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Adventure Racing Is Not Dead

first_imgThe AR Scene Is Thriving, Especially in the Southeast and Mid-AtlanticAdventure racing is basically a timed scavenger hunt in the woods. Racers must find checkpoints located deep in the forest and return to the start/finish. They plot checkpoint locations on topographical maps and then run, hike, paddle, climb, and mountain bike. All while using a compass to navigate and locate the checkpoints. For the majority of the races, each checkpoint is worth one point. The team with the most checkpoints within the designated time wins. If there is a tie in points the fastest time wins. Depending on the race some checkpoints are mandatory and some are optional. Transition Areas (TA) are also plotted on the map. They are used as places where a team will transfer from foot to bike or paddle or vice versa. At the start of the race, the teams will be given maps and are given a small amount of time to plan their routes and review specific race rules. Races vary from a three-hour beginner event to a multi-day expedition.  Each race varies on what gear is mandatory. Which usually includes basics such as backpack, bike helmet, bladder for water, compass, small emergency kit, rain jacket, and clothes appropriated for the season. Most races, but not all, include paddling in a canoe or kayak, mountain biking, and trekking. This is much more than a triathlon in a kayak. The race may have a team on and off a mountain bike multiple times and transitioning to foot going off trail to find the checkpoint. How hard is it really?While fitter and more competitive teams may be able to paddle, run, or bike faster over the designed course, many of the basic 2-3 hour races require the fitness level needed to complete a day walking around a mall or amusement park. The navigation knowledge is easy enough as a simple trail map that one could get at a state park. The checkpoints may be located at trail intersections of just off trail. Any new teams or soloist can show up early and can receive a basic crash course of map and compass use. The more intense longer races could have more detailed navigational requirements, courses that may require off-trail pace counting and compass use to put a team directly on a checkpoint. One of the best things about Adventure Racing in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic is the abundance of quality race directors. These race directors are also competitors in races not of their own. The checkpoints they put out are not just scattered on a map to make a team tired. They are strategically placed and give teams options to attack them from different angles and by different means. The race directors spend months in advance planning the race, acquiring park permits, and getting permission from locals to use sections of private property. They test out the sections of the courses to ensure everything is where it’s supposed to be and ensure things can be obtained in a reasonable time. In adventure racing, the race directors are not tied to a specific set of governing rules that say thou shall have a two-mile water section and must use mountain bikes with tires of a certain diameter. Whatever they deem fit for the course is what they use. In one 28 hour race in 2017, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland soloist and teams paddled in canoes, on a tidal river, with their mountain bikes disassembled in the hull of the vessel on multiple occasions, even in the dark. It was the first race for a few of the teams that day. They all were able to complete it.Mary Foster and Brent Russell after Rockstock 2 Rivers Delaware (2017)The best part of adventure racing is the peopleAdventure racing is designed for those people who love the outdoors, who enjoy campfires, sleeping outside, and just being in nature. In triathlons or similar sports, there is not a team aspect, there is little conversation while your face is in the water bilateral breathing. When on the bike it’s illegal to be too close to the person ahead of you. While running it’s possible for small conversations and waving to a passerby. In adventure races, however, there is normally a designated team captain, a navigator, and additional team members. Paddling a canoe with 3 people while using kayak paddles is a feat unto itself in teamwork. While on the bike, a team member can rig a simple towing system to assist a teammate (practice before the race, this is advanced), and carrying a fatigued person’s pack can make a world of difference in team speed. It’s not about how fast the fastest person can go, but how fast the team can get the slowest person to go. The sense of accomplishment isn’t isolated to just finishing the race. Each checkpoint is a small victory. Completing each leg of the race is a battle won. The bond you have after a good suffer for hours in the woods is one that cannot be replaced.Mary Foster reaching for a checkpoint in New Jersey during Rootstocks 2 Rivers AR(2018)Just get out thereThe Southeast and Mid-Atlantic have an abundance of mountains and navigable rivers that are perfect for adventure racing. This fall the USARA Championship will be back in the region. Asheville will be the host city for the national adventure racing championships. The race is a 30 hour non-stop competition. It will line up teams of three against each other and the course. There is a resurgence of Eco Challenge Adventure Race happening in Fiji which some people may remember on the Discovery Channel in the ’90s. There is a chance that we as the Mid-Atlantic region could be well represented there. And a team from the Tidewater area of Virginia is competing in a world-class adventure race on Rodrigues island in Africa.Wanna give it a try? Start with a short 2-3 hour adventure race, or perhaps even an orienteering or Rogaine event—which is like a larger scale of orienteering but checkpoints vary in value and races could last over a day, just on foot. If it’s your first adventure race, let the race directors know, and they may be able to pair you up with like minded individuals ahead of time. Or if it’s a gear issue, they may have resources to get you in the woods. If you’re looking for a challenge, it’s out there waiting.last_img read more

