Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - September 29, 2011

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Welcome to the September 29, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.In this episode we have some 39 different stories from many great blogs. Rose starts us off with a look at the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. We have the 10 Most Shocking Sports Tragedies of All Time from Katie Gilbert. Lisa Hood stays with college football and reports the 10 Football Freshmen to Follow This Fall. Finally we have two articles by Steve including What have we learned from the first 2 weeks of the NFL and The Future of College Football, Super conferences. Hope you enjoy all the material, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook, and come back next time.

Rose presents Rutgers Scarlet Knights ? October 1 2011 at 03:30 PM, Carrier Dome posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Come see the highly anticipated Syracuse Orange vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights sport on Saturday, October 1 2011. Enjoy watching your favorite Basketball team as they attempt for Division domination! Watch and the entire Rutgers Scarlet Knights in one of the greatest Basketball match-ups! Make sure to cheer on your favorite team in Syracuse, New York for this approaching performance."

Steve presents Santa Pod Hosts European Drag Racing Finals posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "For most normal people in the British Isles, chugging to the shops in something dull, the idea of drag racing conjures up images of glamorous Yanks, sun-drenched desert airfields and blingin’ USA style showmanship, as ridiculously powerful nitrous-methane fuelled drag cars launch their sacrificial pilots into mind-numbingly fast races which are over in seconds."

kuhlmad presents Youth Sports, Winning the Right Way posted at The World of Kuhlmad.

Michael Donelly presents The most Efficient combination: Anaerobic and Aerobic training posted at www.anotherway.org, saying, "Read this if: You want to achieve fitness results effectively taking advantage of the latest methods in fitness training. The latest findings reveal that you are more likely to lose body fat and build up muscles if you combine aerobic exercises with anaerobic ones. Another interesting fact is that experimental and observational research show that aerobic exercise and resistance training contribute to the maintenance of functional capabilities during aging."

Rose presents 10-07-2011 Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Rbc Center Raleigh,North Carolina posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Head to Rbc Center on Friday, October 7 2011 to witness the Carolina Hurricanes in action! The Carolina Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game will commence at 07:00 PM as both teams battle for a win in Raleigh, North Carolina."

Michael Donelly presents Weight is not the Problem: Fat is! posted at www.anotherway.org, saying, "Gain: a life-time strategy to maintain good-looking and healthy body.

Cost: about 2,5 hours per week training and some money for home sports equipment or gym cards depending on your preferences and budget."

Katie Gilbert presents 10 Most Shocking Sports Tragedies of All Time posted at Best Online Colleges.com, saying, "Sports, though an escape, encapsulate the human condition, and those who follow them closely know that players aren't immune to the same randomness, unpredictability and personal issues we face in our lives."

Steve presents Djokovic Wakes up from 2011 Dream Season posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Coming off his incredible win over Nadal in the US Open tennis final, Djokovic was unable to complete his Davis Cup match due to a lingering back injury."

Lisa Hood presents 10 Football Freshmen You Should Follow This Fall posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "Hardcore followers of college football are already familiar with this year's top freshmen."

Steve presents How Many Different Competitions Are Part of An Olympic Pentathlon? posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The modern pentathlon is composite event which tests the endurance, strength, timing, precision and skill of an athlete."

Steve presents The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2011 posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The draw isn’t like a normal tournament, instead it begins with round robin play that eliminates half the field."

Michael Donelly presents The Difference Between Good and Bad Exercise posted at www.anotherway.org, saying, "Gain: Toned body and other significant health benefits without damaging your joints

We all know that physical activity and doing sports is healthy. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, calling for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 to exercise moderately. The positive effects of physical exercises are numerous..."

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Tina Marconi presents 10 Indoor Sports Kids Can Play posted at Babysitters, saying, "After a day or two of being stuck indoors, kids often need a way to burn off some of the energy that they normally use up in outdoor play. Here are 10 sports activities that can be adapted for inside the house."

