Oldest marathon runner at Edinburgh Marathon Festival
The world’s oldest marathon runner is set to join more than 27,000 people taking part in the 10th Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
Fauja Singh, 101, retired from running full marathons following his eighth marathon in London in April but he will be taking part in the Edinburgh relay.
As well as the relay, there will be a full 26 mile marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K, and junior races.
It is the biggest running event in Scotland.
It is second only to London in UK marathon size.
This year’s Edinburgh marathon features a line up of some of the finest athletes in the world.
Among those on the start line will be Zachary Kihara, 33, of Kenya who holds the course record, crossing the finish line in 2:15:46.
Since the Edinburgh Marathon started in 2003 it has had an economic impact of more than £25m for the Scottish capital and has helped raise more than £30m for hundreds of charities.
Together with the Edinburgh Marathon’s official charity Macmillan Cancer Support and hundreds of other charities the 10th anniversary organisers are hoping to break all previous records and raise more than £4.5m in 2012.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, said: “It’s hard to believe that a decade has gone by since our first event in 2003 but we’re delighted that we have developed into one of the UK’s and Scotland’s major running occasions.
"Edinburgh Marathon Festival has it all - a great city that acts as a stunning backdrop to the event’s proceedings and a programme of races that means that everyone is catered for from children to marathon veterans.
"We’re looking forward to a great 10th birthday and welcoming back the thousands of runners who’ve supported the event over the years plus the thousands who will be joining us for the first time."
Courtesy BBC News
New Years is two weeks away and it’s time to lay the foundation for next season!
Extended training breaks are not in your best interest; starting and stopping impedes your progress. Instead, training consciously and intelligently is the best path to being a good athlete; understand what your body needs and when to give it to it. Winter is best used as conditioning months, which means building your aerobic base and establishing proper form and technique. Spring and summer are best used for strength, speed work, and competing.
Only a small portion of gratification comes from the day of the competition; it is through our training and preparation that we achieve a deeper understanding of what it takes to be an athlete. By and large, the leg of the triathlon most in need of conditioning is the swimming leg. Swimming is highly dependent on form, technique, and efficiency.
Swimming also provides the heaviest demanding aerobic exercise, out of the three Tri disciplines. Swimming is full-body conditioning, whereas running and biking are predominately lower body. Through technique instruction from a swim coach and proper seasonal training plan, you can develop the foundation on which your summer’s success relies.
Don’t wait for the New Year. Giving yourself a proper training basis will result in a more enjoyable, successful, and gratifying season. The roads maybe icy, winds are chilly, and yet the pool remains a tranquil sanctuary. Schedule a swim lesson with SBR Swim Coach Leila Vaziri, and begin your winter training now for a successful summer.
The beauty of triathlon is that it’s a three-discipline sport. You have a lot of options for cross training and maintaining the fitness, such as swimming, cycling, running, aqua jogging, elliptical, weights and yoga. In early 2007, I injured my ITB. Instead of sitting at home and drowning my depression in a tub of ice cream, my coach and I set out to improve my weakness: swimming. The time I would have spent running, I spent in masters swim sessions or aqua jogging. My heart didn’t know the difference between me swimming or running—I still maintained my cardiovascular fitness.
Injuries are very frustrating and spirit-crushing lessons in patience. I find my injuries to be among my most significant character-building experiences. Just a handful of athletes enter a race for the prize money, most of us compete because we love it. Not being able to do what we love, compounded with the paranoia of losing fitness, can be detrimental to anyone’s determination and confidence. Positive thinking requires mental fortitude and discipline. Having recovered from the stress fracture and the ITB tear, I can say that staying optimistic while injured is difficult, but focusing on what you CAN do is more important than dwelling on what you can’t do.
Avoiding injuries is simpler than you think. Listen to your body. Stop if something hurts (I know, easier said than done). If the pain doesn’t go away in a couple of days, see a doctor. Get regular massages and set up appointments with your physical therapist for maintenance care. Stretch. Use a foam roller. Lift weights to maintain muscle balance. Go to yoga to maintain agility and flexibility. Ice inflamed joints; even better, take ice baths after long runs. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and eat healthfully to thank your body for all it does for you. This advice is really simple, but that really is all it takes to stay healthy. Well, unless you break your foot stepping on a rock during a trail run or break a rib in a bike crash, so also be careful of your surroundings. Be proactive with your non-tri-specific workout regiment, taking shortcuts is a sure path towards injury.
