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Miami marathoners can run for Haiti

By Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel

1548 days ago   Article ID# 301145
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (Sun-Sentinel) - Runners in next week's ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon will have a chance to channel their energy into aiding victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Participants in the race always have the option of directing their entry fees toward various registered charities. Last year's race raised more than $3 million for charity.

Race organizers are asking runners not already associated with a charity to join Team World Vision, which has been providing aid to Haiti since the hurricanes of 2008 and has stepped up efforts to raise funds and awareness since the 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation.

"With such a large Haitian population in our South Florida community, we want to do our part in assisting with the recovery efforts for the people of Haiti," race director Dave Scott said.

Runners interested in joining Team World Vision and running or walking for the Haiti relief effort should visit http://www.teamworldvision.org/miami . To join the team and gain entry in the race, one must make a donation (tax deductible) equal to or greater than the entry fee.

Details about charity options and race registration can be found at http://www.ingmiamimarathon.com.

More than 18,000 runners are expected for the marathon and half marathon on Jan. 31, which will be a record for South Florida.

The deadline for advance registration is Friday with a fee of $75 for the half marathon and $100 for the marathon. Registration will resume on race weekend at the Nissan Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 29-30 at Miami Beach Convention Center, and the fee will increase to $125 for either race.

You go, girl! That could be the rallying cry, as women will be in the majority for the first time in the eight years of the event.

Registration is about 20 percent ahead of last year, and women are largely responsible.

"In previous years men outnumbered women by a 54 to 46 percent ratio, but now that number is shifting with the increased numbers of female participants," Scott said.

The trend has been evident for some time throughout the running world. A recent survey by Running USA found that in 2007 women made up 49.4 percent of road race finishers. That was up from 26 percent 15 years earlier.

Consider that in 1967 a Boston Marathon official tried to rip the number off Katherine Switzer, who gained entry without making her gender clear. He'd be trampled today.

Women outnumbered men among finishers of the recent Palm Beaches Half Marathon.

Miami is the biggest of the three South Florida marathon/half marathon events. The races begin simultaneously at 6:15 a.m. in front of AmericanAirlines Arena and wind through South Beach, downtown Miami and Coconut Grove.

Cycling

A memorial ride is planned Sunday in Key Biscayne for Christophe LeCanne, the 44-year-old cyclist struck and killed by a motorist last weekend.

Cyclists in Broward County are invited to join in a mass ride to the memorial forming at Alex Pro bike shop in Davie. The group will depart at 6 a.m. from the parking lot adjacent to the shop at 11466 W. State Road 84.

They will join the memorial ride beginning about 9 a.m. on Rickenbacker Causeway across from Mast Academy School.

LeCanne was killed Sunday in a hit-and-run crash. Carlos G. Bertonatti, 28, of Key Biscayne was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter.

Running for Haiti

Matt Nelson is planning to run 80 miles from Wellington to Little Haiti on Friday with the goal of raising $5,000 for the Haiti relief effort. He will leave from St. Terese de Lisieux church and run to Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church in Miami.

Donations may be pledged at http://www.firstgiving.com/80forHaiti

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Updated 1548 days ago   Article ID# 301145

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