The Melbourne Runner
The official E-newsletter of the 2012 Melbourne Marathon Festival
Hot early pace
Entries for this year’s Melbourne Marathon Festival on Sunday October 14 opened on May 7 and already are tracking at record pace with 3000 entrants. The majority of those – 1200 - have made an early commitment to run the marathon. If you don’t feel you can make 42.2km, then there’s also the Flight Centre Half Marathon, The Coffee Club 10km, plus an Asics 5.7km run and 3km walk event.
Victorian veteran Lee Troop failed in his final bid to post an Olympic marathon qualifying time last weekend (May 13). The Geelong legend, now 39, went through the first 10km in the Prague Marathon on pace (31.21) but then faded to eventually finish in 2:34.27.
Train Hard, Run Fast with The Coffee Club’s ‘Lifestyle Choice’ Options
The Coffee Club is serving up an appetising new menu for changing tastebuds and healthier lifestyles. All our research shows Australians are increasingly health-conscious and are looking for seasonal ingredients to be included into more healthy meal options so we’ve developed the ‘Lifestyle Choice’. Our ‘Lifestyle Choice’ options are full-flavoured and delicious, and contain less than 10% total fat per serve.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (especially when you’re training hard for The Coffee Club 10km). So why not kick-start your day with a balanced meal – our ‘Lifestyle Breakfast’. It will leave you feeling nourished and energised for the rest of your day. We look forward to seeing you at the Finish line!
Shoe sign of success
Stress related injuries like ‘shin splints’, knee, arch and achilles pain along with general leg soreness are unfortunately all too common when beginning an event training program. Placing an increased load on hardworking feet that are not functioning optimally eg rolling in or out too much (over-pronating or supinating) will further increase the risk and rate of developing these problems. The major support therefore between your foot posture, repetitive stress, often on unrelenting hard surfaces is of course your SHOE.
At active feet, all customers are assessed via a Podiatric gait assessment on the treadmill. Our Podiatrically-trained staff ensure that we have the correct shoe type for YOUR FEET, and you have a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on all recommended shoes. Don’t forget that with all race confirmation emails, you will receive a $30 off footwear voucher valid at any of our store locations up until Nov 25th.
To Russia with love
This year’s Melbourne Marathon will once again double as the Australian Marathon Championship and, in a coup for our race, it will also be the trial race for 2013 world championships in Russia.
Athletics Australia this week confirmed that the national champions from Melbourne will automatically qualify to represent Australia in Moscow, provided they have met the qualifying standard - 2:14 (men) and 2:34.30 (women).
Depending on performances at the London Olympics, the selectors will also consider taking the second and third-placed Australians in Melbourne, should the winner run under the qualifying standard listed above, provided they meet a slightly easier standard - 2.17 (men) and 2:43.00 (women).
It is the first time since Sydney 2000 test event, that AA has bestowed such status on an Australian marathon and confirms the standing of our event that has produced consistently fast times and a massive growth in numbers since switching to a flat, loop course that finishes inside the iconic MCG in 2007.
It also means that every runner in this year's Melbourne Marathon will get a chance to gauge themselves against the nation’s best.
Full selection criteria: http://www.athletics.com.au
Kelly rides waves in Ocean
Emerging Middle Park distance runner Kelly Jarrett upset Ironman triathlete Kirsten Molloy to win the women's section of Great Ocean Rd Marathon on the weekend.
Jarrett, eighth in last year's Melbourne Marathon, covered the difficult 45km course from Lorne to Apollo Bay in 2:59.36 to beat Molloy, fourth in Melbourne in 2011, by nearly three minutes.
In the men's race, 2007 Melbourne winner Rowan Walker, 42, came second behind Kenyan James Kipkelwon in 2:31.41.
We look forward to Kelly, Kirsten and Rowan running this October.
JOIN US NOW AND MAKE OCTOBER 14 THE BIGGEST EVENT YET!