“Zagreb Advent Run was created on the idea of Advent gifts and socializing with loved ones during the holidays. Together with our partners from the company Run Croatia, we made something completely different – a cheerful pre-holiday gathering that has a noble note. ” said Mario Petrovic, CEO of Millennium Promotion and race organizer. Organized by Millennium Promotion and Run Croatia, runners ran through the center of Zagreb on two routes – 5 and 10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers were joined by walkers. As in previous years, the Zagreb Advent Run, in line with the holiday spirit of giving, also had a humanitarian note. This year’s goal was to raise awareness of the importance of year-round responsible behavior in the sun, and part of the proceeds from the race registration fees this year will be donated to the association Healthy under the Sun. The fastest male runner was Sylvia Thomas, and he ran 5 kilometers in 15:14. In the women’s competition, the winner was Tea Faber, who ran the same route in 18:10. The fastest time at 10 kilometers – 32:57 was Blaž Car Pavlić. Among the runners, the fastest was Mirjana Šimek Bilić with a time of 38:24. Vjekoslav Klarić was the fastest Nordic walker who crossed the route in 30:25, while Marija Žinić had the best time – 35:02 in the women’s competition. Zagreb Advent Run is the only sporting event within the Advent event in Zagreb, as well as an extension of the event that creates great added value. On Sunday morning, the holiday-decorated center of Zagreb became even more colorful for over 3000 red caps, or more precisely 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries, who were attracted by the Zagreb Advent Run for the fourth time. Melanoma, one of the most aggressive tumors, affects more than two people in Croatia every day. Therefore, it is imperative to encourage citizens to act conscientiously and preventively when it comes to skin health because, despite modern advances in treatment, prevention and early detection of the disease is still crucial for positive prognosis of treatment and thus the lives of patients. Thus, the city of Zagreb has positioned itself as a destination with one of the largest Advent races in this part of Europe, and it is interesting that the race is the only sporting event within the Zagreb Advent. Considering the number of participants and the visibility of the race, the Zagreb Advent Run is well on its way to becoming one of the most massive races in Europe. Thus, ZAR contributes to the visibility and promotion of the entire Zagreb Advent. “Zagreb Advent Run is a great motive for many tourists to come to Zagreb and create some beautiful, new memories. Over 3150 runners from as many as 34 countries have registered, and we are especially pleased to register from overseas countries. “, said Berislav Sokač, founder of Run Croatia and organizer of the race. ZDR is another proof of how running can be and is certainly one of the motives for coming, as well as a great tool on how to extend the tourist season. The goal of the donation is for the association to cover the costs of organizing free preventive examinations in areas where there is a deficit of dermatologists. Also, all runners could apply for free preventive moles examinations, where prevention was directly affected. Photo: PR
Three Broward County deputies are facing criminal charges for taking part in the pepper spraying of 15-year-old student Deluca Rolle last April, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Sargent Gregory LaCerra, 51, was charged on Wednesday with two counts of battery for spraying the teen and then throwing him to the ground. He also faces a charge of falsifying records, and one count of conspiracy to falsify records for allegedly “falsifying the description of the circumstances” of the incident with the teen, which was captured on cellphone video.The sheriff’s office also says that Deputy Christopher Krickovich, 29, was charged with two counts of battery for slamming the teen’s head to the pavement, and for punching him in the head. The deputy is also charged with two counts of falsifying records, and one count of conspiracy to falsify them.In Rolle’s arrest report, Krickovich claims that the deputies were being “threatened” by teenagers at a McDonald’s near J.P. Taravella High School in Tamarac. The high schoolers had apparently gathered to watch a fight. The police union that represents the deputies says they used appropriate force, according to the union’s policy.Meanwhile, Deputy Ralph Mackey, 49, was charged with one count of falsifying records and another count of conspiracy to falsify records, for falsifying the description of the circumstances of the teen’s arrest.The battery and falsifying records charges are first-degree misdemeanors, which means they carry maximum punishments of up to one year behind bars. The conspiracy charges, considered second-degree misdemeanors, carry punishments of up to 60 days in jail.All three deputies are expected to appear in Broward County Court within a few weeks to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges, the sheriff’s office said.Rolle’s family has hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.