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Laura presents Extreme Skydiving posted at Extreme Sports XExtreme Sports X | Extreme Sports X, saying, "Awesome article on extreme skydiving"

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Steve presents This Weekend: Ohio State Buckeyes v University of Miami Hurricanes posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Nationally ranked (17) Ohio State University, with new coach Luke Fickell at the helm, is slated to play at the University of Miami this weekend. Both teams have been under the microscope this season, amidst controversy involving NCAA infractions."

Steve presents Talent Rich Ohio State Drops Akron 42-0 posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Welcome to the Luke Fickell era. With 8 missing players on Saturday, Ohio State was still able to shutout the Akron Zips 42-0 in front of 100,000 Buckeye fans in Ohio Stadium."

Steve presents Najee Murray 2012 Steubenville Ohio Athlete Highlights posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "In this exclusive video from Ohio Varsity, Steubenville Ohio defensive back and Ohio State commit demonstrates his great speed on kick returns and his hart hitting ability on defense."

Michael presents De’Van Bogard Cleveland Glenville 2012 Safety posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "De’Van Bogard came to Ohio State just as things were looking a little sour, with NCAA violations looming, Coach Jim Tressel Resigned, and their star recruit from Cleveland switching to Michigan."

Michael presents Najee Murray 2012 Ohio State Corner Back Scholarship Commitment posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "Najee Murray from Steubenville, Ohio was the eighth commitment for Ohio State for their 2012 recruiting class."

Steve presents Eagles Looking Strong in 2011/2012 posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Preseason is over, but the war has just begun. Football fans have been coming out of summer hibernation to support their favorite teams with fervor, body paint, beer, air horns, and dreams of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads. Many teams are already proving their worth in the pre-season, and the Philadelphia Eagles are one of them."

Steve presents My Fearless League Predictions posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "It is time again for my fearless attempt (note: no dart boards were injured during this exercise) to predict the outcome of the 2011 NFL Season. I know that some of you will doubt my crystal ball but it seldom fails me (except when it needs repair which happens around this time every year)."

Shyam Anjaria presents The Beginning??..of a Business Empire? posted at Glocal Outlook.

Shyam Anjaria presents UEFA Champions League: Inequality at its friggin’ best. posted at Glocal Outlook.

Steve presents Ohio State Buckeyes v Miami Hurricanes 2011, Questions I Have posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Watching the game on Saturday was difficult as Buckeye fans are used to seeing Ohio State compete with the exception those two horrible NC games when they didn’t show up in 2006 and 2007."

Steve presents Who Holds the NFL Single Season Rushing Record? posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "A great running back that defenses must game plan for week after week and still can’t be stopped is as formidable in 2011 as they have been throughout NFL history."

Steve presents What have we learned from the first 2 weeks of the NFL? posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The Bills are 2-0 but had to pull a miracle to win vs. Oakland. They are not as good as they looked last week vs. KC because the Chiefs are TERRIBLE. They face the Pats this week."

Steve presents Ohio State 2012 Commit Bri'onte Dunn Discusses 2011 Preparation posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "In this nice interview of Bri’onte Dunn prior to the 2011 season, he discusses what GlenOak needs to do to be successful this year."

Steve presents Bri’onte Dunn Highlights from Scouting Ohio posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "Pretty decent highlights from the Canton GlenOak running back Bri’onte Dunn considered the 10th best running back in the country by Rivals.com."

Steve presents Ohio State Takes Colorado with Turnover Free Play posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The 37-17 win gives the Buckeyes some confidence as they head into conference play against Michigan State this coming week."

Steve presents Super conferences: The Future of College Football posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Unfortunately, college football is taking a new direction this year, and next year traditions and rivalries might disappear altogether."

Steve presents Ohio State to Face Michigan State Saturday in Ohio Stadium posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The Big Ten conference is beginning for the 3-1 Buckeyes this coming weekend with a visit from 3-1 Michigan State."

Michael presents Canton GlenOak RB Brionte Dunn Looks Around posted at eScoutRoom, saying, "At 6’2” 215 lbs, he has great size and speed that reminds many of Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells who excelled in his time at Ohio State at tailback."

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Steve presents Six Golfing Swing Tips posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "This is a quick guide to a super swing and a satisfying session of the sport, golf."

