Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wiki for Runners

I don't know about you, but I'm all for Wikipedia. Whenever I need quick biographical details on a person, place or thing, I find myself typing in wiki... into my browser without even pausing to Google it or use a search engine or go to an "official site." I realize this can one day get me in trouble by not getting all of the facts straight, but I trust that the information I'm seeking is accurate for the most part: the year someone was born, the last five Tour de France winners, quick details on the 2016 Olympics selection process. If I've missed the final weigh-ins on the Biggest Loser (my favorite part and I'm usually walking home from the gym during a portion of it) and can't wait for NBC to load the episode online, want to know who was eliminated on America's Next Top Model or Top Chef before catching the rerun, or am curious about events that happened on a specific day of the year, Wikipedia is my go-to source.

While I turn to Wikipedia for catching up on my reality TV shows and quick answers to random questions that pop into my head, I'm all over the board when it comes to my running, triathlon, skiing and cycling facts. Until now, that is. Runner's World is devoted to creating a RunPedia for visitors to its site. It uses the general platform for wiki, is added to and edited by runners, and is growing with articles submitted by runners on topics covering all aspects of the sport. Want to know about Robert K. Cheriuyot? Searching for runners slang or the mileage equivalents to kilometer-measured races? Find it all at the RunPedia or suggest adding it on your own if you don't see it among the topics currently covered. The goal is to make the RunPedia an A to Z guide to running and slowly but surely it's getting there. There's just a ton of information out there. Photo grabbed from Todd Mecklem at flickr. Posted by Kate

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