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The Olympic Marathon - Women Run For Gold on Sunday
So far it's been a women's Olympic Games in Atlanta. Perhaps then we can expect a great women's marathon on Sunday morning at 7 a.m., when over 100 of the world's best marathoners line up for a 26.2 mile run through the streets of Atlanta.

Fear and Loathing in the Western States
It seemed like a good idea back in February, it really did. With my Team In Training Anchorage Marathon trip scheduled for June 22nd, I learned the Western States 100 mile run would be the next Saturday, June 29th. With my friend Jim Garcia running, I offered to re-route my return trip in order to crew for him in the race. Western States is the big enchilada, the grandaddy of all 100 milers.

Twietmeyer/Trason
For anyone who's interested (and who wouldn't be?), the legacy of the Double T's - Tim Twietymeyer and Ann Trason - at the Western States 100 dates to 1980. Twietmeyer sent in his entry, but didn't make it to the starting line. He asked the race to hold his entry to the followiing year and then began his 15-year finishing history.

The Comrades: South Africa's Gem
On Monday June 17th, the 71st Comrades Marathon will be held in Durban, South Africa. &quot;Marathon&quot; is actually a misnomer, as the run is over 56 miles in length. Last year, I had the unique opportunity to run the Comrades. I've devoted my column this week to the Comrades, both a historical look at the race, and a<a HREF="don0611a.htm"> first person account</a> of my experience in 1995. Look for results of the 1996 Comrades next Week on CR. 1995 American male and female ultra runners of the year Tom Johnson and Ann Trason will both be competing.

Trail Running - Mountain Man Machismo
When you stop and think about it, running is really quite a diverse sport. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to participate in a unique niche of the sport known as trail running, at the Nipmuck Trail Marathon in northeastern Connecticut. Believe me when I tell you, there are no pretty boys out there - only tough guys and women who don't mind getting dirty and spending a good part of a day risking life and limb running over trails better suited for a slow hike.

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