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Steve presents A Look At The Fiat 500 posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Quite honestly, the first impression, based on these ads was not particularly favorable. It looked like just another toy car doomed to quick extinction by American tastes for big and bigger."

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Road tripping through SEC Country

The Southeastern Conference is potentially the hardest, most enjoyable athletic conference in university football. Spanning geographically from Kentucky in the north to Florida in the south, Arkansas in the west and South Carolina in the east, the conference plans to grow westward into Texas in 2012. With thousands of miles and masses of gridiron action, road tripping through SEC Country is a complete must for football fans. Begin by noting must see games. Often, these are long-standing contentions like the Alabama Auburn game, the Florida Georgia matchup, the LSU Auburn game and the Arkansas Ole Miss match-up. You'll want to begin straight away by making contact with the host town for a visitor’s guide for quick-to-sell-out events. It will help with massively with holiday info for games you are ardent on attending.

In addition, if you are attached to one team, streamline things by planning to follow their schedule alone. For instance, the Auburn Tigers face off in the Iron Bowl against Alabama, in the Deep South's Oldest Contention against Georgia and the Tiger Bowl against LSU in a stated year. Similarly, die-hard Arkansas Razorback fans will find the LSU Arkansas, Arkansas Ole Miss, Arkansas Texas AM Aggies and Arkansas Texas Longhorn match-ups too good to oppose. Hence download a schedule from your favorite team's official site, list the towns you will be visiting and the dates you will be there, and contact that city's official tourism bureau or Better Business Bureau for a visitor’s guide packed with holiday info. If you have decided to sketch out your own schedule, plan rigorously to be sure that no 2 dates overlap, that driving distance is satisfactory, and that some games happen on the same day annually for example the Iron Bowl on Thanksgiving. Many guides will tip you off as to ideal hotel accommodations, for example the on-campus School of Georgia hotel or accommodations close to the Razorback Stadium, Tiger Stadium or other locale.

Make sure you buy tickets first, hotel bookings 2nd, permitting time for exclusive pre-game revelry. These can vary significantly according to the customs of the high-school but are always exciting to observe or take part in. For instance, both Auburn and LSU perform a Tiger Walk, where the team walks from a point on campus to the stadium, thru 2 rows of clamoring, loving fans.

The Florida vs. Georgia game or the Planet's Biggest Outside Cocktail Party is assumed such due to its must-do tailgating celebrations while the Arkansas Razorbacks have a pre-game show that isn't to be missed.

Madison Hewerdine is an author who likes to write visitors guides and has a passion for painting.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Underwater Diving and Scuba Diving

A diver wearing an Ocean Reef full face maskImage via Wikipedia

Scuba diving is a type of underwater diving. In this form of diving, the diver carries his/her own compressed air apparatus to breathe when he/she is under water. This allows them to stay under water for a longer period of time.

Originally, SCUBA was used as an acronym for self contained under water breathing apparatus. Typically, a scuba set consists of air hose, mouth piece, regulator, harness, back plate, and the tank. People perform scuba diving for personal as well as professional reasons. People dive for recreational purposes and there a many different disciplines like cave diving, wreck diving, ice diving, and deep diving.

Professional scuba divers are employed by companies to perform certain underwater tasks. These tasks include oil exploration, underwater welding, repair and inspection of boats and ships, salvage of wrecks, spear fishing, etc. It is not enough if air is simply supplied to a scuba diver. As the diver goes down, water also exerts pressure on the chest and lungs apart from the normal atmospheric pressure. It is approximately 1 bar for every 33 feet of depth. As such, the pressure of the inhaled air should match with the ambient pressure so that the lungs remain inflated. The regulator, that is part of a scuba set, ensures that air is supplied at ambient pressure. This enables the diver to inhale and exhale naturally and effortlessly at any depth.

Visibility is a problem for people under water as the refractive index of water is higher than that of air, but same as that of the cornea of the eye. The diving masks and helmets are designed to resolve this problem. They create an air space in front of the diver’s eyes. The error in refraction created by water is corrected when light travels from water to air through a flat lens. However, the objects appear about 34% bigger and nearly 25% closer than they actually are. As the field of view gets reduced, adjustment of eye-hand coordination is essential. Generally, divers who use corrective glasses will need to use the same glasses when wearing the mask.

