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There is no-one-size-fits-all triathlon in Alaska. The outdoor course that works for the Eagle River Triathlon in June won’t suit Fairbanks in March. Races are adapted to work with outdoor conditions, and there’s one race in Fort Greely that is 100 percent indoors. Homer’s Ski to Sea Triathlon in March ditches the swim altogether in favor of skis. Alli Harvey
From mountain biking to skiing, ziplining to kayaking, studies show that kids who grow up with access to outdoor activities are more likely to reap the benefits of physical fitness and more effective coping skills. But it can be risky too.  Erin Kirkland
OPINION: Incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell argues that statements by his opponent independent Bill Walker threaten Alaska's progress toward a long-awaited natural gas project.Sean Parnell
OPINION: Despite what some commentators have said in the aftermath of Ray Rice's ejection from the NFL, women have plenty of cause to be angry about violence toward them -- especially in Alaska.Elise Patkotak
OPINION: Gov. Parnell should not have acceded state's authority on National Guard members' complaints of sexual assault.Larry Wood
OPINION: The governor has 20 days to deal with bills approved by the Legislature. But a measure to expand the list of official languages has yet to be acted upon, which violates the spirit of the Alaska Constitution and the spirit of the Uniform Rules of the Alaska Legislature.Dermot Cole
LETTERS: Readers sound off on marijuana, Russian President Vladimir Putin as a modern-day Rasputin, Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and Project Vote Smart.Alaska Dispatch News
OPINION: St. George can catch the wind, get more out of diesel to cut energy costs and create opportunity.Patrick Pletnikoff
OPINION: If Sen. Mark Begich represents Alaskans as much as he wants voters to think, maybe he should show up to important Senate votes more often.Steve Perrins
OPINION: There is a whole lot of needless embarrassed silence in the aftermath of a brawl in the quiet Anchorage neighborhood of Oceanview. But that's par for the course when it comes to some celebrities, even reluctant ones.Craig Medred

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