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Weekly Newsletter 13 November 2018

This week's newsletter has information and a discount code for the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, interesting articles, and a couple of date changes to the running calendar.

Ocean Swim Series

The Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series is back with a great line up of events, including the new Amphibian swim/run at Mt Maunganui and Rotorua!

Try a 500m swim and 4km run around the Mount or a more adventurous option at the Blue Lake.

Use the code SWIMTOIT to get a 10% discount and enter now at

Interesting articles

The visually impaired couple who take on marathons together
For anyone who completes the iconic New York Marathon, the sense of achievement is huge. But for visually impaired couple Mike Lloyd, who also lives with Parkinson's Disease, and Laura Eitjes, the achievement is barely comprehensible. Find out more in this article at Now To Love.

Five Minutes with NZ 10,000m champion Craig Lautenslager
NZ 10,000m champ Craig Lautenslager is among the country's most accomplished distance performers. The 25-year-old now based in Dallas, Texas is next up to tackle Athletic NZ's Five Minutes.

The case against running with headphones
American National Public Radio host Peter Sagal puts together his thoughts on running with headphones in this opinion piece at the New York Times.

I know everyone is different when it comes to running & headphones; I personally don't when it's with friends (obviously!), a race or when running on trails / in the bush, but I listen to music and podcasts when running around roads and parks.

Running in the heat
Running during the summer doesn't have to leave you feeling like a hot mess, so has put together tips from various running coaches and athletes.

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 new date for the Maunga to Moana Multisport Race has been announced and entries are open: 9 March
- JE Collett Sea2Sky Challenge in Christchurch has changed from the provisional date of 30 March to 31 March

Until next week

Have a great running week!

I'm flying down to Wellington this evening to work on the second event in the Corporate Challenge Series tomorrow, and then the third and final event in the series is in Auckland on Wednesday next week - you've still got time to enter your team!

Then I'm off with the crew to the Rotorua Half Marathon at the end of next week. Busy busy! Although not quite as busy as the rest, because I can't make it to the Omaha Half the weekend after Rotorua...