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Weekly Newsletter 20 November 2018

This week's newsletter has information and a discount code for the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, interesting articles, and the late addition of the Fiordland Trails Trust Fun Run & Walk, which is held on the same day as the Kepler Challenge.

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

Stung 500 times but still runs a marathon 4 weeks later
Jessica Turnbow was on mile 16 of her 19 mile training run for her first marathon when she was stung 500 times by a swarm of bees, but still managed the marathon 4 weeks later. Find out more in this article at Runners World.

Why ultramarathons are easier than you think
A slow pace, mountains of food and beautiful surroundings make ultra-long races more accessible than many people realise. Isaac Williams at Red Bull writes about some of the reasons they're easier than you might think in this article.

How to dress for rainy runs
I thought I'd be holding off sharing this post until winter, but with the crazy wet (and snowy!) weather across the country at the moment it seems appropriate to share it now! Runners World has compiled some tips to keep you comfortable whether it's rainy and cold or rainy and warm.

The real reason cycle lanes are always empty
Love them or hate them, cycle lanes are all around, and they can be very useful for running on too, like all those ones in Central/West Auckland. Vera Alves writes an interesting comment piece about them here in the NZ Herald.

event discounts

Premium members get access to discounts for a range of events in Australia & New Zealand. Enter enough discounted events and your membership pays for itself, as well as opening up a range of useful functions on the website!

A couple of our current discounts are 10% off the Speights West Coaster on 8 December and 25% off Wild Auckland at Muriwai the following day - that could be a great weekend of trail running if you do them both! Check out the rest of the discounts available here.

Find out more about membership here and sign up today!

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.

Late additions
- Fiordland Trails Trust Fun Run & Walk on 1 December

Until next week

Have a great running week!

I'm event crewing at the third and final event in the Corporate Challenge Series in Auckland tomorrow - if you're doing it, I'm usually on the lead bike during the race and you'll hear me calling out for people to get out of the way!

Then I'm off on Friday to crew the Rotorua Half Marathon, will probably be working at the Omaha Half the following Sunday and will be running/walking the West Coaster Marathon the Saturday after that. Busy busy!!