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Greetings Athletes:

Prior to 1908, the Marathon distance was 24.85 miles, the exact distance Phidippides ran during battle from Marathon to Athens. For the 1908 Olympics, the King of England changed that distance to 26.2 miles. Runners would start the race in front of Windsor Castle and finish at White City stadium. 385 yards where eventually added to stage a grand finish in front of King Edward VII's royal box. The 2012 London Olympics marks the homecoming of this Royal switcheroo, one that forever cemented the marathon distance at 26.2.

A Little "Deanspiration"
"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're OK, then it's you." ~Rita Mae Brown

Karno's Calendar 2012

What's New: RunSafe

I have long maintained that the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it in the first place. Easier said than done, until now. RunSafe is a comprehensive program designed to provide runners with personalized advice, injury prevention and performance optimization. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind program, visit:

Fueling the Fire: Roasted Fenel

"Marathon" is a Greek work meaning "fennel" (which grows in abundance along the plains of Marathon). Fresh fennel tastes like a cross between celery and licorice. Roasting, however, brings out an entirely new flavor - as if pine nuts decided to join the party. Here is a very, yet delicious, recipe for preparing fennel.

  • 2 fennel bulbs, stalks cut off, bulbs halved lengthwise, then cut lengthwise in 1-inch thick pieces
  • Pure organic olive oil
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Aegean sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Rub just enough olive oil over the fennel to coat. Sprinkle on some balsamic vinegar, also to coat. Dash sea salt to taste.
  3. Line baking dish with aluminum foil. Lay out pieces of fennel and roast for 30-40 minutes until the fennel begins to caramelize.

On The Fly: Photo

2010 Dipsea winner, Reilly Johnson (in white top), running this year's Dipsea race with her younger sister, Summer (age 7). If the youth of America are becoming sedentary & inactive, nobody told them. Go Girls!

Photo provided courtesy Rickey Gates.

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Did You Know?

As was tradition in Ancient Greece, the Mother Flame used to light the Olympic Torch is ignited by the sun using a cleverly engineered parabolic mirror that reflects the sun's rays and creates a fire. The flame is considered to be purer because it is lit directly by the sun.

Quick Take:

To prevent excess heel lift in your running shoes try threading your top shoelace down through the upper most eyelets instead of up. This creates more forward pull from the back of your shoe, thereby tightening your heel.

Dean's List:
It's no surprise that the Chicago Marathon filled to capacity almost immediately. Here's some good news, you can still be a part of this sold-out event! Join the Action for Healthy Kids charity team, Team Healthy Kids, and not only do you get to run the legendary Chicago Marathon, you will be benefiting a very worthwhile cause in the process. To join, go to: Run Chicago or contact Run Coordinator, Seth Kopf:

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