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Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Events for Your Next Adventure

A-a-a-ah, summer. Bloomington is a different town when school is out. The traffic is thinner, the pace is slower, and the small-town feel really settles in. Boring? Hardly. Here’s a short list of out-of-the-ordinary events to keep your summer happening — all during the week! Click here to read the full story.

A Hike on the Tecumseh Trail Now Ends in Destruction

Matt Flaherty has traveled the Tecumseh Trail by hiking and camping on it with friends in late summer, running the marathon course in October, and running all 42 miles on one winter’s day. The last trip, though, ended when they reached the southern trailhead and found it had been destroyed by logging trucks. Click here to read the full story.

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Big Mike’s B-town: Michael Waterford, Adventurer

This month, adventurer and Bloomington native Michael Waterford will attempt to solo kayak the full length of the Mississippi River in record time — fewer than 42 days. Limestone Post columnist Michael G. Glab spoke to Waterford about his “Race to the Gulf” and the many trials he’ll face on the “big water.” Limestone Post will publish regular updates of Waterford’s journey. Click here to read the full story.

65 Years of Desegregating Little 5 — at Every Turn

Ever since a team from a Black fraternity raced in the inaugural Little 500 in 1951, the race has had few minority participants. A concerted effort in the 2000s seemed to have broken the color barrier, but today the men’s and women’s races are nearly as white as ever. Sarah Gordon takes an in-depth look at race in the most important race on campus. Click here to read the full story.

From Source to Sea on the Mississippi — in a Canoe

In 2013, adventurer Michael Waterford tried canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River. “It didn’t go well,” he says. But he got hooked on paddling, and in June he’s attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi in record-setting time. Follow his progress on Limestone Post, and read about his earlier, ill-fated trip here.

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Outfitted: Fastpacking, the ‘Sexy Hybrid’ of Trail Running and Backpacking

Adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford says the best way to see more fauna and foliage on long-distance trails is by fastpacking — the “sexy hybrid” of trail running and backpacking. Calling fastpacking “the stripped-down, all-out pursuit of mileage in the forest,” he offers these tips for your first fastpacking trip. Click here to read the full story.

For Some, Winter Means Outdoor Adventures

Wintertime gives outdoor enthusiasts an experience that fair-weather campers often only pretend to enjoy — seclusion in the great outdoors. In frigid and even subfreezing temperatures, when most people are staying warm inside, campers usually have the forests to themselves. And with the right equipment and preparation, winter camping can offer the best of the outdoors. Click here to read the full story.

LP’s Top Stories of the Year Reflect B-town’s ‘Sense of Place’

A look back at the most-read stories of 2016 proves what engaged, caring, and creative-minded people live in and around B-town, says Limestone Post’s Editorial Director Lynae Sowinski. And while these stories cover all of our major categories — Arts, Food & Drink, Outdoors, Family, Healthy Living, and Explore/Discover — if we had one theme this year, Lynae says, “it’d be ‘sense of place.’” Click here to check out the top stories of 2016!

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Local Ultrarunner Competes (Again) in 100km World Championships

On November 27, ultrarunner Matt Flaherty of Bloomington will compete on Team USA in the 100km World Championships in Los Alcázares, Spain. Hot off a record-setting win in the Tecumseh Trail Marathon outside of Bloomington in October, Flaherty describes the 100km challenge — and why the battle of ultrarunning is worth it to him. Click here to read the full story.

Downey Hill, a Brown County Gem in Peak Season — by Air [video]

The Laura Hare Nature Preserve at Downey Hill, a Sycamore Land Trust property, is quintessential Brown County — a mature hardwood forest on rolling hills. During peak season, hiking its trail is a prime way to view the autumn colors. But drone company Aerial 812 and Sycamore’s Abby Perfetti give us another view — from above. Click here to watch the video.