Category archives for Adventure Racing

Editor’s note: This is a follow-up to September 18, 2012 blog: Grand to Grand Ultra – Gear and Training for a 160 Mile Backpacking Race  My feet were trashed.  I had excruciating blisters on top of blisters, in between, front and back, on most of the toes and pads of my feet.  My right knee…

Wild Love: Krissy Moehl from Andy Maser on Vimeo. Learn more about Krissy Moehl in the video Fringe Elements: Ultrarunning and Five Tips For Runners Hitting the Trail. See our Running Guide for training tips, gear, more. Krissy Moehl is an ultra-distance trail runner—meaning the longer the run, the better. But for a woman who…

There’s an app for everything right? It sure seems that way—and that’s especially true for runners and fitness fanatics. Do a quick search for “running” at the App Store in iTunes and more than 100 apps related to training, racing, and logging workouts pop up over several pages. Believe it or not, there is even…

By Steve Graepel; Photographs from top courtesy Steve Graepel, Andrew Skurka, Rebecca Rusch, Michael Tobin The zodiac, your horoscope, tea leaves…people have been trying to make sense of human attributes since the dawn of dirt. Corporations pay big money to navigate these muddied waters and will train employees to better understand personality types to harness…

Upchuck 50K Trail Race from Rock/Creek on Vimeo. By Andrew Kornylak, The Blind Monkey The Upchuck 50K is one of the toughest trail races in the country, and in just a few years has become a cult classic, and a sought-after hardman notch in the belt. It tackles some of the most wild and technical…

Photograph by Marcelo Maragni, Red Bull Content Pool We usually don’t pay much attention to motor races, but the Dakar is not just any race. Originally known as the Dakar Rally and tracing a wilderness path from Paris to Senegal, it has long been known as one of the grandest, and most dangerous motor races…

By Tetsuhiko Endo; Photograph by Bob Hallinen, Landov, see more adventurers in our Ultimate Adventurers gallery. The long, cold winter is winding down for most of us, but in Alaska, they are gearing up for one last hurrah. That’s right, the 86th Iditarod kicks off March 6. The dogsledding race goes from Anchorage to Nome,…

By Tetsuhiko Endo Since the popularization of whitewater rafting and kayaking, the North Fork of the Payette has become one of North America's premier stretches of whitewater with 15 miles of continuous Class V rapids, including the infamous series of drops known as "Jacob's Ladder." Record rainfall in the region has swelled the river to…

National Geographic Digital Media’s Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision‘s humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. Photographs by Korena di RomaSingle-leg amputee Paul Martin lifts his sponsored child—born without arms—at the 60-kilometer point near Field’s…

National Geographic Digital Media’s Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision‘s humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. Pictured: A Team World Vision training run in Durban; photograph by Andrea Peer/World Vision I’m at the hotel…

National Geographic Digital Media's Korena Di Roma will be traveling to South Africa to report on the Comrades Marathon, the start of the World Cup, and World Vision's humanitarian efforts in the country. Follow her dispatches here. It’s been called the greatest footrace on Earth—56 miles through the brutal, hilly terrain between two South African…

There are few adventures that can take you from the ridge of an 18,000-foot snow-capped volcano to a stretch of sandy beach and blue ocean in just one trip. In Veracruz, Mexico, you can do it on foot. Esprit Whitewater offers the experience in the form of their eight-day Expedition Adventure Race training program. Hike,…

How about running 47 miles in shoe-melting heat with just tire rubber strapped to your feet? A top American ultramarathoner ventures deep into Mexico’s Copper Canyons to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara, the world’s greatest runners. Text and photographs by Will Harlan Last March, I journeyed deep into the Copper Canyons of northwest Mexico…

American alpine skier Ted Ligety will compete this week, weather permitting, in Vancouver. See the schedule. See our Beyond the Olympics feature for training tips, ski trips, gear, and more. Text by Christian Camerota; Photo courtesy of Shred Optics  The lives of an entrepreneur and a ski racer seem diametrically opposed. That is, until you meet Ted…

New Zealand's Great Walks, nine hiking loops that range from about 20 to 50 miles around, provide the country's ultimate scenic tour. "They're iconic long distance hikes," said Kiwi adventurer Malcolm Law. “The very best New Zealand landscapes.” Good thing, because Law's sure going to need something to distract him on his daunting endeavor. Starting…

As cyclists—including Lance Armstrong (pictured)—dealt with the 100-mile trail and 14,000-vertical-feet climbs for the annual Leadville 100 mountain bike race this past August, cameras followed to catch all the drama in the former mining town in Colorado. Now, Race Across the Sky: Leadville Trail 100 is set to debut on October 22 at 8pm EST…

Adventure Town Poughkeepsie?

Move over, New Paltz, Poughkeepsie is making its way onto the adventure town map. After 35 years of dormancy, Poughkeepsie’s now-complete railroad bridge opens up a new playground for hiking, biking, and taking in the Hudson River Valley, just in time for leaf-peeping season.  At 212 feet high and 1 ¼ miles long, the Walkway Over the Hudson is…

Imagine a chance to travel all over the world with your best bud and share a million dollars—if you can handle the obstacles that true adventure travel throws at you. Well that’s The Amazing Race, which pits teams of two against each other as they race around the globe for the pot of gold at…

Lance Armstrong finished the Leadville 100 mountain bike race this past Sunday in record-shattering time, dethroning local six-time champ Dave Wiens. Then, again in record time, criticism started rolling in from various corners of the bike racing community. Armstrong's most high-profile critic was USA Today cycling columnist Sal Ruibal. In what read as a half-joking…

Text by Tetsuhiko Endo; Photo Bernie Baker, www.surfersvillage.comPaddleboard racing is the hardest adventure sport you’ve never heard of, which makes Australian Jamie Mitchell the best athlete you don’t know. On Sunday, July 26th, Mitchell won the unofficial world championship of the sport – the 32-mile Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race – for a…

Text by Christian Camerota Kristi Leskinen has skied all over the world, throws rodeo 720s, almost went pro in wakeboarding, and has graced the pages of everything from FHM to ESPN the Magazine. And tonight at 8 pm EST, ABC aired the finale of her latest project, The Superstars, a reality show that pairs Hollywood…

Text by Christian Camerota Neither the peloton's blistering pace nor the looming shadow of Mont Ventoux kept Mark Cavendish from his fifth stage victory of the Tour De France on Friday. The sprint-prone Team Columbia star propelled himself to his Stage 19 win, edging Tony Martin and making him the first rider since Lance Armstrong…

Text by Christian Camerota It appears Lance Amstrong's role has decidedly changed: from contender to protector. In years past the steep climb from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand, considered by many to be the 2009 Tour de France's most difficult stage, has left Armstrong looking over his shoulder at the competition and the valleys below.  But…

Text by Christian Camerota A spectator's death, a leaderboard shuffle, and dimming hopes for Lance Armstrong's run at an eighth title marked what was an eventful weekend on the the Tour.   Jeanette Stoeffel, 61, was killed Saturday crossing the road when she was struck by a police motorcycle that then careened into the crowd and…

Text by Christian Camerota Though the leaderboard remained largely the same, it took quite a bit to keep it that way. Lance Armstrong suffered a flat rear tire that halted his progress late in the 211.5-kilometer ride from Tonnerre to Vittel, the second longest of the Tour so far. It took four teammates to help…