Sri Chinmoy 12+24 h Race 2016 in Basel

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At the 28th edition of the Sri Chinmoy 12+24 Hour Race Basel, thanks to the German Championships, we had a new record of participants: 127 runners at the 24 Hour- and 34 runners at the 12 Hour Race. A total of 14 different nations participated.

The 24 Hour Race: Dietmar Korntner from Austria (243.068k) and Maria Jansson (see picture above) from Sweden (242.686k) had an incredibly tight and exciting finale. Maria achieved a new world-best for this year, set a new Swedish record and the sixth best result ever run by a woman in a roadrace, only 4.39k less than the world record of Elisabeth Hawker (GBR). And this was performed in horrible weather conditions with 20 hours of rain, the worst weather we ever had at our race in Basel in the last 28 years. The German Championships were won by Stu Thoms with 237.164k and Antje Krause with 210.505. And the titel of the Swiss Champion went Simon Schmid with 202.576k and Ursula Herger with 188.40k.

The 12 Hour Race: This event started at midnigh with Sigrid Hoffmann (GER) showing a fantastic race. With 122.492k  she was not only the winner overall but she broke the 22 year old German record in the category W50. In the men’s category Marc Garcia from Switzerland won with 116.017k.

Photo by Kedar Misani

Peace Run Torch 2016 lit at UNESCO Paris

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On 1 April 2016, 14 runners from the Peace Run 2016 made a stop at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. UNESCO was a relay of their 24,000 km tour through 49 countries across Europe in their 2016 itinerary, for sharing a message of peace and mutual understanding among peoples. UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Nada Al-Nashif, received the Peace Run torch at UNESCO, during the European relay which was launched on 11 February 2016 by the President of the Council of Europe, Donald Tusk.

Founded in 1987, the Peace Run association was inspired by the poet, philosopher athlete and humanist Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who believed in all individuals’ capacity to transform the world by making a step towards peace. Peace Run is a global relay run and a grassroots event engaging individuals around the world to express their aspirations for harmony between peoples, with the torch as its symbol, passed hand in hand across countries, cities and regions to illustrate this unity beyond borders and cultures, and to celebrate the human being in all his rich diversity. UNESCO places this event in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). The values and ideals embedded in sports are used to “promote respect for human rights and cultural diversity, (…) to fight against new forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance, extremism and radicalization, thus forging ties among peoples and nations.” Since its inception, the Peace Run has visited more than 140 countries around the world, in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America.

Source: www.unesco.org

Biodegradable Algae Water Bottles instead of Plastic

Know how long a plastic water bottle can take to decompose? Up to 1000 years. Know how many bottles of water America alone drinks in a single year? approximately 50 billion. Scared yet? You should be, because unless we start firing our garbage out of giant cannons and into the sun, it’s safe to say that some day soon we’re all going to be living on one great big floating ball of trash. It’s a pretty bleak prospect, but thanks to people like Icelandic Product Designer Ari Jónsson, such a grimly apocalyptic scenario could be avoided if we all just got a little greener. Take his water bottle for example. It’s made from algal, a product of algae. It’s 100% natural and 100% biodegradable. It keeps its shape until it’s empty and then it begins to decompose. Ari exhibited his project during this year’s Reykjavik design festival DesignMarch. Let’s just hope that major manufacturers take some inspiration from his brilliant invention.

(h/t: Dezeen)

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Support book project on 3100 mile Race !

My name is Stutisheel Lebedev, and I am a 9-time finisher of the world’s longest race – the 3100-Mile Self-Transcendence Race, that takes place annually in Queens, New York. For my best performance, it took me 48 days to complete the distance, averaging 64.3 miles per day. My participation in the 3100-Mile Race changed my life dramatically – I saw and became aware of many things that block or delay the movement towards my goals. For me, this extraordinary race is the best school of life (and also – concentrated life – when everything happens with great intensity and speed), where I can test and verify many approaches and discoveries in nutrition, equipment, but first of all – in the natural unfoldment of your hidden unlimited potential.

I would like to summarise my experiences and findings in a beautiful book for you to use in your daily striving for not giving up, going forward, and for your life’s eternal pursuit for happiness. I believe that we are truly happy only when we exercise our maximum capacities in sport, creativity, career, and family – in all aspects of life. These are the chapters I would like to include in my book as of today:

Discipline
Your own style
Enjoying each moment
Determination
Inner cry
Following your heart
Humor
Fullness of life
Beyond the boundaries
Best friends
Searching for the solutions
Necessity of relaxation for an efficient performance
Best personal example
Gratitude
One Power
Revealing secrets
Global picture of life
Mystery of the Big Race

With your sincere help of funding the publishing of my book, I will be able to spread the spirit of the 3100-Mile Self-Transcendence Race and inspire people to have faith in themselves and to believe that nothing is impossible. I see it as a BIG positive creative impact in everybody’s daily life. I request you not only to contribute the money-power, but to BE a part of this impact, spreading the message by personal example.

My goal is to have two books of the same content – one in English and the other – in Russian simultaneously. I will self-publish the books through Create Space. But my desire is to make it as professional and beautiful as possible. Therefore I will need to cover the following expenses:

•Editing, proof reading, and cover design work
•Translation
•Printing layout and e-book formatting
•Printing of the paper book itself
•Sales description, marketing campaigns and promotions
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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

If you would like to help me complete my book “Run. Journey. Become” and share my story with the world, please donate to this campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/run-journey-become#/