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Postby 79. » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:54 pm

A Golden mile or sprint à la NYC 5th avenue or Manchester... on the Chinese wall ? :!:
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby gh » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:00 pm

you need only look out your door to find the Champs d'Elysses!
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:06 pm

gh wrote:you need only look out your door to find the Champs d'Elysses!

You really think that's better than Manchester? :)
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby aaronk » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:26 pm

There are a few places that come to mind....and I've run races...or at least RUN....in all of them.

Avenue of the Giants Marathon, about 40 miles south of Eureka CA.
26.2 miles run about 85% under the shade of huge beautiful redwoods.
Joe Henderson once said it was the most beautiful course he'd ever run on!

The 17 Mile Drive around Monterey/Carmel CA.
I ran a 14.3 mile race one time there, striding past the mesmerizing ocean and perfectly manicured golf courses and magnificent gnarly trees.

College Cove, a nude beach about 1 mile north of "downtown" Trinidad CA, which is about 25 miles north of Eureka.
Never ran a race there, but there was a stretch of beach which, at low tide, you could run without having to swim, and it measured approximately 660 yards each way, thus making it a 1320 for one round trip.
I would generally do 6 round trips, for a distance of about 4.5 miles!!

Can't recall the exact location, but I ran a 14 mile race on mostly trails near Victoria B.C. one time.
I arrived late (Had to hitchhike there!!), so they allowed me to start with a time-adjustment.

Trinidad-Clam Beach Race--Dubbed the Humboldt County Olympics, it's an 8.5 mile race run 6 miles on hilly gorgeous scenic one-lane road for 6 miles, then the final 2.5 miles on hard sand.
It's optional to remove your shoes as you cross the Little River soon after hitting the beach.
All of the big names from Humboldt County and Humboldt State University have run the race.
Chuck Smead, Gary Tuttle, Danny Grimes, Mark Conover, Marilyn Taylor Allen, and too many others to list.

A place I'd LOVE to run/race, but never have, is in or near Jasper, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies.
However, I HAVE hiked its trails.
There are NO words to describe its beauty!

As for the perfect track race....I've already run that....many many times!!
I've had the privilege of running MANY times on Hayward Field's track!!
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby Marlow » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:58 pm

I vote Appalachian Trail. What's that, about 2000 miles?
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby 79. » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:15 pm

gh wrote:you need only look out your door to find the Champs d'Elysses!

Not my favourite area in Paris...and also a very long coast ( :oops: )from the Us embassy in
Concorde to the famous Arc de Triomphe.
A Golden race on the Champ de Mars, just in front of la Tour Eiffel, would be a very spectacular
and special moment! :wink:
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:25 pm

Marlow wrote:I vote Appalachian Trail. What's that, about 2000 miles?



Ask Governor Sanford... he knows all about it.
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby gh » Wed Oct 31, 2012 3:42 pm

79. wrote:
gh wrote:you need only look out your door to find the Champs d'Elysses!

Not my favourite area in Paris...and also a very long coast ( :oops: )from the Us embassy in
Concorde to the famous Arc de Triomphe.
A Golden race on the Champ de Mars, just in front of la Tour Eiffel, would be a very spectacular
and special moment! :wink:


OK, how about a Sites-Of-Paris mini-triathlon? Bike down the Champs d'Elysses from the Arc de Triomphe, circle Place de la Concorde and back up, then run down Kleber (including the steps at Trocadero), dive in the Seine and swim across to the Champ de Mars, the a race up the steps of the Eiffel Tower?!
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby tandfman » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:42 am

aaronk wrote:A place I'd LOVE to run/race, but never have, is in or near Jasper, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies.
However, I HAVE hiked its trails.
There are NO words to describe its beauty!

I have neither run nor hiked in the Canadian Rockies, but I agree--that area is spectacularly beautiful.
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby gh » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:25 am

Then I have the race for you, in a place that blows Jasper away for beauty (hard to believe as that may be). Check out this photo gallery from the Jungfrau Marathon (think Clint Eastwood as you gaze up at the west face of the Eiger)

http://www.photorun.net/index.php?conte ... u_Marathon
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby 79. » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:53 am

Wouldn't the famous Golden Gate Bridge whose length is about 2700m be a prestigious place for a...golden mile race?
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Re: Your most exotic (or excentric) place for a Golden race?

Postby br » Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:30 pm

The Golden Gate Bridge is a great idea. It spans 1.7 miles, so make it a 2 mile run.

http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/sanfra ... idge_3.htm
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