November is the International Spa Association's official Spa Awareness Month. Over 500 spas nationwide will be offering demonstrations, seminars, and best of all, discounts and other incentives to get you in the door for that desperately needed pre-winter touch-up. www.experienceispa.com

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November 2-4 The International Technical Rescue Symposium draws search-and-rescue professionals to Golden, Colorado, to share news on new equipment and techniques, and discuss technical problems and other issues. www.mra.org/itrs2001.html

November 2-8 If you've been looking for an excuse to jet over to South Africa, the 7th World Wilderness Congress could fit the bill. The meeting in Port Elizabeth combines music, art, film, outdoor events, and field trips into the continent's wildlands. www.worldwilderness.org

November 4 The Athens Marathon begins in the town of Marathon, Greece, and ends 26.2 miles later at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. The course retraces the route of Pheidippides, who was believed to have been sent from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of an invading army in 490 BC. www.athensmarathon.com

November 4 Thirty thousand pavement pounders will flood the soaring Verrazano-Narrows Bridge right off the starting line on their way to Central Park in the five-borough New York City Marathon. 212-423-2249; www.nycmarathon.org

November 6 It may be be one of the most heroic expeditions of recent memory: Over five months this spring and summer, a team of four twentysomethings paddled the entire 3,500-mile length of Mongolia's Yenisey River from source to sea. Their five-city documentary tour kicks off this month in Vancouver, British Columbia. www.raftyenisey.com

November 12 Thirtieth birthday of Arches National Park, the preserve celebrated in Edward Abbey's 1968 classic Desert Solitaire.

November 12 Amateur and pro surfers carve cutbacks and shoot barrels in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Oahu, Hawaii. Runs until December 21. www.vans.com

November 14-20 Eclipse Edge Expeditions leads an "expedition" to Guam to watch the November 19 Leonid Meteor storm. www.metaresearch.org/expeditions/eee_home.asp

November 22-25 The Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational marks the opening of the world cup ski season in the U.S. and serves as a pre-Olympic tune-up for the 2002 Games. www.usskiteam.com

November 26 The Rip Curl Cup gets underway at Oahu's Sunset Beach. After the European leg was cancelled, this is the only remaining event on the ASP World Championship Tour and reigning champion Sunny Garcia's last chance at bouncing back from fifth place in the standings to hold onto his crown. www.asplive.com/

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