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2008 SUMMER CONCERTS 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. FREE TO PUBLIC Snowbasin Resort, located in beautiful Upstate Utah, offers on Sunday afternoon’s - free music on the plaza featuring a high altitude eclectic variety of performers. Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classic Rock are all but a few of your choices. Special bar-bque menus are paired with the music for your dining enjoyment. A wide variety of beverages are available. (Please do not bring coolers, food, and beverages into the concert area or adjoining hillside seating areas.) Snowbasin Resort will open June 14th through October 5th. Hours of operation are 9am-6pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and all Holidays. Join us for scenic gondola rides, mountain outdoor program activities, dining and mountain biking. Breakfast or Lunch at Needles Lodge. Lunch/Breakfast/gondola packages. July 20 July 27 Aug 3 Aug 10 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 31 Sept 7 Sept 14 Sept 21 Sept 28 Oct 5

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Pets & Pals Contest, Kids Jam, Free Lift Rides

Bass Makes Hall of fame, FlipFlop Pain Summer Gas Woes

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No Child Left Outside By Camilla Hodge

Features

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Joint Replacement For The Young By John Blodgett

LIVE MUSIC 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Kiteboarding 101 By Kristen Ulmer

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Travel

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Sharing Waterways on the Grand By Jill Adler

Resort Report

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Biking Brian Head By Monique Beeley

Nutrition

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BPA Bottle Scare: Healthy Alternatives

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WHAT’S HOT: Rec Kayaks DOES IT WORK?: Nomad Portable Pressure Washer On the cover: Jacob Buzianis grooving on Lincoln Beach at Utah Lake by Photographer Mark Johnson

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PUBLISHER Dan Miller ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Paula Bell EDITOR-AT-LARGE Jill Adler COnTRIBUTORS John Blodgett, Nathan Smith, Sabrena Suite, Rachael Hodson, Adam Chase, Monique Beeley, Camilla Hodge, Kristen Ulmer, Allen Sanderson, Abi Wright-Grissom, Lisa Marie Mercer, Bill Novak, Louis Arevalo, Lee Cohen, Howie Garber, James Kay, Brent Benson, Adam Chase Scott Markewitz, Richard Cheski, Marjorie McCloy ART DIRECTOR/PRODUCTIOn MAnAGER Jackie Medina GRAPHIC DESIGn David M. Giardinelli, Matt Hall, Ken Magleby, Patrick Witmer REGIOnAL ADVERTISInG SALES Paula Bell, Eric Jensen, Paul Nicholas, Don Nothdorft 801-467-9419 nATIOnAL ADVERTISInG SALES Doug Kaplan – ADVERTISING DIRECTOR/PUBLISHER Mary Jansen – NORTHWEST Justin Sands – SOUTHWEST Brian Hasenbauer – SOUTHCENTRAL Katie O’Connell – MOUNTAIN STATES John Smith – FOOTWEAR/PUBLISHER Amy Kaplan – MIDWEST/EAST Molly Quinn – EAST COAST EVENTS & NON-PROFIT Kelly Trimble – WEST COAST EVENTS & NON-PROFIT CIRCULATIOn MAnAGER/OFFICE ADMInISTRATOR Cynthia Bell Snow

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Many of the activities covered in the Sports Guide are action sports carrying significant risk of personal injury or death. Sports Guide, including its writers, photographers and other staff and management, does not recommend that anyone participate in these sports unless they are supremely expert, knowledgeable about the risks and willing to personally assume all responsibility associated with those risks. Also, the views herein are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the magazine’s management or ownership. Sports Guide welcomes story, art and photo contributions. We will consider, but assume no responsibility for, unsolicited proposals, manuscripts, art and photographs; all such material must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope or it will not be returned. MILLS PUBLISHING, INC. retains reprint rights, including affiliated internet site reprints, but contributors retain all other rights for resale, republication, etc. Sports Guide is not responsible for unsolicited contributions, lost or damaged photo material. Send contributions to Sports Guide, c/o Mills Publishing, Inc., 772 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106, 801-467-9419; email editor@sportsguidemag.com. For advertising information please call 801.467.9419 or email info@ sportsguidemag.com. Published by: Mills Publishing, Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 2008 by Mills Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Jill Adler Comments/feedback‌.c‌ omplaints: email, editor@sportsguidemag‌.‌com Dear Sports Guide, Just a short note to express my disappointment that your latest publication contained a story about the national Ogden Ice Climbing Tower (aka the gigantic frozen dildo). Of all the moronic ways our mayor has come up with to piss away Ogden Taxpayer dollars, this one is the most absurd. Fortunately, our City Council has developed the wisdom to recognize stupidity and this ridiculous idea is never, ever going to be funded by Ogden. Mayor Godfrey and his cronies will insist that Ogden’s on a path to become the high adventure center of the universe. Perhaps it’s the high adventure flatland-goofball-gondola-ride-to-nowhere with killer views of the newly bulldozed area where Mt Ogden Park and the bench trails used to be? Pretty soon, all downtown Ogden will need is a mini-magical-kingdom and we’ll have our own little high adventure Disneyland. Sports Guide should keep to the high ground and avoid reporting that might accidently legitimize these slimeball projects. Just my humble opinion... Robert Stout; Ogden, UT

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Robert- The article (Keeper 2008 issue) discusses the idea but does not says it’s a done deal. We at the Sports Guide always get excited when we hear about new ‘toys’ for us big kids to play on. Thanks for reminding us that there are folks out there who don’t care about adventure sports. We get so narrowminded! JA 6

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Welcome to the Summer? Can we safely say that now? Ah, yes, I looked outside one day and the snow was gone; replaced by hay fever sneezes, 90-degree heat and all this green. The double-edged sword of summer. I’ll admit, it was kind of nice having that late snow and late-season skiing. Many ski areas this spring fought for bragging rights and payback to diehard fans who couldn’t get in enough turns. While most resorts kept to their stated (and long-established) closing dates, Arapahoe Basin, Colo., Snowbird, Mammoth Mtn. and Squaw Valley Calif., Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Bachelor, Ore., and Canadian resorts Sunshine Village, Blackcomb and Whistler all pushed around snow to make access to lifts and the corn viable. Yet resorts like Deer Valley closed April 13 like clockwork, making Park City folks wonder. “We close because people stop skiing, we lose our destination skiers and it is not cost effective to run a business,” said DV’s Emily Summers. Mammoth Mountain’s General Manager of Mountain Operations Clifford Mann, however, said it’s different for his area, where most skiers would drive all night to ski one day. “When you close the doors, you can count on the fact that no one’s going to give you a dollar. We stay open because there’s still skiing. It’s our business. We’re about going skiing.” Snowbird felt the same. As for staffing costs, when ticket sales drop, the yearround staff goes to work. “The marketing folks and CEO are loading lifts and serving food,” said Mann. Snowbird positions themselves as having the longest ski season in Utah so locals (and many out-of-state riders) buy season passes based on the fact that they can ski an extra two months. It’s gone now; the snow - for the most part. Sigh. But season passes for next year are already on sale at most resorts. Check www.sportsguidemag.com for the latest hot deals before they expire. We are now into the dog days of summer and it’s hard to imagine that just a few short months will bring us back to winter all too soon. Don’t dawdle or you might miss the walks in the woods with your kids, the floats down the Colorado, the epic mountain biking on trails throughout the Wasatch and the kitesurfing on Utah Lake. We may not have much time this summer to do everything we’ve looked forward to but we can sure try. Within these pages are daring sport ideas, hip gear to check out and trends to beware of (like tossing your old BPA bottle). Enjoy your trails and make sure to bring SG along!

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Kids Jam at the Bird Bring the entire family to Snowbird for a day full of entertainment, interactive games, dancing and hands-on ways kids can help the environment. Radio Disney’s Team Green brings Milkshake (July 26) and the Banana Slug String Band (August 10) to The Bird for two shows per day amid the activities. Tickets are $10. 1 year & under free. www‌.‌snowbird‌.‌com.

Pets & Pals Photo Contest

Bust out the camera; you only have until the end of July to submit the Nation’s Best Photograph featuring animals and their pals. The American Humane Association is putting $2k on the line and another $500 per category winner for the coolest poignant, endearing and creative shots. You can enter as many photos as you like so long as it’s before July 31. Categories include Dogs, Cats, People & Pets, Pets Together, Farm Animals, and Shelter Life. Visit www‌.‌americanhumane‌.‌org/petsandpals for submission guidelines.

Lunch at Deer Valley’s Royal Street Café

Not only do you have excellent taste but when you leave your car at the resort’s base and ride the Silver Lake Express chairlift, you’ll also have a free lift pass for future summer fun! Save gas and the earth; buy the onetime $8 chairlift ride to Royal Street Café and return another day for a free all-day lift experience. Use it for hiking, mountain biking or a scenic escape. Royal Street Café is open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Labor Day. www‌.d ‌ eervalley‌.‌com

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The Flight of the Canyons Gondola is open for business so load the mountain bike, the family, the hiking gear and head to the deck of the Red Pine Lodge; then head out for a day of mountain fun. Show your Park City area business card on Thursday or Friday and you’ll ride the gondola for free! www‌.‌thecanyons‌.‌com Correction: In the Early Summer 2008 issue we misspelled the photographer’s name, for the cover. It should be Mike Tittel; Mike Tittel Photography, www.miketittel.com. Our apologizes to Mike, Sports Guide staff. www.sportsguidemag.com


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As environmental concerns continue to rise, it’s increasingly important to maintain the cleanliness of our nation’s rivers. From now through October 31, 2008, aspiring filmmakers nationwide can showcase their role in promoting this agenda by entering the Tom’s of Maine River Stories Video Contest. If you, or someone you know, has positively impacted the health, business growth, and recreation opportunities surrounding a local river, share the story and motivate others to get involved. Read the rules and upload your online-video submissions at www.tomsofmaine.com/savingrivers. Online entries will be internally evaluated and the winner announced and profiled on the Tom’s of Maine official website by January 31, 2009. Did we mention they also get a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid?

