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

Rondon opens up on how he reacted to Man Utd signing Ighalo instead of him

first_imgIghalo put pen to paper on a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils and the Nigeria international is in line to make his first start away to Club Brugge in the Europa League tonight.Rondon – who, like Ighalo, has been plying his trade in the Chinese Super League – was another player firmly on United’s radar before last month’s transfer deadline.United were confident Rondon could still do a job in the Premier League after recent spells with West Brom and Newcastle, but a firm offer was never submitted for the 30-year-old Venezuelan.However, the Dalian Yifang star insists he was on the verge of a move to Old Trafford after discussions between the club and his agent.‘It was all out of my hands,’ the former West Brom and Newcastle forward told The Athletic.‘It means a lot to be linked with Manchester United because they have a great history and it must mean they think I did well in the Premier League.‘They started to talk to my agent and I was just waiting by my phone for a decision, maybe for the lawyers, but then I saw Ighalo had signed.‘It didn’t get to the stage where an offer was made or anything like that, but I think it was really close.’Rondon claims he’s now fully focused on Dalian again after missing out on joining United, adding that he’s ‘pleased’ for Ighalo on sealing his dream move.Asked whether he’s ‘distraught’ or ‘angry’, Rondon replied: ‘No, no — it’s just football. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And NowPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear he wanted to bolster his thin attacking options this winter and an agreement was reached with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for Ighalo, 30, in the final hours of the transfer window. Loading… center_img Read Also: Europa League: Ighalo makes Man United squad vs Club Brugge clash‘It’s decisions again and they obviously decided Ighalo was the best decision for them. I’ve played against him and I’m pleased for him.‘All I can do is keep working. I’m concentrating on Dalian, on working and learning and listening to the manager.‘After that, we will have to wait and see. You just never know in this game.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Salomon Rondon says he was ‘really close’ to joining Manchester United in January but understands the club’s decision to sign Odion Ighalo instead of him.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tipp Minors in Munster action tonight

first_imgThe Premier County’s Minor football team take on rivals Clare on Wednesday evening in this year’s Munster Championship semi-final.After back to back Munster titles at this grade in 2011 and 2012, the Premier County will be looking to get back to winning ways at provincial level.Tipp will welcome the Banner to Semple Stadium with a place in this year’s final on offer…against the winners of Kerry and Cork.  McGeever says tonight’s game is even bigger because it’s knock-out.The match throws in at 7.30pm in Semple Stadium.last_img

Tecno Mobile Hosts Nigeria’s Soccer Party in Lagos

first_imgInterestingly, SuperSports football analyst and the acclaimed Prince of Monaco, Victor Ikpeba was at the event to share some fond memories of football and his time with Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger. He thanked TECNO Mobile for hosting such a pleasurable event and promised to attend other events by the brand. TECNO Mobile’s Deputy Marketing Manager (PR), Mr. Attai Oguche while speaking at the event, appreciated friends of the brand for always deeming it fit to participate in every activity organized by the brand and also promised that, the brand will continue to be a pacesetter in different areas while maintaining its goal of providing highly competitive smartphones to mobile device enthusiasts.It was indeed an evening of fun and excitement for both party and football lovers, as well as TECNO fans. Invited guests thanked Tecno for the opportunity to unwind, bringing fans together to promote team spirit and also congratulated Tecno Mobile on its tenth anniversary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Having recently signed a global partnership deal with Manchester city, TECNO Mobile has taken steps to promote sports participation and team spirit amongst fans by hosting its first Soccer party at Bheerhugs café in the Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja Lagos on Sunday, December 18, 2016.The party, which was hosted in typical football settings and ran through the Manchester City vs. Arsenal match had TECNO Mobile’s senior executives and popular celebrities in attendance. Fans of the brand and football lovers packed at the cozy Bheerhugs Bar to cheer and enjoy the Super Sunday EPL match fixture. Brila FM’s renowned OAP, Murphy Ojemba and other presenters – Senior Lecturer and Voicemail anchored the exhilarating event while an in-house DJ, which was complemented by a live band, thrilled the crowd with great music.Arsenal took the lead after only 5minutes with a Theo Walcott goal, while Manchester City had to wait till the 47th minute for Leroy Sané to score the leveler and then grab the much needed winner through a Raheem Sterling’s solo effort at the 71st minute. After the incredible win, Manchester City moved two places up the EPL table to finish the night in second position.last_img read more

Miami Beach temple hosts Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Community leaders and officials from a variety of religious backgrounds attended a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, Sunday night, amidst a rise in anti-Semitism.The ceremony at Temple Beth Sholom commemorated the millions of people killed in the Holocaust.In the wake of a recent rise in hate crimes and anti-Semitism, Sunday’s event was attended by people from several religious backgrounds, all of them promoting interfaith tolerance.“In this year with the hyper-polarization of our community and country we felt that lessons of the Holocaust really had relevance way beyond the Jewish community,” said Jacob Solomon, president of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.The event, which was highly secured, proceeded without incident.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more