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The Warmup Lap | 2.3.12

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Hey, everybody. It's Friday, and if there's one thing people like it's the weekend (and long runs). So to get your Friday started, let's take a gander at some links, yea?

Racing News:

I'd say this is all the more reason to be aware of when to sign up: some marathons are at a 'bursting point' |

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon has reached "bursting point" and organisers fear that unless roads on the route are kept open longer they will not be able to meet growing public demand to take part. A record 70,000 runners - 5,000 more than in 2011 - will turn up at dawn on Sunday to take part in the marathon, half-marathon and 10-kilometre races.

Races in beautiful places: good for the local economy. Also, who are the 2.2%? | Honolulu Star-Ledger

Participants in December's Honolulu Marathon spent $107.6 million, including $5 million in taxes, according to a survey conducted by Hawaii Pacific University students.

Odds and Ends:

Much like the annual art wager (which apparently died this year), the heads of the BAA and NYRR have made a bet on the Super Bowl. |

Similar to the East Coast's Back On My Feet, Orange County's 'Up and Running Again' works with homeless residents to help them build self-confidence through distance running. | Orange County Register

Five months ago, Elmee Cockrell couldn't run for 13 consecutive minutes, let alone 13 miles. The 39-year-old mother was homeless, living in the Orange County's Rescue Mission's Village of Hope, looking for exactly that – hope. Cockrell said she found it one morning in the unlikeliest of places, a group of half-marathoners

New Balance is getting sneaky and dropping shoes without notifying anyone, apparently. Pete at Runblogger gives the pertinent details on the New Balance 730. |

Two reasons to head over to the 1) The cool Ohio State dude's cool-dude goatee, 2) a great story about running with congestive heart disease. |

In November I decided, OK, I am short of breath and fatigued. What am I going to do? I don’t want to die – not yet. So I started running.