AMERICAN sprint star Justin Gatlin admits he is looking forward to one last showdown with world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at this summer’s London World Championships.The meet is expected to be the last major championship of the decorated 30-year-old Bolt, who has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the end of this season.The 35-year-old Gatlin, who has been Bolt’s closest rival for the last several seasons, ensured that he is on course to at least remain a part of the spectacle following a 100m win at United States Trials on Saturday.The sprinter clocked 9.95 seconds to claim the top spot, in the process getting the better of young collegiate star Christian Coleman (9.98) the pre-race favourite for many heading into the final.Now on the horizon for Gatlin, who finished second behind Bolt at the 2013 and 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, is another chance to test the mettle of the Jamaican.“It’s going to be a changing of an era,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We are going to be looking at a person who came along and made his mark and who has not only excited the crowds but he has made history over and over.”“I always wanted to battle with the guys with the records,” the American said.“When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be…I said to myself ‘I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials.“It was just total respect for how fast he is, the competition he brings.”
Despite the two straight losses, second baseman Whitney Massey (2) finished 4-for-7 on the weekend, exploding in the second game with three RBIs whil also scoring a run.[/media-credit]Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Wisconsin softball team is hoping to bounce back from a difficult weekend as it reflects on what has been a largely successful season so far.The Badgers (33-17, 12-8 in conference) lost both games of a doubleheader to the nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines this weekend.The first game went smoothly for starting pitcher Cassandra Darrah until the third inning, when she gave up four straight singles followed by a grand slam to put Michigan up 5-0. UW scored one run late in the game, but it was not enough to overcome the Wolverines’ lead.The Badgers scored their run on an RBI double by Mary Massei. Karla Powell began the inning with a single, and Maggie Strange then went into the game to run for Powell. She advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Maria Van Abel before Massei drove her in.The second game was closer as the Badgers fell behind 3-0 early but were able to come back and take a 4-3 lead in the third inning. But Michigan tacked on four unanswered runs to end the game with a 7-4 win.Whitney Massey led the Badgers in hitting in both games. She went 2-for-4 with one run and three RBIs in the second game, just after going 2-for-3 in the first. Kendall Grimm also contributed by finishing 3-for-4 and scoring two runs.Wisconsin had a chance at retribution taken away when the scheduled series finale Sunday was postponed due to inclement weather.Michigan’s wins this weekend continued its dominant performance in conference play, and the Wolverines’ 15-5 conference record is good enough for first place in the Big Ten.But the Badgers are not focusing on the losses this weekend because of the deciding games they have ahead of them. Wisconsin is on the bubble of making the postseason, and this weekend will be the team’s final push to qualify for the playoffs.“From a focus standpoint, [the postseason is] what the team’s focusing on,” head coach Yvette Healy said in her Monday press conference. “It’s been fun being in the conversation about winning the Big Ten, but Michigan made some huge strides this weekend and we understand that, but there’s still a lot of exciting things that can happen. So the team’s really focused on ‘Can we just play great on the road at Nebraska and give ourselves a chance to keep playing?’”Healy attributed the Badgers’ success this season to the team’s strong desire to keep winning. The smaller recruiting classes have limited UW’s ability to rely on young talent to win, something Healy says is a testament to the hard work this team has put in to improve.“I think their success really is about them wanting to be great,” Healy said. “So in building the program, of course, we’re going to keep recruiting and bringing in great student-athletes, but we haven’t brought in a huge class yet. To make improvements at this point, it’s just all due to the current student-athletes really having a hunger and desire and putting the work in.”The tight-knit, family-like atmosphere of the team has also been key to the team’s success. According to Healy, the players are able to put in the difficult individual work and hold each other responsible for their actions.By putting together a winning streak that now stands as a new program record, this Wisconsin team has started to set a higher standard for the program’s future. UW has already improved on its 2011 record – the first year under Healy – by three games.“I think that we’re in a great position right now, and it’s something that we have to keep taking a step back and enjoying because the more you win, the more you want to win,” Healy said. “The better the team plays, the more quickly you want it all to happen.”The Badgers will end the regular season with a road trip to Nebraska, a series that starts with a doubleheader Friday and wraps up the final game Saturday.Going into the final weekend, the Badgers are tied for fourth with Nebraska in the conference standings.“It’s going to be a long road trip, and they’re undefeated at home,” Healy said. “So they’re a great program, and I think it’s no better way for us to close out the season.”With an array of close games this season, UW’s 33 wins have not come easily. But for Healy, it’s indicative of the team’s style and was to be expected for a Badger squad that relied on getting wins out of hard-fought games.For the head coach, the high stakes finish this year is a fitting way to conclude the regular season.“We’ve said it all year long to all of them that they like to come from behind and have these great comeback wins, and they like to make it exciting and down to the wire,” she said. “I said, ‘How would this team do it any other way than actually leave it up to your last games on the road to see whether we’re going to keep playing.’ And that drama has been there all year, so I didn’t expect anything less.”