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Kitesurfing Kicks Off, Iditarod Ultra Gets Buried: Adventure News of the Week

From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

SURF: Global Kite-Surf World Tour 2020 Kicks Off in Cape Verde. The GKA Kite-Surf World Cup had its first round of competitions this weekend. The weeklong international competition consists of three disciplines: kitesurf, freestyle, and youth events.

A new record was set this year with over 20 female participants. Read more here.

RACE: Iditarod Trail Invitational Begins With Heavy Weather. The 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail race got more than a foot of fresh snow its first day. The race — in which athletes can bike, run, or ski — is the longest winter marathon in the world. Follow along here.

FASHION: Arc’teryx Shells Made Into ‘Street Fashion’ Dresses. Technical outdoor brand Arc’teryx made an appearance on the runway this weekend in Paris as part of designer the Off-White fashion label’s fall/winter collection.

The Arc’teryx Alpha SV hiking jackets were merged with dresses to create an interesting look. Right now, talk of a collaboration between the two brands is just a rumor. Read more here.

TRACK: Track Athlete Karissa Schweizer Breaks American Record. Last Thursday, runner Karissa Schweizer set a new American record in the indoor 3,000m with a time of 8:25.70. The previous record was set back in 2007 by Shalane Flanagan.

Schweizer also outran 13-time national champion Shelby Houlihan, who came in second with a time of 8:26.66, also beating out the previous record. See the full race results here.

Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.