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Thousands of runners arrived on Summit County on Saturday for the Akron Marathon

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Thousands of runners arrived on Summit County on Saturday for the Akron Marathon

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the event was moved to a virtual format.

The Blue Line has returned. Thousands of runners will compete in the Akron Marathon on Saturday.

“We’re all ecstatic to be back. To be at the expo. To have a live race tomorrow,”  Project Outrun, Shepperd’s non-profit, will run a hydration station near Mile 20. “It will be bumping on the blue line, for sure!”

Jim Ballard remarked, “I wore my original, inaugural 2003 Akron shirt,”  He had never run a marathon before. “I wore it because we’re starting again. This is the beginning again, and that’s just how I felt when I came downtown today.”

Ballard has returned every year since, and he believes Akron’s running community is reuniting after last year’s virtual event. “It’s as if a family has come back together.”

“They’ve always been conscientious. They make every runner feel like they’re competing in the Olympics,” he explained. “They’ve always been fantastic in terms of support and safety.”

All runners in the FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, and Team Relay must be fully vaccinated and have a recent COVID test that is negative. One of the creators, Jeannine Marks, told 3News that roughly 80% of participants in prior races in the series have swapped immunization cards.

The marathon will also have 14 start times, rather than the customary three or four, to ensure that everyone is safely spread out. “We’ll have 6,000 runners,” says the organizer. We just want to make sure we’re as secure as possible because there are hundreds of thousands of people throughout the course,” Marks said.

The Akron Marathon is also making it easy to express your support from home by live-streaming the race on the Akron Marathon Facebook page beginning at 6:30 a.m. https://www.facebook.com/runAkron

The races begin outside the Akron Art Museum, continue through Akron neighborhoods and Sand Run Metro Park, and conclude on refurbished Main Street near Lock 3 near the Akron Art Museum.

“Our runners are extremely grateful. They’re ecstatic that we’ll be able to put this on, and they trust us to do it the best manner we know how,” Marks said. “People really want to be a part of things; it can be lonely doing these things on your own, so it’s fantastic to be with others.”

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Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet, died at the age of 82

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Gary Paulsen, author of Hatchet, died at the age of 82.

Gary Paulsen, best known for penning young adult fiction novels such as Hatchet, The River, and Woodsong, died this morning at the age of 82, according to a tweet from Publishers Weekly. Paulsen wrote more than 200 stories about adventure and survival in the woods. He competed in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 1983 and authored two memoirs on his sled dog racing experience, Woodsong and Winterdance, the latter of which inspired the 2002 film Snow Dogs.

Fans of Paulsen took to Twitter to pay their respects to the daring author. Blair Braverman, a dog sledder and novelist, “came in love with mushing through Gary Paulsen’s stories about his sled dogs.” The author of the Lunch Lady series, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, described his conversation with Paulsen earlier this year as “an honour of a lifetime.” Pan Macmillian published Paulsen’s most recent book, How to Train Your Dad, in September 2021.

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50 Best restaurants in the world 2021 edition

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Following an unavoidable hiatus last year, the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards has returned with its list of winners.

Noma, owned by Danish chef René Redzepi, took the top spot this year. This three-Michelin-starred restaurant first opened in Copenhagen’s Christianshavn neighbourhood in 2003 and was named the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2010.

While accepting this year’s mega prize, Redzepi spoke about his first big win 11 years ago. “In the wake of this victory, all dreams were seemingly open. It also gave us a chance to be a part — one part — of a transformation of an entire region’s food culture.”

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how fragile our dreams can be, how incredibly grueling and difficult this industry can be,” he said about the hardships he had faced in his field.

In 2019, a new rule was implemented that prohibited previous winners of the top prize from reclaiming the trophy. A move that prevented Eleven Madison Park in New York, The Fat Duck near London, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, and the 2019 winner, Mirazur in Menton, France, from competing.

These fine-dining behemoths, however, are listed separately as the ‘Best of the Best.’

Check out the complete list of winners here: 


1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
3. Asador Etxebarri (Axpe, Spain)
4. Central (Lima, Peru) *Best Restaurant in South America*
5. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
6. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)
7. Maido (Lima, Peru) (up three places)
8. Odette (Singapore) *Best Restaurant in Asia*
9. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *Best Restaurant in North America*
10. The Chairman (Hong Kong) *Highest Climber Award*
11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
12. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria) *Art of Hospitality Award*
13. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
14. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
15. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy) *Highest New Entry Award*
16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)
17. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)
18. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
19. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
20. DiverXO (Madrid, Spain)
21. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
22. Cosme (New York City)
23. Arpège (Paris, France)
24. Septime (Paris, France)
25. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
26. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
27. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
28. Benu (San Francisco, California)
29. Reale (Castel di Sangro, Italy)
30. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)
31. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
32. The Clove Club (London, UK)
33. Lyle’s (London, UK)
34. Burnt Ends (Singapore) *New entry*
35. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)
36. Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem, Belgium)
37. SingleThread (Healdsburg, California)
38. Boragó (Santiago, Chile) *Sustainable Restaurant Award*
39. Florilege (Tokyo, Japan) *New entry*
40. Sühring (Bangkok, Thailand)
41. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)
43. Atomix (New York City) *New entry*
44. Le Bernardin (New York City)
45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany) *New entry*
46. Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
47. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
48. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, California)
49. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
50. Wolfgat (Paternoster, South Africa) *Best restaurant in Africa*

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Dalai Lama supports a fundraiser to save an Edinburgh cafe

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Dalal Lama, the Buddhist leader, has endorsed efforts to maintain a Scottish cafe founded by a Tibetan woman who was inspired by him.

‘He spoke about the importance of keeping the ancient Tibetan culture alive,’ woman who opened the cafe inspired by the Dalai Lama is on the verge of losing it

Reka Gawa, a Scottish national with Tibetan and Indian ancestors, founded the Himalaya Cafe in Edinburgh. Ms Gawa claims that the cafe came about as a result of a chance meeting with the religious leader at the Scottish parliament in 2004, when she was working there.

She says that the Dalai Lama inspired the cafe, and that he wanted her to stay in Scotland and promote her culture.

“He spoke about the importance of keeping the ancient Tibetan culture alive,” she writes in her fundraiser post on GoFundMe, “Inspired by His words, I decided that a cafe and Tibetan cultural centre would best fulfil that need.”

However, the 39-year-old claims that her company is now in risk. Her landlord has decided to sell the property, and the only option for her to keep her restaurant open is to purchase it. Ms Gawa claims that despite exhausting all alternatives, she is still short of £45,000, for which she is currently soliciting donations.

“It would be hard enough to lose the cafe at any time, but during the restrictions, in this traumatic time of Covid, we especially need to nourish each other,” she says.

Ms Gawa describes this establishment as “so much more than a cafe.” “I provide training to volunteers in the operation of a community business, and there is a “Pay it Forward” scheme in which my lovely, generous clients purchase meals for homeless people,” she says.

Now that her cafe’s GoFundMe campaign has gathered traction, it has received support from the Dalai Lama himself.

According to a spokeswoman for the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama was aware of the cafe’s activities and hoped it could continue.

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