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

Two in three girls say they are being bullied – survey

first_imgNZ Herald 9 December 2015More than half of teenagers say they are being bullied, with girls significantly more likely to report some form of cruelty.A British Government survey of more than 120,000 15-year-olds in England found that 63 per cent of girls and 48 per cent of boys said they had been bullied in the past couple of months.Girls were twice as likely as boys to say they had been victims of online bullying.They were also more likely to say they had been the subject of sexual jokes, false rumours or the use of “inappropriate” pictures without permission.An NSPCC spokesman said: “The impact of bullying on young people is devastating and can last a lifetime. Cyber-bullying can be especially torturous as it’s not possible to escape; a child can be bullied in their own home, often by anonymous predators, who hide behind the internet. Online bullying is abuse and we must not allow it to become a standard part of young people’s lives.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.“This comes at a time when Childline has seen a very worrying rise in the number of counselling sessions to young people suffering from body image issues and eating disorders – the majority girls – rising by 15 % and 21% in the past year respectively. We must be alert to the issues young girls are facing today – there is no denying there is a growing pressure to look a certain way and they are struggling to cope.”Paul Niblett, Responsible Statistician from HSCIC said: “Today’s report shows that more than half of 15-year olds in England have experienced some form of bullying in the last couple of months, with girls being more likely to report this. Girls were also twice as likely as boys to report experiencing cyber-bullying.”“Forms of psychological bullying were more common than physical bullying or cyber-bullying. Just over a third (34 per cent) of 15-year olds reported that they had been called mean names, made fun of or were teased in a hurtful way in the last couple of months.”“Just under a third (30 per cent) reported they had experienced people telling lies or spreading false rumours about them and trying to make others dislike them.”While physical abuse was the least likely type of bullying to be reported, it was more common among boys than girls, he said, with 11 per cent of boys reporting being hit, kicked, pushed, shoved around, or locked indoors at least once, compared with 7 per cent of girls.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11558440last_img read more

NBA: Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings

first_imgEric Bledsoe had 28 points as the Bucks rallied past Sacramento in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo Loading… Kyle Lowry added 27 points with 11 assists for Toronto while OG Anunoby had a career-high 25 points while hauling in 12 rebounds.Siakam’s points tally included 14 in the fourth quarter, a decisive contribution that helped lock down the victory for Toronto who have 40 wins against 14 defeats.Toronto’s win was made all the more impressive as it came after the late withdrawal of Serge Ibaka, who fell ill hours before tip-off. The Raptors were already without injured starter Marc Gasol.“I think these guys have proven enough that they can win,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said afterward. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but they just keep stepping up and playing and we’ve just gotten used to it.“You at least have to go out and give a great effort, give yourself a chance to win, and don’t let the other team play harder than you.”The Timberwolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23 points while D’Angelo Russell, who completed his move from the Golden State Warriors last week, added 22 points and forced a team-leading six turnovers.– Bucks, Lakers roll on – Siakam’s dominant display included six three-pointers as the reigning NBA champions overpowered a resilient Timberwolves side to cement their grip on second place in the Eastern Conference.# The Milwaukee Bucks meanwhile are a whopping 6.5 games ahead of Toronto at the top of the Eastern Conference after clinching their 46th win of the season on Monday.The Bucks overcame the absence of reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo – who skipped the game after the birth of his son earlier Monday – to rally past the Sacramento Kings 123-111.With Antetokounmpo out, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe shouldered the burden of the offensive duties with each player finishing with 28 points apiece.Brook Lopez had 20 points while Wesley Matthews, Sterling Brown and Donte DiVincenzo all cracked double figures as Milwaukee improved to 46-7 with their fifth straight victory.Harrison Barnes led the Kings’ scoring with 23 points.Milwaukee were made to work hard for the win, overturning a 90-88 deficit at the end of the third quarter to pull away in the final period.Middleton was pleased with the way the Bucks dug out the victory in the absence of Antetokounmpo.“That’s what it’s all about,” Middleton said. “Who has the best team? We definitely feel like we got one of the best players out there. He wasn’t out there tonight but we still think we have one of the best teams in the league.“Teams may think they might be able to win when he’s not out there. But that’s what motivates us. To let them know we’re a complete team.”In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 17 points as the Lakers breezed past the Phoenix Suns 125-100 to maintain their lead at the top of the Western Conference.Rajon Rondo added 23 points from the bench on a night when six Lakers players finished with double-digit points tallies.The Lakers improved to 40-12 for the season, three games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who held on to second spot with a rollercoaster 127-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs.San Antonio looked to be cruising towards victory after opening up a 23-point lead in the third quarter.But a spirited Denver fightback which included a double-double from Nikola Jokic turned the game back in the Nuggets favor, with the home side pulling away to complete the win.Jokic finished the night with 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds while forcing five turnovers. Point guard Jamal Murray added 26 points while Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench.Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kingshttps://t.co/CmdIBjI1ao#FastbreakNews @pskills43@Raptors @Timberwolves @AFP pic.twitter.com/kuOlLkr7ZE— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 11, 2020Read Also: Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardomIn Dallas, Tim Hardaway Jr had 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 but it was not enough to stop the Mavericks sliding to a 123-119 loss to the Utah Jazz.The Mavericks, missing the injured Luka Doncic, fell to 32-22 while Utah improved to 35-18 to remain in fourth spot in the Western Conference.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pascal Siakam scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors shrugged off their injury problems to extend their winning streak to 15 games on Monday with a 137-126 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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