British man runs marathon in his 20-foot backyard during COVID-19 lockdown
On Wednesday, James Campbell of Cheltenham, England, ran 26.2 miles in his 20-foot backyard. The fete took over five hours. Tens of thousands tuned in to watch the live stream as Campbell ran back and forth between his back door and his garden shed in what he deemed the #6MetreGardenMarathon.
Campbell is a competitive javelin thrower and told the Washington Post he had been feeling bored and restless during the coronavirus lockdown. His effort raised $22,000 for Britain’s National Health Service’s effort to fight COVID-19.
Osprey’s warranty and repair team to exclusively sew masks for healthcare workers
The outdoor industry continues to come through in a big way during the pandemic. The most recent example is Osprey’s announcement that their Cortez, Colorado-based warranty and repair team will exclusively sew fabric masks that they will distribute to Southwest Memorial Hospital and the local health department.
Osprey’s team has the capacity to sew 100 fabric masks a day. The masks can be worn over N95 medical-grade masks. “In this unprecedented time, I am inspired by our team’s response,” said Layne Rigney, President of Osprey Packs. “The repair team is giving our entire company something to be proud of.”
Georgia tells residents to watch out for spring bear sightings
Spring is here and bears are emerging from their dens after a winter of dormancy (biologists call it “torpor.”) Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is reminding residents that spring sightings of black bears are common at this time of year and should be expected.
“As you can imagine, bears and hungry and ready to find food when they leave those dens. This search for food can sometimes put them a little too close to people,” says Adam Hammond, a state bear biologist. To say safe, Hammond advises the public never to feed or approach bears; secure food, garbage and recycling bins; remove bird feeders when bears are active; never leave pet food outside; clean and store grills; and let your neighbors know if you see bears in your neighborhood.
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