More than 12,500 people are expected to take part in the eight-day event from November 3, with more than 450 from New Zealand, 200 from Papua New Guinea and 200 from other regional countries.
Additionally, there will be 39 sports, with the inclusion of AFL 9s, athletics beach mile, calisthenics, cycling and outrigger canoeing. More here
Always wondered what it would be like to run a marathon, but find it difficult to unglue your arse from the couch? Here’s your chance. Aussie running great Pat Carroll, who has a 2:09.39 PB and is a four-time winner of Queensland’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon, has put together a 20-week training guide for rookie marathoners that will get you to the starting line of your first marathon in good shape to tackle the iconic 42.195km distance. More here…
Carbo loading (for a Marathon) occurs naturally over the last week or so prior to race day given you’ve cut back training (but not food!!!). Ideally you’ll be replacing some non carb foods with carb choices (more rice less stir fry, more cereal less yoghurt etc) and decrease protein and fibre, just so you can eat more carbs and not get an upset gut, which often happens before major race. More here…
IT had been a rare good run for Athletics Australia until last week’s enlightening Genevieve LaCaze selection fiasco. In recent weeks AA selectors, endorsed by the AA board, overturned their own high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth’s tougher marathon selection criteria and picked three men for the Olympic road race.
Then AA sensibly also picked Melissa Breen, a 100m sprinter who also had not produced an A-standard (11.29sec) qualifying performance. More from Mike Hurst here…..
Last week, Berman DeValerio, one of the country’s (USA) premier class action law firms focused on business litigation, has filed a class-action lawsuit against Vibram and Vibram FiveFingers in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. The complaint seeks a jury trial on the grounds that Vibram is making “false” health claims about its product. More here.