How safe is scuba diving? It is a sport with risks like any other. It is the fear associated with drowning and the nervousness of using the scuba set that makes it seem riskier. Scuba diving is not as dangerous as some other activities that we take up without hesitation. The truth is that the number of fatalities is coming down every year, despite the fact that the number of divers has increased by leaps and bounds.

Daniel Blinman is writing for Scubaskool, a diving company offering dive course and divemaster internship

Friday, September 16, 2011

2 of the Greatest Ever Female Pool Players

Many of the greatest ever female pool players come from a snooker background and moved over to the smaller pool tables after weighing up which of the two sports they preferred. Let's take a look at two of the greatest ever female pool players.

Alison Fisher

Once ranked as the best female pool player in the world, Alison Fisher has only recently had her top spot challenged by some world class Asian players appearing on the scene. She has been known on the snooker and pool scene by many different nick names, some of which include “Dutchess of Doom”, “Fisher Queen” and “the Barracuda”. Alison, who is said to have been very competitive from a very young age, picked up her first cue at the age of seven after watching snooker on the TV with her dad and asking for a table for christmas. Having access to her own table every day ultimately led to her playing every spare minute of every day and challenging anyone who walked through the door. Alison sacrificed a lot in her childhood, such as going out with friends on weekends and parties, to become the women and the player she is today.

As you can imagine someone with such passion and dedication for the sport did very well during her snooker and pool career. By her mid twenties she had beaten every other women on the snooker scene and she become the worlds number 1 snooker player. At the age of 27 she dropped her family, life at home and headed of over the Atlantic to learn and master the game we know her so well for today, Pool. After she started playing in American leagues and tournaments she very quickly became a household name, ranked number one yet again and winning 80 national titles and 11 world titles.

Julie Kelly

Currently ranked the number 1 pool player in Ireland, number 4 in America and number 11 in the world this strong willed, determined and passionate farm girl and pool / snooker player is not one to put your money on the table against, should you come across her in your local.

Compared to Alison Fisher, Julie was a late starter and first started playing snooker with her dad at the age of 15. Ever since she first picked up that cue it became very clear that she had a natural talent for the sport and this was quickly recognised, resulting in her competing, part-time, in the English women's circuit for seven years. During this time Julie also represented her own home country, Ireland and reached her highest ranking of number 7.

Regarded as one of the best female snooker players to ever come out of Ireland, she has won seven Irish titles, won the world plate snooker championships and finished top in other world events, in England.

It was Early 1998 when Julie headed of around the world, taking part in snooker exhibitions, only after arriving in America and checking out the pool scene she ended up staying there and competing in American pool tournaments and leagues. In 2000, one of her best years after she qualified for the world championships and won the World Ladies 9-ball Championship in Quebec, Canada, in the same year. She went on for several years to win other big titles, earning her a number 3 ranking in 2005, her highest ranking to date.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - September 15, 2011

Citi Field with Shea Stadium's Home Run AppleImage via Wikipedia

Welcome to the September 15, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy. We have some of the best articles in the history of the carnival, in my opinion. Engelbert Hudson starts us off with The Top 25 Wealthiest Pro Athletes of All Time. And the 10 College Football Storylines to Watch in 2011 is a nice piece from Lisa Hood. Katie Gilbert presents the 10 Worst MVP Snubs in Baseball History. And another good one but not the last is Steve's look at The NFL and why it is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions. Hope you enjoy the material, bookmark, tweet, like on Facebook, and come back real soon.

Engelbert Hudson presents The Top 25 Wealthiest Pro Athletes of All Time posted at Masters in Sports Administration, saying, "From clothing lines to endorsements to energy drinks and more, pro athletes often have money coming in aside from their salary. To help give you a better understanding of the kind of cash they bring in, these are twenty five of the wealthiest pro athletes of all time and what is in their bank account."

Sue Waters presents 10 Events Every Motorhead Should Experience posted at Car Insurance Blog News, Tips, and Quotes, saying, "If you're a college football fan, experiencing venues such as the Rose Bowl, Notre Dame Stadium and Death Valley (either one) are undoubtedly on your bucket list."

