Vol. 4 No.11 November, 1999




Over half of the folks who subscribe to this magazine

mention that they are training for a marathon when they

email for a subscription. There is a real marathon-mania

these days. I admit that I am not immune to this craze.

Even though I was a sprinter in college, and I have often

stated proudly that I had no intention of running any races

longer than an occasional 10 K, I find myself building in

hopes to participate in a winter marathon.

The recent Chicago and New York Marathons had record

entries, as have many of the major marathons around the

globe. The interesting thing is that the average finish

time has gotten slower at all the major marathons, as well.

Many writers and race directors have called this the second

running boom, and this time around there are many folks who

are more interested in simply participating and finishing

events than they are in running fast.

This has some people close to the sport worried. Where will

all the future Olympic champs come from if everyone is

doing a slow jog to the finish line? Where will all the

blood and guts, win at all cost types come from? Some have

called this a "dumbing down" of the marathon.

I disagree. There are still many elite types out there who

are well biomechanically and physiologically endowed, and

who have the fire in their belly. Mass participation can

only help these faster runners by generating interest and

luring sponsorship dollars to the major events.

This "second running boom" is healthy for all of us who

enjoy running. It assures that our specialty running stores

can make a go of it, that there will be a good number of

quality running events to choose from, and that shoe

companies will continue to produce plenty of shoes for us.

I hope the boom continues, and I don't really care if the

average finish time at races continues to climb, just so we

keep drawing a ton of people to races and fun runs!

- WG



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Congratulations to last month's trivia winner, David Blakie

of Manotick, Ontario. David receives a free issue of

Marathon & Beyond Magazine and FAME!

This month's winner will also get a free issue of the

running periodical that goes the extra mile - Marathon &

Beyond Magazine. Trivia contest entrants are limited to one

prize per calendar year.

When answering, email your answers with the subject "trivia

contest" and answer the questions in the order they appear

below. Mail to: woodyg3@netone.com. The FIRST person to

answer all ten questions correctly wins. If nobody answers

all ten correctly, we will award the prize to the person

who answers the most questions correctly. Good Luck!

This Month's Questions:

1. Marathon star Moses Tanui, second at Chicago this year,

is from what nation?

2. Bobby McGee is coach to what top female distance runner?

(Hint: She finished in the top ten at Chicago this year.)

3. Khalid Khannouchi became the first runner to break 2:06

in the marathon this year at Chicago. Who was the first to

break 2:07?

4. In what city is the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon held?

5. What year was the first Boston Marathon held?

6. Former world record holder for the marathon, Ronaldo Da

Costa, is from what nation?

7. In the 1985 version of the Chicago marathon, the mens

winner missed the world record at that time by one second,

running 2:07:13. Who was that runner?

8. Who won the womens division of Chicago that same year of

1985 at Chicago? (She missed the then current world record

by just 15 seconds.)

9. What Boston winner holds the womens Ethiopian national

record for the marathon?

10. Who is the fastest female marathoner of all time from


Last Month's Answers:

Stars of the 70s and 80s:

1. Top 800, 1500, Mile Runner, Steve Ovett was from what

county? Answer: Great Britain

2. Distance Runner Kirk Pfeffer, an excellent University of

Colorado product, was from what country? Answer: USA

3. Two-time Olympic medalist in the marathon, Karel

Lismont, was from what nation? Answer: Belgium

4. Former 5000 meter world record holder Dick Quax was from

what country? Answer: New Zealand

5. What country did 5000 meter specialist Brendan Foster

come from? Answer: Great Britain

6. Perennial NYC Marathon winner Grete Waitz was from which

Scandinavian nation? Answer: Norway

7. Boston Marathon champ Jacqueline Gareau came from what

nation? Answer: Canada

8. Patti Lyons-Catalano, a top road racing athlete, was

from what country? Answer: USA

9. Joyce Smith was an excellent marathon runner from what

English speaking nation? Answer: Great Britain

10. Marathon and road star Gillian Adams, who, among other

things was second to Grete Waitz in the 1979 NYC Marathon

was from what country? Answer: Great Britain


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Book Review by Woody Green

Picking out the right marathon takes a ton of research.

Just finding them all can take hours of searching through

magazines or surfing the web. Two authors, Dennis Craythorn

and Rich Hanna, have done all the work for you, though.

Their book, The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, lists the top

110 marathons in the United States and Canada, giving

complete information on each one. Information such as start

time, logistics of getting to the start, detailed course

information and even the number of aid stations along the

way are put forth in an easy to read manner. Fairly

difficult information to track down, like average

temperatures for that location on race day, is at your

fingertips. Additionally, Craythorn and Hanna have rated

each race for beauty, difficulty, appropriateness for first

timers, race organization and crowds. An overall rating is

given as well.

In the back of the book you will find course profiles for

many of the races, showing exactly where each hill is and

exact altitude information. Graphic evidence shows how far

the St. George Marathon plummets downward, and how

mountainous Catalina is.

Complete contact information, often including email and web

addresses, are given for each contest. The races are

presented in calendar order, but there is also a state by

state reference in the back if you are looking for a race

in a particular locality.

