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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
Scale confounds the modern wildlife-watcher here. Consider the sea otter, a common Resurrection Bay resident. From afar, it appears kitten-soft and cat-sized -- a furry log, rolling on the waves.  Really, it is impressively hefty, reaching 5 feet and weighing about 70 pounds. A Steller sea lion bull grows to an average 8 feet long and weighs about 1,500 pounds.Andromeda Romano-Lax
Trip from Alyeska Tramway, down Winner Creek Trail, to Twentymile River before paddling downstream to Turnagain Arm has become  an iconic Alaska packraft trip: Easy enough for those of moderate skills; challenging enough and wild enough to provide a true Alaska wilderness experience.Craig Medred
The National Park Service is proposing a ban on "three historically illegal predator hunting practices" -- shooting wolves and coyotes in their dens; shooting grizzlies over bait; and using artificial light to hunt black bears. Craig Medred
The energy from hundreds of feet thrumming down on cooler ground, crunching on leaves and dodging roots, forms a tangible sense of community. Few events consistently create this feeling as well as the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series.Alli Harvey
Knee boots and good rain gear are a must in this wet season. Water and ducks go hand in hand. The east end of the Denali Highway at Tangle Lakes has big local flocks of pintails and widgeons.John Schandelmeier
Fall is the final, giddy push of summer before winter rakes leaves off the trees and snow falls. It’s my favorite time of year, and one of the best ways to experience it is to hike.Alli Harvey
Until Austrian Gerhard Hafele completed his trek, there is no indication anyone has ever hiked and paddled Alaska overland north to south from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for more than 1,500 miles, crossing two major mountain ranges.  Craig Medred

The Alaska Table Tennis Club and the Anchorage Park Foundation hosted the Concrete Ping-Pong Tournament on a concrete table installed this summer on the Delaney Park Strip. 

Erik Hill

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