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Final stage of prestige acreage has been released in Greenbank

first_imgThe Marsh family is looking forward to their move to Teviot Downs – Rebecca Marsh pictured centre with Denis (left) and Jaimie (right). Picture: Marc RobertsonAFTER 15 years and 34 stages this rare acreage community is offering its final stage for sale with 30 per cent already sold.Developer Lateral Properties has been constructing Teviot Downs at Greenbank since it bought the partially developed site in 2002.This last release completes the 1,200 lot community in a bittersweet moment for the developer.The Marsh family are one of the final buyers in the estate, moving with their two children from Sydney and making sure they secured one of the last lots the estate will offer.Denis, Rebecca and their children Denis and Jaimie, have bought a 4,493sq m elevated lot seeking a safe neighbourhood with plenty of space and a community feel.“We spent a lot of time looking around Brisbane and when we saw the amount of infrastructure and amenity that had recently been delivered and is planned for the area, we thought it was a good place to commence our search,” Ms Marsh said.“We wanted a semi-rural location close to schools and everything we need, a large block with some space for our kids to play and my husband to build a shed as he loves to work on cars in his spare time.”Ms Marsh said the deal was sealed when they met some of the residents who all commented on what a great community Teviot Downs was to live in.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoTeviot Downs in Greenbank“I am looking forward to finalising all the details on our new home, my husband doesn’t mind what I do with the new home as long as he gets his giant man shed out the back” she said.Colliers International associate director of residential Clinton Trezise is marketing the proejct and said with the completion of the last stage, this would be the last chance you would get to build a new home in one of Australia’s great acreage estates only 40 minutes to the Brisbane CBD.“The introduction of the SEQ Regional Plan in 2005 restricted the further release of acreage homesites, so these types of communities close to Brisbane will soon be a thing of the past,” he said. “Due to the quality of the development and scarcity of acreage estates within the greater Brisbane region, land values at Teviot have recorded strong growth with an average of 10 per cent annual price growth over the last 10 years.” A home in Teviot Downs in GreenbankMr Trezise said the homesites were fully serviced and NBN ready with full town pressure water. “They are generally level and cleared while offering leafy surrounds. The estate also features acres of natural parkland, landscaped streetscapes and open space with state of the art recreational facilities,” he said.The final stage has 47 lots ranging in size from 2,500sq m to 7,000sq m selling from $285,000 to $500,000. In 2005, Teviot Downs was awarded Queensland’s UDIA Award of Excellence for the Best Parkland Residential Estate. Due to the scarcity of acreage land, this award no longer exists, leaving Teviot Downs as the final recipient.last_img read more

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Dr Ben Carson on Gender Identity

first_imgCarson says it is absurd to claim we don’t know what a man or a woman is. This has been defined since the beginning of time. If someone is confused about his gender, it doesn’t change his genetics or biology.But, Katie really didn’t know what to say when Dr. Carson said that tolerance goes both ways. People don’t get to redefine what has been known for thousands of years and then call others racists or sexist for not immediately subscribing to it. Ben Carson isn’t someone who bends his way of thinking to accommodate someone. He proved that in an interview with Katie Couric when she asked about gender identity. Like anyone with common sense, Dr. Carson didn’t need to go to medical school to know when someone is biologically a man or a woman. TellMeNow 10 February 2017Family First Comment: Carson says it is absurd to claim we don’t know what a man or a woman is. This has been defined since the beginning of time. If someone is confused about his gender, it doesn’t change his genetics or biology. But, the interviewer really didn’t know what to say when Dr. Carson said that tolerance goes both ways. People don’t get to redefine what has been known for thousands of years and then call others racists or sexist for not immediately subscribing to it.center_img Watch the interview below. Katie doesn’t know how to deal with common sense!http://www.tmn.today/2017/02/ben-carson-schools-katie-couric-gender-identity/last_img read more

