October 2-5
Surfers vie for a $50,000 purse in the FOSTER'S OUTER BANKS PRO, off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the hottest new surfing event on the East Coast. www.outerbankspro.com

October 9-12
The 2003 TAOS MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL, in northern New Mexico, presents some 40 adventure, climbing, and environmental films. Featured speakers include climber Conrad Anker and Imax filmmaker David Breashears. www.mountainfilm.net

October 18 The 25th annual IRONMAN TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS draws 1,500 athletes from more than 50 countries to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, for the granddaddy of multisport races. www.ironmanlive.com

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