersWithAPurpose.org; which benefits non-profits in the communities that races pass through – over $250,000 raised and distributed), and 1% For the Planet.
I made the long drive from Idaho Falls, ID to Cannonville Ut. On July 11th. Along the way, I picked up Wasatch Running Center athlete Brett Hales. We had made a plan in advance to split the gas and camp out at the finish line the night before.
it also increases the altitude, but I digress. This course put every other Utah Course I have been on to shame. The start line is at about 7,500 feet above sea level (the air is thin up there) and finishes at 6,000 feet above sea level. To give you a general idea, most of the large half-marathon’s in Utah like the Top of Utah half-marathon, and the Utah Valley half-marathon have around 600-800 feet of elevation loss. That is less than half of Bryce Canyon.
Before going on a family vacation trip that included a stop at Ottawa I’d never heard of the Rideau Canal. Now I’m happy to say that I know it well. The canal is the place to be when you visit Ottawa, judging from the number of runners and cyclists I saw.
There are wide, well-maintained paths on both sides of the canal as it winds through the downtown of Ottawa. There are interesting views of the city and plenty of grass and trees along the way to make this the most welcoming of urban running areas. As you run, you’re accompanied by boats of all types, including canoes and kayaks, and even stand up paddle boarders.
A quick note: for anyone thinking of traveling to Ottawa in the winter, be sure to bring your skates. The Canal has the title of the world’s largest skating rink; it’s almost 5 miles long. Last year there were 71 days of skating, with 1,200,000 visits to the canal—along the same route runners and cyclists use in warmer weather.
At the south end of the path are the locks to help transport boats down to the Ottawa River–
definitely an interesting conclusion to your run. There I encountered two kayakers on an 8-day 180 mile trip from Kingston, on Lake Ontario, the north end of the canal. One has run Boston twice and made me a believer in the great opportunities to enjoy endurance sports in Canada.
The canal is an important part of the highlight of the running year in Ottawa—the Ottawa Race Weekend that will be held on May 23-24, 2015, http://www.runottawa.ca. The marathon start and finish are on the Canal, and runners get to enjoy the path twice during the run. There’s also a half marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K and kids race. Last year 47,500 runners competed in the six events during the weekend.
Once you’re done with your run, take some time to walk along Parliament Hill to see the very impressive Parliament and government buildings that appear to be straight out of old England and are surprisingly accessible. Be sure to walk up behind the buildings to see the spectacular view of the Ottawa River. Maybe even take in the changing of the guard if you want to play tourist.
If you need some new running shoes or other gear, make your way up Bank St. to the Glebe neighborhood and stop in the Running Room, www.runningroom.com, 613-233-5617. You’ll need to take a cab if you’re staying downtown and are not with a car.
Speaking of downtown Ottawa, there are quite a number of good hotels within walking distance of the government and the canal. At breakfast, you may even encounter a foreign government official in town for an important meeting. Also, before you travel, check out Ottawa’s schedule of festivals—it seems there’s one for every interest. When I was there, we wandered over to Confederation Park to catch part of the Jazz Festival.
My suggestion: add Ottawa to your list of places to visit and to run.
The part of the path I ran then turns east for more open views of the city with parks
Will Kuhlmann is an avid runner who has completed marathons in many states and internationally. He also enjoys other endurance sports and traveling. Will is actively involved in helping develop On The Go Group, Inc. He and his wife, Mary Sue, live in Ohio, and their two children live in