Lisa Hood presents 10 College Football Storylines to Watch in 2011 posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "A lively offseason involving multiple scandals, changes in the college football landscape and high profile coaching moves have brought forth extra anticipation for the 2011 season."

UroMed Catheters presents Athlete Scot Hollonbeck Has Proved that What’s Impossible Can Be Possible « UroMed Catheter Health Blog posted at UroMed Catheter Health Blog, saying, "The impossible becomes possible only when individuals refuse to quit and push themselves past the limitations of their own bodies and minds, and that’s what internationally-known athlete Scot Hollonbeck has done. Part 5 of a five-part series."

Rose presents Don?t Miss St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on 09-23-2011! posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Head to Busch Stadium on Friday, September 23 2011 to witness the St. Louis Cardinals in action! The St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs sport will commence at 07:15 PM as both teams battle for a win in Saint Louis, Missouri."

Lisa Hood presents 10 Football Programs That Could Benefit From Conference Realignment posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "The impending move of Texas A&M to the SEC ushers the captivating conference expansion saga into its second year."

Michael Donelly presents The Fastest Way to a Six-Pack Stomach posted at www.anotherway.org, saying, "Read this if: You have tried a million stomach crunches but still cannot see your abs.
Slim and muscular men and women are a “walking temptation” showing off their sculpted bodies in bathing suits and other revealing summer outfits. This stirs our primal instincts deep under our sophistication and intellectual aspirations. It’s said that “Men love with their eyes, women love with their ears”."

Katie Hellerman presents 30 Unique Career Paths With a Sports Management Degree posted at Masters in Sports Management, saying, "Working in sports allows for a number of opportunities to meet interesting and famous people. You may think it is difficult to get a start in this field, but there are a number a great jobs available with a sports management degree. These are thirty different paths you can take with this degree and offer some options that you may not have known about."

Tiger Hebert presents TTR's Week 2 Picks posted at The Tiger Report, saying, "NFL Football Week 2 Picks"

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Rose presents Don?t Miss New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals at Citi Field on 09-15-2011! posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Attention all Baseball fans: The Washington Nationals will be playing at the Citi Field on Thursday September 15. This match. competition will positively be a battle for the New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals. Come support Washington Nationals Collin Balester, Luis Atilano and Jason Bergmann as they play at Flushing, New York."

Mark Kislich presents How NOT to Train Athletes posted at Fréttahorn.is, saying, "How not to train athletes"

Katie Gilbert presents 10 Worst MVP Snubs in Baseball History posted at Best Online Colleges.com, saying, "As long as humans determine the MVP award — and humans (fans) in turn judge those selections — there will always be disagreement over whether or not the selection was correct."

Scholars & Rogues presents Watson's Walk posted at Scholars and Rogues, saying, "Thanks in advance for considering our post for your blog carnival!"

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Andrew Tuffnell presents BetStat- Transfer Deadline Day Strikes Again posted at BetStat Blog, saying, "BetStat provides readers with betting advice, tips and statistics on fixtures from all the major European leagues."

Steve presents The devil of the new NFL CBA is in the details for retired players posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The new CBA contains a provision that on its face appears to be of benefit to some retired NFL players receiving Total and Permanent disability benefits under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan."

Steve presents The NFL is stupid to enforce the NCAA’s inconsistent suspensions | FryingPanSports | College Football posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "NFL Commissioner Goodell decided to enforce the 5 game suspension of former OSU QB Pryor in his league."

Steve presents Talent Rich Ohio State Drops Akron 42-0 posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Welcome to the Luke Fickell era. With 8 missing players on Saturday, Ohio State was still able to shutout the Akron Zips 42-0 in front of 100,000 Buckeye fans in Ohio Stadium."

Steve presents 2012 Ohio State Safety Prospect De’van Bogard posted at eFilmRoom, saying, "The Rivals.com 17th best safety in the country De’Van Bogard shows his playmaking ability from the safety position in this highlight film from Redshirt Scouting."

