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  • As a runner, one of my favorite things to observe is a high school student also becoming a runner. Kids join a team for many reasons. Some join to hang out with friends. Some join to test themselves physically. Some join because they love the sport. Some join because their parents sign them up. 
  • Ghost bikes
    The first time I saw a ghost bike was on an urban ride in Madison, Wisconsin. I had heard about these impromptu memorials to bicyclists killed while and had braced myself for the first time I ran across one. But none of that prepared me for the emotions which washed over me as I rode past the bike, painted stark white. 
  • The most dangerous race
    "Henriette, slow down and let others win the races." Her father’s command was what she had to follow if her family was to survive the Nazi occupation of their country, Luxembourg. 
  • A sense of place
    For me, one map creates a unique sense of place because I’ve worked on it for over 30 years. I’ve researched it, tweaked it, overhauled it and published it. When I look at it, I see lines and names, but I also see segments of roads as experienced from the seat of a bicycle. 
  • Roy Pirrung crosses his 1,000th finish line at the Boston Marathon
    The 1,000-race tally of Roy Pirrung includes 137 marathons, 196 ultramarathons, 73 U.S. records and 82 national titles. He finished his 1,000th race at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20. 
  • A life-changing bike ride around the world
    My mother-in-law gave me Scott Stoll's book, Falling Upwards: One Man’s Quest for Happiness Around the World on a Bicycle, for Christmas. When I contacted Stoll a few months ago, he was still excited to share his journey with others in hopes they would find inspiration to undertake something big themselves. 
  • Under new management
    Kevin Feind has the ability to take a state park in need of attention and make it a dream Wisconsin destination. He did it over his 17 years as a ranger at the Brule River State Forest, which bodes well for Pattison and nearby Amnicon Falls state parks, which he took over as park supervisor in January 2014. 
  • Birkie Fever for all
    Starting as a secretary of the American Birkebeiner organization in 1986, Shellie Milford rose to assistant director, chief of race and race operations director. But Milford will retire after the 2015 Birkie, leaving huge boots to fill as the chief problem solver, crisis calmer, disaster averter and volunteer recruiter for the race. 
  • What matters most

    For all those who have chased him, it’s hard to imagine Brian Matter ever thought about quitting. But the professional mountain bike and cyclocross racer from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was at that point in 2004: tired of eating peanut butter and rice, frustrated by meager winnings and fed up with long drives to race all over the country.

     
  • Warming to McMiller again
    The new 30-foot by 40-foot building near the McMiller Sports Center, south of Eagle, Wisconsin, is modeled after a similar shelter opened in 2012 on the Zillmer Trails in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It’s scheduled to open in time for the 2014-2015 ski season. 
  • Axletree in Illinois: What grassroots bike advocacy looks like
    What happens when a bicycle shop chooses to broaden its focus on selling bikes but to include bicycling advocacy? Something pretty darn special happens. You’d think every bike shop in the world would also advocate for bicycling, and many do. But it’s rare I find one which works so hard at it as North Central Cyclery and Axletree. 
  • Mark Harms redefines fast
    Hundreds of triathletes chasing Mark Harms would love to know the secret behind his remarkable run of success: six USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in the past seven years, and one ITU World Age Group title. 
  • Mountain bikers pay for Chequamegon trail building
    The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and other mountain biking events have bankrolled a substantial amount of the singletrack that now exists in the Chequamegon area, nearly 90 miles worth, according to the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, which began building singletrack in 1999. 
  • An icon returns
    “When they mothballed the (Bell Canoe Works) molds, people all across the country would search me out and asked if I was going to build canoes again,” Ted Bell said. “Once my noncompete expired, I decided it was time to get back into the industry.” 
  • A whole lotta dairyland to ride
    If you have ever done either the Dairyland Dare or the Dairy Roubaix, both put on by Michelle and Stewart Schilling, you know there will be cows, hills, burning legs, sweat, tears and more hills. Oh yes, smiles are mandatory as well.  
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