On a warm winter’s morning I found myself in an unfamiliar place: lined up next to 300+ ambitious souls preparing to begin an organized trail run. My buddy Brian and I were running in a half marathon trail race. Our benevolent employer, Travel Country, sponsored us and we were outfitted with the latest gear (Brian in the New Balance Minimus and me in Inov8 F-Lite 195).
There’s something primal about adventure racing. It’s basic. Natural. One step above breathing; two above sleeping. Combining orienteering and all-out speed, adventure racing is like being a 'hunter-gatherer' who’s chasing down dinner. The only difference; dinner is a checkpoint and survival is (generally) expected.
Pangea Adventure Racing has pioneered this exciting sport in Central Florida for years, and Travel Country was lucky enough to be a part of their Super Hero AR event held in Apopka, Florida on September 17th. Participants for this race were encouraged to dress up to add to the ambiance, which was fun; however, the most “super” things about the event were the amount of heat and the size of the ticks.
As the keeper of a North Carolina-based hiking blog I'm always keeping an eye on what the competition's up to. And I'm happy to report that on any given day (most, in fact) these sites based in the U.S. Southeast put mine to shame.
Sandra Friend's Florida Hikes site is one of the comprehensive state- focused hiking blogs in the U.S. Though a lot of goodies are behind a paywall ($27 a year), there's still oodles of free stuff. Pretty impressive when you consider Florida's conspicuous lack of mountain vistas.
Join the City of Casselberry, Friends of the Park andTravelCountry Ourdoor Store in Altamonte Springs for our first annual Secret Lake RunYak. This family friendly race will feature a 2.5 K Run, 3K Paddle and end with another 2.5 K Run. We structured this race so it would be fun for all fitness levels.
On Saturday April 16 2011, we are hosting a barefoot run at Loch Haven Park in Winter Park.
Checkout our Meetup Group to and let us know you are coming!
The goal of this run will be to run and to teach the physiological benefits of running barefoot/minimally shod. Once a month, we'll be giving tips; techniques for training; and getting some miles in - so whether proficient runner or beginner, wear whatever shoes you have and we look forward to seeing you there!
Everyone has their own special recipe they like to follow when in a new spot. Some take directions from books or guides, some follow the wisdom of past travelers and others rely on the kindness of locals. This is my take on what I've found that works and what doesn't and how it has helped with my exploration into my new home here in Florida.
The most common step people take when in a new place is exploring books or guides. These provide the reader with an amazing story version of fantastic places and allows the reader to create their own pre-imagined fantasy of the trips they will take in the new land. I have had many books and dreamt many adventures but in the long run all they ever prove to be are dreams. I don't want to dismiss the usefulness of books and guides but what I urge is a slice of realism, because in all fairness, these are stories. It is pure fantasy that paints a pretty picture from others eyes.
On September 14, 2010, Mike and Catrell Cooney along with their three teenage sons (of Cooney World Adventure fame) will be the Orlando area hosts for Meet, Plan, Go! a free, nationwide event to inspire people to fulfill their career break and long-term travel dreams. The event will offer participants the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.
Congrats to Rod!! His photo was selected as the winning photo for our Fivefingers adventure photo contest. His photo is on the right.
Check out all the submissions on our facebook.
The first woman to circumnavigate Australia by kayak, Freya Hoffmeister, will be at Travel Country next Tuesday. She previously partnered with Greg Stamer, of Travel Country, to circumnavigate Iceland.
Freya Hoffmeister (born 1964) is a German woman who holds several sea kayaking endurance records. In 2009 she completed a circumnavigation of Australia solo and unassisted, becoming the first woman and only the second person to do so.
In 2007 she completed the fastest-ever circumnavigation of Iceland in a sea kayak with Greg Stamer in 33 days.
She finished a solo unassisted circumnavigation of the South Island of New Zealand in January 2008, becoming the third person in 30 years to do so and setting the fastest solo time for the 2,700 kilometers (1,700 mi) voyage in 70 days, 56 days faster than the previous record.
Hoffmeister's Australian trip commenced from Queenscliff, Victoria on 18 January 2009. She paddled in an anti-clockwise direction along the Australian mainland coastline and completed the 13,790 kilometers (8,570 mi) voyage in 322 days, of which 245 were paddling. Hoffmeister reached the approximate half-way mark at Broome, Western Australia in 171 days on 29 June 2009. and finished back at Queenscliff on 15 December 2009. To take a "shortcut", she paddled across the Gulf of Carpentaria from Jackson River to Nhulunbuy a distance of 575 kilometers (357 mi). The crossing took seven nights and eight days and required sleeping in the kayak at sea. This crossing was done only once before by solo kayak by Andrew McAuley.
This Saturday May 22nd, Travelcountry will be hosting a new clothing company, 100% living, and Rod Price's slideshow of his book "Racing to the Yukon."
This is your chance to preview the hot new 100% Living clothing line exclusively at TravelCountry. Stop by the store and check it out.
Rod Price, is the author of Racing to the Yukon, a lifetime of adventure racing from the Everglades to the Amazon to the world's longest canoe race. Rod will be available for book signing and will lead a slide show of his adventures. Refreshments will be served.