Benita presents Dynamic Tickets NFL Season Preview posted at Concert Tickets | Sports Tickets | Broadway Tickets | Opera Tickets | Vegas Shows, saying, "Dynamic Tickets 2011 NFL Season Preview. Dynamic goes division-by-division predicting winners, and predicts playoff and Super Bowl winners as well."

Monkeysuit presents Cam Newton was Impressive in First NFL Start posted at The Great Monkey Suit, saying, "Cam Newton had a record setting NFL debut. He was eventually let down by his defense and special teams but held his own under center with an impressive first week."

Tiger Hebert presents Fantasy Football: Start em Sit em - Week 2 posted at The Tiger Report, saying, "Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em for Week 2"

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Mark Kislich presents When Will The Sports Training Confusion End?! | posted at Comments for Mark's Fat Burning Food And Fitness Blog: Lose LBS Fast!, saying, "Sports Training Confusion"

Monkeysuit presents The Great Monkey Suit: Lesnar is returning to the Octagon posted at The Great Monkey Suit, saying, "Brock Lesnar will return to the Octagon before the end of the year. Dana White didn't make it easy for the former heavyweight champ."

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Monday, September 12, 2011

5 of the Best Marathon Courses Around the World

Berlin Marathon 2007Image via WikipediaTaking part in a marathon is both a challenging and extremely rewarding experience. There are many marathon courses run around the world but there are few that are as well known and regarded as the following 5 marathon courses:

Chicago Marathon

Held in early October every year since 1977, the Chicago Marathon event is known for its fast, flat course.

Running numbers are capped at 45,000, so if you want to compete it's a good idea to register early. The entrance fee for international runners stands at $170 (£104).

Starting in Grant Park, participants head northwards before turning east into historic neighbourhoods, such as Little Italy and Old Town, and looping round to finish back at the park.

Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon, meanwhile, allows runners to see some of the German capital's most historic buildings as they race. While the starting and finishing point is next to the iconic Brandenburg Gate, other sights you can take in include the Berliner Dom and the Reichstag building.

A million spectators enjoy the race each year with many heading to the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Torstrasse, which is a great place to see the action.

Regarded as one of the flattest major marathons, Berlin has seen a number of record-breaking runs since the inaugural event in 1974. These include 2008 where four-time champion Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia beat the record he set on the course just 12 months earlier.

Held on the last Sunday in September, some 40,000 people run the main event, while inline skaters race a version of the course the day before the main event.

Boston Marathon

For a really historic run, there is perhaps nothing like the Boston Marathon. Established in 1897, it is the oldest annual 26.2-mile race in the world and attracts around 27,000 runners on the third Monday of each April.

However, the race doesn't actually start in Boston. Instead, the beginning point is the nearby town of Hopkinton, where you will pass Ashland and Wellesley before arriving in the city for the finish at Copley Square, near to the public library.

The course is known for its challenging hills and perhaps one of the most difficult sections is at the 20-mile mark. Over a 600-metre stretch near Boston College, you'll have to tackle an incline of 88 feet.

The entrance fee for the event is $150, but you will also need to finish a qualifying marathon around nine months beforehand. This must be completed in a certain time and has to be a race certified by USA Track and Field or an equivalent international body.

London Marathon

The London Marathon is another famous long-distance event. Taking place every April, the first run was held in 1981 and the route has remained largely unchanged ever since it started.

Beginning in Greenwich, you'll pass by Canary Wharf, Big Ben and other famous London sights before turning past Buckingham Palace for the finish at the Mall.

With more than 36,000 people taking part, this is one of the most popular marathons in the world and while the entrance fee is £32, you can only participate if you are selected in the lottery draw.

In addition to attracting elite athletes and members of the public, numerous celebrities also take part in order to raise money for charity, with comedian Joe Pasquale and model Nell McAndrew among those to have run it in the past.

New York Marathon

Held on the first Sunday of every November, the New York Marathon has taken place since 1970 and attracts more than 45,000 participants.

From its starting point in Staten Island, the race encompasses all five of the city's boroughs, which also include Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and The Bronx, so whether you're running or a spectator, it can be a great way to take in the iconic US destination, particularly as it ends in Central Park.