USA CRITS Finals Roll Into Vegas

An international field of elite male and female road cyclists compete Sept. 25, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel when the USA CRITS Finals return for a second year. The culmination of an 11-event race series will determine the best female and male criterium racers in the world. The event is the most prestigious criterium race of the year in North America and is held during the Interbike International Trade Expo that brings over 23,000 members of the cycling world to Las Vegas. The race is also open to masters, amateurs and kids in their own divisions of course. Competitor registration opens July 15, 2008 at www.usacrits.com. In addition to the race, scheduled entertainment for the crowd includes live musical performances and a fashion show. The event is a fundraiser for the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation and the Animal Foundation.

High Adventure in Utah

The first annual Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival launches September 18-21, 2008, at the historic Peery���s Egyptian Theater and the David Eccles Conference Center in downtown Ogden, Utah. This four-day festival embraces thrilling films, panel discussions and award ceremonies to promote the spirit of adventure sports. The event kicks off with an opening party Thursday night featuring the rock of The Bastard Redheads. Screenings include new releases and the best of mountain films from many of the world’s major mountain film festivals. The Friday night feature film showcases legendary mountain filmmaker, David Breashears’ latest work, “Storm Over Everest.” with Breashears as the festival guest of honor. Films will be judged and prizes awarded by an international jury and audience members. www.utahadventurefest.org

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Osprey Hits renewable energy target Osprey Packs, Inc. says they’ve hit a 100-percent renewable energy efficiency at its Colorado headquarters…. a full two years ahead of schedule. “We just bumped our headquarters energy use up to 100-percent green energy blocks,” said Gareth Martins, director of Marketing for Osprey. Some of the notable features of their energy-efficient headquarters include innovations from waterless urinals in men’s rooms to recycled carpets; they even have ceiling tiles and insulation constructed of recycled blue jeans. Also used in the expansion were energy-saving, rotating skylights, cutting electricity usage in half. Continued on next page...

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America’s Toughest Stage Race™ will attract top professional cyclists from around the world to compete for valuable points on USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar. This exciting 336 mile, 5-day race which boasts over 30,000 feet of climbing and the Calendar’s richest purse, all takes place within a 100-mile radius of Salt Lake City.

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August 13-17, 2008 STAGE 1 SANPETE ROAD RACE 101 miles, flat to rolling terrain starting and finishing in Nephi. STAGE 2 UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE ROAD RACE 84 miles, four climbs, from historic downtown Ogden to Salt Lake City.

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STAGE 3 TOYOTA DEALERS DOWNTOWN CRITERIUM 90 minutes of a 1-mile circuit in downtown Salt Lake City. STAGE 4 SNOWBIRD ROAD RACE Park City to Snowbird, 99 miles with five climbs and a mountaintop finish. STAGE 5 MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK TIME TRIAL 12-mile out and back race against the clock in Tooele. www.tourofutah.com

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Rec Wire Mountain Biker Falls Off Bolivia’s ‘Highway Of Death’

American Kenneth Mitchell was killed after he rolled off a road known as the “Highway of Death” in Bolivia this May. Mitchell was tossed from his rented bicycle and sent off a 200-foot cliff, said Alistair Matthew, founder of Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, the La Paz-based outfitter which led Mitchell’s trip. Mitchell is the 12th cyclist to die on the road in the last decade. Hundreds of bus passengers have been killed on this road from rolling off the cliffs lining the road. Hence the name.

Flip -Flops and Pain

Flip-flop lovers could be in for lower leg pain and a change in their stride if you don’t retire the beach kicks by their expiration date. “Most people appear to be wearing them beyond their structural limit,” said Justin F. Shroyer, lead author on the study conducted at Auburn University in Alabama. The study compared flip-flops to sneakers to assess the angles at which they impact the floor and the contact force with the ground during walking. “Flip-flops are not designed for prolonged use or for walking long distances,” said Shroyer. “They lack the support that a walking or running shoe provides. Flip-flops should only be worn casually and for shorter periods of time.” If you just can’t forgo the flips, replace every few months just as a runner would with running shoes.

Try these wheels and other name brand bikes at these Biker’s Edge Demo Locations: Snowbasin July 12 Snowbasin August 2 Snowbasin September 20 Ogden Bench September 27 Visit www.bebikes.com/Events.aspx for details

Coleman Donates 1,000 Tents to Chinese Quake Victims

People displaced by the massive May earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, received much-needed assistance from The Coleman Company, Inc. “We knew immediately that we wanted to reach out to our friends in China and help shelter literally thousands of people,” said Sam Solomon, president and CEO of Coleman. The Sichuan government awarded Coleman an official Certificate of Recognition for the 1000 tents and expressed appreciation for the Coleman’s swift response to the victims.

Salt Lake City Not So Fit? San Francisco bested Seattle as the fittest of America’s most populous

cities, according to a report released from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They judged the “Health and Community Fitness Status” in America’s 15 most populous metropolitan areas, plus Greater Indianapolis. The Bay Area scored above average on indicators like the percentage of citizens who exercise regularly at least at moderate intensity. San Franciscans and their neighbors are more likely to have health insurance, less likely to have chronic health problems, and are comprised of fewer smokers on average. SLC was not one of the cities considered but future revisions plan to include 50 major metro areas.

Don’t Let Gas Kill Summer Roadtrips According to AAA, gas prices have increased an average of $.56 a gallon since this time last year. Let’s do the math. Even at an extra $.75, if your summer trip is 1000 miles long and your car gets an average of 23 MPG, your fuel will cost $32.60 more this year than last. So you can still have that roadtrip; just do one less dinner out, a Starbucks-free week, two RedBox DVDs instead of movie tickets or a cheaper hotel stay.

The Space Needle GeTS a Shower Seattle’s best-known landmark and tourist attraction gets a bath this summer, thanks to cleaning specialists Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, who dusted off Mt Rushmore in 2005. If you’re in the Washington metro at night, tilt your head up. One team of three highly qualified rappelling professionals will lower from the Needle and clean it with only high-pressure washers as they go.

Snowbird’s Dick Bass Makes Hall of Fame

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The Utah Tourism Hall of Fame recently welcomed Richard D. (Dick) Bass, owner and Chairman of Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The award recognizes individuals whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to shaping the world’s perspective of the state of Utah. Bass’ career in the ski industry began in 1962 and has culminated with building The Bird into an internationally known mountain resort. He was also the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest (55 in 1985) and the first to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Other 2008 inductees are Bob Syrett, of Ruby’s Inn, and Rick Davis, a past president of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. www.sportsguidemag.com


What Happened to the Great Outdoors? Fearful Parents Pull Kids Inside By Camilla Hodge

When Karen Cottle talks about her childhood, she reminisces of long bike rides, building forts in the hay fields of Trenton, Utah, and swinging on swings that could launch her and her friends into the trees. “I was lucky,” said the 28-year-old who now lives and works in Provo, Utah. “I lived where everybody knew everybody. It wasn’t a scary place to be.”

the number of adults participating in outdoor recreational activities is reaching all-time highs. While kids may spend more time playing on sports teams (soccer enrollment is up from roughly 100,000 30 years ago to more than 3 million today), they spend less time communing with nature. The Nature Conservancy reported that children 13 years old and younger spend a paltry 30 minutes a week engaged in freestyle play outdoors.

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But the world is a different place for Cottle’s 22 nieces and nephews, even in a town with a threedigit population. Her sister, who still lives in Trenton, drives her children to and from friends’ houses. No riding their bikes alone. Technological distractions have also increased. Most of Cottle’s nieces and nephews prefer their PlayStation2 to inventing their own games. “It’s like they have to be spoon-fed play time,” she lamented. Increased technology, organized sports, and entertainment all vie for American children’s time and attention. Fear of child abduction, litigation, injury or disease is motivating parents to yank their kids back inside and limit time outdoors. Still, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, argues that the effects of what he calls a generation “estranged from the outdoors” is as dangerous as a kidnap or injury. The Importance of Time Outdoors

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Freeman contends that those sacrifices will pay huge dividends in the experiences parents and kids have together. “If you stop and think, few people walk away from a night of watching the latest sitcom thinking, ‘That was the best thing that’s happened all day,’” Freeman said.

Indoor kids also suffer more allergies and asthma, and ADHD. According to research in 2006, the estimated 4.5 million children 3 to 17 years old living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could potentially benefit from time spent in nature. Their psychological development may also be compromised, Louv and other experts argue. Children need outdoor experiences to fully develop as individuals and to express and nurture their creativity. “Kids who play in natural areas — those with bushes and trees — have been shown to engage in more creative and cooperative play,” Louv told USA Weekend in an interview. The results of nature-deficit disorder threaten everyone. Four walls are robbing children, the

The effects will snowball. Children will recognize the importance of these experiences then get out and hunt for ways to have more of those experiences. Freeman relates it to a natural high- you just can’t get enough of. These “ecstatic” experiences as Louv calls them require the “space, freedom and discovery” that comes from unstructured free play in the outdoors. But good luck exploring that ecstasy when hours are whiled away inside, entertained by a TV or computer. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children watch about four hours of television a day —not including time spent watching movies, DVDs or playing video games. That’s time they could have spent playing insect detective, hide and seek or Marco Polo.

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future, of invaluable natural experiences that shape who they will become. Mal-adjusted kids turn into detriments to society. Figurative Closed Doors and Fences Louv identifies several obstacles that keep doors shut and children carefully penned in. “Some of these obstacles are cultural or institutional — growing litigation, education trends that marLate Summer 2008

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“Nature-deficit disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature; among them: diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses,” Louv wrote.

Patti Freeman, a professor of recreation management and youth leadership at Brigham Young University, suggests that parents sacrifice their own agendas to make sure their children get the time they need outdoors. “Adults want to continue their personal fulfillment in their sports,” she said. “That isn’t always something you can do with kids. [Parents are] going to have to change their course to involve children.”

Decreased physical activity, most of which is attributable to the ‘boob’tube, also creates an unhealthy, overweight generation. In 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics estimated that nearly one in five children ages two to 19 were overweight — nearly double the number of hefty kids 20 years ago. In addition, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that overweight kids are at risk for heart problems as adults.


ginalize direct experience in nature,” he wrote. “Other barriers are far more personal or familial — time pressures and fear.”

