January 6 Catch the premiere of Global Extremes: Mt. Everest—4Runners of Adventure on the Outdoor Life Network, which documents the selection of 12 hardcore endurance athletes who will race for a chance to climb Mount Everest. www.olntv.com

January 11 Machines help fill Central Park's East Meadow for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more at the third annual Winter Festival. www.nyc.gov/parks

January 18 The Tour d'Afrique, a 100-day, 6,600-mile bicycle race from the Giza Pyramids to Cape Town, South Africa, kicks off. www.tourdafrique.com

January 19-20 Why is it called the Canadian Death Snowshoe Race? You'll know once you slog 77 miles over 17,000 feet of elevation gain in the mountains outside Grande Cache, Alberta. www.canadiandeathrace.com

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