Karen Bowman - I try to run put about 30 miles on a pair of new shoes before going long in them (providing they feel ok).
I would rather run a race in shoes that aren't very new, to avoid any surprises on race day.
There are, I think, 13 of them so far - mostly made by the wonderful Radar Sal. She has passed them onto custodians around the world.
We have stool flags in New Zealand (although it is the Aus Stool) We have a Kiwi Stool residing in London. A South African stool that lives in Atlanta Georgia. Not to mention the Stooltire, the LiverStool, the GingerNinjool, the TaffStool, Yorkshire Stool and Orkney Stool.
There is The Stool (the original) and of course The BosStool, which is flown by anyone who qualifies for Boston. It has been flown by Running Rodent & Jimbob and will be flown by Elizabeth Ellis at the next Boston.
So, what do they look like?
These are (left to right) The Stool, the LiverStool and the Orkney Stool
And in this picture are the Stooltire, The Stool, the LiverStool, the TaffStool and the SAFstool
They are easily spottable, instantly recognisable and difficult to explain - but wonderful.
Shane329 - I fancy Dublin, especially for the black re-hydration afterwards.
As for running past the Eiffel Tower, one of our number (no names, no pack drill) has managed to run past it more than once without spotting it
I have heard of people making their own Medical Certificates. All it needs is an official looking stamp and signature. However, I do know of people who have been fit and healthy and a visit to the quack has found something underlying.
Munchkin2 - I echo what Eggy says. I'd also add that the last thing you want is to turn up at the expo, hand over your medical firm only for the person to say "Non".
Top Tip. Go to your doctor with something unrelated and at the end say "while I'm here, will you sign this?" Explain that it's French bureaucracy and there is no liability on the Drs part. Worth a try. I did just this and the Dr I saw was a runner too, so we spent 10 mins talking running and there was no charge.