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From inspiring to tragic, Adventure News of the Week presents a round-up of the top news in the world of exploration and adventure.
RECORD: Lithuanian runner sets 2 running records. The Lithuanian runner Aleksandr Sorokin set two new world records on Saturday for the 100 mile and 12 hour run. He ran the 100 mile distance in 11:14:56 (Zach Bitter set the previous record from 11:19:18 in 2019) and a distance of 105 miles for the 12-hour world record.
FKT: Speed Mountaineer tries to cycle FKT to the summit in the Alps. Dynafit becomes managing director and athlete Benedikt Böhm try a new FKT of the Big Triple – Summary of Grand Combin (Switzerland), Gran Paradiso (Italy) and Mont Blanc (France) in less than 30 hours without motorized assistance. He’ll begin attempting cycling to and from each peak later this week to complete the endeavor.
Editorial Update: About an hour after we announced this FKT attempt, it was canceled due to a death in the Dynafit management team on Grand Combin. Böhm will no longer attempt this FKT out of respect for the fallen team member.
SKI: Prosthesis user completes first ‘disabled descent’ from Grand Tetons. Last week, Holy Vega climbed and drove the Grand Tetons in Jackson, Wyo., down the Ford Stettner Couloir. Local guide Mark Smiley accompanied Vega.
“This achievement is enormous when it comes to redefining what it means to be disabled. As disabled or adaptable athletes, we are always asked about our abilities compared to non-disabled athletes, ”said the colleague adaptive skier Vasu Sojitra. “Sharing narratives like the ‘First Disabled Descent of the Grand’ can help remove those scars with our world and empower the disabled community.”
Vega was born with a fibrular hemimelia on her right leg and is using a prosthesis specially designed for ski touring. He started skiing at the age of 14 and took part in the Olympic Games for Chile at the age of 16.
EVENT: The Lady Alliance is hosting the Virtual Adventure Safety Festival. ” The Lady Alliance, a community organization that offers women the opportunity to find empowerment through adventure, is back with another virtual festival.
This year’s festival starts on April 29th (free of charge upon registration), focuses on the topic of climbing safety.
Barkley Marathon Mastermind Lazarus Lake Appears on HBO’s ‘Real Sports’
The rather strange and elusive Lake Lazarus graces HBO to talk about how it created the “infamous and treacherous” Barkley marathons. Watch an exclusive interview with the race founder on a new episode of Real Sports. Continue reading…