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America, May 8, 2011

2011 RunKeeper 5K Global Challenge

Are you friends with Wayan Vota or Mike McKay? Are you a runner? Do you think you're fast? Then join us for our RunKeeper 5K Global Challenge!

In the comments below, post your fastest 5K time over the week of May 9th to May 15th, from anywhere in the world, using the RunKeeper app, and you could win cool prizes.


  1. Be a friend (or a friend of a friend) to Wayan or Mike
  2. Run at least 5 kilometers or 3.2 miles anywhere in the world from May 9-15th
  3. Record your run using RunKeeper or a GPS-powered tracking device
  4. Upload your run data to & share the link in the comments below by May 18th


You mean besides worldwide bragging rights as the fastest 5K RunKeeper runner? How about this. I am so confident that I am the fastest runner of my friends that I'll put up $100USD as prize money. Feel free to add your own prizes in the comments below.


I love RunKeepr so much, I've proclaimed 4 reasons why RunKeeper is the best iPhone app for runners. One of the reasons - I can follow friends runs.

Mike McKay and I follow each others' runs via the RunKeeper app - see Wayan's Activities and Mike's Activities. We wanted to race each other for the fastest 5K this week. Yet he is in Manilla and I am in Dar es Salaam.

So what to do? Take the race to RunKeeper! And since we can't make virtual races on RunKeeper yet or contact our StreetTeam as a group, we're doing it this way. So join us! Add yourself to the challenge by adding your RunKeeper profile in the comments below.

Love to run, hate to race? Then add Mike and Wayan to your StreetTeam and we can cheer all our runs

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Jordan, October 15, 2010

How to Run from Frankfurt Airport to Downtown Frankfurt and Back During a FRA Layover in 7 Easy Steps

For the runners of the world who have a layover at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), here are simple instructions to have a great Frankfurt Layover Running Adventure between your long-haul international flights (or any trip for that matter).

1. Plan ahead.

Know your speed and distance and use Google Maps of FRA to plot your run. There are a number of trails around the airport and bridges across the Main river with pedestrian walkways where you can cross into Frankfurt.

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Jordan, October 9, 2010

Petra: What Man Can Accomplish with Purpose and Time

What happens when an oasis community re-routes rivers for year-around water supply and flourishes for 700 years? Mankind turns from a barbaric killer to a patron of arts and beauty, transforming barren rock into majestic temples.

The proof of man's capacity for change? Petra.

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Jordan, October 8, 2010

Crazy Marathon Training: Running the Dead Sea in Jordan

The Dead Sea is a bit more humid than I expected. At 7am, I've only run 3 miles and I am already coated in sweat. More sweat than mid-summer runs in Washington, DC. I am just dripping sweat. I think I'm even sweating from my eyeballs. That's how humid the Dead Sea is, even at this early hour in early October.

Through the sweat I look around and take in the view. Bright red mountains banded by clear blue waters and crystal blue skies. Not a tree or human in sight. An utter silence from the thick air broken only by my labored breath and tired footfalls.

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Jordan, October 6, 2010

Where should I marathon training run in Amman, Jordan?

Hi, my name is Wayan and I have a running problem. I am in Amman for 2 weeks and I need to run. But not just any run, I need 20 miles of running.

I have this running binge coming on. Some would call it a marathon, but I see it as a running bender through Washington DC. Yet, that is then. Now, this weekend, I need to run to build up my tolerance.

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Jordan, October 5, 2010

School Buses Signal Dawn in Amman, Jordan

In a Muslim country like Jordan, you would expect dawn to be marked by the Imam's call to prayer. This morning I went for a marathon training run through the hills of Amman, and I found a whole other call to action: school bus horns.

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Jordan, October 4, 2010

Frankfurt Airport Layover Adventure: Run an 18-mile Marathon Training Route Through the German Countryside

Starting my 18-mile adventure
On my flight to Jordan, I purposely scheduled an 11-hour layover at the Frankfurt (FRA) Airport. Why? So I could do an 18-mile marathon training run through the German countryside. And like my LAX layover done right, it was one of my best airport layover adventures yet.

First, I spent time on Google Maps, planning my run by looking at the Frankfurt airport and surrounding area at maximum magnification. I saw that Germany has a long network of bicycle and walking trails I could follow from the airport to the Rhine River, and along the river to Frankfurt itself and to s-Bhan stations that could take me back to the airport.

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