“We’re seeing over-involved children,” said Freeman, an outdoor recreation specialist. “They are not connected with the natural world.”

Fear may be the number one reason children get locked inside. Four in five moms report safety concerns or crime as the reason they hold their children back.

To compound the problem, society and the media no longer tolerate accidents so child-oriented organizations and institutions are tightening their grip. Oddly, society as a whole seems to be more tolerant of accidents that happen, say, in a weight room or on a football field. But they treat any outdoor mishap like a tragedy, worthy of intense media coverage.

Media hype fans those fears in what one researcher calls ‘mean-world syndrome.’ George Gerbner, author of Reclaiming Our Cultural Mythology: Television’s Global Marketing Strategy Creates A Damaging And Alienated Window On The World, argues that television “reinforces the worst fears, apprehensions and paranoia of people.” But is it a ‘chicken or the egg’ problem? Are more kids being abducted these days or is it that it’s always been there and just more media attention is paid to these crimes? Each year, thousands of children go missing. The one oft-ignored fact is that of those thousands, nearly 80 percent are victims of family or friends. It wasn’t always some stranger that walked over to your kid as they dug for worms or rode the playground wheel. This doesn’t mean parents should be blasé about safety. But they can control their environment to some extent using the National Sex Offender Registry and networking with other neighborhood families. Pleasant Grove, Utah, resident Kristine Daynes and other parents were shocked to discover the number of sex offenders living along the route to school. Instead of acquiescing to fear, the group organized themselves, taking turns walking the kids to and from school. Not everyone participated. Some of Dayne’s neighbors opted to drive their children the few blocks. “Risk is a part of life,” she shrugged as she walked along a wooded trail behind her office. “It’s a matter of dealing with those risks, not living in constant fear.” She also noted how running has become obsolete at her daughters’ old elementary school. Fear of incurring liability for any accidents has steered schools to carefully structure playground time. Every activity is pervasively controlled. Where are the rings and the parallel bars of the 70s? Check out this list of rules from one elementary school in Torrance, Calif.: Big Playground Rules 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Bad language is not allowed. Stay in your own playground area. Toys and balls should not be brought from home. No playing in the halls or between and behind buildings. Eating on the playground is not allowed. Do not run on the blacktop except in an organized game. Rubber balls and volleyballs are not to be kicked at any time. Footballs, kickballs, soccerballs, or baseballs are not to be kicked or thrown on the blacktop. 9. Tackling, tripping, pushing, piggy-back or pile-on games are not permitted. 10. Use the swings in a safe manner. Count to 25 (forward and back) for a turn. No pushing. 11. Use of bars for chin-ups only.

Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors It’s time for an attitude adjustment to save future generations. “Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health,” Louv asserted. Sure, outside play holds inherent risks. But as Louv asked, “Where is the greatest risk? Outdoors, in the woods and fields? Or on the couch in front of the TV?” Accidents are possible but there are ways to handle them without going overboard. For example, the National Program for Playground Safety suggests: Age-appropriate playground equipment • Soft surfaces like shredded rubber, wood chips, wood fiber, or sand to reduce fall-related injuries • Well-maintained equipment and surfacing • Adult supervision • Involved and active parents may be the key to unlocking the door shut on their children. “Parents ought to take their children with them,” said Mark Widmer, professor of recreation management and youth leadership at Brigham Young University. “What better thing… to do than go hiking with your kids?” Cottle and her friends have discussed that very idea. She is adamant her children have experiences like the ones she had growing up, but worries that the state of the world could prevent that. “There has to be a balance,” she said. “I’d love to raise my kids in a place like Trenton, but it doesn’t exist anymore.” Gone but not dead, it’s Cottle, Louv, and countless others – including ourselves- that realize when you give up and shut the door to nature, you shut the door on our children’s future. It’s up to us- not schools, not governments, not the media- to make sure no child is left inside.

Everything is carefully monitored and punishments are meted out for each infraction. Why would any child look forward to recess? The emphasis school administrations now place on standardized testing instead of hands-on learning experiences may also contribute to a decline in time spent outdoors, said Louv.

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Kite Surfing By Kristen Ulmer

Maybe you’ve even seen it– big colorful kites, 100 feet high in the air, yanking the young and adventurous around. And how about those 40foot high, slow motion, soft-landing airs just a flick of the wrist away? Even makes traditional surfing look lame by comparison– what with all that paddling and waiting around. And kiteboarding resembles wakeboarding too, doesn’t it? Thankfully, without the spilled fuel and expensive boat. Kiteboarding is like wakeboarding or surfing, but with more freedom. Your board is either directional, like a surfboard, or bi-directional like a wakeboard (better for open water). A “traction” kite generates the pull you’ll need and holds your edge. Kitesurfing gets you surfing in, over, and out of waves, as well as hucking you huge when the wind is right. Oooh Lordy, it’s kiteboarding, and it’s here, in Utah. Springtime on Rush Lake, just west of Tooelle for instance, or at Utah Lake in the summer time. The water isn’t the freshest, but what water source is these days? But wait, there’s more. Utah has become the world epicenter for snowkiting– done with skis or snowboards in winter so you get to keep up your skills year-round once you start. In the winter, kiters come from across the globe to ride in Park City or at the Skyline Snowkiting Complex, located up Fairview Canyon on Highway 31 at mile marker 14. Parking and restrooms are located at the launch site. It’s time to stop hearing and seeing, though, and start doing. Here’s how you get into kiteboarding: THE STEPS

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also emotion. Those who kinda-sorta want to get into kiting, will ultimately get scared and quit. Those who will do anything to have this sport in their lives, will thrive and learn.

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Putting Your Best Hip Forward Story and Photos by John Blodgett

says Petron. Also known as degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis is the wearing out of cartilage in the joints. Still other doctors like Peters, have additional theories; like hip dysplasia. “There is mounting evidence that the vast majority of people under 55 who exhibit degeneration in the hip joint have underlying anatomical abnormalities,” he says. “Many feel like the onset of symptoms started with a football injury or bad fall skiing. I think the cards probably have already been played, so to speak.” Based on this belief that it’s not an injury per se but genetics that mess with joints, Peters’ perfected an acclaimed procedure known as “hip preservation”. Designed to keep the natural hip intact and delay a total hip replacement, hip preservation usually entails reshaping either the hip socket or the hip’s femoral head. In contrast, a total hip replacement exchanges the natural ball and socket joint of the hip for an artificial set- a procedure that requires cutting off the top of the femur (your thigh bone).

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hris Ritrievi decided to get a total hip replacement the night his wife Stephanie watched him struggle with his socks and shoes. “When you can’t do that any longer,” she said, “I’m not going to do it for you.” Ritrievi, 51, is the Associate Athletic Director at the University of Utah. His life revolves around sports. Ritrievi broke his left hip nine years ago while skiing. He went under the knife at 42, woke up with three pins holding the bone together, and, after recovery, resumed an active life. A typical year found him on the links for 48 rounds and on the slopes for 40 days, many of which he spent as a certified ski instructor at Park City Mountain Resort. The socks-and-shoes incident was one of a few gradual yet unmistakable aggravations since the accident. His gait stiffened; his lower back developed a nagging pain. He rode the golf cart rather than walk the course. In addition, when he fell on his left side skiing, he would roll over onto his right to get up. Otherwise, he needed a helping hand. Despite his middle age, he knew it was time for intervention. Fortunately, hip replacement is no longer reserved for old folks who have “fallen and can’t get up”. Ritrievi had a solution to what ailed him. “When hip replacement began in the 70s, it was for those who had stopped walking,” says Chris Peters, M.D., an adult reconstruction specialist at the University Orthopaedic Center at the University of Utah. “Today, someone who has pain which prevents activity doesn’t have to tolerate [the condition until full failure].” Peters replaced Ritrievi’s hip in late April, 2008. Though cases like Ritrievi’s may seem to have an obvious cause and remedy, what actually leads to hip replacement is up for debate. The problem could have developed long before a significant event like that ski accident. Some doctors, including David Petron, M.D., the U’s team physician, say you could have had a minor sports-related injury as far back as grade school. “The injury itself sets up a cascade of events that leads to osteoarthritis,”

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No matter the cause, it’s tough to predict who will need a hip replaced and when. “There are so many variables,” says Peters. “Statistics say if you live over the age of 65, 8 out of 10 people will have some sort of joint problem.” But not all activities will lead to arthritis and joint replacement. “Being athletic puts you at risk for trauma,” says Petron. “But there are a lot of marathon runners that put a lot of mileage on their joints and they don’t get arthritis.” And hip replacement is more of a last resort. “Once we see cartilage damage, we try to protect what remains by reducing activity,” Petron says. Next, comes hip preservation and ultimately, if necessary, the hip replacement. “We are performing hip replacements more frequently in younger people because they’re wearing things out faster, but you want to be as old as you can be when you have your first,” says Jill Erickson, a Physician’s Assistant who works alongside Petron and Peters. The reason is that no matter the initial procedure, you’re bound to need another one. A total hip replacement might last 15 years, it might last 20 years—but it won’t last forever. The service life of a hip preservation is even less, but it’s done to delay the replacement. “The goal isn’t to replace a joint and get someone back to a high impact activity like running,” Petron says. “The goal is to get them pain free and back to an active lifestyle.” Let’s say you decide to proceed with hip preservation or a total hip replacement. What happens after the anesthesia wears off? A typical total replacement recovery might require four weeks while those recovering from hip preservation usually spend about six weeks on crutches and a cane. In either procedure, Peters says most patients resume activities after about two months of rebuilding strength and stamina. Seeing a physical therapist usually is not necessary, though competitive athletes commonly do. Followup office visits occur at two weeks, six weeks, six months, 12 months, and every two years thereafter. Once recovered, just how much activity a patient can resume depends upon prior activity and age. High-impact sports such as running, basketball, and racquetball are discouraged, but most other sports are easily resumed— Continued on page 16... www.sportsguidemag.com


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including downhill, backcountry, and cross-country skiing. “We have close to 100 patients who ski more than 20 days a year on the Wasatch front,” Peters says. “In 20 years we haven’t seen any revisions due to this activity.” Within six weeks of his operation, Ritrievi dumped the crutches. He returned to the gym every other day, using the elliptical trainer, gradually increasing the speed and resistance. Most every night now he walks around the block near his home, accompanied by Stephanie and their dogs. The only pain, he says, is the normal muscle aches from a typical workout. His hips are pain free. “My expectations are high,” says Ritrievi, whose goal is to play 18 holes by July 4th weekend. “I don’t expect to play 48 rounds of golf this summer, but I’d like to play 30. And I expect to teach skiing next winter.” After all, he says, “The artificial hip is better than what they took out.”

