Posts Tagged ‘ Wayne Kurtz ’

The Inaugural Cyprus Ultra Donkey Run – 135 Miles of Heat

July 21, 2011
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‘We challenge you to finish’ By Alix Shutello In July 2012, would you like to run on mountainous desert trails for 135 miles in extreme heat, 90% humidity with no respite from the sun, isolated from human contact while running along collapsing roads and poisonous snakes? Sound like fun? Michael Rivers, race director for the Cyprus Ultra Donkey Run™ (Cyprus 135), hopes so. He invites any endurance distance runner to compete in what he hopes will become known as the toughest global 135-miler in the world. The Londoner and endurance runner, who now lives on the Island of Cyprus, has partnered with ultra-distance racer, Wayne Kurtz, the owner of RaceTwitch, a global endurance racing website, to develop an endurance racing competition that forces athletes to compete in extreme conditions without a crew. Both men met at the Limassol Marathon in February 2011 and decided to create an ultra-distance race that would…

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Mental Pre-Race Visualization Benefits

March 11, 2011
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Mental Pre-Race Visualization Benefits

By Wayne Kurtz, Founder of RaceTwitch.com Reposted With Permission We have all heard about the benefits of pre-race visualization, but the question is how many athletes actually add it to their overall training plan. Last year as I was preparing for a Double Iron Triathlon (Double the Ironman distance) I spent several weeks visualizing a previous great race performance. The results worked exceptionally well. Every evening I spent a few minutes listening to several MP3 files that were created to review my previous best race performances. The key was to embed in the mind how I felt, what I saw and took all 5 senses into the visualization. Also, I would add to my normal training log a few key words for me to remember when I would experience challenging times in this long upcoming race (over 24 hours to finish). The goals were established and this was to be…

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Running Shorts

December 20, 2010
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Running Shorts

Welcome to Running Shorts, a new section with interesting running news. Santa Runs Well, for those of you who have never done a Santa Run, here are some fun ones for you. Facebook friend, Alice Wong, stands right in front here, in this photo. But of course there were other Santa runs around the country over the last two weeks. Here is what all these Santas look like when they are running. Racing With One Shoe Most of us like to run with both our shoes on, but when Colin Tierney bolted off the starting line for the National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship race in Alabama on December 11, 2010 he lost his racing shoe in the first quarter mile. He stuck with it and finished the race with an impressive 44th place. Colin has been a star in Rhode Island where he has won race after race in…

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Ultra Racer, Wayne Kurtz’s, Top Ten Races

September 20, 2010
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Ultra Racer, Wayne Kurtz’s, Top Ten Races

Top 10 Favorite Races of All Time Wayne Kurtz, an ultra racer and founder of www.racetwitch.com, an ultra racing Web portal, came up with his top races. Some of the races he’s done are so remote they don’t even have Web sites…just blogs about people who’ve finished these races! As evident by the explosion of endurance sports races throughout the world and so many to add to the schedule every year a question comes to mind, Wayne reflected on his favorite races of all time. “There are so many factors to consider when evaluating races but there are several that stand out for me for various reasons.    In my 25 years of racing this is a tough one!” How about you? What’s your top 10 and maybe what are your future top 10 on the dream list?   Everyone has different reasons to race: competing against oneself, overcoming significant…

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Ultramarathon Man, Andy Bowen: A Man with A Mission

September 15, 2010
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Ultramarathon Man, Andy Bowen: A Man with A Mission

A 1400km Race Should Raise Awareness Both For His Charity and His Love of Ultra Distances By Alix J. Shutello Andrew Bowen is not afraid of a challenge. The four-time ultra marathoner from Noosa, Australia will tell you it’s the mental challenge of pushing your body to the limit, which is the draw to the sport. Ultra marathon distances (anything longer than a traditional marathon length of 26.2 miles) have been gaining popularity everywhere. Working professionals LinkedIn are talking about ultras the running groups, and Web sites are popping up from enthusiasts who are not only competing in ultra marathons, but in ultra triathalons as well. Originally from the UK, Andy started running in high school as a way to keep fit during the rugby season. When he hit college, Andy stopped running altogether. It wasn’t until his brother asked him to run a half marathon with him that he…

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