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As the Diamond League winds down, Walter Dix, one of America’s elite sprinters, talks of his current condition, future, and setting new goals for himself as well as the sport in the United States

“I can’t believe I stumbled like that…but thankful health is back….”, are just some of the words that Dix tweeted after his off form 100m performance in Zurich this past weekend. Though he stumbled out of the blocks, Dix was still able to recapture enough form to stop the clock at a season’s best 10.07 into a slight headwind against six of the eight 100m finalists from Moscow.

He had not raced for almost two weeks prior to Zurich as he has been training and continuing rehab from the slight strain suffered in Des Moines at USA’s. He strategically ran low-key races since then in order to test his body and rehab properly, while slowly regaining his competitive edge.

“I had to take some time to completely heal and not rush myself back to the track to soon. I just had to be patient in order to come back ready to run again. I want to show the young people who follow the sport that to do it right, it takes a little time, and patience.”

It has been a long season for the free agent, but he has been gradually building up his form and health in order to finish out the season on a positive note.

“I’m healthy now and just looking to finish the season strong and positive while having a little fun in the process. I’ve had a lot of support from family, fans and friends and I owe it to them to get back on the track ASAP!”

With the final Diamond League meeting approaching in Brussels this Friday, September 6th, Dix looks to continue his comeback trail.

“We hope to compete in Brussels, Rieti, and probably shut it down until next year. He has been hard at work this season, building his body up, taking stock of the direction that the sport and its athletes must go towards not only for the fans, but also the sport itself. He’s a fighter and anybody who really knows Walt, knows that he doesn’t give up easily at all” said his brother Washington. “We set out a plan for this season, and Ibelieve, given the circumstances faced throughout the season, Walter will ultimately get the job done!”

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Limassol Marathon GSO Back Again on 18 March 2012

Two years ago the Limassol Marathon set the ambitious goal of becoming one of the top European marathons. And with the 2012 Marathon on 18 March, it seems that it will get closer to that goal.

Having managed to earn the accreditation of AIMS and IAAF, the Limassol Marathon GSO is expanding into a big athletic celebration where Marathon runners from all over the world will meet to compete and at the same time enjoy a memorable experience.

According to Head of the Organizing Committee and member of the Municipal Council, Spyros Spyrou, the Limassol Marathon is on the official programs of the leading European Running Clubs which should lead to an even more popular event in 2012.

The organizers believe that the Limassol Marathon is not just another athletic event. It’s a mass event for the city with numerous ways in which everyone can participate. Above all, for Limassol, and for Cyprus, it’s a celebration of peace and friendship, a display of warm hospitality to marathon runners from all over the world.

As in previous years, events will include the Marathon, Half Marathon, a 10 kilometre Fitness Run, a 5 kilometre Corporate Team Run, a Children’s Run, a Charity Run and lots of side events and surprises.

The start of the competitive courses is at 9am at the Limassol Pier.

Limassol is the second largest city of Cyprus and the capital of vitality and hospitality. Molos area on the sea front is the start and finish point, a beautiful spot which smiles back to the smile offered by the sea! Imagine the fantastic route, the great beaches, the breathtaking trails combined with the well known hospitality of our people and the mild weather.

See you on 18 March 2012!

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Kulae LLC. Launches MyKulae.com a Eco-Friendly Yoga Product Wholesale Website

Kulae LLC. Announced today that its MyKulae.com wholesale yoga product website has been officially launched. Kulae retailers have long awaited an easy way to order Kulae products in bulk. Teaming up with Mighty Merchant an Oregon based company Kulae was able to deliver the much needed new web portal.

“We are really excited about this new website, it gives our customers the ability to submit large discounted wholesale orders whenever they choose” said Brian Morgan, Online Marketing Manger of Kulae, LLC.

Kulae’s full catalog will be offered at mykulae.com, this will give Kulae customers the ability to buy wholesale yoga mats, yoga towels, and accessories online. They encourage all current yoga wholesalers to request an account in order to see their special pricing.

About Kulae:
At Kulae, we are on a twofold mission to provide the most stylish + eco-friendly yoga and fitness gear on the planet while truly living by our mantra “karma’s real.” Our TPE mats are 100% Biodegradable, 100% Recyclable, Ultra-Hygienic, PVC- and latex-free. All are allergen free! Check out our other eco-friendly yoga and fitness products at kulae.com or call 781-561-7366.

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Triathlon Becoming The Fastest Growing Mainstream Sport In The World

Since it’s beginnings in the late 1970’s triathlon has steadily grown to the point where it has become one of the fastest growing mainstream sports in the world.

There is no doubt that it’s spectacular growth can be attributed to the fact that it is a sport for virtually people of all ages and all levels of athletic ability. It knows no ethnic or gender boundaries and includes people from every level of society. It is not unusual at all for a housewife and mother of three to be in a triathlon and find herself sharing the Ironman course with a CEO of a huge corporation, a millionaire, a famous Hollywood star or a pro athlete.

Triathlon truly is for everyone and has so much to offer all those who decide to get off the couch and dust off their running shoes, buy themselves a road bike, and head out to the local pool to learn how to swim.

TRIATHLON FOR KIDS

In this day and age, kids are in desperate need of balance in their lives. They have been born into an age of high technology and fast food that has proven to have some serious ramifications when it comes to the physical and emotional health of kids around the world.

Too much time spent on home computers, lap-tops, cell phones and text-messaging combined with little regard to healthy food choices is far too often leading to obesity and health issues among teens and pre-teens.

It is simply unacceptable to have pre-teens dealing with type-2 diabetes simply because of lifestyle and those in the health industry are scrambling to come to grips with the problem.

Triathlon could well be the answer for providing kids an avenue for adding balance to their lives. It seems that many parents are beginning to see the value of the sport as well.

