My five minutes of fame comes Monday when my wife and I appear briefly on the Oprah Winfrey Show, along with guest Jerry Seinfeld. I never imagined I’d appear on Oprah, nor did I even dream that Jerry Seinfeld would target me for a few laughs. But even more unbelievable is the topic that I…

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Asheville’s Ty Stevens finished third overall and top American at the six-day “Route of Fire” Coastal Challenge Expedition Run in Costa Rica last week. Stevens covered 140 rugged miles and over 30,000 feet of elevation ascent in just under 24 cumulative hours. Racers navigated jungles and rain forests, forded wide rivers, and ran across pristine,…

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The Mount Mitchell Challenge was voted the region’s top ultra in this month’s Best of the Outdoors issue. The epic 40-mile race to the top of Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Rockies, is directed by Jay Curwen, a former race champion himself (he won the first-ever Challenge in 1999). With this year’s…

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For the 3rd time in the last 4 years, ZAP Fitness—based in Blowing Rock, N.C.,  won at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. Over the rolling hills of Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky, ZAP was led by first year ZAP resident athlete David Jankowski who won the race in a time of 29:18,…

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The upcoming week could very well be the most important week our species has faced. Homo sapiens sapiens has an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate its wisdom by addressing climate change in Copenhagen. World leaders can either act in the best long-term interests of the planet and its people, or continue cowing to the financial interests…

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The reclusive Raramuri people are suddenly world-famous, thanks to Chris McDougall’s bestselling book Born to Run. The Raramuri—also called the Tarahumara—run virtually barefoot for hundreds of miles through the continent’s deepest canyons. McDougall’s book follows the Raramuri and American runners at the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon, a footrace where international elite runners like Western States champ…

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