The Melbourne Runner
The official E-newsletter of the 2012 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival
Almost a full house
This year’s 35th Medibank Melbourne Marathon on October 14 continues to prove popular and today entries passed the 6500 mark. With a month still to go, expectations are that the race will exceed the Australian record of 6867 entries for a marathon set in the 1983 Melbourne race. All events this year finish inside the iconic MCG. Enter at www.melbournemarathon.com.au
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The Medibank Melbourne Marathon has already established one Australian record.
The number of women entered in this year's race tallies 1905 or 30 percent of our field.
In 2010, a then record 1388 women completed the Melbourne course, while the Gold Coast Marathon had about 1800 female entries in 2012 and 1690 of them finished.
More than 50 percent of the field in our shorter events are females, but in recent times more women are enjoying the challenge of the marathon.
At Medibank, we want everyone to enjoy a better level of health. Our members with Hospital Cover have access to Mi Health – a range of health support services that includes access to Medibank Nurses on our 24/7 Health Advice line, an online Health Hub and in hospital support. If you’re not a member yet, we can still help you out with our Energy Balancer and Symptom Checker apps that will help you make sure you are in the best shape for, during and after the big race.
To find out more about the benefits of being a Medibank member or to get a quote visit medibank.com.au
The field for Melbourne’s women’s world championship trial marathon is hotting up with NSW naming Dubbo 32-year-old Jane Fardell in its team. Fardell clocked a PB 2:39.05 in the Paris Marathon in April. Also in the NSW team is Magda Karimali-Poulos, who won Perth’s City to Surf Chevron Marathon in 2:49.53 last month. Australian champion Kirsten Molloy is also back to defend her crown.
Did you know?
Anthony Martin was the oldest competitor in the race last year and will be back toeing the line again this year. The 84-year-old from Box Hill completed the course in 6:40.15 in 2011.
MEDIBANK HEALTHY TIP
EAT - Continue to eat a high carbohydrate/low fat diet right up until you compete. In the last four hours before competing, most of your nutritional preparation has been done.
The dietary finishing touches should be low in fat, but avoid carbohydrate foods that are high in fibre; you don’t want to still be digesting food while you’re mid competition. Choose quickly digested foods with a high glycaemic index such as Corn Flakes, white bread or rice.
Source: Medibank Online Health Hub
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