Shack Attack, Part One
The Endurance, the first of four major upcoming film releases dedicated to Sir Ernest Shackleton (not even counting the IMAX production), opens nationwide on October 10. Liam Neeson narrates this documentary.
October 4 Outside's Adrenaline Film Festival kicks off in Denver. The selection of short adventure films includes kayak surfing in the Mentauies, a unicycle expedition, and the unveiling of Everest's biggest secret. The festival lands in six more cities over the course of the month.
October 6 Some 1,500 men and women spend the better part of a day sizzling on the black lava beds of the infamous Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii. Enjoy the swim while it lasts, gang.
October 6-7 Around 150 runners gather at Arkansas's Lake Sylvia Recreation Area for the Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Run. Organizers warn racers to come prepared for heat, rain, or hail during what they say is the state's "premier weather month." And hurry up, you've only got 30 hours to finish.
October 7 The 24th running of the Chicago Marathon will draw some 30, 000 runners and over 900,000 spectators. The course starts in historic Grant Park and winds through some of Chi-town's storied neighborhoods, including Greektown, Little Italy, Bridgeport, and South Commons.
October 7 The American Star, the onlu U.S. boat competing in the Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Challenge, will push off, along with 49 others, from Tenerife in the Canary Islands bound for Barbados, West Indiesat least 40 days, 3,000 hurricane-prone nautical miles, and an estimated 1.5 million oar strokes away.
October 9-14 Twenty-four of the best American road cyclists join riders from 35 countries in Lisbon, Portugal, for the World Road Cycling Championships.
October 13-14 The 24 Hours of Moab is the Wimbeldon of 24-hour mountain-bike racinga round-the-clock endurance relay event conducted with a team of four or five riders.
October 21 The Eco-Challenge lands in New Zealand. Sventy-five teams of four will dash up mountains and rap into deep glacier-fed fjords on this 12-day slogfest that will net the victors a cool $50,000 purse.
October 26-27 The Cordless Cup, climbing competition in Salt Lake City is the second stop on the Professional Climbing Association's three-event inaugural tour. Top 100 finishers for the season earn a PCA "card" granting them the right to compete next year for a growing prize purse.
October 29-November 4 The Banff Mountain Film Festival draws enthusiasts from around the world to the Alberta Rockies to gorge on a feast of celluloid adventure.