'It's kind of like the U.N. of bicycling,' Kelley Wegeng said of the 750-mile ride from Paris to Brest and back that she undertook in mid-August with about 6,500 other cyclists.
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'My biggest reason for getting it is, I can't keep up as much anymore. Who wants to wait for somebody? I didn't get it to lead the pack,' said Richard Brannon of Champaign.
The course was recently recertified by marathon Co-Director Mike Lindemann and Doug Thurston, race director of the Big Sur International Marathon, using a Jones Counter, which attaches to the wheel of a bicycle and displays 'clicks' based on the number of rotations.
I got a glimpse of home base for some of the athletes training for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when I visited the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week.
Scott Hendren of St. Joseph, who has run the eight-hour race 26 times, has some strategies for handling the heat that are good plans for anyone to follow while training or racing in hot temperatures.
That's how Steve Butler of Urbana described the 260-mile trek through rapids, multiple portages and 100-degree Texas days he undertook last month to complete the Texas Water Safari, which calls itself 'The World's Toughest Canoe Race.'