It would be hard to beat this book for thoroughness, but it

would be nice to have a few more pictures. Also, I could do

without the advertisements scattered about the book. Still,

this one is a real winner and a great resource for all

marathon runners looking to travel to a new destination for

their next race.

Runner's Niche rating: 5 out of 5 winged feet.





First and Second place winners of the Top Ten List Contest

for September will receive a Uflash Sportbelt! And here

they are:


First Place:

From Christine Hackman, Boulder, CO.

10. Lost my damned teeth! Note to self: Find denture

adhesive that doesn't dry out so fast.

9. That crosswind kept catching my Mohawk and blowing me


8. Bill Rodgers said, "If you want to win a race, you have

to go a little berserk." And I started wondering, if I go

berserk enough, COULD I win a race? If so, how berserk do I

need to go? Do I need to get a borderline personality

disorder, or will a mere adjustment disorder with

depression do?"

7. Two words: Cute rattlesnake. Stopped to pet.

6. My hat blew off into the "Do not enter - sudden death

by drowning" ditch near Boulder Reservoir. The water level

looked really low, so I went in after it. Oops.

5. Grabbed a cup of sports drink at the aid station.

Yikes! That *wasn't* lemon Gatorade!

4. Did this race around a lake early on a summer morning.

Ate so many of those little fleas that I got indigestion.

3. Packed my gym bag in a hurry. Got to the cross-country

race, and reached into my bag to pull out my spikes, and

discovered that I'd brought my golf spikes instead.

2. One of my lucky socks was hiding behind the bed (it

didn't want to go racing), so I had to wear my unlucky

socks. Got attacked by a crazed prairie dog while running

by an open field.

And the number one excuse for a bad race...

1. Around mile 2, I desperately needed a San-i-can. Peeled

off to visit the nearest one, but alas! It was occupied!

Hopped up and down impatiently for 10 seconds, and then out

popped the previous visitor. He was heartstopping. I looked

at him. He looked at me. He said, "Forget the race. Wanna'

get all caffeined up?" So off we went to Starbucks, tags


Second Place:

From "Karebear"

These are actually excuses used by runners on my cross-

country team.

10. "The man is keeping me down"

9. "My spikes are dead"

8. "The rolling terrain was 'squishy'"

7. "I was thinking too hard"

6. "The acrylic paint on my face wouldn't let me breathe"

5. "I'm fatigued from my workout 2 days ago"

4. "Not enough downhills"

3. "Back spasms"

2. "Recieved 'Bad vibes' before the race"

And the #1 excuse after a poor race...

1. "The race organizers wouldn't let me run because of my

nose ring."



This month we will again have a top ten list contest. To

enter you will need to use your creativity and come up with

your own list. The title of this month's list is "Top ten

effects that Y2K will have on our running."

Email your entry with the subject "Top Ten List" to:


The top two entries will be printed in the next issue of

the Niche, plus they will receive a free Uflash Sportbelt!

(No profanity or questionable material, please, this is a

family oriented magazine.)


One of our readers took exception to the jab or top ten

list took at Oprah last month. We want to assure our

readers that the joke was not meant as an insult to Oprah

herself, but the crazed media response to her running the

marathon. We apologize to anyone offended by her inclusion

in the top ten list last month.

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*Chicago, Chicago!*

Forget about Rotterdam or Berlin, how about Chicago?! In

this year's classic, which drew over 29,000 runners, seven

men broke 2:10, while 7 women were under the 2:30 barrier.

Not only that but Khalid Khannouchi set a new mens world

record for the marathon. His time of 2:05:42 makes him the

first runner ever to dip under the 2:06 mark. David Morris

of Albuquerque set a new American mark for a loop course by

running 2:09:31.

While the womens race didn't produce any new world marks,

it was certainly exciting with Joyce Chepchumba narrowly

defeating Margaret Okayo at the line. Joyce ran 2:25:59

while Margaret was given 2:26:00 as her final time.

American Libbie Hickman led the way for the United States

with a PR 2:28:34, good enough for 6th overall.

Apparently a very chilly 36 degree temperature at the start

did very little to cool the pace of the elite field. Listed

below are the top ten finishers in each division.


1.Khalid Khannouchi, 2:05:42 (New WR)

2.Moses Tanui, 2:06:16 (3rd best all-time)

3.Ondoro Osoro, 2:08:00

4.David Morris, 2:09:31 (New American Record)

5.Simon Bor, 2:09:35

6.Eder Moreno Fialho, 2:09:36

8.James Karuiki, 2:11:14

9.Said Dogga, 2:11:18

10.Simon Lopuyet, 2:11:44


1.Joyce Chepchumba, 2:25:59

2.Margaret Okayo, 2:26:00

3.Elena Meyer, 2:27:17

4.Colleen De Reuck, 2:27:30

5.Irina Bogacheva, 2:27:46

6.Libbie Hickman, 2:28:34

7.Marian Sutton, 2:28:42

8.Renata Paradowska, 2:31:59

9.Albina Gallyamova, 2:32:24

10.Kristy Johnston, 2:32:34






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A cool site with lots of neat info for runners, plus there

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*Belgian Athletic Team*


*Great Wall Marathon*

You HAVE to hit the wall on this one; it's the great Wall

Marathon in China!


*AIDS Marathon and relay*

Event in Waterloo:







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