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The Running Season Continues...

Army Captain Christopher Scott Cash died on June 24, 2004, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack in Baqubah, Iraq by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The Old Orchard Beach native left behind a wife and two sons that day. With the help of Veterans Count Maine, the philanthropic arm of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services, they eventually translated their grievous loss into something their running-enthusiast father and husband would have loved.  …

The Start of Summer Sailing

If you’ve ever sailed, you know the sense of freedom the open water brings. Hand on the rudder, or in larger vessels the wheel, keeping the boat true by sight or by compass, the scent of the ocean, the sound of splashing of water on your hull and the billow and snap of your sails as you bring the boom around, a seaman’s faith in the wind in your heart, you are truly a captain,…

Big Bike Week Next Door

Let it never be said that the Phoenix neglects our readers who are bikers. Some of our own contributors know the joy of twisting that throttle, picking up your feet and flying off on top of that rumbling four-stroke. And, after a number of false starts, it looks like this weekend is going to bring the first few days of primo riding weather. So if you’re a fan of the freedom and exhilaration that few…

From Calais To Key West: Russian Globetrotter Cycles Through Maine During A 2,100 Mile Journey

Lena Faber is on the first part of an epic journey from Calais, Maine to Key West Florida depending on nothing but the power of her legs and the hospitality of strangers. Her route on the East Coast Greenway Alliance (a bicycle friendly network of roads and trails) is over 2,100 miles long and would take her 180 hours of non-stop cycling to complete. Although this trek would prove too daunting for many, this isn’t…

Celebrate National Trails Day

Imagine yourself hiking, running, or cycling on a brand new trail in the area. Maybe it’s the morning after a cleansing rain, and your thoughts are with the sweet, fresh smell of the air as you breathe it deep, rhythmically, striving forward, your mind and body merging. Or you may think of the trees and plants and natural life around you, how incredible it feels to observe its beauty, and you may contemplate its sustainability,…

Time for a New Sport?

Everybody’s had a windfall at some time or another in their adult lives. Did you ever decide to take that change burning a hole in your pocket and invest in the equipment to begin playing a new sport? Did that gear end up taking up space in the back of your closet for months or even years, until you finally bit the bullet and went to unload it at Play It Again? There’s a way…

A Running Family's Memorial Day

Think back to that series of roots you had to remember, or get tripped up, on that one part of your old high school’s cross-country running trail. The silent whoosh of the trees and tall grass slipping by as you run. Wet socks, from the dew on the grass. Ducking a stray sapling branch as you speed by, or leaning into it to save a fraction of a second on the turn. It’s the best…

Two Low-Impact Nature Hikes

Among athletes, the casual hiker is less hardcore than, say, the running devotee or the victory-driven baseball player. For the hikers, their sport is less about strengthening the muscles or increasing the heart rate than it is about getting out into natural surroundings and enjoying the sounds, sights and smells that only come with being outside the city or suburbs. Birdsong, breeze through the treetops, the scent of earth and pine. A strengthening of the…

Now that You're Warmed Up ...

Many of our local runners have broken in this season’s shoes, worked out the kinks in their joints, and participated in their first timed race or two of the year. A few even took the winter to have nagging injuries repaired, and are now finding their strength again. But all, it seems, have been infected by the life, the green energy, that is once more coursing throughout the world outdoors. Earth is once again starting…

Three Early-Season Road Races

Fire up your FitBit; the foot racing season is in full swing. Stretch out, warm up, and check out these three upcoming area races:   A new event, the Presidential Seaside Duathlon, takes place in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport on Saturday, April 29 starting at 8:30 a.m. The full race consists of an 18-mile bike ride sandwiched between two 5K runs, a USAT sanctioned duathlon with a $1,000 purse. Alternatively, you can stick with just the…
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