November 21, 2011

Kathmandu Valley     Photo: *saipal/Flickr

Hawker sets Everest-to-Kathmandu Record

Run from base camp took less than 3 days

British ultrarunner Lizzy Hawker completed a 199-mile run on Friday from Everest base camp to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2 days, 23 hours, 25 minutes. Hawker broke her own 2007 record by more than three hours despite making an eight-hour stop during a storm on the run's first night. Her trip to Nepal was to be a 1,000-mile run along the Great Himalayan Trail, but she chose to run the base-camp-to-Kathmandu route after losing a bag containing some of her supplies.

Read more at the República

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Marathon     Photo: Martineric/Flickr

Two Die at Philadelphia Marathon

Men collapse near finish line

Two runners who collapsed near the finish line of Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon were later pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital. University of Pennsylvania student Jeffrey Lee, 21, and an unidentified 40-year-old man are believed to have suffered heart attacks. Several high-profile deaths have raised concerns about the safety of marathon running, although the risk of dying in a marathon remains significantly smaller than the risks posed by a sedentary lifestyle.

Read more at NBC Philadelphia

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Sierra Club     Photo: cliff1066/flickr

Sierra Club Leader To Step Down

As membership declines, group shifts course

The Sierra Club announced on Friday that long-time chairman Carl Pope will step down next year. Pope served as executive director for 17 years, the longest stint in the organization's history, before assuming chairmanship in 2010. He was criticized by club members for the partnerships he arranged with major corporations, including a $1 million deal with Clorox. Membership has fallen from 714,000 in 2005 to just more than 600,000 today. Acting executive director Michael Brune has indicated that the group will now move in a different direction. "The contract with Clorox runs out in December, and by mutual consent it will not be renewed," Brune said.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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California Condor     Photo: Jim Bahn/Flickr

Condors Lead Authorities to Dead Man

Endangered birds hover in Grand Canyon

Authorities from Grand Canyon National Park discovered a dead man after bird watchers from a conservation group spotted two endangered California condors behaving strangely near the man's body. Rangers found the man along the Colorado River near Navajo Bridge. Officials from the Coconino County medical examiners office are investigating the circumstances of his death. California condors, the largest bird species in North America, faced extinction in the 1980s when hunting and poisoning dropped their numbers to 22. The species has since made a gradual comeback, with 180 condors now living in the wild.

Read more at The Arizona Daily Sun

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