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Monday, July 14, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 60.0° F  Partly Cloudy
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"First of all, the name," says Yuriy Gusev. The executive director of the Central Cross Country Ski Association and program director for the Russian Style Ski School is answering a question about what's new at this year's Capitol Square Sprints. After three years, the event has grown so far beyond its original focus on cross-country skiing that organizers felt compelled to rechristen it. >More
 Freeze for Food once, Freeze for Food twice

With temperatures topping out in single digits below zero, the 27th annual Freeze for Food 10-kilometer run and 5K run/walk may never have been more apt in name. Sponsored by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison, this year's event generated more than $2,000. >More
 The puck drops here in Madison pond hockey

I was hiking the trail to Picnic Point. Approaching the beach at the dip in the peninsula, I heard what sounded like skates, sticks and pucks. Doubling back along the trail spur that follows the shoreline along the bay between Picnic and Frautschi points, I stumbled on one of the most perfect winter scenes imaginable. There, in the midst of the frozen bay, a twisting, icy path had been cleared of snow. The path led to a hockey rink. >More
 Think rink

The rules are few. There are no coaches, no dues or registration fees, no referees. The competition is low-key. No spectators look on. No money is at stake, no trophies, no local or regional pride, no acclaim in the sports pages. All that exists is the game. >More
 A solar tailwind for Planet Bike

Planet Bike is announcing that it has retained the sun as its newest (and oldest) staff hire. The compensation package will include no salary, no health insurance and no other perks or benefits -- though the sun is expected to gain valuable work experience under an arrangement that might best be compared to an outsourced long-distance internship. >More
 Bundle up

By January, most campers have stowed their gear and simply dream of warmer nights by a springtime fire. But some dare to layer on the fleece, strap on gaiters and hit the snowbound trail. These hearty backwoods crusaders find winter camping a peaceful sojourn and a distinct challenge. >More
 The envelopes, please

Time once again to jump the gun by a week or two, recognize the good, the bad and the ugly for 2007 - and hope the judges don't notice the false start and call us back to the blocks. On your marks. Get set... >More
 Think recreationally, buy locally, part two

The Recreation column in this week's Isthmus suggests a handful of gift ideas for the recreation enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list. But there is no shortage of ideas from which to draw inspiration. Here are four more. >More
 Think recreationally, buy locally

Does the holiday season have you stumped about what to get for the recreation enthusiast who has everything? Puzzle no more, friends. Forthwith, the sometimes annual Isthmus Recreation Desk gift guide for those engaged in the sporting life. >More
 Let it snow, sooner or later

The data run as deep as the snow at Weather for Nordic Skiers in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Regions, an online resource compiled by research meteorologist Scott Bachmeier of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the UW-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center. Drawing on a wealth of sources, Bachmeier has compiled a veritable treasure trove of textual, graphic and animated information that appears to be indispensible for anyone in search of primo Nordic destinations. >More
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