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Once the onset of degenerative arthritis is diagnosed, Petron and Erickson recommend a number of ways to prolong the life of joint cartilage.

Decrease high-impact activities such as running and basketball. Petron says marathoners might switch to triathlons instead. Whenever possible, runners should pound dirt or wood chip paths instead of pavement. Increase cross-training activities to minimize overuse. Add a new activity to your fitness routine, such as yoga or Pilates. Lose weight, even if only a few pounds. Petron considers obesity a contributing factor to degenerative arthritis, but has seen huge improvements in people who have lost as little as 10 to 20 pounds.

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Getting Below the Surface of Hip Resurfacing The hip resurfacing procedure has only been performed in the United States for roughly five years—too little time to assess its efficacy, according to Salt Lake Orthopaedic Clinic’s Peter Novak, M.D. “I’m not saying it’s a bad surgery,” he says. “But if you’re going to push a new surgery, you have to prove its advantages over a standard hip replacement”—a procedure with a track record stretching 20-plus years. He points out that manufacturer Web sites, which often target active people, tout results of procedures that were performed on people who were very healthy to begin with. Further, these Web sites “don’t always point out that a standard hip replacement is a really good surgery with a very high [short-term and long-term] rate of success,” says Novak. “There is no data [yet] to suggest [hip resurfacing] is any better.” There are some known downsides to the procedure. First, resurfacing cuts through more muscle than does a traditional total hip replacement. That means a longer recovery. Second, there is the risk of fracture to the femoral head or neck, which would put you on the fast track to revisionthe procedure to replace the hip replacement.

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A hip preservation will run $15 to $20K. For a total hip replacement or resurfacing, the cost nearly doubles. On the bright side, insurance usually covers much or all of the cost, depending upon your health plan.

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To Motor or Not To Motor

The Grand Canyon Any Which Way By Jill Adler - Photos by Carrie Richards

It’s quiet now and a zillion sparkling stars pepper the night sky. A mad tornado of sand had briefly ransacked our appetizers and eyes just prior to sunset. We turned our heads, stood motionless and waited for the squall to pass. It did and we shook off our sleeping bags, spit sand from our teeth and reset for a gourmet N.Y. steak dinner with mushrooms, onions, potatoes and cake. Ah, the rugged life on the banks of the Colorado River. Nighttime has fallen and the wind rests now through the Grand Canyon. Zack, our chainsmoking Wilderness Adventures river guide in a tattered visor, has plunked himself down next to us to point out Cassiopeia, Draco’s Dragonhead and the Northern Cross. From his looks, we are surprised by his astronomy passion. We would have guessed Zane Grey and ultimate Frisbee. His voice hovers above a whisper and gives a shallow echo along the Canyon walls. Zack perfectly epitomizes the debate on this historic river. In love with the current, the lifestyle and the job, he runs the Grand via outboard motor. He smokes, drinks, and sports a less than studly physique. Sigh. My vision of a river guide tainted on Day 1, I looked around for the weathered, sinewy naturalists that I pictured in my head before this trip. Alas, they are the ones paddling oars on smaller craft. The paddlers were the ones docking their whitewater kayaks next to us at Redwall Canyon pullout. And waving to us with one hand gripping a paddle as they approached House Rock. We just sat, and sat, though often getting doused by 45-degree waters- especially in the ‘bath tub’, the bow of our S-Rig boat. I had no idea what I had signed up for. As an adrenaline junkie, here I was on the first morning in Lee’s Ferry, outside of Page, Ariz., loading two huge pontooned rafts with four guides and

Hotel in anticipation of my ‘adventure’, I couldn’t help but feel a bit let down. I don’t want civilized. We shove off and I feel like I’m riding Disney’s Jungle Cruise as Brett stops every 10 minutes to tell stories of the landscape: Navajo Bridge built in 1929; Marble Canyon Bridge built in 1996 to make room for semi-trucks. The Grand Canyon displays one of the most complete records of geo-

logical history anywhere in the world with formations that date back 1,800 million years. My ass is already sore. We might be able to swim during the flatwater sections if you really dig the freezing cold. Paddlers and motor rigs alike share the high-use permits for the Grand Canyon from April 15 to Sept. 15. It’s taken 50 years to perfect the beast but between the two options, nearly any human on the planet can witness the Grand. And motorized advocates say their use is essential to public access in the National Park. With the “jackass” motor mount, where the motor can lift Late Summer 2008

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about 20 other passengers for a three and a half day float on the Colorado River. Where are the paddles? I thought. How are these people going to make it though the rapids? One dangerously obese woman had asked at orientation the night before about bringing her rubber fishing waders. (She would sink and die wearing those had she flipped out of the boat.) I soon learned we had no need for paddles. The motorized tour I signed up for was not motorized-assist but motorized all the way. I truly believed we would scoot through flatwater and paddle whitewater. Zack laughed. No such thing exists. You either use a motor or you don’t. We were driving down the river, Baby. But hey, it was my bad. I wanted to see the Grand in all its glory in three days, not five, or seven or 16. That meant going by motorboat; and until you actually experience this kind of trip, none of the fine print makes sense. As we piled ammo cans, gear and food into our S-Rigs, a 37-foot pontoon with two outrigger snout tubes, a metal frame, foodboxes, floating nylon bags to keep beer and soda cool in the water, gas tanks and a spare motor in case you blow the main one, we’re told not to worry. We’ll get our exercise on side hikes and the 10-mile, 5,000 vertical foot grunt at Phantom Ranch on the final day of the trip. After a civilized night at the Lake Powell Resort


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up in shallow water, and the side snout tubes that give added lateral stability to the boat, war vets, kids, seniors, the blind, mentally challenged patients, businessmen with little vacation time, anyone can run the river. One of our greatest natural landmarks is viable to all. Even still, a debate rages as to whether these boats should be allowed. It’s not about negative impacts to the environment (there is no conclusive evidence of this) but about a perceived negative impact to someone else’s experience. Much like backcountry skiers complain of snowmobiles and helicopters. River paddlers whine about aesthetic disruptions- the smell and sound of the motors, and the idea of going ‘new school’ when a river as old as the Grand ought to embrace the ‘old school’. Now, I’m the first person to cough loudly when someone lights up a cancer stick next to me at a bar but I can see where the motorboat philosophy makes sense. With 277 river miles, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep, there’s a whole lot of river to explore. In what might take a week to cruise by motor raft, paddlecraft trips would take two weeks or more. If motors were eliminated- as some challengers to the permit rules request, the number of professionally-outfitted river trip participants could drop 50 percent or more. Those doing full Canyon trips would stay on the river twice as long, holding up the permit space. Not to mention the segment of the population that would be cut off from the experience due to time or physical constraints. Still, many naturalists applaud the idea and fight for wilderness designation along the

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Grand Canyon corridor, thus wiping out motors. I can’t feel the same, I think after hearing the argument. The Grand Canyon National Park is a sight to be seen by all and not just the hearty backcountry athlete. After all, how can we zealously fight to protect places we have no- or limited- access to?

A negative to some, a huge plus to me. To embark on the Grand and see for yourself, try Wilderness River Adventures (www.riveradventures.com) or Western River Adventures (www.westernriver.com). Trips range from 3.5 to 16 days. Western River Adventures

At 10:30 a.m. we’ve hopped the boat for a tiny hike up South Canyon and a peek at Anasazi ruins and pictographs. Same time the following day, we *A joint effort between the National Park Service and the Grand Canyon hang in Red Wall Canyon while the guides get a smoke in. A group of kayak- professional river outfitters is currently underway to develop “alternative ers from a private trip set up by Outdoors Unlimited pull in for a game of motorboat technology to implement an environmentally-sensitive nonsand baseball and Frisbee. Their energy level a 9 to our 3. fossil fuel based motorboat propulsion system with silent or very low noise On the brightside, the draw to veg-out and meditate among the stunning operating characteristics.” Grand Canyon River Rafters Association. striations of the Canyon walls and the mid-fall heat is undeniable. When you go hard 24/7, a forced hiatus is healthy and handy. We go with the flow, the current, the attitudes. The way of the river is to let be and live. Either way you choose to go, the guides for both are like human encyclopedias for the history, hikes, camps and tales of the Grand. After our lunch of chicken Caesar wraps and Oreos, we get our history lesson- John Wesley Powell as a liar, Burt and his tragic Your Utah journey on the River at 79, Goldie and her three rafts. Here we are as they were- no Hobie Kayak cellphones, no music, no email. Just ourHeadquarters! selves and our stories. As for the rapids themselves, I get more rush from riding Sheikra at Busch Gardens Africa than in the super stable S-Rig. But not everyone would dare to ride Sheikra. There was not one moment I felt exposed to risk until the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch; our departure point from the River. More than 2000 vertical feet straight up in 95% OFF degree heat for the first two miles. More All Kokatat Life than 4000 vertical feet of pure agony Jackets! amid incomparable views to come. Signs strategically placed along the trail warn 265 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 801-261-0300 “Do not try to hike up and back in a day.” I trudged the dusty dirt as the cavernous green and red cliffs stretched beneath us. Almost constantly, we gazed out and over the trail in wonderment of our progress. Way down there- the hawks circled, deer grazed, a rattlesnake retreated, other hikers took breaks. Frequently, we doused our headbands in water from the various manmade rest stations along the way. We emerged ecstatic and exhausted six hours later in the Bright Angel Lodge. Nearly 20,000 people visit the Grand Canyon by professional river outfitter annually and they all seemed to be milling around the lobby! After four days of isolation, the cellphone snapped back into hand and the mind raced ahead to the shuttle back to the Lake Powell Resort and the drive back to Salt Lake City. We did it. Another item on the “things to do before I die list” had been scratched. Private boaters sometimes wait eight years to obtain a one-time use, multi-day $425 + $100/pp Grand permit because the waitlist is some 600 deep. We booked our trip a few months ahead. And we were there and back in less than a week.

