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ENDURANCE SPORTS NEWS #32
Oct. 14, 2002
By James Raia
E-mail: RaiaRuns@aol.com
Web site: http://www.byjamesraia.com
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Welcome to Endurance Sports News (ESN), the electronic newsletter devoted to the world of endurance sports. It's published via e-mail twice monthly on Mondays by James Raia, a journalist and long-distance runner in Sacramento, California.

A recreational endurance athlete for more than 20 years, Raia has been writing about endurance sports since 1979. He contributes to numerous newspapers, magazines and electronic publications, including nationally syndicated running and cycling columns.

Story links, suggestions and letters to ESN are welcomed via e-mail. Send correspondence to: RaiaRuns@aol.com

***** IMPORTANT NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS ******

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During the July event, TFT is published daily. During the remainder of the year, it's published monthly.

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WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE
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Drugs are prevalent in sport, but so too apparently is the use of mega doses of vitamins and other drugs not on various banned lists.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported last month the results of a comprehensive study of athletes during the 2000 Summer Olympics. A synopsis of the study and a list of the results is the subject of the E-Feature Showcase. The article heading, "Reds, Vitamins C & Cocaine" is part of a line from Truckin' -- the famed Grateful Dead song.

Of course, there is the usual array of notes and quotes, product links, links to articles ESN has discovered for readers' enjoyment and the e-quote of note.

Lastly, please support our sponsors and supports and tell a friend (or two) about Endurance Sports News and its complementary newsletter, Tour de France Times.

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PUBLISHER'S AID STATION
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This issue has 4,502 subscribers.

Although use of this newsletter in print or electronically is encouraged, please attain the publisher's permission.

Letters to the editor are encouraged and will be printed with the publisher's right to edit for style and brevity. Please include your name as well as city and state of residence.

***** PUBLISHER'S ANNOUNCEMENT *****

The read about the Tour de France, consider purchasing, "The Tour Within The Tour de France." The e-book, written by James Raia, publisher of ESN, includes 24 essays about the cyclists, the rolling countryside, the ambiance, the restaurants, the uniqueness of the race villages and the people who live and work near the sunflowers, ancient castles, the fields of expansive vineyards and the big cities of the Tour de France.

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ESN E-FEATURE SHOWCASE
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REDS, VITAMIN C AND COCAINE?

Illegal drugs in sport isn't news, but what about athletes who are addicted to legal drugs and vitamins?

According to a comprehensive report, published Sept. 26 in The Sydney Morning Herald, there was a rampant use of vitamins to asthma medication, creatine to contraceptive pills during the 200 Summer Olympics in Sydney

In synopsis from, here's how many and what the 2,758 tested athletes --- among the more than 10,000 competitors -- consumed in the three days before the Olympics.

Multivitamins - 1,116; Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories - 860; Vitamin C - 450; Creatine - 316; Asthma drugs - 279; Multi minerals - 253; Contraceptive pill - 240; Amino acids - 190' Analgesics - 187; Iron - 177; Nose drops - 146; Vitamin E - 143; Antibiotics - 130; Magnesium - 127; Vitamin B - 125; Sedatives and hypnotics - 116; Cough and cold preparations - 108; Gastro-intestinal drugs - 103; Ginseng - 95; Inosine - 87; Antihistamines - 84; CoQ10 - 79; Arginine - 78; Calcium - 72; Zinc -70; Echinacea - 67; Carnitine - 63; Local anesthetics - 54.

To read the entire article, link to:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/...734328641.html

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ESN E-LINK EXCHANGE
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ADVENTURE SPORTS RADIO
http://www.adventuresportsradio.com. Cycling, kayaking and mountaineering, among other endurance sports, and billed as "The World is our Stadium."

EVENTRATE.COM
http://www.eventrate.com. A community site for runners, triathletes and adventure racers, race reviews from around the globe and discussion groups.

FIXING YOUR FEET
A free ezine published by veteran ultramarathon runner John Vonhoff to educate athletes and non-athletes about proper foot care. Send a blank email to: FixingYourFeetEzine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

HEALTHY YOUBBIES
http://www.geocities.com/healthyoubbies. Delivers free health samples while focusing on health issues, recipes, nutrition, weight loss and more.

ROADBIKERIDER.COM
http://www.RoadBikeRider.com. Veteran cycling writers Ed Pavelka and Fred Matheny offer a free weekly newsletter and a complimentary
eBook, "29 Pro Cycling Secrets for Roadies," to each new subscriber.

RUN THE PLANET
http://www.runtheplanet.com. From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, Run The Planet offers descriptions of where to run and walk in the cities of the whole world.

SPOKERADIO.COM
http:www.SpokeRadio.com. Endurance sports, music, humor and talk radio.

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RUNNINGMAN BONKS - AGAIN

David Blaikie, the former Reuters journalist in Canada who has diligently been producing the web site Ultramarathon World for several years, has been the most intrepid reporter on the Robert Garside beat.

