The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station. The name refers to the drop bags that competitors use to get their post-race necessities from the start line to the finish line of point-to-point races. Look for it as a mid-week feature.
Fitness growth market: Those looking for positive signs in the lousy job market would be wise to take a look at fitness and training. Jobs for fitness workers are expected to rise much faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That positive outlook tops this list of trends in the fitness field.
NYC Marathon’s slow recovery: The reputation of the New York Road Runner’s Club, the organization that puts on the ING New York City Marathon, may recover more slowly than the neighborhoods inundated by Superstorm Sandy. Runners remain angry about the late decision to cancel the marathon scheduled for Sunday, although hundreds turned the disappointment into a positive by delivering supplies in Staten Island or running in Central Park. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Marathon opened 3,000 slots for its race on Nov. 18. Many runners are demanding refunds, something they are not likely to get, as this piece explains.
Loop around the lake: It makes sense to have a grand plan for a Great Lake, and a 1,640-mile bike, hike and kayak loop around Lake Michigan certainly meets that standard. Planners from four states will gather this weekend in Saugatuck, Mich., to map out the Lake Michigan Trail, using existing bike paths, water routes and walking trails; and expanding where needed.
One vision for better cycling: Writing for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, Marti Fine celebrates her success in convincing state and local officials to improve the intersection where N. Port Washington Rd. meets the exit ramp off I-43 northbound. The changes greatly improved the safety for cyclists on the popular route. Fine writes: “I might not be able to ‘save the world’, as all of us who have served in the Peace Corps have aspired to, but I feel good knowing that I had a hand in making a small change that matters to a few.”
Oh, that broken leg? No worries: All those who have been slowed by cramps or other minor issues in a marathon will be humbled to read this story about Katie White, who won the Liverpool Marathon last month, despite breaking a fibula about five miles into the race. The Human Push provided this quote: “I was in agony during the final mile but at that stage I had to get to the end. With all the support and the crowd, I couldn’t stop. It was only after I crossed the line and had it X-rayed that I realized I had been running on a broken leg. I didn’t believe it at first but on the X-ray it was quite an obvious break.”