May 9th, 2020
Pandemic Caused Running Boom
Surveys show that number of runners increased during coronavirus restrictions and most members will not return when gyms reopen.
As the governments implemented series of preventive measures due to the global crisis, gyms were also shut down temporarily. US-based company RunRepeat conducted a worldwide research on how the physical activity routines have changed during these difficult times. Two different surveys proved that, as a consequence of running outdoors being commonly allowed, many people began running regularly, and those who were previously running regularly increased their frequencies. On the other hand, almost half of the gym members are not planning to gyms when they reopen.
According to the findings of the first survey with 12,913 participants from 139 countries, runners who normally participated only once or twice a week before coronavirus increased their daily runs by 117% on average. Those previously running up to 3 times a week, reported an increase of 55% on average. Avid runners, who had been running four or more days a week, decreased their efforts by 9% on average.
The second survey, answered by 10,824 gym members from 116 countries, showed that 46.67% of members are not likely return to their gyms upon reopening. 36.57% of those who exercised regularly before the coronavirus crisis have already cancelled or are considering cancelling their memberships.
Runners who increased their training frequencies and a part of those who began running recently are anticipated to consider participating in road races once the “new normal” sets in.
May 8th, 2020
Guidelines For Triathlon Organisers
As the sports world prepares for the new era after coronavirus, International Triathlon Union posted guidelines for organisers.
“World Triathlon Covid-19 Prevention Guidelines for Event Organisers” is compiled by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) with feedback from its Technical, Medical, Athletes and Coaches committees as well as the recommendations for social gatherings from the World Health Organization. The Guidelines include valuable advice on health measures for international events in a wide range of areas from the airport transfers to the post-race zones. A pre-event questionnaire for the participants is also recommended by the ITU.
The 28-page Guidelines can be reached through this link.
May 7th, 2020
Cross-Continental Race Delayed
32nd Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race, initially scheduled to 12th of July, is postponed to Sunday, 23 August.
The event, annually staged by the Turkish Olympic Committee since 1989, is decided to be moved by six weeks following the discussions with Turkey’s Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as the Ministry of Health. The unique race in which the participants swim from Asia to Europe will gather over two thousand swimmers from several countries once again on 23 August.
The 1200-person international quota for the 32nd Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race had filled within just three hours of opening on 4 January.
May 2nd, 2020
October: Month of Aquamasters
Along with the two events postponed from May, Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships will be held in three weeks in October.
All three stages of the 2020 International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships are rescheduled to October after the Göcek and Marmaris events had to be postponed due to coronavirus restrictions. The new programme is as follows:
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International Arena Aquamasters Swimming Championships, Bodrum, 29 October - 1 November 2020
The most comprehensive swimming event of Turkey incorporates the Turquoise Swimming Series, a new category which focuses on the persistent participation of the swimmers, for the first time this year. Those who participate in all three stages will be ranked and awarded according to their aggregate time. Swimmers of age 11 to 13 will be scored in 1km and 2km courses while the 14-24 category and the master age groups up to 84 are eligible for 1km, 2km, 3km and 5km races.
The details for the Championships will be announced at www.aquamasters.org, the official website of the event.
April 30th, 2020
Longest Race Cancelled For This Year
The pandemic hit the world’s longest certified road race. "Self-Transcendence" 3100 Mile Race is cancelled for the first time.
The event, initially held over 2700 miles in New York in 1996, then organised at the distance of 3100 miles uninterruptedly since 1997, is cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis around the globe. The organisers made the decision considering the public health as well as the travel restrictions for the participants outside the USA.
The competitors of the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race cover the distance by running 5649 laps at a 0.5488-mile loop around one block in Queens, passing by a vocational high school, basketball courts and a playground. The time limit to finish the race is 52 days. The runners begin at 6 a.m. and run for extended periods throughout the day, taking breaks as needed. If they want to, they can continue as late as 12 midnight when the course closes for the night.
Men’s race record is held by Ashprihanal Aalto of Finland who finished with a time of 40 days 9 hours 6 minutes 21 seconds in 2015. Women’s record holder is Kaneenika Janakova from Slovakia who completed 3100 miles in 48 days 14 hours 24 minutes 10 seconds in 2017.