Wild Adventure Races

first_imgSheltowee Extreme 3 Adventure Race Morehead, Ky. • July 30 This epic 12-hour race takes place at the Cave Run Lake Recreation Area. Racers paddle the huge 8,270-acre lake, pedal miles of steep singletrack, and scale dramatic clifflines that are dotted with arches. A rogaine format allows beginners to only complete the basic course, while seasoned AR vets get extra points for tougher checkpoints. Backwoods Boot Camp 12-Hour Adventure Race Kingwood, W.Va • August 27 The good news is this race is hosted by West Virginia’s Mountain Area Rescue Group, so if you get lost you’ll most likely be found. The bad news is you still have to get through 12 hours of mountain biking, trekking, and orienteering in the remote Briery Mountains of Preston County. Plus, you have to build your own raft to complete the paddling section on the Cheat River and pass a set of boot camp drills at each checkpoint.Blackbeard Adventure Race Nags Head, N.C. • October 1 At this 50-mile USARA race, you’ll pedal 25 miles through the maritime woods, run on the beach, and paddle and swim in the ocean.Angell’s Adventure Once a top adventure racer, Ronnie Angell now owns Virginia-based Odyssey Adventure Racing. The company, which used to host grueling multi-day races, including the week-long, now-defunct BEAST of the East, has adapted as the sport’s demographics have changed.What’s the biggest change you’ve seen since you got involved? I am still seeing growth, but it’s admittedly not the kind of growth we were seeing back in 1999 and 2000 when the sport was red hot. The encouraging thing is that around half the folks that are coming out are new to the sport.Why do you think there was a downturn in interest? Many expedition races like the BEAST of the East faded away because they required too much time for people’s busy lives. Training for a five- or 10-day race requires a huge amount of time that most people just don’t have. People are looking for more of a weekend warrior fix.How can you make the sport more accessible to beginners? Our longest races are now in the 24- to 48-hour range. We’ve also added some six-hour sprint races, and it’s attracted a new crowd that’s starting to realize adventure racing is not just for elite athletes. When many people hear the words “adventure race,” they think it’s something way out of reach. Now these people are starting to cross our finish lines.Why should people try adventure racing? You get to access parts of the wild that most types of races don’t offer. Also, you never get tired of one discipline. You’re always mixing it up between biking, running, and paddling.What’s the key to the sport’s future success? When I first started, race directors tried to make courses as hard as possible. They took great pride in having only 17 percent of the field finish an event. I am still all about creating a challenge, but I want to set people up for success. That’s why many races are now adding optional checkpoints. We’ve had to be creative and design courses that are for everybody. Quotable“This wave will redefine the Nantahala River and bring super-stud play boaters to the river for a long time.” —Chris Hipgrave, multiple US National Kayak team member, about building a world-class wave on the Nantahala River for the 2012 World Cup and 2013 World Championships. The wave will be enhanced this fall and ready to test in the winter. Assemble a crew and brush up on your navigational skills. Adventure races blend multi-sport competition with backcountry orienteering for a full team experience in the wild.Atomic Adventure Race Dawsonville, Ga.  •  May 14-15 The USARA National Championship Qualifier makes unsupported teams of two or three navigate their way through a rugged wooded maze that includes up to 60 miles of mountain biking, 30 miles of paddling on flat and moving water, and 30 miles of trekking. Special Operations Adventure Race Highlands, N.C. • June 11 Beginners can enter the seven-hour sprint race, while experienced racers can tackle the 12-hour option. Both races traverse Nantahala National Forest and include orienteering, canoeing, biking, and rappelling.SPROUTE (Spring Route) Adventure Race Organizers keep secret the exact location of this race near Richmond until one month ahead of the event. Racers in two categories—a beginner-friendly six-hour sprint and a 12-hour sport—should expect plenty of trekking and orienteering, mountain biking, and paddling in the piedmont woods. Odyssey Endorphin Fix Hinton, W.Va. • June 24-26 Probably the toughest two-day race in the country, the Endorphin Fix puts racers through an epic backcountry maze in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. Over 48 hours, soloists and teams of up to four cover 200 miles on foot, mountain bikes, kayaks, and even riverboards. Odyssey One Day New Castle, Va. • July 23 The One Day features a challenging 100-mile  course in George Washington National Forest. The race that includes biking, class II paddling, running, and bushwhacking. last_img read more

I’m devastated, Sturridge responds to fresh betting ban

first_img “The betting companies and the process of people being able to place bets on people moving clubs has to be stopped. “Although the appeal panel had recognised that I hadn’t bet, nobody else had bet, I was still charged. “It was very disappointing and upsetting for me to hear the news that the appeal panel had overturned the original, highly-qualified, panel’s ruling. “Devastating for me, I’m absolutely gutted about it. My season’s over. “I feel uncomfortable, and I just don’t think it’s the right thing for me to continue accepting wages from a team that I can’t contribute to due to being banned. Read Also:Sturridge handed worldwide ban “I have come to a mutual agreement with Trabzonspor to mutually terminate my contract. “I would just like to thank the Trabzonspor family, the players, the fans, coaching staff, medical team, president, vice-president. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Liverpool forward has left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent after the FA increased a previous ban for breaching betting offences. Sturridge has been ruled out of action until June 17 and fined £150,000 after the FA appealed against that previous ban that they saw as too lenient. It was alleged that Sturridge instructed his brother to bet on him joining Sevilla on loan from Liverpool in January 2018, although the forward – who ended up joining West Brom on loan that month – denies this. Sturridge released a video on his YouTube channel following the decision, the full transcript of which can be read below. “I just want to say it’s been a very long drawn out process over the last couple of years, and difficult to concentrate on my football. It’s also been a crazy few days, to be fair. “I just want to say that I’m going to continue to campaign for professional footballers to be able to speak to their families and close friends freely, without the real risk of being charged. Former Liverpool forward, Daniel Sturridge, has said he was devastated after being slapped with a fresh FA betting ban. Loading… Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Nowlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez lands Football Supporters’ Federation player of the year award

first_img The Chilean said: “I’m delighted to receive the FSF Player of the Year award. Personally, it’s been a great 2015 for me on the pitch with both my club and country. “Arsenal have enjoyed a good start to the season and it was disappointing to pick up an injury. But I’m hoping to be back soon to help my team-mates have another successful year.” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger added: “Alexis has had a great 2015 – winning the FA Cup with us and the Copa America with Chile. “He has made a huge impact on English football since his arrival at the Emirates and I’m very happy that his skill, ability and dedication has been recognised by football fans across the country.” The presentation of the FSF Awards, in association with William Hill, takes place in London on Monday night. Press Association Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been named Player of the Year by the Football Supporters’ Federation.center_img The 26-year-old forward scored 20 goals in 2015, including a superb long-range effort in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa. Sanchez topped the fans’ vote ahead of runner-up Jamie Vardy, with Sergio Aguero, David De Gea, Harry Kane and John Stones also on the shortlist. last_img read more