Liberia Marathon Preparing for 2017


first_imgThe Liberia Marathon Trust and its organizing committee wishes to inform its many runners, partners, sponsors and the general public that the next Liberia Marathon will be held in 2017, with the specific date to be announced as soon as possible. “After the massive success of the 2015 Liberia Marathon, it was our hope to host a race in 2016 riding on the wave of our success in 2015. However, in order to continue providing a race of the highest international standard, additional preparation time is needed to take stock and build the strongest possible organization for the future. This is being done with a view to reaching out to more Liberians in Monrovia as well as in the rural communities.“We are confident that come 2017, we will be on track for one of the best Marathons ever organized in Liberia and the sub-region. To our runners, we urge you to keep yourselves fit in preparation for the 2017 Liberia Marathon; it is just around the corner,” said the Trust.“Last year, the Liberia Marathon organized its third edition of the most iconic of races, thanks to the support of our sponsors: Cellcom; Exxon; RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas; Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company; West Construction; Brussels Airlines; and Monrovia Breweries. We thank them for grasping and remaining committed to our vision of the Liberia Marathon as an instrument of Peace, Unity, Togetherness and Economic Growth. Also, our partners, which included the Monrovia City Corporation, Armed Forces of Liberia, Liberia National Police, Liberia Athletics Federation and the Liberia National Red Cross, provided immense support to ensure the success of the marathon.” In 2015, the Liberia Marathon celebrated a New Beginning. It was a special race as it was in celebration of the country’s victory over Ebola and a memorial to those who died as a result. It indicated a milestone in the development of Liberia, fuelling the rising self-awareness of a society and revealing their collective energy, which was mobilized to make change happen. “We are confident that come 2017 we will be ready for everything that this new beginning promises. All our efforts will be targeted to make the best Liberia Marathon ever a reality – we will go bigger and better than before. The Liberia Marathon 2017 will be a glaring landmark, being a symbol of a strong, determined and beautiful Liberia.”The Liberia Marathon is the only long distance race held in Liberia. From its very beginning in 2011, the organizers have been determined that this event becomes an annual fixture in the calendar of Liberians, tourist runners and elite athletes alike.“To our sponsors, partners and volunteers, we say again, a BIG thank you for believing in us, for supporting us and most importantly for wanting to do it all again.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Getting going, at a snail’s pace


first_imgI watched the creature slither for a minute. “I don’t know.” I shrugged at Alex. “Maybe he’s going to his mommy.” I stopped and squatted down next to my son. Two observers of the creature’s arduous journey. “Maybe.” Alex reached over and picked up the snail between finger and thumb. Its slimy body wiggled as my son placed it in his palm and pushed it towards me. I studied the lines on the brown shell, the spiraling antennae, the fluid movement of the head and trunk. I guess, in its own funny way, the snail really was pretty. “Shall we help it go home?” I suggested. Alex smiled broadly. “He misses his mommy.” “OK.” I gingerly picked up the snail from my son’s palm and, holding it at arm’s length by the shell, I ambled over to an unplanted section of our backyard garden. Alex followed and together we placed the snail down gently on the soft dirt. “Good-bye, Mr. Snail,” I said, as I brushed off my hands with a flourish. “Bye-bye.” My son aptly mimicked my gesture. I couldn’t hide a smile. Holding hands, we started back slowly toward the car. “Is he going to find his mommy?” Alex’s voice had a tinge of worry. “Yes. His mommy’s waiting for him and loves him very much.” I picked Alex up and gave him a big hug, then carried him half-upside down on a zigzag path down our driveway to the accompaniment of his giggles. Once on the road, I finally checked my watch. After dropping Alex off, I’d have just enough time to make it to the office. I might even have to hurry so I wouldn’t be late. I looked in the rearview mirror and waved at my smiling son. Yes, I’d have to hurry. But not until after Alex and I had enjoyed our drive to day care. Everything else would just have to wait. Linda Reid Chassiakos, M.D., director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge, is a mom who is still trying to find the right balance between work and home.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I had almost made it to the car. I looked behind me – Alex was nowhere to be found. Retracing my steps back to the house, I finally saw him, crouched on the patio, intently gazing at the tiles. “Come on, Alex,” I shouted, the words sounding absurd even to my ears. “We’re going to be late for day care!” I wasn’t due at the office for an hour at least. “Mommy, look!” My 3-year-old looked up and smiled as I walked towards him. “See?” I looked where his tiny finger was pointing. Centered on one of the tiles was a very ugly brown snail. Alex had turned back and focused his eyes on the creature, which was undulating across our patio, millimeter by millimeter. “A snail!” Alex said excitedly. “Come on, Alex, we have to go.” I was getting desperate to finish my mothering duties for the morning, after having rushed to get my two other children ready for the school bus in the nick of time. My day planner was filled with important chores, and I had even hoped to have some extra time at work to clear off some projects from my desk before deadline. Alex was oblivious. “He’s pretty,” was the only reply. I resisted the urge to shiver. Snakes and snails and puppy dogs’ tails … “Where’s he going?” Alex asked. last_img read more

US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title,US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title


first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Nadal hails best season, incredible era Rafael Nadal banks third US Open title × Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters tennis COMMENT COMMENTS Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters null September 11, 2017 SHARE Martina Hingis amazed by US Open doubles win, 25th Slam title Rafael Nadal has long been king of the Paris clay but he was just as dominant on New York hardcourt on Sunday as he collected grand slam title number 16 with a clinical demolition of Kevin Anderson in the US Open final.The Spaniard insists nothing comes easy to him on any court but scanning his list of grand slam final triumphs one would be hard-pressed to find anything more comprehensive than this 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.The 6-2 6-3 6-1 thrashing of Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros in June or the 6-1 6-3 6-0 win over Roger Federer in 2008 that earned him another of his 10 French Open crowns might have been more ruthless, but they were no more complete.While his battling South African opponent kept the contest from being a complete blowout, there was never a single moment when Nadal was under threat. Despite being one of biggest servers on the ATP Tour, Anderson was unable make a dent in Nadal’s defence and he managed not a single break point in his maiden grand slam final. “It was more the conundrum of playing Rafa as opposed to being in my first final,” said Anderson. “His competitiveness, consistency at that level. He never goes away.”Having captured his third US Open title, Nadal made it very clear to his rivals that he would indeed not be going away any time soon. And although he did not count it as one of his primary objectives, the 31-year-old did not dismiss the possibility of one day surpassing Federer’s grand slam haul of 19 titles.“I really don’t think much about these kind of things. I do my way, he does his way,” said Nadal. “I’m very happy with all the things that are happening to me, win this title again. I still have the passion and the love for the game. I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While these things keep happening, I will be here.“Well done for Roger that he is having an amazing season too and well done for me because I’m having a great season too. Let’s see what happens.”While women’s tennis produced two first-time grand slam winners this season, the old guard continued to rule supreme in the men’s game with Nadal and Federer sweeping the majors with two apiece.It marks the fourth time Nadal has won at least two major titles in a year and just the seventh time since tennis went professional in 1968 that a men’s grand slam final was contested by two players 30 and over.With Federer and Nadal fit again after battling last year’s injury woes and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic fighting their way back to fitness, the Big Four might well be back in business next season. “After them taking off most of last year to come back, winning all four grand slams was quite an achievement, regardless of how good they are,” said Anderson, who is also 31.“Looking at Rafa, just such a great competitor. He really makes you earn every single point. Roger, also. So it’s been a very interesting year on the grand slam front. Certainly will be very interesting to see what happens next year.” It marks the fourth time Nadal has won at least two major titles in a yearlast_img read more