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The Melbourne Runner
The official E-newsletter of the 2012 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival

Record under attack
Four top Kenyans will on Sunday be aiming to break the race record of 2:11.04 set by Japhet Kipkorir in 2010. While Zurich Marathon winner John Kyui will start as race favourite in the 35th Medibank Melbourne Marathon, he should have a tough time eclipsing Kampala Marathon winner James Mbugua, Stockholm marathon winner Joseph Langat and 2011 Dublin Marathon fourth-place getter Jonathan Kipchirchir. 

Quick Start
To ensure a smooth start on October 14, please be aware of your start times.
The Medibank Melbourne Marathon gun goes off 7:00am from Batman Avenue followed by The Coffee Club 10km Run at 7:30am. The next race to start will be the Flight Centre Half Marathon at 8:00am. The ASICS 5.7km will commence at 11:00am with the 3km starting shortly after at 11:15am.
All races will start on Batman Avenue, 150m north of Rod Laver Arena. From the MCG it is only a short walk over the foot bridge to the start line, so please allow 10-15 minutes to make your way across.

2012 Active Feet Runners Expo
The 2012 Active Feet Runners Expo will be located on the external concourse of the MCG. This year we have the following exhibitors attending the four day expo:

Active Feet                          Medibank                              Herald Sun                            Flightcentre

ASICS                                  The Coffee Club                  CPEC                                     Garmin                                  

Bose                                    Jeep                                       Travelling Fit                          Runners World

Run 4 Your Life                  Fly Active                                Megaburn                              Gu Nutrition

Endura                                 Hydalyte                                Sixty4 Bras                             Sports Girl

Rocket Sports                     Injinji                                      Spibelt                                    Skirt Sports

Body Glide                           Zensah                                  

The 2012 Active Feet Runners Expo discount vouchers can be downloaded here. There are a number of great bargains available so make sure you print the vouchers and bring them with you to the Expo.

The Expo will be open at the following times:

Thursday October 11
4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Friday October 12
9:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday October 13
8:00am - 3:00pm

Sunday October 14
7:00am - 2:00pm

Jenny and Win's inspiring story to run 5.7km
Winston (Win) had a stroke at 2 years old which resulted in him losing the left side of his brain and damaged the right side. Win couldn't walk initially but he runs every morning with mum or dad and has gradually got up to 4.7km. In October Win and his family and friends will run the 5.7km race in the Medibank Melbourne Marathon.

Got an inspiring story? Share yours and be in to win a $250 Eftpos card: http://www.medibank.com.au/marathon

Herald Sun’s Kids’ Mini Book Collection
Pass on your love of reading with the Herald Sun’s Kids’ Mini Book Collection. Get your first mini book, Animalia, and a mini book bag free with the paper on Saturday October 20. Then keep your collection growing for a mini $2.50 each day with the Herald Sun. There are 12 kids’ mini books to collect.
Paper, book + bag $1.60. Paper + book from $3.70. Available to buy with the purchase of the Herald Sun/Sunday Herald Sun in Victoria and the Riverina, while stocks last. Total collection + papers $44.30.

Personal Refreshments - Marathon Competitors Only
Marathon competitors that wish to have their own refreshements available to collect from designated  Drink Stations on course during Race Day will be required to drop off their drink bottles on October 13. To read more about personal refreshments, please click here.

Melbourne’s own 3AW is an institution in this town because we break news and make news.
Our programs are entertaining and honest - often becoming front-page headlines for the morning papers, and footage for the evening news. Breakfast with Ross Stevenson and John Burns combines the latest news and exclusive interviews with a fresh perspective, and that trademark sense of humour. Number one in breakfast says it all. Morning’s with Neil Mitchell offers an integrity and sincerity lacking on commercial radio. Neil won’t back down, and that’s the way we like it. Denis Walter and his fantastic swag of guests during Afternoons, brings an entertaining, but informative flair to the station’s core line-up. Drive with Derryn Hinch is as hard hitting as talk back radio gets. With a  strong sense of justice, Hinch empowers listeners on a daily basis. Throw in  an amazing panel of the best football and sports commentators in town, with the likes of Brian Taylor, Tim Lane, Dwayne Russell, Gerard Healy and Graeme Bond just to name a few.
Our program philosophy at 3AW is to be topical, informative, authoritative, interesting and entertaining.
And it’s through this philosophy that we are able to deliver content that is as diverse as the City we broadcast too, and proudly call our own.

Warm Clothing
Competitors can drop off additional clothing in the Clothing Areas located at the MCG. To find out more about the locations of these drop of areas, please click here.

Can't get public transport to the event? Why not try carpooling?
The Melbourne Marathon has partnered with CoCoRide.com.au to provide a ridesharing (a.k.a. carpooling) service for runners. If you're doing the Marathon, Half Marathon or the 10k and can't get public transport to the start line, you can share a ride by jumping on to the CocoRide website and registering as either a driver or a passenger. It'll be a great way to save money on parking and petrol, meet fellow runners, share training ideas and reduce your carbon footprint.

MCG Exit Strategy
Once you have completed your event, you will be required to exit the ground.
Marathon competitors will be exiting via the players race and all other events will exit through the aisles in the Ponsford stand. 

Need a pacer?
If you are a participating athlete and wish to join a Pace Group, please look out for the Pace Group signs at the Start Area on race day - you do not need to register your interest. All Pace Group Leaders will be easily identifiable in event gear with their particular pace time clearly visible. To find out the pacing times for the Marathon and Half Marathon events, please click here.

Did you know?
A detailed book on the history of the Melbourne Marathon is being produced to celebrate this year’s 35th race. The book titled The Wall: History of the Melbourne Marathon 1978-2012 can be purchased via our website merchandise section. To learn more please click here.



EAT - In the last two days before you compete, your training volume should be reduced to help you ‘freshen up’. Muscles store energy as carbohydrates (in the form of glycogen) and use it during every exercise session you do. It takes up to 48 hours to fully restore the muscle carbohydrates used in the previous session.
The more quickly this nutritional preparation starts after your last hard training session the better. Our bodies make much better use of carbohydrate if it is eaten within two hours of finishing a training session, compared to if we wait longer before eating. Fruit and sports drinks are excellent readily available carbohydrate sources that are useful for this purpose. 

Source: Medibank Online Health Hub

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