Vol. 4 No.10 October, 1999




In order to make the Runner's Niche web site a more useful

stop on the Internet highway, I have added a new feature.

Now we have the Runner's Niche Message Forum, a page

devoted to discussion of any and all running topics of

interest to you. This page will have some annoying

advertisements on it, and the page is actually run by a

company called Inside the Web, not by me. Still, it is easy

to use and should be conducive to discussion about topics

such as training, race results, injury questions etc.

The URL is: http://www.InsideTheWeb.com/mbs.cgi/mb790987

An easy way to get there is just to go to the Runner's

Niche site (http://home.netone.com/~woodyg3/runiche) and

click on the link from there.

I doubt this will ever rival the Runner's World Forum, but

it might have a less hectic and cluttered feel to it, and

your comment is not likely to be lost in the crowd.

I invite you to have a look and leave comments, questions

or information you'd like to share.

- WG


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Congratulations to last month's trivia winner, Monte Wells

of Amarillo, Texas. Monte 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:

Stars of the 70s and 80s:

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


2. Distance Runner Kirk Pfeffer, an excellent University of

Colorado product, was from what country?

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

Lismont, was from what nation?

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

what country?

5. What country did 5000 meter specialist Brendan Foster

come from?

6. Perennial NYC Marathon winner Grete Waitz was from which

Scandinavian nation?

7. Boston Marathon champ Jacqueline Gareau came from what


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

from what country?

9. Joyce Smith was an excellent marathon runner from what

English speaking nation?

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?

Last Month's Answers:

1. Who just set a new world record at the World

Championships in the mens 400 meter dash?

Answer: Michael Johnson at the World Championships. (43.18)

2. Who was the first male to break 44 seconds in the 400

meter dash?

Answer: Lee Evans

3. Who held the world record for the mens 400 before this

year's World Championships?

Answer: Butch Johnson

4. Texas 400 meter runner Suziann Reid won the 400 meters

in this year's NCAA championships. In doing so she was the

first female 400 meter runner to accomplish a particular

feat in the NCAAs, what was that?

Answer: She was the first 3-time winner in the womens 400.

5. What team won the womens 4 x 400 meter relay in this

year's NCAA championships?

Answer: Texas

6. Clement Chukau of Eastern Michigan won the mens 400

meter crown at the NCAAs this year. What is Clement's


Answer: Nigeria

7. What does a 400 meter runner mean if they say they

"rigged up" at the end of the race?

Answer: Rigor Mortis, dark humor representing the way a

runner tightens up at the end of a hard race.

8. Who holds the American record for the womens 400 meter


Answer: Valarie Briscoe-Hooks

9. Marita Koch set the world record for the womens 400 way

back in 1985. What country did she compete for?

Answer: East Germany

10. What Olympic 400 and 800 meter gold medalist was

nicknamed "El Caballo"?

Answer: Alberto Juantorena





Interested in running the 2000 Boston Marathon? If so, you

need to meet the qualification standards in order to

register. Those standards are listed below.

Age Group / Men / Women

18-34 / 3hrs 10min / 3hrs 40min

35-39 / 3hrs 15min / 3hrs 45min

40-44 / 3hrs 20min / 3hrs 50min

45-49 / 3hrs 25min / 3hrs 55min

50-54 / 3hrs 30min / 4hrs 00min

55-59 / 3hrs 35min / 4hrs 05min

60-64 / 3hrs 40min / 4hrs 10min

65-69 / 3hrs 45min / 4hrs 15min

70-over / 3hrs 50min / 4hrs 20min

For complete information on the best known of all marathons

take a look at their web site:


There is plenty of information about this years race, bur

also about the history of the BAA event.

Did you know, for instance, that in 1930 Clarence DeMar, of

Melrose, Massachusetts, won his seventh Boston Marathon

title? This came after his doctor told him to quite running

in 1911 because of suspected heart problems. Seems the doc

was a little off base, eh?

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First and Second place winners of the Top Ten List Contest

for September will receive a Uflash Sportbelt! And here

they are:


First Place:

Submitted by Craig Zawada

10. Finishing a race in the daytime doesn't give you the

same flashbulb-induced blindness.

9. More people collapsing would attract additional Fox TV


8. Archaeologists have now proven that 1 Greek mile = 10


7. Any race where you start after 5:00 AM is for wimps.

6. At present, hardly anyone is vomiting more than 1/2 hour

after the race.

5. Ironman entrants need more time to work out the "crotch

crickets" after the bike stage.

4. 26 miles, 385 yards too hard to remember ... let's round

it up to 100 miles, 385 yards.

3. The heck with endorphins... I want HALLUCINATIONS.

2. "DNF" is much easier to say than "Three thousand, six

hundred and forty-third place"

And the number one reason why the marathon is too short:

1. One word: "Oprah"

Second Place:

Submitted by Shirley Aycoth

10. I still have two toenails left.

9. I'm addicted to the taste of Power Gels.

8. Just hitting my stride around mile 24.

7. My orthopedist needs to repay his school loans.

6. More miles would just show what a slacker that

Phiddippides guy was.

5. Good test for my new "blister free" socks.

4. New slogan for t-shirts: Team In Agony.

3. I never liked fractions.

2. I own stock in Gatorade.

And the number one reason why the marathon is too short:

1. Would reinforce my insanity to family and friends.


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

excuses after a poor race."

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.)

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*New Marathon Record*

Tegla Loroupe set a new womens world best in the marathon

at this year's Berlin Marathon. Her time of 2:20:43

supplants her own previous best. The Berlin race, held the

last weekend of September, is well known as a fast course.






*Belfast Marathon*

On May 1, 2000, you could be running the Belfast Marathon!

For more info:


*Another Long One*

The Las Vegas Marathon, Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay

will be on Sunday, February 6. For More info:


*And Another...*

The California International Marathon in Sacramento on

December 5 might be of interest, as well. Their web site is







*Way Down South*

Dear Runner's Niche,

Regarding Running in Antarctica, as mentioned briefly in

the September Runner's Niche...

I can no longer write you from Antarctica, but I was there,

at McMurdo station, during two astral summer seasons, in

1995-96, and 96-97. Working for the primary contract-holder

in the US Antarctic Program, I ran pretty much every day

for 3 1/2 months the first season, 1 1/2 months the second,

which included two weeks at South Pole. While at South

Pole, I actually ran "around the world", circling the pole

in about 5 seconds.

In October it is pretty cold, and I have to admit I ran on

the treadmill most days. But in November it is typically no

colder than a winter day running in Nebraska: 5 to 15

degrees F., with a 15 miles-per-hour northwest wind. In

December and January there are usually a few days you can

wear shorts. Then it turns colder in February, with some

pretty rough weather.

On Sundays, me and my buddies (you cannot leave the station

alone) ran the "Castle Rock loop", which is probably 8 or 9

miles in length, climbs probably 1,000 feet, then drops

again back to sea level. It is a pretty grueling run, with

lots of long, tough hills. I ran four races during my stay;

one even had a T-shirt. That was the McMurdo Midsummer

Midnight Mile, which I did at just under 6 minutes.

Hydration is the most important health concern for everyone

in Antarctica, but more so for runners because the relative

humidity is usually below 5%. Of course as a long-time

runner, I am used to taking in extra water, and actually

did fine without changing my water-intake habits. But in

extreme environments there is a lot less room for error,

and a night of heavy drinking could leave you bone-dry the

next day.

Most of the people there were pretty hardly folks, and many

did some form of regular outdoor activity, including

running, Nordic skiing, rock climbing, some bicycling on

the dirt and walking/hiking.

Kenny Gilfilen





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