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.
MARATHON: Tokyo Officials Move Olympic Marathon Course to Sapporo. The course for 2020 will no longer be in Tokyo but Sapporo, Japan. Race officials pushed for the new location based on logistics and slightly cooler weather for runners in the summer. Read more here.
BIKING: 70-Year-Old Woman Cycling Around America for Peace. Lynn Salvo, 70, from McLean, Virginia, has cycled 12,500 miles around America to create a peace sign on the map.
She has only the West Coast left to cycle, about 2,000 more miles, before her work is complete. Salvo also hopes to set a record to be the oldest woman to cycle across Europe.
FEMALE LEADERS: 2 UK Athletes Work to Create Women’s Outdoor Leadership Course. World-record-breaking cyclist Jenny Graham and elite mountain biker Lee Craigie are working with Outward Bound to help create the U.K.’s first-ever women’s leadership course for outdoor instructors.
Female instructors from Outward Bound will lead the new 10-week women’s leadership course. Outward Bound says 50 percent of its course participants are female, while only 20 percent of its instructors are female. This course aims to change that discrepancy. Graham and Craigie are just two leaders in the outdoor space hoping to change that.
NASA: Christina Koch Just Set a Record for the Longest Space Flight by a Woman. Koch, a NASA astronaut and engineer, has been in space for 289 days as of December 29.
She will stay at the International Space Station until February 2020. That’s more than 300 days in space! With this trip, Koch pulled ahead of the record set by Peggy Whitson, who spent 288 consecutive days in space.
SKIING: Colorado Gets New Lift-Served Terrain at Copper Mountain. A few days after Christmas, Copper Mountain Resort opened two new terrain areas. The new Three Bears chairlift will service terrain on Tucker Mountain, once only accessible by snowcat.
Copper also opened Woodward Peace Park and even had the help of pro snowboarder Danny Davis to build the new Woodward Peace Park terrain. Read more here.