Sports (57)

Can you achieve victory?

Every runner has heard the story. In ancient Greece, a soldier named Philippides was ordered to carry the news of victory in the battle of Marathon back to Athens, information that would change the course of the war with Sparta. He ran 26.2 miles. Ever since then, a run of that distance has been known as a marathon. You may not be carrying earth-shattering news, and you may not have any stake in the wars…

See the meaning of martial arts at Riverton

Growing up, most of us discovered this thing called martial arts. Maybe we came across Enter the Dragon, or, if you’re younger, maybe Hard to Kill, but everybody wondered what it would be like, if a bad guy were threatening someone you loved, to throw a perfectly disciplined roundhouse kick and knock the guy out. A few of us actually signed up for lessons in our local dojo, and it was there that we learned…

Run the Trail to Ale

If you’ve ever been in a foot race, or even if you’ve watched one, you know that every runner except the leader is chasing that leader, striving to take over that top spot. But winners know that during the race, when you’re out in front, you’re still chasing something. Still trying to catch up, doggedly pursuing something almost unnameable within yourself. Call it your own personal perfection, or the spirit of victory that is only…

National monument prospects: King, others see recreation as part of North Woods future

A new national monument in Maine's North Woods will protect hiking, canoeing, ‎fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross country skiing, according to a statement from U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, although not everyone praised the new federal land designation.“I believe that the President’s proclamation, along with the binding commitments in the deeds conveying the land, address the essential elements of those conditions, and that, as a result, the benefits of the designation will far outweigh any…

Drivers, start your engines!

You’ve heard people say, “It’s so boring, just a million left turns,” or, “Oh boy, let’s drive around in circles.” But you know better. Something in the bone-shaking roar of those finely tuned engines calls to your primal side. And the skill, strategy and finesse of your favorite driver and his team appeal to your higher mind at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds. Well, you’ve waited long enough. The richest single-day…

Want to play softball?

Have you ever scooped up a fast grounder and shot it to first to beat the runner? Have you ever smacked a line drive right into the sweet spot to load up the bases, with the team’s powerhouse on deck? Have you ever wanted to? Read on. Casco Bay Sports ( http://www.cascobaysports.com/ ) is sponsoring a Sunday Fall Co-ed Softball league, and there is still time to register as a single player or as a…

Four upcoming area runs

If you grew up running in Maine, you know how beautiful the landscape is, from the Downeast hills to the northern forests to the rocky coast. Something about the air here makes the miles slip away as if you were dreaming. Even recent Portland transplants are known to comment on Maine’s natural beauty, and they know they want to stay, see more, and run through it all. This is prime season for foot races in…

Midsummer guide: Festivals and fairs worth checking out

Bangor State FairDating back to 1883 and drawing crowds of up to 70,000, the 10 day long, Bangor State Fair is one of the biggest in the state. It’s got all the bells and whistles of a typical fairground: amusement park rides, carny games, fried dough, farm animals and packs of jubilant teenagers. There’s a certain Maine flair to the affair though, when you factor in the local live music, fudge vendors and agricultural shows.…

Four cycling clubs in Portland

By this time of the season, you’ve probably done a fair amount of bicycling. Maybe you’ve explored a new area, or you may have outdone yourself this year in distance, speed or endurance. You’re comfortable in the saddle, and your machine is tuned up and spinning. But you know, it’s always fun to ride with someone else, and if you’re part of a cycling club, you’ll be able to pedal with the group on hosted…

Cycling tips for the uninitiated

I have been riding my bike to work for about 15 years and, in doing this, have learned a thing or two and formed some opinions of the crusty ol’ guy variety on the subject of bicycling in Portland, Maine. As we find ourselves in another cycling season, I am rolling them out: Portland is not an especially easy place to ride a bicycle.   Mind you, it’s not terrible, but it’s not as great…
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