Weekly Newsletter 6 February 2018

This week's newsletter has our premium member prize draw winner, interesting articles, a date correction for the North Range Trio and some late additions to the events calendar.


Our first premium prize draw winner is Phil Gerard who has won a free entry to the Queenstown Marathon. The original prize choice was for Hawke's Bay, Barossa or Noosa but it was a bit hard for Phil to get to one of those events, so IRONMAN very kindly offered an entry to their Queenstown event instead. Thanks guys! You can find out more about IRONMAN's Runaway Marathon Series here, which includes all four of these events. Phil also won a $100 voucher to spend at the Healthy Runner.

The next prize draw will be on March 1st, which will include a Mix It Up 12 energy bar pack from At One Foods. At One real food energy bars are designed to keep you strong and healthy day to day, so you can optimise your training and perform your best; their bars are a wholefood, vegan and gluten-free energy source and a tasty alternative to regular heavily processed energy bars.

To be included in the prize draw, you need to be a premium member.

Interesting articles

Cycling New Zealand in 13 days
Australian Cameron Nicholls cycled the length of New Zealand last winter, covering 2,336 kilometres in 13 days, and raising $11k for CanTeen along the way. Check out his story here, along with some amazing video footage. They are still taking donations for CanTeen on their donation page here.

Lower leg strengthening: musical toes
Most runners are already aware of the benefits of keeping the muscles of the upper legs and hips for increasing performance & reducing risk of injury. Less of us, however, devote enough time to the muscles of the lower legs, particularly the extensors and flexors of the big toe and other four toes. Outdoors Radar has some exercises for you here to strengthen your toes.

How to buy the right running shoes
Runners World has six features to look for in your next running shoe (heel, instep, width, length, flex and feel), along with five shoe-buying mistakes that you must avoid in this article. The shoe buying mistakes is a good list, and #4 was something I'd never thought of myself - shopping at the wrong time of day (it'll make sense when you read it).

A loop eternal: welcome to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra
The Big Dog Backyard Ultra follows a slightly more than four-mile loop that you run once an hour until all your competitors have dropped out. It doesn’t matter if you finish a loop quickest or slowest. Once you finish it within the given hour, every runner begins the new loop on the next hour tied for first place. Until the last one is standing... Find out in more in this article at The Guardian.

Recently added and updated events

Recent updates
To find out what's been recently updated, check the recent updates page regularly. I include in this newsletter a list of the more important updates (see below) such as date changes, cancellations, or late additions to the calendar. And check out the full calendar of upcoming events.

Date changes/corrections
- The North Range Trio is on 25 August, not 25 May

- Orewa Beach Series last Thursday was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions; another event will be added to the end of the series to make up for it

Late additions
- Kaiwaka Top of the Rock this Sunday
- Massey Child Care Centre Urban Fundraiser Rogaine on 24 February
- Run/Walk For Freedom at Taylor's Mistake on 24 February

Until next week

That's all for this week; have a great running week!