Tighten those Laces and Mark Your Calendars for 2018’s Most Extreme Races

first_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 Editors’ Recommendations There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Road marathons and triathlons are wildly popular and most tend to attract large numbers of participants (and spectators), while obstacle races and mud runs have skyrocketed in recent years. But, what happens when you already have the 26.2 and 140.6 window decals and feel like you need to do more? Why not try pushing the levels of human endurance next time by entering an extreme race.So, what constitutes an extreme race?Put simply, it’s a race where the distances are longer, the terrains tougher, and the stakes higher. For some, it’s a grueling distance, extreme geography, low success rate, the toughest, or a combination of all of the above. In some of the most extreme races, just crossing the finish line safely can be a victory in itself.The list list below has something for everyone, even if it’s just to daydream from the comfort and safety of your favorite recliner.Patagonia Expedition Race Photo by Christian MirandaPhoto by Christian MirandaWhen: November 17-30, 2018Returning for its 13th edition, the “adventure at the end of the world” (it’s actually in Patagonia and not sponsored by the company) may be one one of the hardest races on the list. Teams of four (with at least one member of the opposite sex) are presented maps just 24 hours before the race start. Each team must navigate the treacherous terrain at the bottom of the world engaging in disciplines such as sea kayaking, orienteering, mountain biking, fixed ropes (abseiling and rappelling), and trekking, and must complete the race within 10 days.Marathon des SablesWhen: April 6-16, 2018What began as one man’s attempt to cross an uninhabited expanse of the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco has become one of the world’s most iconic suffer-fests. Since the first event in 1986, over 13,000 participants have endured the hot sun and sand in this 154-mile trek. Each racer must carry their own backpack with all mandatory equipment. There are multiple stages over the course of the event and over 1,000 competitors toe the line each year to endure temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.DECAMAN (The Classic DECA)When: November, 2018What’s tougher than an IRONMAN triathlon? An Ironman triathlon every day for 10 consecutive days. The DECA is coming to the U.S. this November and those seeking to participate will bike, run, and swim the classic IRONMAN distances daily, times 10. And the guys bringing the event to the U.S. also participate in these events, so they know what they’re signing up for each time.Untamed New EnglandWhen: July 24-29, 2018The inaugural event took place 10 years ago and is returning this summer with the Abenaki Pursuit edition. This non-stop, four-day expedition race will take competitors across more than 250 miles of rugged New England wilderness. Historically, only about 20 percent of the teams have completed the full Untamed New England race course. Like other traditional adventure races, teams travel together and must use topographic maps to navigate between checkpoints via trekking, mountain biking, orienteering, and paddling. The 2018 edition will be the Abenaki Pursuit edition honors the first people to explore these mysterious mountains, forests, and waters.Tenzing Hillary Everest MarathonWhen: May 29, 2018When is a marathon not just a marathon? When it starts at Everest Base Camp (EBC) and labels itself as the world’s highest and most adventurous marathon in the world, of course. The full marathon course starts at over 17,000 feet above sea level at EBC, which is also the starting point for those seeking to summit the world’s highest peak. The course follows the historical route pioneered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary and participants will cross the finish line at Namche Bazaar. And, if a full marathon isn’t enough to get your adrenaline rushing, there’s also a 60 km event.World’s Toughest MudderWhen: November, 2018We would be remiss if we didn’t include this imposing obstacle course challenge. The five-mile circuit will feature four to five obstacles per mile, meaning that the course will entail 20-25 obstacles in total, with some never-before-seen and a few that only appear at this event. The man and woman that complete the most laps on the course in a 24-hour period will be crowned the champion and the Toughest Mudder on the planet.Tour DivideWhen: June 2018There is no entry fee or prize purse for the winner and the 2,745 mile route takes riders from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The “race” is self-supporting and competitors are primarily in competition with themselves as they navigate the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the longest off-pavement cycling route. To finish, riders must spend weeks of 16-plus hour days in the saddle. The route is unmarked and requires navigational expertise, intervals between services can be in excess of 100 miles, an international border to be crossed, and remote backcountry conditions to overcome. Sign us up! 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Indias central bank cuts lending rate to 540

NEW DELHI — India’s central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth consecutive time, reducing the repo rate by 0.35% to 5.40% to shore up the economy, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering and the production of capital goods and consumer durables decelerating.In a bimonthly review of the economy Wednesday, the bank trimmed the GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal year to 6.9% from 7%.The benchmark interest rate is what the Reserve Bank of India charges on lending to commercial banks.The bank maintained an accommodative stance for monetary policy, implying that an increase in interest rates is off the table.Lower interest rates help make credit cheaper for borrowers, though they can also spur inflation.The Associated Press read more

International internship leads to positive research mentorship in Health Sciences

An international internship at Brock will allow a visiting student from France to learn about many different kinds of cultures at the University.An international internship at Brock will allow a visiting student from France to learn about many different kinds of cultures at the University.Inside the lab, Marine Morfaux has worked with Brock health sciences researchers to learn about cell cultures and other cell biology research techniques. Outside the lab, she has gained insights into Canadian culture and the unique Brock experience.Morfaux will be entering her third year of studies in the food and health program at the Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais in France. However, she will spend the next four months in the Cairn’s research labs gaining research experience as part of the University’s mentorship program, which is also a requirement for her to complete her degree.“She is a fast learner and has shown a strong interest in research,” says Evangelia Litsa Tsiani, an associate professor in Brock’s Department of Health Sciences. “I hope her experience here at Brock will impact her future career choices towards science and research.”From left: Jessy Moore, Marine Morfaux and Madina Naim.“As well, I believe this is a positive experience for my graduate students Jessy Moore and Madina Naimi, who have helped her to adjust and are being provided the opportunity to act as lab supervisors thus increasing their teaching, time management and communication skills.”According to Tsiani, the experience demonstrates how different perspectives and levels of experience can contribute to the learning process.“So far this has been a very rewarding experience,” says Morfaux “I am living an unforgettable experience, which is allowing me to grow professionally and as an individual.”Morfaux also acknowledged the support she’s received from Tsiani, her two graduate students, as well as Brock’s International Center and the University’s mentorship program.“In Dr. Tsiani’s lab, I have been provided with the opportunity to be involved in research and learn valuable laboratory techniques,” Morfaux adds. “Most importantly I have found a great team who are willing to answer any question I have and share their knowledge on cell culture and general lab techniques. It is definitely an eye opening experience.”Research in Tsiani’s lab is focused on understanding the cell signaling pathways that are involved in diseases such as diabetes and cancer and on finding new chemicals/compounds to prevent and treat these diseases. They use human cancer cells and cellular models of insulin resistance/diabetes in their search for novel compounds, some of which are found in herbal extracts.“I believe this is a gain for all involved by participating in international activities and hosting students from abroad,” says Tsiani, who has hosted two other students from the same institution in the past.“The Brock international office provides an excellent support and deals with all the details regarding student visa, insurance, accommodation arrangements and even transportation to and from the airport,” she says. “This is a great support for faculty members and I wish to thank all the staff at the international office for their excellent service.” read more