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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.