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

Mallinder name returns to Melbourne
The late John Mallinder was the race’s general manager from 1994 to 1998 and his wife Rhonda set a race record in 1983 when she was first woman home in 2:37.56. Their daughter Brianna Mallinder, now 28, will run this year’s race. Her debut marathon was in Canberra in April where she clocked 3:20.51.

Race Day Parking
Parking in Yarra Park on Sunday October 14 has been confirmed.
Please be aware of the following details:
- Parking is open from 5:00am
- There are limited spaces and this park generally fills up relatively quickly
- The cost to park is $10.00 per car for the duration of the event
- Parking is subject to weather. If the weather is inclimate, the park will be closed.
To read more on Race Day parking options, please click here.

Bananas are NUTRITIOUS
Whether you’re rocketing to recovery, or filling up the tank before a big race, there is nothing in the whole universe that has got more of what you need than the incredible, amazing, scrumptious banana! They’re full of goodness, easy to carry, taste amazing and make you feel so so good! And they’re yellow! How awesome is that? Seriously however, well perhaps not too seriously, bananas are full of nutritious vitamins and minerals that the body needs to perform at the highest level. And when it comes to post race recovery, nothing replenishes lost goodness like the goodness of a banana and Dole bananas are the banana-riest bananas on the planet.

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

Spectator Viewing
Come along and support your friends and family! Entry into the MCG is free on Race Day!
Bikes and Pets are not permitted inside the MCG (Guide Dogs excepted).
For spectators with prams, If you intend watching the Event and have a baby or a toddler, prams and pushers will be permitted into the MCG’s spectator areas located in the Olympic Stand and Member’s Reserve. Easy to fold pushers are recommended.

The Burt family takes on their 78th marathon
Twin brothers Ashley and Adrian, and father John have together completed 78 marathons. John, will this year be running his 32nd, with Ashley and Adrian running their 10th - earning them Spartan status. http://www.medibank.com.au/marathon

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

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.

Slow Course Information
All Marathon competitors who cannot run at a sub 5hr Marathon pace should make themselves familier with the alternate route for slow marathoners and obey instructions from marshals on the day.
To learn more about the slow marathon course and to view the map of the course, please click here.

Did you know?
Runners in the marathon will cross timing mats at 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km, so they will be able to gauge how consistent they were in covering the course. Entrants in the Flight Centre Half Marathon will receive a split time for 10km.



DRINK - For the 48 hours prior to the event you should make sure you are well hydrated. Water is the ideal drink. Drink a glass with every meal and one to two glasses between meals.
Your urine should be clear, or nearly so prior to competing. The colour of dilute apple juice is as dark as it should be, almost as clear as water is ideal.

Source: Medibank Online Health Hub

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