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Police Continue Effort To Stop Impaired Drivers

first_imgLocal law enforcement will conduct extra patrols beginning this weekend in an effort to curb drunk and dangerous driving.Authorities in Batesville and the Franklin County Sheriffs Department announced that it will join more than 250 agencies across the Hoosier state in an initiative to crack down on impaired drivers. The Indiana State Police will also be involved in the effort.The increased patrols begin February 28 and run through March 23, encompassing St. Patrick’s Day and sporting events such as March Madness.“We will have a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous driving and getting impaired drivers off the street,” said Lt. Doug Wolfer of the Batesville Police Department. “If you plan to drink alcohol – don’t drive. Designate a sober driver.”Police suggest these tips to ensure that you and other vehicles on the roadway make it home safe:Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help that person make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.last_img read more

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Drug Take Back event planned in Oldenburg

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Margaret Mary Health, Oldenburg Police Department, Batesville Police Department and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville will hold a drug take back event Saturday. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. residents can drop off unused, unwanted or unneeded medication at the Oldenburg Academy, 1 Twister Circle.Take back events keep medication out of the wrong hands and out of landfills and the possibility of leaching into the water supply.last_img

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Hend holds nerve for play-off win

first_imgAustralian Scott Hend edged Angelo Que in a play-off to clinch his maiden European Tour title at the Hong Kong Open. But the 35-year-old will be left lamenting the fact that his three bogeys on the day – to Hend’s two – and a costly second-round 69 ultimately cost him victory. Aged 41, Hend is the oldest first-time European Tour title winner since Cesar Monasterio, who was 42 when he won the 2006 As St Omer Open. He was understandably thrilled to secure victory, but he felt bad for Que after his bogey sealed the play-off. “I felt quite calm, the only thing is that hole at the end you never want to have a go at the pin because you can make a bogey quite easily so I wasn’t really sure how to play it,” Hend told the European Tour website. “Unfortunately Angelo made a bogey, I would have rather one of us made a birdie because he’s a great guy and it would be nice to earn the win on a positive note. But I’ll take the win and I’m ecstatic.” Overnight leader Marcus Fraser’s double bogey on the opening hole blew the title race open and he struggled to get back in the mix with back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes. Irishman Kevin Phelan had more success on the back nine, hitting three birdies in a row from the 16th to the 18th, but he finished on 11 under – two shots behind Hend and Que. Englishman Mark Foster’s double-bogey on the ninth dented his progress and he finished one shot behind Phelan, while Fraser ended up in a four-strong cluster four shots off the pace after a disappointing final round of 72. A par on the first extra hole was enough to steer the 41-year-old past the Filipino, who missed the green on the 18th and then over-hit his chip. Que’s fourth-round 66 forced the play-off after an intense back-nine battle, which ended with his birdie on the 18th tying things up with Hend at 13 under par. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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PBC Coronavirus Testing Sites Closed Friday, Saturday Due to Weather

first_imgLooking to get tested for coronavirus? You will have to wait until Monday.The Healthcare District in Palm Beach County has announced that all six COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Friday and Saturday.The closure is being attributed to the potential for bad weather.In addition, the hotline to schedule appointments will be closed through 8 a.m. Monday.People who had appointments scheduled for Friday or Saturday will be given priority appointments for next week.According to the Department of Health, there were 43,210 total cases of coronavirus in Florida as of Thursday.At least 1,875 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Palm Beach County: 4,278 cases-263 deaths-Men: 2,148, Women: 2,044-752 hospitalizationslast_img read more

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With great grandparents planning to attend opener, Davis has extra motivation

