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Spartan Race competitor Alyssa Hawley works on her spear throwing abilities. The object of the event is to make the spear stick in a target from a distance of up to 20 yards. (DAN PELLE danp@spokesman.com)

Spartan competitor changes prep in advance of World Championship

Spartans, who made up the military city-state Sparta of ancient Greece, were widely known as being fierce warriors with rigorous self-discipline and strict morals. They were wired to be fearless, undaunted by pain, austere and mentally strong. Reebok has taken on its own version of the Greek warrior in a race where competitors get to prove they have what it takes to be called a Spartan.

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Karl Meltzer poses for a portrait after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on Sept. 18, 2016. (Photo by Carl Rosen Red Bull Content Pool)

Outpeople: Ultrarunner sets Appalachian Trail speed record

On Monday at 3:38 a.m., professional ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, 48, emerged from the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to set an Appalachian Trail supported thru-hike speed record of 45 days 22 hours and 38 minutes. Meltzer ...

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Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for Sept. 22

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s report on 2016 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations indicates overall duck numbers in the survey area are statistically similar to last year and remain steady. Total populations were estimated at 48.4 million breeding ducks, which is 38 percent above the 1955-2015 long-term average.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016

Adam Lynn of Tacoma watches for deer as the sun begins to peak over the horizon in Lincoln County on the second day of Washington's 2013 general deer hunting season. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Safety precautions can help solo hunters survive

Solo hunters have garnered headlines because of untimely deaths and injuries this fall in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. A hunter in Idaho snapped both bones in his lower leg when he slipped while stepping between downed trees and spent two ...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2016


Alan Liere: Canoeing is a Devil Craft

Canoeing is the one warm-weather “outdoorsy” activity besides drowning I do not care for. My aversion goes back to a solo float on Alaska Kenai Peninsula many years ago when I endeavored to paddle the Swan Lakes Canoe System. I ...

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