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Entries filed under 'Olympic Games'

    Think You Hike Fast? Great, But This 3-Time Olympic Racewalker Can Really Blaze a Trail

    fileA few summers ago I hiked 30 miles in a day. It took 15 hours to do it: almost 5 hours for berry-picking, scrambling, snacking, picture-taking and goofing off, the rest for hoofing down the trail. That was a full day. So anyone who can walk 31 miles in 4 hours instantly has my admiration. Meet Philip Dunn—hiker, backpacker, geocacher, cyclist, kayaker, trail runner, English major (with a emphasis on Irish lit), family man, nice guy and (ta-da) elite racewalker. A native of Eugene, Ore., who ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 26, 2012 5:39 PM & Tagged Hiking, Olympic Games, Philip Dunn, REI Olympia, Racewalking, backpacking and trail running | permalink | Comments

    Marathon Prep: U.S. Women Runners Plan for a Twisty Olympic Course in London

    fileMarathons made a little news coast-to-coast this weekend. On Sunday 20-year-old Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia was the first owman to cross the finish line at the Los Angeles Marathon, and on the same day fellow Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado was the top female finisher in the New York City Half Marathon. Placing third at the NYC Half was American Kara Goucher. On Aug. 5 Goucher will be one 3 American women (along with Desiree Devila, who place ninth at the NYC Half) and Shalane Flanagan) competing for the ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 19, 2012 5:55 PM & Tagged Olympic Games, Running, marathon and training | permalink | Comments

    Yoga as an Olympic Sport? Not Such a Stretch to Some

    fileIt is possible that one day someone will win an Olympic gold medal for their mastery of the Half Lord of the Fishes? For the uninitiated, HLotF is a yoga pose, one that involves a twist while seated. The name may seem amusing to people unfamiliar with yoga, but lots of people take it and its claims of health benefits seriously. Seriously enough that one nonprofit organization, USA Yoga, is seeking to become the governing body of the activity and elevate yoga asana (posture yoga) to an Olympic ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on March 2, 2012 6:01 PM & Tagged Olympic Games and Yoga | permalink | Comments

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