The September 30th Accra Marathon is one of Ghana’s top sporting events. This year the event has “Race for Life” as its theme, a nod to the Ghanaian government’s desire to raise national life expectancy, which stands at under 65 years. Held yearly in the country’s capital, the event is expected to lure a huge turnout: over 7,000 runners. Competitors can “run, jog, walk or even do a jig,” the organizers say, and the 26.2 miles of exertion is then followed by relaxing, eating, drinking and being merry on “the pristine lawns and beachfront of the 5-star Labadi Beach Hotel.” Read more at the Adrenalist..
Fresh from hosting the biggest sports event of the year, London has another epic event lined up: the London Triathlon. The event touted as the world’s largest triathlon is slated for September 22 and 23. Luring weekend warriors and top-tier endurance athletes, it racks up some 10,000 competitors and 30,000 spectators who flock to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands. Read more at the Adrenalist..
On July 15, Zurich’s Ironman Triathlon kicks off. Competitors complete a 3.8km swim, followed by a scenic 180km bike ride and then a 42.2k run. Sound like your kind of race?
If we’ve stoked your appetite, here are five more extreme triathlons to consider. Just know you need to be in superb physical condition if you want to even get close to crossing the finish line.
Once you do, however, you can brag for the rest of your life. Read more at the Adrenalist..
Kayaking is one of the fastest growing sports, and for good reason. It provides outdoor adventure, exercise, camaraderie, peace and opportunities to fish as you escape from the city. Better yet, modern kayaks are light, fast and easy to transport and steer, so any beginner who hops in a kayak can quickly attain competence that sparks a sense of achievement.
Still, kayaking can be very extreme and enter into the realm of danger. You may capsize, get trapped by natural obstacles or encounter wildlife you would probably prefer to avoid.
Here are the most astounding stories of kayakers who narrowly avoided disaster. Read more at the Adrenalist..
The name is an exaggeration, but only just. The Death Ride, which this year will unfold on July 14, is a marathon cycling event for hardcore adventure athletes only. The intense one-day endurance ride covers 129 miles. In the lung-busting process, you cross five mountain passes and travel no less than 16,000 feet.
The ride begins and ends at north of Markleeville Turtle Rock Park, which sounds quaint but takes participants over notoriously tough terrain. On the upside, the ride is set amid the loveliness of the Californian Alps. Entrants get to climb through some of the prettiest roads that wind through California. Think soaring mountain peaks, icy, transparent lakes, gorgeous alpine meadows, titanic evergreen trees and views that seem to roll on to infinity. Read more at the Adrenalist..
Imagine how it feels to tumble into an 80-foot crevasse.
Travel back 20 years. On June 21, 1992, climber Jim Davidson and his rope partner, Mike Price, were climbing Mt. Rainier, and they did just that.
Price died. Through steely will, Davidson survived and now gives talks on how to rally against adversity over atSpeakingOfAdventure. Here, the 49-year-old based in the Rocky Mountains’ foothills sheds light on life and survival.
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So you think you’re fit? If you’re comparing yourself to endurance athlete Dean Karnazes, you may want to think again. He makes even dedicated performers look like couch potatoes.
Time named the LA-raised go-getter of Greek extraction one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,”Men’s Fitness hailed Karnazes as one of the fittest men on the planet and Wired described him as the “perfect human”.
No athlete comes closer to being superhuman. Besides having completed 50 marathons in 50 days, Karnazes logs 200 miles for a laugh and races in 120-degree heat.
Not bad for a former marketing executive whose idea of competition was once the rat race. A graduate of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and Management, he has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Read more at the Adrenalist..