first_imgDyshawn Davis doesn’t need any more motivation against Penn State on Saturday. He’s been practicing all summer and all preseason to get ready for this game and the ones that follow.But Davis, a junior linebacker and one of Syracuse’s most explosive players, has a bit extra to play for. His great-grandparents, Dorothea and Raymond Davis, will be in attendance at MetLife Stadium. That’s all the motivation he needs.“To see them coming to this game,” Davis said, “I know they’re going to be fired up in the stands.”Dorothea, 72, and Raymond, 74, will be watching their great-grandson play for the second time during his college career.The Philadelphia-area natives made the short trip to Temple last season. Davis finished with a season-high six solo tackles and a sack. Just knowing his great-grandparents were there elevated his game, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just remember last year during the Temple game, that feeling man,” Davis said. “I just kept looking back at my grandparents. I’ve come a long way.”But this is the first time they’re traveling to see him play, which makes it that much more special.“They don’t have any teeth,” Davis said. “’You’re just going to see all gums and them smiling, so happy.”Davis and his great-grandparents talk on the phone all the time. He said they start to get emotional when they think about how far he’s come. They always tell him how proud they are.Davis lived with his great-grandparents as a child. They were in their 60s and he wasn’t 6 feet 2 inches, 220 pounds quite yet. But as Davis has grown up and become stronger, he’s seen his great grandfather get weaker.Raymond Davis suffers from a serious case of diabetes and is now in a wheelchair, which makes traveling to games that much more difficult.Dorothea, though, is energetic and takes care of Raymond, just like she took care of Dyshawn when he was a child. Davis said his great-grandmother “helps (Raymond) fight the good fight” with his diabetes.She still runs around the house all the time and gets excited regularly, Davis said. All at the age of 74.“My grandma, she’s not in a wheelchair,” Davis said. “She’s pretty shifty, a little bit.”Davis plans to see his great-grandparents, and cars full of other family members, on Saturday when he returns to his home state of New Jersey. The excitement is building and he’s fully prepared to put on a show for the people who have helped get him to this point in his life.Said Davis: “Words can’t even describe the feeling that I have as the day gets closer and closer.” Comments Published on August 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Western Michigan by sizable margin

first_imgStephen Bailey: Syracuse 68, Western Michigan 55Cowboy upThe Broncos have the talent to beat SU’s zone, but not the depth. The Orange gets just what it needs – a win to get back on track. Look for the Orange defense to pack it in late and take Shayne Whittington out of the game. And remember, Western Michigan turns the ball over more than 314 of the 345 Division I teams in the country.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 74, Western Michigan 56Controlling the controllablesSyracuse doesn’t let the Broncos get confident early and pulls away late thanks to a dazzling performance from Tyler Ennis. Western Michigan head coach Steve Hawkins said he plans to throw a bunch of different defenders Ennis’ way, but it won’t matter. When a lane to the basket isn’t there, he’ll find C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant for uncontested jumpers. Western Michigan simply doesn’t have the size, talent or depth to contend with SU.David Wilson: 73-55 #softnosed #softnosedWhen the Orange can jump out to an early lead, it can usually put a lesser opponent away with ease. The No. 14-seed Broncos are going to have trouble attacking No. 3-seed SU’s zone and containing a healthy array of weapons. I’ll take the team with two lottery picks and Fair in this one. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2014 at 2:12 pmlast_img read more

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Syracuse comes up short in both parts of doubleheader against Louisville

first_img Published on March 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse found two different ways to lose two different games on Saturday on the road against Louisville.The Orange (12-16, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (21-8, 10-1) in a slugfest, 15-11, and then in a more defensive game, 5-4.Syracuse fell behind in deep holes each game, starting with an 8-0 deficit in the first game.A seven-run bottom of the fourth inning put Syracuse down by one run, but Lindsey Larkin and Jordyn White allowed an additional seven runs over 3 2/3 innings, which proved too much for the SU offense to come back from.The last time Jocelyn Cater took to the circle against Towson just under two weeks ago, she tossed a complete game win with 15 strikeouts and allowed two hits. On Saturday against Louisville, she was handed the loss after allowing the first eight runs on seven hits and two walks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFreshman right fielder Maddi Doane batted leadoff and led the team offensively with three hits in five at bats, including two doubles and a triple. She also drove in five runs.The usual leadoff hitter, freshman shortstop Sammy Fernandez, did not play in either game.Syracuse also trailed 5-0 in its second game before chipping into the lead.It took until the bottom of the sixth. The Orange’s Sydney O’Hara continued her hot hitting and added to her team-leading .297 batting average when she drilled a Madi Norman pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run dinger to draw SU within 5-4.Louisville immediately brought in Maryssa Becker, who recorded a four-out save.Syracuse played as the home team in both games, since the series was originally scheduled to be played in Syracuse, but the conditions at SU Softball Stadium were deemed unplayable. SU has played 28 games away from home to begin the season.Compiled by Sam Fortier, staff writer, sjfortie@syr.edu. Commentslast_img read more