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New Tour de France Dates, Skier Rescues: 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.

CYCLE: Tour De France Organizers Forced to Change Race Plans Due to Coronavirus. The famous Tour de France cycling race has postponed its 2020 dates, tentatively until August, due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the full decision and postponed race details here.

SKI: Skier Dies in Shallow Silverthorne Avalanche. Three Colorado skiers were exploring the backcountry near Red Peak in Silverthorne, Colorado, when they triggered an avalanche that traveled 1,800 feet. Summit County Rescue Group responded to the party. One skier died; his identity has not been released.

Due to the amount of risk, local travel, and resources involved, backcountry travel is not recommended during the COVID-19 crisis. Check your local and state laws regarding stay-at-home orders.

PARK: Man Suffers ‘Avoidable’ Injuries After Sneaking Into Closed Terrain Park. A 19-year-old injured his back after skiing at Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia last week even though officials closed access to the resort due to COVID-19.

The incident meant that local fire department first responders had to come to the rescue. Read the full story here.

RUN: Despite Postponement, One Woman Runs Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for today but postponed until September 14 due to coronavirus, still had one runner on its course Monday morning.

State officials, including the governor and mayor, request that runners continue to stay off the course. The Boston Marathon has been running since 1897.

Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing 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.