Kids as young as six-years-old can take part in one of the hundreds of kids triathlons that are springing up all over North America and indeed around the world. If they can’t make the school team they no longer have to resign themselves to the sidelines cheering on others.

Triathlon for kids is all about having fun. As they get older the distances they swim, bike and run increase incrementally. Youth have the option to take the sport as far as they want. As far as Simon Whitfield perhaps who was a tri-kid and went on to be an Olympic champion in the sport.

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Opus Energy Sponsors Two Employees To Run New York Marathon

Two employees of a Northampton based business, Opus Energy, a leading independent supplier of electricity to UK businesses, are aiming to raise £3000 for a local charity by running the New York Marathon on Sunday 1st November. Their challenge will form part of a wider pledge by Opus Energy to raise £10,000 for the Friends of Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Neil Robinson, a Credit Controller and Tanya Matchett, Credit Control Team Leader for Opus Energy are both novice runners and have never run competitively before.

The pair will be the 7th and 8th employees from Opus Energy to enter the New York marathon as part of an initiative that the company began in 2007. Each year, Opus Energy pays travel costs, hotels, and entry fees for the chosen employees, encouraging them to achieve a challenging personal goal, as well as raise funds for an important local cause.

Neil is preparing for the marathon by running four miles a day, three times a week, with a longer run at weekends. He achieved 14 miles last weekend and is increasing this distance gradually each week.

Neil said, “I’ve watched colleagues return from running the New York marathon for the last two years and talk about what an amazing experience they’ve had. I turned 40 this year and haven’t really pushed myself physically yet, so I wanted to take up the challenge. It’s a great opportunity to raise funds for a good cause and get fit in the process.”

Tanya has been hitting the gym and using a number of training strategies to prepare for the run.

Tanya said, “I’m a complete beginner – when I started I couldn’t even run to the end of my street! So I’ve had to go back to basics and learn a correct running technique with training sessions at the gym. Now I think I’ve caught the running bug – I’ve signed up for more running events, including another marathon next year. I really wanted to help Opus Energy achieve its targets for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice as it’s a great local cause.”

Charlie Crossley Cooke, MD and founder of Opus Energy said:

“This is the third year we have offered Opus Energy employees the opportunity to complete the New York Marathon. It’s a great way to support and raise money for a local charity. We are one hundred percent behind Neil and Tanya and wish them both the best of luck.”

As part of its commitment to support the local community, Opus Energy also recently announced its sponsorship of one of Britain’s most promising young hopes for the London 2012 Olympics, Northamptonshire-based gymnast Daniel Keatings.

For more information on Opus Energy’s pledge to the Cynthia Spencer Hospice, and Opus Energy’s sponsorship of Daniel Keatings, please visit www.opusenergychallenge.com.

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The Second Barclaycard World Freerun Championships, Which Is Due To Take Place On 5th August, Will See London’s Trafalgar Square Transformed As It Attracts Competitors From Around The Globe

The event which is now in its second year is the foremost international competition for the rapidly expanding urban sport of freerunning, and is set to attract up to 7000 fans to Trafalgar Square.

For one night only, 27 freerunners representing 17 different countries across five continents will tackle a specially designed course in Trafalgar Square that will enable them to showcase their creativity and the excitement and physicality of freerunning.

Although capacity for the event is limited to 7,000, tickets will be made available free of charge to fans via the Barclaycard World Freerun Facebook page from mid-July.

The event will be supported by a major promotional campaign from Barclaycard that will encourage people to ‘see London differently’, through the eyes of a freerunner, with ordinary architectural features and street furniture becoming obstacles to be overcome.

Among the competitors will be the inaugural Barclaycard World Freerun champion, Gabriel ‘Jaywalker’ Nunez from the United States who triumphed at the 2008 event held at Camden’s Roundhouse. He will face stiff opposition this year from an even stronger field that includes British hopefuls Paul ‘Blue Devil’ Joseph, George ‘G-Force’ Mayfield and Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff, runner up to Nunez at last year’s event. Other names to watch out for include Pavels ‘Pasha’ Petkuns of Latvia, Austrian Andrej ‘N-D’ Lisal, Jason Paul from Germany, Mexico’s Erick ‘Daer’ Sanchez, Bulgaria’s Delian Dimitrov and Nunez’ countryman Victor ‘Showtime’ Lopez.

On the day, each athlete will perform to his own individual soundtrack and be judged according to four, distinct criteria: technical difficulty, execution, creativity and fluidity.

Dan Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard, the title sponsor of the World Freerun Championships said: “Freerunning is a really innovative sport that is starting to gain some really strong exposure. The moves executed by the top performers are truly breathtaking and, for Barclaycard, the fluidity of movement at the very heart of freerunning has a clear parallel with the freedom that we give our customers through such innovations as contactless payments. We’re proud to be continuing our support for the Barclaycard World Freerun Championships and excited that it is taking place in such an iconic venue as Trafalgar Square”.

Championship organisers, World Freerun Ents have an upbeat view of Barclaycard’s involvement. “World-class brands have been getting more and more into the freerun thing” says Championship spokesman and Urban Freeflow supremo, Ez, “but we always make sure that we are comfortable with any commercial tie-ups and that they make sense for the freerun lifestyle. The clincher for us has been that, starting with the amazing success of last year`s event, Barclaycard’s global ambitions for the sport match our own.”

About Barclaycard
Barclaycard, part of Barclays Global and Retail Commercial Banking division, is a leading global payment business which helps consumers, retailers and businesses to make and accept credit card payments flexibly, and to access short-term credit when needed. The company is one of the pioneers of new forms of credit card payments and is at the forefront of developing viable contactless and mobile payment schemes for today and cutting edge forms of payment for the future. It also issues credit and charge cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit.

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