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Platypus Platy Bottle: Platy’s come in all sizes but are unique because they are “collapsible, tastefree, lightweight, easy to fill, and rugged enough to handle temperatures from freezing to boiling.” The Platy made it through the checkpoint at the airport without being taken by security which was a big plus but, it’s tipsy when full and hard to keep in a standing position. With time, the collapsible feature will grow on you.www.platypushydration.com, $7.95 Nalgene Everyday OTG Tritan Bottle and Toddler Grip-n-Gulp: The new Eastman Tritan co-polyester is completely BPA free, dishwasher safe, impact resistant and the slender design will fit into your car cupholder. The flip top, spill proof design held up remarkably well on the rock hucking test. The GripN-Gulp comes in child-friendly colors and is easy for small hands to hold. The sippy tip could have flipped down less to prevent dirt buildup but it is easily washable. Go to www.nalgenechoice.com for the complete lineup of their new BPA free bottles. One more thing… with all the Nalgene bashing that has gone on in recent months, the classic screw top bottle with the softer, non-clear body has and always will be BPA free. $5.95-9.95 The Better Bottle by Camelbak: The top fave of the bunch, the BB gets raves from all ages. You gotta love the soft flip top and spillproof bottle, even when being tossed back and forth in the car. The BB goes everywhere you go. www.camelbak.com $13 (on sale at R.E.I . for $8) Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: Remember the old summercamp canteens? This reusable, lightweight stainless steel bottle is entirely chemical free. Kleen Kanteen has seen a HUGE increase in sales since the BPA scare. It’s slender, durable and worth every penny. Patience is important as it may take a few tries to prevent water spillage on your chin or banging your top teeth on the rim. It is susceptible to dings and dents but seems to be pretty tough overall. There’s no need to worry about a steel aftertaste and you get the bonus of keeping water cold for hours. By the way, Kleen Kanteen makes a 40-ounce version that is awesome if you need to pack a lot of water. www.kleenkanteen.com. $ 14.95-25.95

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1. Paste a big red dot on the front and use for B.B. gun practice in your back yard. 2. Use as an emergency pee holder on those early morning road trips back from Vegas. 3. Fill with lots of little paper pieces with dares like “stand on your head,” “kiss the boy next to you” or “run around naked”. Then ask all your friends over for a Spin-theBottle night. 4. Poke holes in the lid, fill it with dirt and send your kids out to gather worms. Make sure you put them back when the little ones aren’t looking. 5. Write a letter to yourself and gather a few artifacts from 2008. Place in your bottle and bury deep in your backyard as a time capsule to be recovered by you or the neighbor’s dog in 20 years. 6. Fill with cement and use as a book end. If you have two, even better. 7. Poke holes in it and insert twigs and branches covered in peanut butter and seeds. Hang from a tree with a trusty carabineer and watch the birds flock to your bottle. 8. Cut a slot in the cap and use it as a piggy bank. When you have enough change, buy a new BPA-free bottle. 9. Fill with coffee beans and join a local band as a dirtbag maraca musician. 10. If you aren’t creative and just want to toss it, RECYCLE it. Whatever you do, please do not throw it in the trash!

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iPlay Aqua Bottle: Small children will love the fold-away straw and the fun colors; just don’t give it to those under two with slippery fingers. Non-BPA plastic can shatter when dropped on hard surfaces like concrete shopping floors. BPA adds strength to bottles and most plastic bottle companies including iPlay are adjusting and continuing to look for more durable plastics. www.iplaybabywear.com $11.99 Thermos Element 5 and Thermos Foogo Sippy Cup: Thermos has ALWAYS been BPA free. Keeping our cold drinks cold and our hot drinks hot for up to 24 hours is what the Element 5 does best. The cool look and added carabineer is a bonus. A lot of thought went into this mug and the shock absorbing base is nothing less than brilliant. If you are a hot chocolate, coffee, cider or tea-loving person …BUY IT! Compare prices on this one. They range from $19 (Amazon. com) all the way up to $40 at www.thermos.com. Also check out Thermos’s cute Foogo sippy which will keep liquids cold for up to 6 hours. Sigg Water Bottles: Unavailable for testing, SIGG aluminum bottles were some of the first BPA-free bottles on the market, so they are worth noting. www.mysigg.com. $15.99-$27.99 And one more…Primo Water: Okay, so this is not a refillable bottle but, there are times out of pure convenience that you run into the market and grab a water or you need a ton of bottles for your kid’s soccer team. In these instances you need Primo. Available here in Utah, they are the only nationally available water bottle actually made from renewable plants not crude oil. You won’t know the difference between this and your regular brand but these bottles can be recycled, commercially composted or incinerated without releasing any toxic fumes. Check out www.primowater.com so you can see for yourself why you need to make the switch. Available in single sizes and 3 and 5-gallon containers.

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Move Over Moab! Bike Brian Head Story and Photos By Monique Beeley

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and is available at the Resort or one of the local bike shops. Scout Camp and Navajo Point are both two great options for loop rides in town. The 10-mile Navajo Point Loop is a cross-country ride that takes you to the top of Navajo Mountain then races downhill to meet up with the Town Trail. Scout Camp is 9 miles of fast and furious terrain that winds through wooded hills and beautiful alpine meadows.

Novice/Beginner: The Town Trail is a 6-mile wide single track that heads east of the Navajo Lodge and winds through the lush forest and beautiful meadows that surround Brian Head. This trail has many different access points throughout town making it ideal for families who just want a short scenic ride. Color Country is a great option for those wanting to utilize the lift-serviced mountain biking at Brian Head Resort. This 6-mile trail heads south from the top of the Giant Steps lift and offers amazing views of the nearby fiery red rock amphitheatres of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The Navajo Lake Loop is a scenic 11.5-mile ride around Navajo Lake just 12 miles southeast of Brian Head on hwy 148. Built by the Dixie National Forest Service in 1996, this trail offers smooth, groomed single track with low-grade hills making it ideal for beginners and families. Be sure to pack a lunch for this adventure because there are many great spots for a post-ride picnic.

Downhill Daredevil: Brian Head offers many options for the gravityseeking enthusiast. Timberline, a local’s favorite, is the location of the downhill competitions at the Resort (Brianhead Epic 100, Titanium 50; Flyin’ Brian DH and Super-D Race August 16-17, Brian Head Stage Race August 21-24). This technical trail is complete with tabletop jumps, highbanked turns and huge rollers and is easily accessed from the Giant Steps lift. Dropping 3,300 vertical ft. in just over 7 miles, Blowhard is a challenging, technical and rocky descent that borders Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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Intermediate/Advanced: The Mountain Bike Park at Brian Head Resort offers many options for the experienced rider as well as access to some amazing backcountry trails. Ascending 250 ft. in 3 miles from the top of the Giant Steps lift, the Brian Head Peak Trail takes you to 11,307 ft. where you can access the epic rides, Dark Hollow and Bunker Creek. The infamous Dark Hollow is a 14.5-mile, point-to-point downhill dropping over 5,000 vertical feet. The ride gets fairly technical in spots, with some steep and rocky descents. Intermediate riders may choose to walk some of these short sections. The Right & Left Hand Fork of Bunker Creek is a 12- mile, point–to-point, with the Right Fork offering an option for the lessexperienced rider. While riding, be sure to watch out for elk that frequent this area. A shuttle is recommended for both Dark Hollow and Bunker Creek 22

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Steep sections of the ride bottom out with a 25 percent incline through some amazingly tight rocky and root-covered switchbacks that are sure to pump your adrenaline. Be sure to arrange a shuttle for this ride or the climb back might just put you over the edge. Endurance Junkie: The five–star Virgin River Rim Trail is an epic 32 miles of amazing single-track that winds through some of Utah’s best landscapes. There are many options for the ride; one-way with a shuttle, out and back or make a weekend out of it, with an overnight camp at Navajo Lake. With elevations ranging between 8000-9000 feet. This is a great place to ride and escape the heat of the summer. The Marathon Trail, rightfully named, is 26.5 miles of trail that connect the town of Brian Head with the southern rim of the Markagunt Plateau. This ride is a mix of single and double track that takes you through aspen groves, alpine meadows and lava beds. New for 2008 is the American Mountain Classic, August 21-24. This endurance mountain bike stage race will take place over four days on 170 miles of some of Utah’s most spectacular terrain with lung-bursting climbs of over 14,000 ft. www.americanmountainclassic.com

The Coolest Place in Southern Utah Enjoy cool temperatures and cool activities this summer in Brian Head. Located just 35 minutes from Cedar City and next to the Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head offers an abundance of winter and summer activities for the whole family. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to hiking and biking in the summer, there’s something fun for everyone. In addition to cool temperatures, Brian Head Resort offers a variety of activities including: scenic chairlift rides to 11,000 ft. (open weekends), mountain bike rentals and shuttle service to area trails, a full-service bike shop, an 18-hole disc golf course, and the Spoke & Sprocket Café (open weekends). Other area activities include: FREE outdoor concerts, ATV tours & rentals, Spa services, hiking, dining, and plenty of lodging. Brian Head Summer Activities •Scenic Chairlift Rides •Mountain Biking •Disc Golf Course •ATV Tours & Rentals •Hiking & Nature Walks •Day Spa •FREE Concerts •Mountain Dining Brian Head Resort

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Driving: From Salt Lake City, drive 230 miles south on 1-15 take the Parowan exit, then just a short 12 miles on scenic hwy 143. Lodging: Cedar Breaks Lodge & Spa offers 118 villas ranging from studios to 2-bedroom grand villas as well as a full-service day spa. (Summer rates start at $80. www.cedarbreakslodge.com) Also, there are over 300 condo units as well as luxury cabins available for nightly rentals.

