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RECREATION

Madison Winter Festival 2009 shaping up as biggest, longest yet

The Madison Winter Festival may one day consume the entire city. With each passing year, the prospect grows easier to imagine. Conceived by Russian Style Ski School czar Yuriy Gusev and launched as the Capitol Square Sprints in 2005, the Nordic skiing extravaganza has since grown to the point that organizers last year felt compelled to re-christen the event with a grander name. >More
 Polar Dash promotes winter activation over hibernation at Olbrich

It's winter. Get over it. You're not a bear or any other fur-bearing mammal endowed with the ability to slow its metabolism and hibernate for months at a time. Beyond the lack of furry insulation and metabolic versatility, you'd come out of it hungrier than you've ever been in your life. All of which renders hibernation a much less attractive strategy for coping with winter cold than, say, the Polar Dash. This goes for your kids, too. >More
 Medal stand

Time once again to look back at the year in recreation, rewarding those who engage in the sporting life rather than watching others get paid to play. Forthwith, the Reccies, an unjuried presentation of imaginary awards to folks who deserve real ones. >More
 Drop the puck!

The official start of winter 2008 in Madison occurred Saturday morning, Nov. 22, when the irrepressible Madison Pond Hockey group dropped the puck on the big pond at the west end of Odana Golf Course. Coming a full month before the winter solstice, this marks the earliest start ever for the group's outdoor season, according to MPH's Bill Provencher. >More
 Runners fast and full trot out for the Berbee Derby

Part race and part exuberant holiday parade at a brisk pace, the Berbee Derbee is one of those Madison run-walk events that -- like the old Vilas Running Club's 10-kilometer Freezeroo around Lake Wingra on or about Valentine's Day, or the Lake Monona 20K -- makes the most of a distinctive holiday and/or setting. >More
 Cronometro premieres Cervélo P4, the world's fastest bike

The fastest time-trial bicycle in the world makes its public debut this Saturday at Cronometro, the specialty bike retailer at 1402 Williamson St. "It's been shown to the bike industry," says Cronometro proprietor Colin O'Brien, who notes that the Cervélo P4 ignited great excitement at the annual Interbike expo convened last month in Las Vegas. "It's been raced in the world championships once," he adds, "but this is the first time that the public will actually see it and get their hands on it, anywhere in the world." >More
 Down to the river to play

Doris Green admits to some hesitation. A communications specialist for the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, she's also the author of two previous volumes for local publisher Trails Books - guides to caves, mines and tunnels in and around Minnesota and Wisconsin - so Green was familiar with the rigors of researching and writing. But when managing editor Mark Knickelbine pitched the idea of a guide to Wisconsin's rivers, she couldn't say no. Green grew up on the Root River, and now lives in a log house overlooking the Wisconsin River. >More
 Donald Becker: The unexpected sponsor

It began with a couple thousand soccer balls. About six years ago, local attorney Donald Becker was visiting an acquaintance at the old Big Toe Soccer warehouse here. He noticed the previous model year's balls languishing. Becker asked what it would cost to buy the lot so he could donate them to local outreach programs serving kids in lower-income neighborhoods. An agreement was reached. >More
 Breese Stevens: Field of dreams

Breese Stevens Field is sort of the Lambeau Field or Wrigley Field of soccer in Wisconsin," says Eric Bertun. An NCAA and high school soccer referee, he has seen his share of soccer venues. A short time after moving here from Virginia 15 years ago and settling with his family in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood, he attended a UW soccer game at Breese. His first impression? "I immediately fell in love with the stadium." >More
 Water gone wild

The torrential storms that swept through southern Wisconsin in June, bringing destruction to people's lives, property and the landscape, also left their mark on state parks and trails in the region. Kate Zurlo-Cuva, operations coordinator for the state parks system, estimates damage costs for these properties at $1.5 million. >More
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