French cyclist Jeannie Longo will not face a ban from cycling two months after French anti-doping authorities announced that she had missed three out-of-competition drug tests. In a decision released on Tuesday, the French cycling federation said that Longo, 53, was not in a pool of athletes required to disclose their locations when authorities tried and failed to test her in June. Longo is the winningest cyclist in French history, with nine world championship titles and an Olympic gold medal ... Read More
BMX rider Dane Searls is in a coma after a failed jump from a nightclub balcony into a pool on Sunday. Searls, who set a world record on Friday with an 18-meter dirt jump, injured his back and head when he landed headfirst on a cement deck surrounding the pool at Billy’s Beach House in Australia. The 23-year-old is most famous for his viral “Giants of Dirt” project.
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On December 3, New Zealand will open the Te Araroa hiking trail, which will stretch 3,000 kilometers, or 1,900 miles, from from Cape Reinga south to Zealand Bluff. Built by the Te Araroa Trust, the project relied heavily on volunteers and donations over its 17-year construction period and frequently hit legal barriers. Spanning the length of the country, the trail will take approximately four months for hikers to traverse and will be one of the longest continuous foot trails in the world.
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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.
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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.
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