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Travel and Sports Silver Winner: The Tour du Mont Blanc

Monday, January 9th, 2017

By Marianne Bohr Mother Nature always wins. The Tour du Mont Blanc, affectionately known to its devotees as the TMB, is one of the world’s classic long-distance footpaths and is a capstone event on our European itinerary. Experiencing the Alpine wilderness in the presence of the dramatic ice-capped peaks is the proverbial icing on our backpacking, […]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: Parahawking in Nepal

Monday, November 28th, 2016

By MJ Pramik Seeing the world anew. When I hit sixty, my eldest daughter said, ‘Sixty is the new forty.’ These words spawned in me a wanderlust the likes of which I couldn’t believe, and weeks after my birthday I challenged myself to go alone to Antarctica. After cavorting with flocks of frenzied penguins and […]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: A Day in the Sun

Monday, June 20th, 2016

By Bill Grant Running with the bulls in Pamplona and oil wrestling in Istanbul. I vividly remember running through the narrow and winding cobblestone streets of Pamplona that early July 7th summer morning – hearing the thundering hooves of a dozen aggressive bulls getting closer as I approached the funnel-like entrance to the bull ring. […]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: Showdown at Shinagawa

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Bill Zarchy Bowling for Budget in Tokyo On our first night in Japan, Randy dragged us up the hill behind our hotel to go bowling. Shinagawa Lanes was an electronic wonder attached to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, a large tower with tiny rooms, where Randy had stayed on his first visit to Japan years […]

Travel and Sports Silver Winner: Ghana Will Always Win

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Joshua Berman The author experiences World Cup fever on the Gold Coast It was a two-day journey to Tamale, where Mammah Tenii was waiting to connect us with Chief Kansuk, who everybody called “Chief.” It was the summer of 2006 and the national soccer team, the Ghana Black Stars, was playing in the World […]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: Sidesaddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Tim Leffel In a hidden stadium at the end of a dirt road in central Mexico, impeccably dressed women ride in an intricate ballet of galloping horses. We had already been there at least an hour, watching a few rounds of contestants showing off their equestrian skills, before we noticed the most amazing thing […]

Travel and Sports Gold Winner: Wisdom, from Defeat

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Cheryn Flanagan Deep down I knew I didn’t belong there-I wasn’t at the monastery to live an ascetic life, gain a greater spiritual understanding of the world, or to learn Gung Fu (known to us in the West as Kung Fu). I was simply there because I thought it would make a cool story, […]

Travel and Sports Silver Winner: Running in Puglia

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Mary Jean Pramik An hour before sunrise on a June morning, Puglia beckoned. Stepping out into the dark, the blackened narrow meandering streets of Alberobello opened like a labyrinth before my trullo. I was determined to maintain my marathon training schedule. Often when traveling, my resolve to keep up my running fast dilutes with […]

Travel and Sports Bronze Winner: The Fun Run

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

by Kathleen Kelly Truth is, I only signed up for that 5K because my husband tricked me into it. Stretched across the bed, he was the picture of innocence as he watched TV and flipped through a running magazine.  I was deeply submerged in some online reading when he sent out the first ping. “There’s […]

Travel and Sports—Gold: Leaning Left Above the Eiger

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Julie Hammonds I am lingering late over breakfast on a quiet summer morning, talking parasailing with the hotel manager. The brightly colored wings that dot the Alpine sky every sunny day here in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps have frequently caught my eye as I hike. Tim, who is earning his parasailing pilot’s certification at a […]

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