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Food: Cedar Breaks Lodge offers two dining options: The Double Black Diamond is open on weekends for fine dining, The Cedar Breaks Café offers a more casual atmosphere and is open daily for breakfast and dinner. If a pizza pub is more your scene there are two great options, Mountain View Pizza Pub and Pizano’s Pizzeria.

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iMuffs High Sierra 8150 Variable Bag Oregon Scientific UV Sensor Back in the day, you could tell you had sunburn when your friend jammed your skin with their finger to watch the red jump to white under the pressure. Of course, it was too late. Now, get in front of the 8 ball with Oregon Scientific’s Personal UV Sensor. Developed expressly to gauge the strength of the sun and the amount of time you can safely frolic in it, the palm-sized device features a thermometer and UV index to determine your baking time depending on your skin type and SPF you use. An alarm conveniently reminds you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen. $30. www.oregonscientific.com

With all of the airline hassles over luggage, relax a bit knowing that you can safely tote on board just about everything you need for your trip and still protect your outdoors ego. The sporty and functional High Sierra 8150 Variable Bag makes it through security and boarding without a single quip. Your 17-inch laptop slides effortlessly in and out, the plethora of pockets keep cords, clothes, water, and anything else organized, and the heavy-duty Duraweave material and easy-access zippers defend your active life from careless handlers. You also get wheels, a collapsible handle, and a shoulder strap and back panel to slide the bag down the handle of another carry-on so it looks like your “personal item” and not your main carry-on. $240. www.highsierrasport.com.

Don’t get tangled in cords when you play Beach Blanket Bingo this summer. iPod and Bluetooth Phone users get lucky with these new wireless headphones called iMuffs. They’re not earbuds, there’s no universal adapter for other MP3s, they’re not waterproof and the volume could be a bit louder but it’s a step in the right direction for workouts, driving and hiking where those tiny cords always get in the way.$150. www.wi-gear.com.

Travel Hammock’s Parasheet Lay it flat, fill the corner pockets with sand or rocks and have the ultimate ground cover with Travel Hammock’s Parasheet. One flick and the parachute nylon material, big enough for a large tent or three beach towels, kicks away sand and dirt so you don’t roll in it like a chicken in breadcrumbs. Plus, it’s machine washable, quick drying, weighs less than a pound and comes with a built-in stuff sack that won’t blow away. $40. www.travelhammock.com

Kiss My Face Sun Screen XtremeSportsID Band

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Dogtags get an updated look this year with the camo-colored, Lance Armstrong inspired XtremeSportsID Band. Fit for adults and kids, the nylon/rubber bracelet houses all of your emergency info so when you’re biking, hiking, skiing, climbing or surfing and you’ve fallen and can’t get up (or even look up), emergency crews can dial the 877# on the band, enter your unique ID number and discover all pertinent medical information. You can even record your adventure plans in case you get lost. $8 includes one year of service. www.xtremesportsid.com 24

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Featherlite on your head, the Optic Nerve Flatstock sunglasses come with the same 100 percent UVA + UVB protection, and lightweight, durable construction as those overpriced trendsetters at half the price and, what feels like, half the weight. The new PhotoGlare lenses automatically adjust to variable light transmission while filtering out 99.9 percent of reflective glare so you can train in and out of the shade without worrying about sun in your eyes. $59. www.nerveusa.com .

You’ll be the envy of every bystander (and sitter) when you whip out the Tent Chair from Fargason Outdoor Technologies. Though heavier than your average camp seat, you can take the Tent Chair anywhere in its built-in sack. Leave the tent portion down until the sun and wind get too harsh. Then flip and secure for a cozy time around the campfire, the fishing hole or day at the shore. The best part is how easy it is to set up! $50. www.fargasonoutdoors.com.

Sometimes we like a sunscreen just because it sounds special! Kiss My Face Sunscreen has devised a full range of all-natural sun care products, including a sunless tanning cream, but the best is the Face Factor SPF30 for face and neck. It’s paraben free, rich in Alpha Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract and Zoe, a natural Linoleic Ester that decreases sensitivity to sunscreens so you won’t break out. FF is also water resistant, fragrance free, and helps reduce wrinkles with Oat Protein. And it comes in the perfect little tube for your pocket or bag. $11. www.kissmyface.com. Continued on page 26... www.sportsguidemag.com


Puma Mongolian BBQ Shoe When you’re sick of seeing the same running or court shoe on every corner, log onto Puma’s website and create your own. The Puma Mongolian BBQ Shoe follows in the footsteps of its namesake, allowing you to pick your favorite ‘tastes’, submit them to the ‘cook’ and voile- your personal masterpiece. $100-130. www.puma.com.

Ibex Five O’Shant Shorts When everyday walking and roaming are your thing but you want the freedom of a short and the leg protection of a pant, the Shant is it! Ibex uses a lightly brushed organic cotton canvas that hits just at the top of your calf for their casual, hip, eco-friendly hip Berk for women and Five-O Shants for the guys. The women’s version has a relaxed fit that rides just below the waistline. $65-75. www.ibexwear.com.

Keen San Sabastians Sandals Utah’s Oldest and Most Experienced Climbing Store 801.484.8073 • 3265 E. 3300 So. (100 YDS. WEST OF R.E.I.)

Get ready to roam in the Keen San Sebastians. With convertible slideto-sandal technology, it’s easy off at the security gate but easy on and stay put at the river. The cushion can take a beating and still offer support and let’s not forget that infamous toe protection. Men’s & Women’s, $100. www.keenfootwear.com.

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Slip him into the Keen Kids Venice and you’ll never get your little one to wear anything else. The ultimate kid’s sandal, the Venice has toe protection, breathability, nonlace closure, a metatomical footbed so toes wiggle freely yet still get support. Bonus- the grippy black sole won’t mark up your floors. $45. www.keenfootwear.com .

It’s a little less sexy but a whole lot more convenient to carry your MP3 in your cleavage with the Power Pouch Sports Bra by Gracie. Actually, the three-sectioned, front-zip pocket holds all of your workout essentials- a key, your ID, energy gel, cell phone, etc. They’re secure and easy-to-access without sacrificing support and function. The technical fabric wicks sweat and heat, and the Ultra Illuscent Max fibers inhibit odor- causing bacteria for the life of the top. $33. www.graciesgearandtraining.com. www.sportsguidemag.com


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Wallaroo Platypus hat Because babies rarely enjoy sunglasses, a hat is mandatory this summer. The Wallaroo Platypus has an extra-wide brim and an extra 1.5” in the back to cover sensitive neck and shoulders. The too-cute, cotton plaid fabric has a UPF 50 for 97 percent UV blockage. For kids 1-3, $22. www.wallaroohats.com

It’s never too soon to teach the kids to backpack and with the Deuter Kids 10 L pack, they’ll gleefully offer to carry their own snacks and sippy cups. Ideal for kids 3-6, the colorful daypack features a breathable foam padded back and shoulder straps, 3M reflectors, easy-release buckles and a top window for artwork or pictures of dad. The only thing missing is a pint-sized hydration bladder. $26 and comes with a lifetime warranty. www.deuterusa.com.

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The low-rise trail pant has arrived in the form of Mountain Hardwear’s Women’s Corsica Convertible Pants. Super light, fast drying and flattering to most shapes, the pants have articulated, reinforced knees, a micro-fleece waistband, zip-off legs and drawstring cuffs. If only there were belt loops or a drawstring at the waist; these would be the universal pack pant for 2008. For men, try the Matterhorn Convertible Pant. $100. www.mountainhardwear.com.

As athletes, we’re always looking for ways to improve performance and get that competitive edge, and studies have shown that caffeine enhances performance. Now you can feel good about that cup of Joe in the morning. There’s a coffee that not only gives you a boost but is loaded with antioxidants, which fight cell-damaging free radicals and aid oxygen flow to the brain and heart. Caffe Sanora organic coffee. Uses that maintains the antioxdant properties of the unroasted (green) coffee bean. An 8-ounce cup yields up to three times the antioxidants than other coffee brands and most green teas. Available in light, medium and dark roasts, decaf, whole bean or ground. $9.95 per bag at health food and grocery stores, or online at www.caffesanora.com. Late Summer 2008

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Calendar adventure Racing EVENTS 9.25-28.08—AdventureXstream Series: Moab Adventure Race, 300+ mile Expedition Adventure Race, events‌@‌gravityplay‌‌‌.‌com, 970‑259‑7771, www‌.‌‌‌‌gravityplay‌‌‌.‌com 11.7-9.08— GoLite USARA Adventure Race National Championships: 7:‌00 am, Blue Ridge, GA, 512‑873‑1205, www‌.‌‌‌usara‌.‌com CLASSES 8.16—REI/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GPS NAVIGATION DAY: 9:00am - 3:00pm at REI Sandy Spend a day in class and in the field finding your way from point A to point B. Participants should have some familiarity with GPS and/or have attended REI’s GPS 101 evening clinic. (801-501-0850). $25 REI members, $35 non-members. climbing Events 9.13-14.08—Pocatello Pump: 7 a.m.,Ross Park, Pocatello, Idaho, 208-282-3912, joycpete@‌isu.‌edu, www‌.‌‌‌isu.‌edu/‌outdoor/‌pump.‌html 9.13.08—6th Annual Great Falls Park Adopt-a-Crag: 9:‌00 am,-2:‌00 pm, Great Falls National Park, VA, 301‑460‑4327, adoptacrag@‌dcmetroclimbing‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌dcmetroclimbing‌.‌com 9.18-21.08—7th Annual Climb4LifeSM Salt Lake: Salt Lake City, UT, www‌.‌‌‌herafoundation‌.‌org/events. cfmwww‌.‌‌‌climb4lifeslc08.kintera‌.‌org 9.‌27.‌08—National Public Lands Day: 8am-1pm – REI Sandy, 801‑501-0850, kkenley@‌rei‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌rei‌.‌com 9.27.08—5th Annual Carderock Adopta-Crag: 9:‌00 am,-2:‌00 pm, Carderock Recreation Area, MD, 301‑460‑4327, adoptacrag@‌dcmetroclimbing‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌dcmetroclimbing‌.‌com 1.7-11.09—14th annual Ouray Ice Festival: Online booking for the 2009 Ouray Ice Festival Clinics begin 11-5-08 at 9:‌00 am, MST, www‌.‌‌‌ourayicefestival‌.‌com CYCLING

