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The Madison Area Sports Commission has spectacular success landing competitions

On Sept. 7, Madison will host Ironman Wisconsin for the 13th consecutive year. It's an event that long ago established itself by offering one of the most spectator-friendly courses on the entire Ironman triathlon circuit. More than 45,000 people spend hours standing along stretches of city streets and rural roads, cheering on runners and riders they'll never meet or even see again. >More
 Pinball is once again trending in Madison

If "wedge head," "popper," "drop target" or "kickout hole" are terms you understand and you live in Madison, you probably know Hilton Jones. Jones started MadRollinPinball about three years ago to help promote pinball in Madison, and he's on a roll. >More
 Flyboarding is the new kiteboarding

"You've snowboarded or surfed before, right?" Bob Cook, instructor at Mad City Flyboards, is waving off my expressed fear of heights as he launches his jet ski. "Er, nope." >More
 Standup paddleboard yoga requires a different kind of balance

Leave your yoga mat at home. Here, downward dogs and sun salutations are gingerly executed atop a standup paddleboard surrounded by nature and open water. >More
 Riding and reading with Brian Benson

It may be a Madison first, a mini bike tour/author reading called a "Ride and Read" that will start at the Pinney Branch Library and head to the Central Library. It's led by UW-Madison grad Brian Benson, the author of Going Somewhere: A Memoir, just out from Plume. >More
 Greater Madison Senior Softball keeps guys running the bases

There are some sports you play when you're young that you know you'll grow out of and never do again. Baseball always seemed like one of those sports, but apparently the players in the Greater Madison Senior Softball (GMSS) league didn't get the "You're Too Old" memo. >More
 The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association improves this nearby paddling destination

At Canoecopia last weekend, thousands of paddlers dreamed of the expeditions they'll take when the ice finally thaws on area rivers and lakes. One lesser-known but nearby option is the Upper Sugar River, just west and southwest of Madison. >More
 Snow-biking joins skiing and snowshoeing as a winter sport

When people ask me why I moved to Madison from western New York last fall, "I wanted to sell my car and ride a bike instead" is one of my top three responses. But if you'd told me last summer that in six months I'd be whispering "YOLO" to myself (ironically, of course) while pedaling the studded tires of my mountain bike through a snow drift in minus-10-degree weather, in a snowstorm, I might have gotten a little nervous about the whole thing. >More
 Madison Table Tennis Club gets a boost with a new space

Ping pong in Madison has come out of the basement, literally. After calling the basement of the First Congregational Church on University Avenue home for the last two years, the Madison Table Tennis Club bounced over to new digs of its own (sort of) on Winnebago Street a few months ago. >More
 The November Project takes a playful approach to working out

At 6:40 a.m., 105 fitness-seekers are running, backwards, in lines of six, around the Capitol. The first runner in each line sprints backward to the end of the line, taking the place of the last runner. This is repeated as many times as possible in the time it takes for the group to return to where the fun first began, at the corner of Mifflin and Carroll. >More
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