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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 22.0° F  Mostly Cloudy
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RECREATION

Best! Winter! Ever!

We've all heard the gnashing teeth of property owners, commuters and other folks inconvenienced - and in some cases even burdened - by this winter's relentless snows. Smashing its old seasonal snowfall record by almost one and one-half feet, Madison has totaled 92 inches (so far). >More
 River of years

When he talks about the lower Wisconsin River valley, Mark Cupp has the eloquence of a poet. The executive director of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board describes the 80,000-acre preserve - established along 92 undammed river miles between Prairie du Sac and the Wisconsin's confluence with the Mississippi - in language that conjures panoramic bluff-top vistas, sandbars shrouded in dawn mist, sacred effigy mounds and the majesty of raptors. >More
 Tenney vs. Vilas: It's a cross-town skate-off

Just prior to what might be your last chance to lace 'em up in city parks this winter, Isthmus staffers Kenneth Burns and David Medaris celebrate their favorite sheets of ice. >More
 Making superathletes

Angie Sturtevant, owner of Specialists in Sports Performance & Weight Management, fixes you with an unwavering gaze. One of her clients describes this attentiveness as invulnerable. "Her phone could be ringing," marvels Adam Sauter, a local construction contractor who retained Sturtevant as his triathlon coach a year ago. "Her car could be burning, and she won't walk away from you when you're on the treadmill." >More
 Capitol Square Sprints reimagined as Madison Winter Festival

This weekend's Madison Winter Festival promises to take the Capitol Square Sprints to a new level of wonderment. Built on the foundations of cross-country ski racing, the fourth annual celebration brings a plethora of complementary activities to the Capitol Square this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 2-3. Founder Yuri Gusev trumpets the weekend as a "unique setup, because we provide the opportunity for the community to have all these activities in one weekend." >More
 Skivolution

"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
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