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MOUNTAIN BIKING EVENTS 8.13-17.08—Tour of Utah, America’s toughest stage race, five stages, Pro/1 Men only, (801) 558-2136 or tourofutah‌.‌com 8.15.08—Tour of Utah: Downtown Salt Lake City Criterium for cat2/3 men, master’s 3+, (801) 558-2136 or www‌.‌‌tourofutah‌.‌com 8.16.08—30th Annual Snowbird Bicycle Hill Climb: 8 AM, registration from 6-7:30 am, 10.2 Miles from Shopko on 9400 S. 2000 E. to Snowbird, (801) 933-2110, www‌.‌‌snowbird‌.‌com 8.16.08—Ultra Widow Maker: 8:00 am, From 9400 S. and 2000 E. to the top Hidden Peak, www‌.‌‌‌sports‑am‌.‌com 8.TBD.08—Tour de Gap Stage Race: in conjunction with the Iron County Fair, Parawon, UT, (435) 477-8380 or (435) 590.0196 or www‌.‌‌tourdegap‌.‌net 8.23.08—Jeff Rogers Memorial Sanpete Classic Road Race: UCA Series, Spring City, UT, jeremysmithslc@yahoo‌.‌com or 801-558-7215, www‌.‌‌skiutahcycling‌.‌com 8.30.08—Antelope Island Time Trial : UCA Series, Antelope Island, Utah, 10, km, 20km or ~40km depending on your category, 801476-9476, ferg@natca‌.‌net, www‌.‌‌bmbbc‌.‌com 9.6.08—LOTOJA: 206 miles from Logan, UT to Jackson, WY, (801) 546-0090 or

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August 2008-September 2008 lotojaclassic‌.‌com 9.6.08—Mid-Mountain Marathon: www‌.‌‌‌mountaintrails‌.‌org, www‌.‌‌‌youngriders‌.‌com 9.11-14.08—Women’s White Rim Tour: Canyonlands National Park, UT, www‌.‌‌‌rimtours‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌babesinthebackcountry‌.‌com, 9.13.08—The Climber’s Trophy: UCA Series, an individual time trial up the south side of Big Mountain from MM 3 to MM 9., first rider up at 11 AM, contact Jon Gallagher jonbear68@msn‌.‌com or teamcsr‌.‌org 9.13-15 — Hoodoo 500: 500 mile ultramarathon bike race in S. Utah, St. George, Hoodoo500‌.‌com, embassy@ planetultra‌.‌com, 818-889-2453 9.14.08—Tour des Suds: 16th anual Park City, City Park, 435‑659‑1188, www‌.‌‌‌mountaintrails‌.‌org 9.20.08—Sports-Am Widow Maker Mountain Bike Hill Climb: 10:00 am, Snowbird’s Gad Valley, www‌.‌‌‌sports‑am‌.‌com, Snowbird Summer & Ski Resort, 801‑922‑2110, www‌.‌‌‌snowbird‌.‌com 9.27—Harvest Moon Historic 25th Street Criterium: UCA Series, downtown Ogden in the Municipal Park between 25th & 26th Streets, Ogden, UT, (801) 589-1716 or steve@newcastlemortgage‌.‌com or www‌.‌‌ogdenone‌.‌com ROAD CYCLING EVENTS Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. America’s Toughest Stage Race 801‑558‑2136, www‌.‌‌‌tourofutah‌.‌com 8.15.08—Stage Three: Downtown SLC Criterium, In the heart of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Downtown Criterium; 90 minutes of a 1 mile circuit around the Salt Palace 8.16.08—Stage Four: Deer Valley to Snowbird, the Queen stage, 99 miles with five climbs and a mountain top finish 8.17.08—Stage Five: Miller Motorsports Park Time Trial, an 18-mile out and back race against the clock in Tooele 8.23.08—Desperado Dual Endurance Bike Rally: Panguitch, UT, Panguitch Main Street, 1-866‑590‑4134, www‌.‌‌‌desperadodual‌.‌com 9.20.08—15th Anniversary Tour of the Vineyards: 8 am, Palisade, CO, 303‑635‑2815, emgmh@‌emgcolorado‌.‌com. www‌.‌‌‌emgcolorado‌.‌com 9.4-6.08—LAGBRAU: Legacy Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Utah, 801‑554‑1144, lestitus@‌lagbrau‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌lagbrau‌.‌com 9.27.08—Heber Century: www‌.‌‌‌bike2bike‌.‌org

skatenow.‌home.‌att‌.‌net EQUIPMENT / GEAR: The SkateNow shop’, llc.: UTAH’s complete skate shop for Ice & Inline. Complete Skate set-ups, boots, blades, and frames for Short Track & Long Track Ice, Inline Speed, Fitness & Recreation, Street & Urban Skating, and Kid’s Inline Skates. Custom skates and boot molding available. Visit the web site for compete product information. 801‑944‑5516, theskateshop@‌att‌.‌net, www‌.‌‌‌theskatenowshop‌.‌com Olympic Venues 2008—Junior Hockey Leagues: Utah Olympic Oval, 801‑569-0590, cundsky@‌aol‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com 2008—Olympic Biathlon Experience: Soldier Hollow: 435‑654‑2002, www‌.‌‌‌soldierhollow‌.‌com 2008—Senior Hockey Leagues: Utah Olympic Oval, 801-759-PUCK, www‌.‌‌‌gslhahockey‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com 2008—Soccer Leagues: Utah Olympic Oval, with a variety of high school, co-ed and adult leagues, 801‑963‑7127, alex.krelo@‌olyparks‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com SUMMER 2008—Freestyle Introduction Camps: TBA, 435-658-2FLY (2359), www‌.‌‌‌flyfreestyle‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com SUMMER 2008—Learn To Fly – Summer Ski Jumping Camps: TBA, ages 7-13, www‌.‌‌‌axisfreeride‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com SUMMER 2008—Olympic Legacy Camps:TBA, 9:‌00 am, 5:‌00 pm, daily, 435‑658‑4208, sportservices@‌olyparks‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌olyparks‌.‌com REI Community Calendar

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Sandy City 8.14—GPS 101, 7pm 8.28—FROM OLYMPUS TO MCKINLEY: HIKING THE GREAT PACIFIC PEAKS, 7pm Salt Lake City 8.12—DOWN & DIRTY: AN INTRO TO BICYCLE MAINTENANCE, 7pm August 19—WILD & SCENIC RIVERS IN UTAH: 7.00pm August 26—BICYCLE TOURING WORKSHOP: 7:00pm How to get started on an overnight bicycle tour. COMMUNITY & REI SPONSORED EVENTS: 5.12-9.2.08—REI KIDS PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE : Designed for kids ages 5 to 12, to connect them to the natural world and start them on a lifetime of outdoor recreation and stewardship. Go to REI‌.‌com for a list of kid-friendly hikes and bike rides in your local area

Events 2008 Season—Salt City Derby Girls:All bouts are on Saturdays and start at 7:‌00 pm, at the Utah Olympic Oval (5662 South 4800West) unless otherwise noted 8.16.08—Death Dealers vs. Leave it to Cleavers  8.30.08—SCDG vs. Reno Battle Born Derby Demons 9.06.08—Sisters of No Mercy vs. Bomber Babes  9.20.08—SCDG vs. Pikes Peak Derby Dames (in Colorado Springs, CO) 9.TBA.08—5K Break Free SKate: Wet Jordan, UT, Race to end Domestic Violence. Fun event for the Racer, Fitness skater, and the whole skating family. SkateNow, llc., 801‑944‑5516, Skatenow@‌att‌.‌net,

Running Events Local runs: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, full Marathon 8.15.08—Midnite Moon 5K Run: 12:00 am, (midnight), Alta Canyon Park 9565 So. Highland Dr., 801‑568‑2900, parksandrec@‌sandy.‌utah.‌gov www‌.‌‌‌sandy.‌utah.‌gov/parks 8.15.08—XTERRA Bonneville Basher 8 Mile: 6:00 pm, 25th Street Ogden, UT, 801‑728‑9121 8.15.08—Sandy 5K Midnite Moon Run: 12:00 am, 9565 S. Highland Dr. Sandy, UT, 801‑568‑2900 8.16.08—Great Salt Lake Half Marathon: 6:30 am, Island View Park - Clearfield, UT, 801‑525‑2790 8.16.08—Tower Rock Run 10K: 8:00 am,

gear swaps 9.TBA.08—Ski & Sport Swap: Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, 801‑922‑2110, www‌.‌‌‌snowbird‌.‌com

