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Fitness Tip#217 - October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

MOUNT WASHINGTON ROAD RACE

It’s only 7.6 miles, but mile for mile the “Run to the Clouds” might be the toughest and most scenic running event anywhere. Runners climb 4,727 feet on an average grade of 12 percent to reach the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, located in New Hampshire. The race has its origins in 1904 when George Foster, a medical student, completed the route in 1 hour, 42 minutes to impress his friends. In 1936, some of Dr. Foster’s friends organized a race in his honor and now the mid-June event, held annually since 1966, attracts 1,000 runners, though at least that many are turned away by the race’s lottery entry process.


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Fitness Tip#216 - October 1, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

RAGNAR RELAY
Round up 11 of your closest friends (or a bunch of fleet-footed acquaintances), pile into two vans, and spend the next 18 to 36 hours running, sweating, and stinking across 200 miles of pavement. That’s the Ragnar Relay, created in 2004 and named for a 9th century, adventure-seeking Norse Viking. These days, Ragnar events are held all over the U.S., attracting those who don’t mind sleep deprivation and automobiles with an air of body odor. Runners split the race into shifts that are between 3 and 8 miles in length. Teams launch between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on a Friday and the majority finish between 25 and 32 hours later.


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TRAINER_T 10/2/2012 2:28PM

    emoticon If only I had 11 friends, this would be a loooong run for T.
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GRANDMABABA 10/1/2012 11:06PM

    My son and dil have done several of these. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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Fitness Tip#215 - September 28, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

LA JOLLA ROUGH WATER SWIM
When a swimming event is held in an area that’s also popular among surfers, you know it presents a challenge. Dating back to 1916, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim offers both a one-mile and a three-mile “Gatorman” version. The 500 Gatorman participants, who start in one wave, follow a technical course with several buoy turns. The race recommends that you bring a buddy to accompany you on a paddleboard. And you better move fast: the course closes after 1 hour and 45 minutes.


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Fitness Tip#214 - September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SEA PADDLE NYC
There are many ways to see New York City, but perhaps none as unique as by stand-up paddleboard. This 26.5-mile charity paddle around Manhattan, which began in 2007 and is held in August, takes most athletes around five hours to complete. Along the way, even veteran paddlers are challenged by the wake churned up by boat traffic in the Hudson and East Rivers before finishing under the Brooklyn Bridge. (Though it’s a calm ride compared to the choppy 32-mile Molokai-to-Oahu challenge in Hawaii, which requires each racer to have a boat escort.) In New York, participants must raise $1,000 that goes to autism-related charities.


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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2012 8:25PM

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Now that's determination! And for a good cause too.

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Fitness Tip#213 - September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

IRONMAN 70.3

In 2006, the World Triathlon Corporation rebranded its half Ironman triathlon events as 70.3 races in reference to the total swim-bike-run mileage (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run). The reason? The term “Half Iron” didn’t quite do justice to a race that takes most between five and seven grueling hours to complete. The name change worked. Entries soared overnight as athletes realized they could feel a sense of accomplishment – it is 70.3 freakin’ miles, after all – without undertaking the life-consuming training and expense of a full 140.6-mile Ironman. These days, WTC stages 53 Ironman 70.3 events all over the world, including a September world championship event in Nevada.


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