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Trail Marathon Weekend/No Wimps Challenge

It was a busy and exhausting weekend for my wife and I. As preparation for the Mohican Trail 100 mile race in June, we used the Running Fit Trail Marathon/No Wimps Challenge as a good tuneup. The No Wimps Challenge consists of running a 13.1 mile (half marathon) race on rugged trails on Saturday. Then on Sunday, it is followed by a 50k (31 mile) ultramarathon on the same stretch of trail near Pinckney, Michigan.

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seedlings are starting to sprout!
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Have You Started Your 2012 Garden Yet?

The thermometer read 22 degrees this morning, but my garden is already off to a good start. Most of it is beginning indoors, but my peas handled the cold with no problem despite being outside where it was frosty!

 

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Going Down A Playground Slide With Your Child On Your Lap Is A Bad Idea [VIDEO]

Spring is here, and playgrounds will be star attractions for parents and children alike. Slides were always one of my favorite things to play on, and I've gone down them as a parent with one of my kids on my lap. I didn't realize the danger. Hear it straight from a doctor's point of view after the jump.

 

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Flint River Trail Bike Rides Begin May 6

The Friends of the Flint River Trail will begin their Sunday bike rides on May 6th starting at 2 pm at the Flint Farmer's Market. The rides will continue every Sunday afternoon until October. Destinations of the rides include trips to Bluebell Beach, Stepping Stone Falls and several other local points of interest.

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Schoolkids Go Fishing
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Bait Up Yer’ Hook, It’s Open Season For Trout, Walleye and ‘Catch & Release’ Bass

Saturday marks the opening of trout season on the Type 1 and Type 2 streams in Michigan, as well as the walleye, northern pike and muskellunge in Lower Peninsula inland waters. Large and smallmouth bass can be caught and released immediately. Bass can be kept and eaten after the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 26).

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Mud, Sweat & Beer. Are You Ready For Mud Factor?

Townsquare Media is proud to announce Mud Factor, a national obstacle mud running series coming to Baja Acres, 8683 Birch Run Rd., Millington, Mi on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. The 5k (3.1 miles) course will feature various mud obstacles, including a giant mud slide.

 

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Michigan Allows Children Under Ten-Years-Old To Hunt With Firearms [POLL]

In case you haven't heard children under the age of ten can now legally take up hunting with firearms in the state of Michigan. Under the new program children will be able to obtain a special license to hunt game such as turkey and deer. Fishing is also included.

Children will be permitted to handle shotguns, rifles and bows. All children must be accompanied by an adult mentor of at least 21-years of age. Previously young hunters had to be at least ten-years-old.

Do you think kids under ten are to young to handle firearms? Take the jump and take the poll.

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shoe tree 2012
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The Shoe Tree. Can You Guess Where it is?

I pass this tree on one of my favorite running routes. A couple of pairs of my size 15 clodhoppers are hanging from it's limbs.
Can you guess where this tree is?

 

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Bike Trail Cleanup in Flint Next Weekend

They are looking for volunteers to help clean up and maintain the bike trail along the Flint River in preparation of the Sunday bike-riding season. Grab some yard tools and come help out. Here are the details:

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flint river downtown Flint
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Flint River Cleanup Next Saturday

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd, but next Saturday, April 28th you can join hundreds of volunteers to help clean up the Flint River in both Genesee and Lapeer Counties. The cleanup project will take place from 9 am until noon, each volunteer receives a free lunch, aluminum water bottle, gloves and water.

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His Dream House Is A Tree House [VIDEO]

Most of us live in  cookie cutter houses in a subdivision. If you are lucky like me, you live in an older house with some character on a nice chunk of land. But this young man has crafted a very unique tree house in the middle of some amazing Canadian wilderness. You have to see this to believe it!

 

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Fireball in Texas Sky – Ever See One In Flint?

I spent time training in San Antonio, Texas when I was in the Air Force, but I never saw a fireball in the sky like the one that was reported earlier this month. It reportedly shot right across the mid-day sky.

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