Manila, UT, www‌.‌‌‌towerrockrun‌.‌com 8.16.08—No More Victims 5K & 10K: 8:00 am, Veteran’s Park West Jordan, UT, www‌.‌‌‌nomorevicitms‌.‌net 8.23.08—Hobblecreek Half-Marathon: 7:30 am, Springville Arts Park, 801‑223‑7010 8.23.08—St. George Half-Marathon & 5K: 8:00 am, St. George, 435‑627‑4560 8.23.08—Mesa Falls Marathon, Half, & 5K: 6:30 am, Ashton, ID, www‌.‌‌‌mesafallsmarathon‌.‌com 8.23.08—Park City Marathon: Marathon 6:30 am, Half Marathon 6:45 am, www‌.‌‌‌pcmarathon‌.‌com 8.23.08—Run With The Horses Marathon: Green River WY. 307‑297‑0062, www‌.‌‌‌grchamber‌‌.‌com 8.30.08—Hurricane Peach Days 12K: 6:15 am, 100 W. 100 S. Hurricane, UT, 435‑635‑2924 8.30.08—Daybreak Dusk 5K: 6:00 pm, South Jordan, UT, 801‑253‑4754 8.30.08—Pocatello Marathon, Half, & 5K: 6:30 am, Pocatello, ID, www‌.‌‌‌pocatellomarathon‌.‌com 8.30.08— 3rd Annual Daybreak at Dusk 5K: 4:30 pm, 4544 Harvest Moon Drive, South Jordan, 801‑253‑6418, sfranc@‌ccmcnet‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌sportsnuts‌.‌com 9.1.08—Hooper Tomato Days 5K: 8:00 am, 5600 S. 6100 W. - Hooper, UT, 801‑825‑1732 9.1.08—Wellsville Founders Day 10K & 5K: 7:00 am, Wellsville, UT, 435‑245‑3686 9.1.08—Payson Onion Days 10K & 5K: 7:00 am, 439 W. Utah Ave. - Payson, UT, 801‑465‑6031 9.6.08—Provo Canyon Marathon Relay: Curt, 801‑372-7867 www‌.‌‌‌trailrun‌.‌com 9.6.08—Salt Lake 2008 Half Marathon And Relay: 7:‌00 am, From Little Dell Bridge to The Marriott Universiy Park Hotel, www‌.‌‌‌sports‑am‌.‌com 9.6.08—Spanish Fork Half-Marathon & 5K: 7:00 am, Spanish Fork, UT, 801‑360‑3148 9.6.08—Huntsville Half-Marathon & 5K: 8:00 am, Huntsville, UT, 801‑728‑9121 9.6.08—Greek Festival 5K: 7:15 am, The Gateway - Salt Lake City, UT, www‌.‌‌‌greekrun‌.‌org 9.8.08—Alt Peruvian 8K Downhill Dash: 4:00 pm, Alta Peruvian Lodge, 801‑742‑3000 9.13.08—Race For Recovery 5K: 9:00 am, Provo Canyon, UT, 801‑373‑7440 9.13.08—Utah Marathon Relay: 7:00 am, Life Time Fitness Sandy, UT, www‌.‌‌‌utahmarathonrelay‌.‌com 9.13.08—The Classic 10K & 5K: 8:00 am, Layton Commons Park Layton, UT, 801‑387‑7754 9.13.08—The Little Grand Canyon Marathon, 1/2 Marathon and 10K: 6:00-6:30 am, CEU Prehistoric Museum in Price, UT, 435‑650‑9732, info@‌mammothmarathons‌.‌org, www‌.‌‌‌mammothmarathons‌.‌com 09.13.08—Utah Marathon Relay & Kid’s K: 7:00 am, East River Front Park in South Jordan, 801‑260‑0606, todd@‌affordableprinting‌.‌com, www‌.‌‌‌utahmarathonrelay‌.‌com 9.20.08—Top of Utah: 7:00 am, 6:55 Wheelchair Start, www‌.‌‌‌topofutahmarathon‌.‌com 9.20.08—Top of Utah Marathon: 7:00 am, Blacksmith Fork Canyon - Logan, UT, www‌.‌‌‌topofutahmarathon‌.‌com 9.27.08—Mountain to Metro Trail Run: 5:009:‌00 pm, Ogden, UT, 801‑728‑9121 9.27.08—Schutzenfest 5K: 9:00 am, Wasatch

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August 2008-September 2008 State Park Midway, UT, 801‑376‑8028 Local run/walk events 9.tba.08—Step Out to Fight Diabetes: American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/stepout 9.20.08—Hidden Peak Challenge Run/ Walk: www.sports‑am.com, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, 801‑922‑2110, www.snowbird.com Local trail running 8.16.08—XTERRA Wheeler Canyon 21k Xduro: 9:00 am, Ogden, Snowbasin, UT, 877‑751‑8880 (toll‑free), info@xterraplanet.com, www.xterraplanet.com, 801‑226‑6789, www.squawpeak50.com 8.23.08—Bryce Canyon Rim Run & Walk: 9:00 am, Ruby’s Inn, Hwy 63, Bryce Canyon City, UT, 1‑800‑468‑8660, www.rubysinn.com 9.6.08—Mid-Mountain Marathon: 8:00 am, Deer Valley Silverlake Lodge, 435‑659‑1188, heinrichdeters@yahoo.com, www.mountaintrails.org national/international runs: 5K, 10K, Half marathon, full marathon 8.16.08—Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim, Deer Creek Reservoir, Deer Creek State Park US189, Charleston. Swim/ Triathlon event. http://deercreekopenwater. home.comcast.net 8.17.08—Brockville Downtown 5 km Run: 9:05 am, Block House Island, Brockville, ON, 613‑859‑3608, info@somersault.ca, www.somersault.ca 8.24.08—Olde Wethersfield 5K: Wethersfield, CT, 860‑652‑8866, www.Hartfordmarathon.com 8.30.08— Pocatello Marathon: Marathon,

Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1.5 miles, For Kids “2” 0.2 miles, www.pocatellomarathon.com 8.30.08—The Canadian 8 Km Run: 8:00 am, Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Ottawa, ON, 613‑859‑3608, info@somersault.ca, www.somersault.ca 8.31.08—New Mexico Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Festival: Albuquerque, NM, Marathon, 5:30 am, Half‑Marathon, 6:30 am, 5K, 7:15 am, www.newmexicomarathon.org 8.31.08—Disney Half Marathon: www.disneylandmarathon.com 9.6.08—Skirt Chaser 5k: Denver, CO, www.skirtchaser5k.com 9.12.08—Colorado Relay: Team Relay Run (170 miles), 5:00 am, Idaho Springs ‑ Glenwood Springs, CO., 303‑670‑7147, race@coloradorelay.com, www.coloradorelay.com 9.21.08—Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival: Marathon and Relay:9:00 am Half Marathon 10:00 am, Schroon Lake, NY, 518‑532‑7675, Adirondackmarathon@yahoo.com, www.Adirondackmarathon.org national run/walk events 9.tba.08—Step Out to Fight Diabetes: American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org/stepout 9.13-14.08—Avon Walk for Breast Cancer: Los Angeles, CA 888‑541‑WALK, www.avonwalk.org national trail running 9.20.08—Trail Half Marathon: 13 miles, Douthat State Park, VA, info@oarevents.com, www.oarevents.com 9.20.08—Trail Marathon: 26 miles, Douthat State Park, VA, info@oarevents.com, www.oarevents.com

9.20.08—40 mile Ultra: 40 miles, Douthat State Park, VA, info@oarevents.com, www.oarevents.com triatHaLOn, biatHaLOn, duatHLOn & muLtiSpOrt events 8.16.08—XTERRA Mountain Championship: 8 am, Ogden/Snowbasin, UT, 877‑751‑8880 (toll‑free), www.snowbasin.com, info@xterraplanet.com, www.xterraplanet.com 8.17.08—Thousand Islands Triathlon, Duathlon & Relays: 8:30 am, Block House Island, Brockville, ON, 613‑859‑3608, info@somersault.ca, www.somersault.ca 8.23.08—Jordanelle Triathlon: www.triutah.com 8.30.08—The Canadian Iron, (226) Triathlon, Duathlon & Half Iron (113) & Sprint & Try-a-Tri & Relays: 6:30 & 8:00 am, Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Ottawa, ON, 613‑859‑3608, info@somersault.ca, www.somersault.ca 9.6.08—Camp Yuba Triathlon: Levan, UT, 435‑758‑2611, parkcomment@utah.gov 9.13.08—Ogden Valley Triathlon: www.triutah.com

activities, food and a raffle. All proceeds benefit the Utah Rivers Council. $10 adults, $5 youth, $15 per couple and $20 families. www.ogdencity.com 8.29-31/9.1.08—Labor Day Weekend: Bear Lake State Park Rendezvous Beach #3, 435‑753‑9507, jon.peek@thebeachcats.com, www.utahsailing.com 9.5-7.08 — North East Canoe and Kayak Symposium, Spruce Run: Recreation Area, Clinton, N.J. Festival for paddlers of all skill levels, seminars and clinics, gear demos, and the first‑ever North East Kayak Polo Tournament. www.necanoeandkayak.org 9.27.08—Oktoberfest: Pineview Reservoir, Port Boat Ramp ‑Ogden, Weather Permitting, 435‑753‑9507, jon.peek@thebeachcats.com, www.utahsailing windSpOrtS events 9.26-28.08—Skydive Moab Boogie/ Festival: 800‑UGO‑JUMP, 435‑ 259‑JUMP, info@skydivemoab.com, www.skydivemoab.com

water SpOrtS events 8.22-23.08—River Festival: 7th Annual River Festival, Expedition Island, Green River, WY, 307‑875‑5711, www.grchamber.com 8.23—2nd Annual OGDEN PADDLE FESTIVAL: Pineview Reservoir at Middle Inlet Beach. 9am‑5pm. Anyone six and older can learn to paddle, row, and sail or fly fish. Demos, live music, children’s

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WHAT’S HOT: Play Kayaks It’s hot and there’s no relief in sight. The water looks inviting but you’re not really into “sitting on a lake”. Whitewater kayaking is scary and sea kayaking tough duty. Well, now, there’s a trendy alternative capturing the fun for the average splasher. “Recreational kayaks” have sprouted all over the states, flooding the paddlesports market and rejuvenating the industry. Women, kids, weekend warriors, students and retirees have options. It started when fishermen who wanted to get closer to their prey began asking for kayaks. First, came sit-ontops that later developed into full-blown anglers’ BMWs with all sorts of bling including rod and cup holders. Now, you have fitness boats, kids boats and women’s boats. Johnson Outdoors, makers of Ocean Kayak, Necky and Old Town, report huge sales surges in the last three years. Jackson Kayak recently launched Jackson Rec and a new line of user-friendly rec boats that are easy to maneuver, stable, light and cush compared to a whitewater kayak. The Hobie Mirage Sport is a lightweight kayak that you can peddle, paddle or sail and it has an adjustable seat mount to allow room for paddlers from 4 feet to over 6 feet. Mad River Canoe’s Synergy is a kayak/canoe hybrid that works as a fishing or recreational boat. Women-specific boats like the new Necky Eliza UltraLite have cockpits that are wider to accommodate feminine curves and shorter in length than standard boats for lighter hauling around and easier control. A new offshoot- fitness paddling- offers a way to get fit on the water. Boats like Perception’s Cadence features a heartrate monitor mount and cutaways on the deck to pull in the paddle without scraping knuckles. In addition, there are race series and training programs popping up at popular water holes. So whether you are a hardcore thrillseeker or a family looking to beat the heat, there’s no excuse not to get in the water and have fun this summer.

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