Garside, for those who may not know, wants to be known as the first runner to run around the globe. But his journey has been scrutinized and he's been called a fraud more than he's been called a runner.

Through various trials and tribulations, glowing media reports, less-than-glowing media reports and wondrous exchanges, Blaikie and Garside have been jousting at a furious pace.

Blaikie always remains journalistically sound, and his latest post is no exception. It speaks volumes. Take a look at the link:

http://www.ultramarathonworld.com/ne...2/n25se02a.htm

TRADE WINDS AND TRANSITION SPLITS - IT'S THE IRONMAN

The 24th edition of the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon World Champion will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7 a.m. in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Since the event is nearly 25 years and since it's been 20 years since ESN first attended the race, we can't help but reminisce.

Remember Dave Scott winning in his knee-high socks? How about Julie Moss crawling across the finish line? And how come Lyn Brooks competing almost invisibly until the event realized she was about to become the first -- and still only -- 20-time finisher?

The race has come along ways since its early years as the only Ironman event. Now there are 16 events around the globe on the Ironman circuits. Sports Illustrated first gave the race its "breakthrough" coverage when it referred to the competitors as part of the "lunatic fringe."

Now, several web site provide live coverage and the event is a yearly highlight of NBC's endurance sports coverage.

Speaking of coverage, live Ironman Hawaii reports will be available on the official site: http://www.ironmanlive.com and http://www.insidetriathlon.com, among others.

By the way, the Hawaiian Ironman race also received further bad news at the top of the pro men's field last Thursday when Luc Van Lierde, the two-time race winner from Belgium withdrew with back problems.

Van Lierde, who last won the event in 1999, has the course record on 8:04:08 and the best-ever Ironman time of 727. Also withdrawing recently were top hopefuls Steve Larsen and Craig Walton.

Lastly, for a detailed looked at how a top amateur balances work, family and his athletic pursuits, check out the feature on Bruce Aldrich in the Sacramento Bee. (Oh, yeah, I wrote it.) Here's the link:

http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports...-5739391c.html

NEW SPONSOR DEAL FOR WESTERN STATES 100

As predicted in ESN #31, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and The North Face have agreed to a new three-year contract sponsorship agreement.

The North Face will be the race's presenting sponsor, an arrangement that will allow the event to maintain its prestigious stature. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

In conjunction with the agreement, TrailRunner Magazine has been named a "media partner" of the race.

Traditionally held on the last week of June, the Western States 100 begins at the base of squaw Squaw Valley and continues on rugged trails to Auburn, California.

For additional information, contact the race via its web site: http://www.ws100.com.

SEE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON LIKE A VIP

Members of Continental Airlines mileage program OnePass can bid on a three-day journey to a special treatment weekend at next month's New York City Marathon. Among other perks, the program includes lunch at Tavern On The Green, seats for two in at the finish line area, meetings with the elite athletes, etc.

Check out the link:

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SMALL TOWN MARATHON, MIDDLE-AGE MILESTONE

It's not Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York City, but so what. It's not often 56-year-old runners win marathons. Here's a link to a nice article about Bill Hawke, the winner last month of the Skagit Flats Marathon in Burlington, Washington.

http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/57...ews361174.html

LE ROUTE OF LE TOUR 2003 ANNOUNCED 10/24

As first mentioned in Tour de France Times, the 2003 Tour de France route will be announced Oct. 24 at the Palais des Congres in Paris. The announcement, organizers' comments and cyclists' reaction can also be followed beginning at 3 a.m. (PDT) on http://www.letour.fr.

While the start city will be Paris, also known is that as many of the original race cities featured in the 1903 event will also host stages.

AND LE TOUR IN 2004?

According to a report in Cyclingnews.com late last week, the 2004 Tour de France will begin in the Wallonian region of Belgium. The prologue will be held in in Liege, followed by three additional stages in the region.

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ESN's RECOMMENDED READING SHELF
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OFF TO THE RACES: 25 YEARS OF CYCLING JOURNALISM
Sam Abt of The New York Times writes about 25 years covering the sport.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...jamesraiaco-20

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: My Journey Back To Life (Revisited)
Lance Armstrong's ghost-written life story is the country's #1 paperback.
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E-QUOTE OF NOTE
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"I had 20 years of competitive running, so now on a good week, I run 50 miles. I give myself one day when I give my legs a rest from the pounding. On that day, I will ride a bike or do the Nordic track or whatever. For me, I feel that if I want to have running as my main activity for the rest of my life, I need to take a break one day a week."

---- Grete Waitz, on her approach to non-competitive running.

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DEPT. OF E-CLARIFICATION
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David Clinger will be without a contract for the U.S. Postal Service Team contract for 2003, not David Zabriske as stated in Tour de France Times #27.

End of ESN, Issue #32

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