During the race, dozens of live bands perform at designated stations in order to keep runners motivated, while the Queensboro Bridge, which links Queens and Manhattan, is one of the most popular spots for spectators.

All of these races form part of the World Marathon Majors series, so whether you're running or observing, heading to any of these courses means that you'll experience some of the best marathon action around.
This post was written by Travelsupermarket.com, a travel comparison website that has great deals available on flights and hotels in all of these famous marathon locations

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - September 1, 2011

First pitch, Mets vs Pirates, 7.20.05Image via Wikipedia
Welcome to the September 1, 2011 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy.We start this edition with a great article from Lisa Hood on the 10 worst Heisman trophy winners of all time. Steve has an article on Ohio State's NCAA distractions that are ongoing. An Kyle Taylor has information on making money playing Fantasy Football. Hope you enjoy the material, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook, and come back soon.

Charles Chua C K presents 5 Winning Ways to Learn From Two Top Badminton Players posted at All About Living with Life.

Ani Doyle presents 10 Cool Ways Computers are Used in Sports posted at Satellite Internet Service.

Lisa Hood presents The 10 Worst Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, "Trying to choose the worst Heisman winner is like trying to choose the ugliest Miss America winner — they're all great, and highlighting their flaws is just being nitpicky."

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Barry Frank presents Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros at PNC Park ? September 6 posted at Sports Tickets Schedule, saying, "Head to PNC Park on Tuesday, September 6 2011 to witness the Houston Astros in action! The Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros sport will commence at 07:50 PM as both teams battle for a win in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."

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Marc Trabajo presents Improving Your Game: The Jump Shot posted at The Offensive Rebound, saying, "Whether you are a casual article reader, a rookie wanting to improve your game, or a hoops junkie, here is your fix."

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andrew presents Series: How to beat Barcelona #2 (formation) - Soccer tactics | Soccer tactics posted at soccer tactics, saying, "discussing soccer tactics"

Steve presents NCAA Yet To Decide Ohio State Sanctions posted at BrutusReport, saying, "ESPN has reported that the matters currently being looked at go beyond the Jim Tressel era scandal relating to tattoos for memorabilia."

Steve presents Luke Fickell Faces Significant Challenges posted at BrutusReport, saying, "Since Head Coach Jim Tressel lost his job suddenly on May 30th, Luke Fickell has inherited a program with national aspirations that will remain under extreme NCAA scrutiny for the near-term."

Steve presents Fantasy Football Quarterbacks posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "Most fantasy football players draft quarterbacks early, but not as early as they draft their running backs and wide receivers."

Eric Gargiulo presents Madden 12 Video Game Pre-order Deals & Bonus Offers posted at CamelCluchBlog.Com, saying, "Madden 12 hits the stores Tuesday August 30, starting at midnight in some places. Several stores are capitalizing on the hype with some great Madden pre-order deals which include extras and rebates. There is still time left to take advantage of these great Madden specials."


Steve presents Ohio State Buckeyes Ready for Quarterback Rotation posted at BrutusReport, saying, "After three weeks of fall camp, head coach Luke Fickell trimmed the list of possible starting quarterbacks down to senior Joe Bauserman or freshman Braxton Miller this week."


Steve presents Ohio State Football Depth Chart 2011 posted at BrutusReport, saying, "The Ohio State Football program released its 2011 depth chart this week in preparation for the Akron game to be played in Ohio Stadium on Saturday at noon."


Kyle Taylor presents Make Money Playing Fantasy Football posted at The Penny Hoarder.

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Steve presents A Quick History of Golf posted at FryingPan Sports, saying, "The game itself grew out of a ball and club game on the fjord of the Firth of Forth in Scotland."

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Eric Gargiulo presents Danny Briere Could Wear The Philadelphia Flyers C Next posted at CamelCluchBlog.Com, saying, "With the blockbuster moves this off-season for the Philadelphia Flyers, it showed their Captain Mike Richards getting moved to the L.A. Kings, and Jeff Carter being moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now one of two questions looming over this off-season is who will fill the role as Captain."


Rick Schiano presents Training Your Mind to Win posted at Ricks Victory Blog.

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