Security ramped up for London marathon following Boston bombings

The London marathon, a major tourism event for the UK’s capital city, is to be subject to an increased security presence following a suspected terrorist attack on yesterday’s Boston marathon in the USA.

The London marathon is due to take place this coming Sunday, but fears that the attack on the Boston event, which killed three people and injured 130, could be the beginning of an international terror campaign, will guarantee heightened security in London. Two bombs were detonated in quick succession near to the race finishing line in Boston at 2.50pm local time yesterday.

Marathon events provide a challenge for security forces, with courses that cover large areas of the host city making them difficult to police. Spectators at the London event will be asked to be especially vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Commenting on the Boston bombing, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned of possible travel disruption as a result and issued a statement saying, ‘At least two explosions took place close to the finishing line of the Boston marathon, causing many injuries. You should exercise vigilance and caution, monitoring local media and following the advice of local authorities. If in the affected area you should let family and friends know you are safe. Additional information can be obtained through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.’

Six flights are scheduled to depart Heathrow airport for Boston today, carrying a total of 2,000 passengers. British Airways has already said that for the next three days passengers on its Boston flights will be allowed to switch to an alternative US destination.

Experience the vertical marathon in Dubai

Dubai visitors will be able to take part in a gruelling yet rewarding Vertical Marathon event at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on April 13th 2012.

This taxing charity run will see up to 200 participants racing each other to the top of the towering 52-floor building, a route that takes in 265 metres and a massive 1,334 stairs.

The 2012 edition marks the tenth anniversary of the marathon, which is organised annually by Talise Fitness to support the humanitarian work conducted by Medecins Sans Frontieres.

More than one million dirhams (£170,400) has been raised by the event to date, thus helping the charitable organisation to provide medical care to more than 60 countries across the world.

Those wishing to participate this year should show up at the tower between 06:30 and 07:30 local time for registration, with the race itself commencing at 08:00.

Registration costs 500 dirhams for adult participants or 350 dirhams for those under 18 or competing as part of a team.

A wide variety of last minute hotels are available at LateRooms.com for amateur athletes, including the Golden Sands Hotel Apartments.

Seychelles host eco-friendly marathon

The Seychelles islands are set to host its annual Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon for the year 2012, which will take place on February 26.

The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon has been taking place in Seychelles since 2008. It was initiated by Mr. Dong Chang Jeong, the Seychelles Honorary Consul General for South Korea, who is also head of the Seychelles Tourist Office in Korea. The event was conceived to contribute to Seychellois’ health and to unify Seychellois and visitors.
The marathon indeed helps to bring Seychelles to the attention of more travelers and contributes to lifting the Seychelles brand around the world. For the 5th edition, the islands can expect to receive some 300 overseas participants, on top of several hundred local participants.

On Sunday, February 26, runners of the 5th edition of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon will set off from Beau Vallon on the main island of Mahe at 7:00 am, covering the northern and northeastern areas of the main island, as well as its capital, Victoria.

As for the structure of the marathon, there is something for a wide range of fitness levels. This follows the philosophy of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon that it is to spread the focus beyond mere competition, putting equal emphasis on appreciating exercise and being surrounded by the natural beauty of Seychelles.

Medals and prizes of a range of values are to be awarded to the top five category winners, and all participants who complete the race shall be awarded a T-shirt in addition to their Official Time Certificate.

The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon is recognized internationally through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) label. It is organized jointly by the National Sports Council, Seychelles Tourism Board, and INOCEAN M&C (South Korean company headed by Mr. Dong Chang Jeong), which is also the main sponsor for the event.

The deadline for entry is the January 31 for overseas participants and February 15 for local participants.

For entries from outside Seychelles, contact National Sports Council athighlevelsports@seychelles.sc or INOCEAN M&C at sey@seychellestour.co.kr for registration. Local participants are advised to register in person at the National Sports Council.

On the same evening, a Korean Night event will be hold at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel where one may savor genuine Korean cuisine and culture with some 500 guests. Here, a prize-giving ceremony for marathon and half-marathon winners will coincide.