Run. Swim. Pedal. It’s on. The Latrobe Valley Triathlon Club brings back the renowned Winter Triathlon back for 2013. Athletes from all over Australia and around the world will gather on 8 August in Hazelwood Pondage, VIC to compete in three events. First up is the Fun Distance Triathlon, which is more or less geared towards the casuals. This event consists of 200-meter swimming, 12-kilometer biking, and a 2-kilometer run. Another event is the Sprint Distance Triathlon. This one takes the challenge up a notch as participants will get to compete in 500-meter swimming, 24-kilometer biking, and a 5-kilometer run. And then there’s the Olympic Distance Triathlon, which is tailor-made for the unrelenting competitor. Comprised of 1.5-kilometer swimming, 36-kilometer biking, and a 9-kilometer run, this one figuratively—and literally—demands you to go the extra mile.

The 2013 Winter Triathlon is a great warm-up for those looking to be a part of the Vegas or London World Championships. If you’re not planning to go to either one, it’s a fun event nonetheless that should put your willpower and physical ability to the test. Do register right away, though, as there are only 150 slots in each of the events.

2013 Winter Triathlon

2013 Winter Triathlon

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Signing up for the 2013 Winter Triathlon isn’t the only way to be part of the event, though. If you failed to register on time or your bones just don’t feel like swimming, biking, and running, you can still join the fun by placing a bet on your triathlete of choice. Yep, you can have your own “horse” in the races by placing your bets on or Betfair, which are two of the leading and most reliable sports betting services online. It provides customers with the latest information on bonus offers, free bets, and promotions from all the top bookmakers. Aside from triathlon, you can also bet on other sports such as football, tennis, golf, rugby, and horse racing, among others. Thus if you don’t consider yourself much of an athlete, betting on sports is the next best thing to feeling the thrill of competition.

It’s never too late to start betting on your favorite sports. If you believe you’ve got the sports knowledge and a bit of luck on your side, why not try placing a bet today? You’ll do great if you know how to play your cards right. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Running events aren’t modern creations. That, of course, isn’t surprising since us humans have been able to run since, well, humans were invented. After all, running is as natural to us as talking, walking, eating, drinking, and dropping “bombs” in everyone’s favorite chair (the crapper, for those who didn’t catch on right away).  And because of that, it didn’t take that long before people thought of besting each other at it.

Athletes have been participating in distance running events long before Usain Bolt was obliterating his competition. In fact, the first recorded distance running events were held as early as the Ancient Olympic Games, which historical texts indicate began in Olympia during a time wherein athletes still weren’t able to pray for Jesus Christ’s blessing during a sporting event as the year was still 776 B.C. Distance running, or stadion (which is a really cool name, by the way) as it was called then, was one of the five original Pentathlon events. Stadions were held in a stadium at distances of 180-240 meters, which was basically the length of a stadium. The event begins with a trumpet blow, with officials manning both the starting and end points to make sure that no Rosie Ruiz-type of cheating (who is one of the biggest cheats in marathon history, go Google her “ingenious” feat) would take place. Runners had to pass five stakes that divided the lanes. There was one stake at the start, another at the finish, and three stakes in between. Too bad Nike still wasn’t around then to sponsor runners the likes of Leonidas of Rhodes or Astylos of Croton.

History of Distance Running

History of Distance Running

Stadion wasn’t the only running event in the Ancient Olympic Games, though. There was also dialous (a two-stade race), dolichos (which was basically a 5-kilometer race), and the hoplite race, wherein athletes had to sprint while in full warrior gear—they were in outfitted in armor, made to wear greaves or a helmet, and had to carry a big ass shield. Whoever thought of such a bizarre test of endurance, no one knows.

The first track and field event was first held in the 1896 Olympics. This consisted of 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Eventually, 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs were added, as well as a 3,000-meter steeplechase (an event that originated from Great Britain in the 19th century wherein runners had to race between towns—from one church steeple to another—with natural obstacles littered in their path). As you can see, the competitive distance running began to be more physically demanding as time went on. But the variation made it all the more enjoyable.

What’s surprising, though, is that it wasn’t until a few decades ago when even the Average Joes or the Plain Janes started joining distance running events. The point wasn’t to win, but simply to have fun and have a good time while shedding a few pounds here and there. At present, marathons are becoming more and more popular worldwide, with tens of thousands of people signing up for both minor and major events. Even though there’s a finish line at the end of every race, it’s pretty safe to say that humans will never stop running.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that”.

That was a quote uttered by the late, great Fred Lebow, the co-founder of the New York City Marathon. But first and foremost, he was a runner. He wasn’t always the best runner, though, but he ran nonetheless. It was his passion. It was his life. It drove him to be better. In fact, he still joined the 1992 edition of the very marathon he birthed—two years after being diagnosed with brain cancer, and at the not-so-tender age of 60 at that.

If old age and disease didn’t stop Fred Lebow, then you have no excuse not to run. As he noted, it doesn’t matter whether you’re the fastest or the slowest. The only thing that matters is that you do it. Here at Runners’ Choice, we urge you to run, run, and run some more. Run in events. When there are none on the immediate schedule, run during the mornings. Or after work. Run on the weekends. Run around the park. Run around the city. Run with your family and/or friends. Heck, run with your dog. After all, running is such a joy (and healthy to boot, of course) no matter how you do it, where you do it, when you do it, and whether you do it alone or with someone else. Bring your iPod or MP3 player with you and it’ll be an even better experience.

We love running. And we’re sure that you’re head over heels (running shoes, in this case) for it too.We can talk about our mutual affection for running here at Runners’ Choice. We’ve got fun reads, event schedules, and a whole lot more over here. Our objective is to be the perfect hangout in between your runs or races. So do drop by whenever you’re not darting towards a finish line.