Triathlon is a very time consuming and money draining sport. So while my advice to see a physical therapist or to get regular massages sounds great in theory, it may not be practical. A late day at work may cause you to miss an appointment or a sick family member means that money is tight this season. One principle that has kept me injury free for the 2008 and 2009 seasons is self-maintenance. I don’t wait until an injury comes along. I have a softball that I bought in walmart for about $5 and it’s the best massage and physical therapist I have. As soon as I feel tightness in my hamstring or glut or calf or back, I sit on it or lean against it while at work or roll on it at home, at airports or anywhere. It’s small, so it fits in my bag wherever I go each day. And the best part is that you don’t have to travel to get this massage, sit in a waiting room or spend lots of money. You can place it directly where you feel the tightness and feel the relief of getting this massage.
Returning to health after an injury is like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel or like putting the final pieces of a puzzle together. The road back to health is a long and trying one, but at the end, you are a better, stronger and smarter athlete for having gone through it. Hopefully, the experience teaches you to focus on correct form and to back off the instant that tightness and bad pain set in. While doing that track workout or riding up a steep climb, take a moment to enjoy the good pain and appreciate what your body is able to do. And never let an injury take away the joy and satisfaction that this sport brings to you.
Remember, bring your photo ID (drivers license or passport) and your USAT membership card. Adults may purchase a one day license for $10 at packet pick up. Please note that one-day membership is NOT available to athletes 17 and under. They are required to be an annual member of USAT for $5 per year. Parents can go to the USAT website athttp://www.usatriathlon.org/MultiSport101/JoinUSAT.aspx to purchase membership prior to the event.
This summer SBR Multisports is hosting the Fifth Annual series of two USAT-sanctioned sprint triathlons in New York’s beautiful Harriman State Park.
The course is professionally marked and supervised. Swim waves are categorized by age and gender, and are limited to 150 swimmers per wave. Your race time will be scored by the Champion Chip systems. After the race, a prize drawing and an award ceremony will be held. All participants will receive a SBR Tri Series Race Bag.
The races have a fun, low key atmosphere and are ideal for the beginner triathlete looking to get more experience as well as the seasoned athlete looking to test their speed in a short course race. Space is limited, register early to get your spot.
Click here for more information and to register
Join Uli Fluhme for a 1-hour running clinic. Once a professional ironman triathlete, Uli has transformed into a runner, finishing in the top 100 in the 2008 and 2009 ING New York City Marathons.
The clinic begins at 6pm at SBR Multisports, then departs for a 1-mile warm-up run in Central Park. A brief introduction and running form overview is followed by individual running form analysis, including foot placement, cadence, arm position and upper body position.
Be dressed to run! The cost of the clinic can be put towards a sneaker purchase on the day of your clinic.
Speaker: Uli Fluhme
One of the most challenging aspects of being an athlete is staying injury free. Erika Muraski will discuss ways to identify and treat common running injuries, ranging from plantar fasciitis to lower back issues. The talk will include time for Q&A.
Erika Muraski MSPT, MBA, CSCS has been practicing physical therapy for the past 17 years in New York City, she has a masters in PT, an MBA in healthcare finance in addition to being a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Speaker: Erika Muraski
Cost: Free, email to RSVPevents@sbrshop.com
Join Stefan Bill, SBR’s Head Swim Coach, for a 2-hour seminar on open water swimming. The first hour is a discussion that includes topics such as open water swimming technique, how to increase swim stroke efficiency, innovative drills to develop proper freestyle form, sighting, triathlon race start strategy and Q&A. The second hour is optional swimming in SBR’s Endless Pool with video recording, followed by Stefan’s analysis of each participant’s stroke. Bring or buy swimsuit, goggles, swim cap and towel. Register early to reserve a spot.
Speaker: Stefan Bill
Cost: $75 per person, 20 people max.
Join Zoot for refreshments and test run Zoot’s full line of sneakers. Enjoy food and beverages during the meet and greet and a chance to speak with Zoot President and world class triathlete Brian Enge. Zoot will be raffling off a prize at the event.
Speaker: Brian Enge and Dan Sims from Zoot
Cost: Free, email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP
Ann Marie Miller, renowned cycling and multisport coach, will introduce women to the sport of triathlon. She will go over training regimen, necessary gear for training and racing, nutrition advice and swimming, cycling and running techniques.
Speaker: Ann Marie Miller
Cost: Free, email email@example.com to RSVP