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Go Outside and Play at the Anthem Roanoke Go Outside Festival!

first_imgThe annual Anthem Go Outside Festival is jam-packed with over 175 FREE activities you can try throughout the weekend of October 12-14th. While admission and most of the activities at the Anthem GO Outside Festival are free, there are some races that come with registration. (But they are definitely worth the price.) Most of the races onsite include amazing swag and prizes from outdoor brand sponsors that are unlike your average 5k.GO Fest weekend offers competitions and races for all ability levels from 2 to 5-year-olds, to casual adventurers, to competitive athletes — everyone can compete during Go Fest weekend – Oct. 12-14 – just make sure to register in advance for your share of race swag or prizes.Participate in a Race at GO FestWalkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase: From water bottles and hats to bikes and kayaks, and everything in between, everyone walks away with a piece of gear in this unique “treasure hunt.”Parkway Brewing Beer Relay Presented by Fleet Feet: Run four laps with your team and partake in Majestic Mullet. Plenty of prizes and a raffle. Must be 21 or older to enter.Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo: Cyclists have route options of 30, 50, and 80 miles, so there’s something for everyone on the scenic roads in Botetourt County. This event starts and ends at the scenic Ballast Point Brewery.Carvins Cove Mountain Bike Challenge: This will be the first true XC lap race ever held at Carvins Cove (the country’s 2nd largest municipal park with 60+ miles of trail); three separate courses with challenges for different skill levels.Hometrust Bank Superhero Race: This family and dog-friendly event captures the spirit of what GO Fest is all about. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or even a serious runner to have a fun day outside; 5K runners will having timing chips, but walkers, dogs, strollers, wheelchairs, and kids are all welcome. There’s also a fun run for Little Heroes (ages up to 10) that has them leaping tall buildings and dodging kryptonite!LewisGale Salem Half Marathon and 8K: The race starts and finishes on Main Street and takes runners on a tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.Adidas Outdoors King and Queen of the Mountain Trail Running Challenge Presented by Runabout Sports: Challengers have from 7 a.m. on Oct. 7 until exactly 3:37 p.m. on Oct. 13 to post their best Strava time on the assigned segment up Mill Mountain to take top honors and win swag. The King & Queen of the mountain each receive a $200 gift card from Adidas Outdoor, and anyone who attempt the challenge will be entered to win 1-of-4 $100 prize packs from Runabout Sports Roanoke.Adidas Outdoor King and Queen of the Mountain Bike Challenge Presented by Runabout Sports: Challengers have from 7 a.m. on Oct. 7 until exactly 3:37 p.m. on Oct. 13 to post your best Strava time on the assigned segment up Mill Mountain on a bike to take top honors and win swag. The King & Queen of the mountain each receive a $200 gift card from Adidas Outdoor, and anyone who attempt the challenge will be entered to win 1-of-4 $100 prize packs from Runabout Sports Roanoke.Carilion Children’s Strider Bike Race: The cutest thing on two wheels you’ve ever seen!GO Fest Friday Night Alleycat:  It’s not exactly a race, but it’s sure to get your competitve juices flowing. A fun, semi-competitive bike event with surprise stops and adventurous challenges along the way.Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Get in on the ultimate action! Eight mixed teams, ultimate tournament.You can find a list of all the races and details here.And while it’s not a race per se, you should rush to get music VIP packages for GO Fest. The VIP package includes access to a special artist lounge with exclusive beer taps, access to private porta-potties, ability to rub elbows with some members of the GO Fest music lineup, and a swag bag. Buy yours online.last_img read more


Novel coronavirus may have been spreading in China in August, Harvard research indicates

first_img“While we cannot confirm if the increased volume was directly related to the new virus, our evidence supports other recent work showing that emergence happened before identification at the Huanan Seafood market.””These findings also corroborate the hypothesis that the virus emerged naturally in southern China and was potentially already circulating at the time of the Wuhan cluster,” according to the research.It showed a steep increase in hospital parking lot occupancy in August 2019.”In August, we identify a unique increase in searches for diarrhea which was neither seen in previous flu seasons or mirrored in the cough search data,” according to the research The novel coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to Harvard Medical School research based on satellite images of hospital travel patterns and search engine data.The research used high-resolution satellite imagery of hospital parking lots in Wuhan – where the disease emerged in late 2019 – and data for symptom-related queries on search engines for things such as “cough” and “diarrhea”.”Increased hospital traffic and symptom search data in Wuhan preceded the documented start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in December 2019,” according to the research. Topics :last_img read more


AS Roma beat Parma in Serie A clash

first_imgParma: AS Roma took three points home after defeating Parma 2-0 in a Serie A tie at the Ennio Tardini Stadium here. Italy midfielder Bryan Cristante opened the scoring for Roma after connecting a corner-kick cross by Turkey winger Cengiz Under two minutes before the hour mark on Saturday. Roma secured the victory in minute 75 when Under connected a cross-pass by Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini that Parma’s defense failed to deflect.In other Serie A Saturday action, Udinese topped visiting Cagliari 2-0 at the Dacia Arena stadium.Argentine forward Ignacio Pussetto secured a 1-0 lead for the host side by half time, nine minutes after the half-hour mark.Five minutes after the break, Cagliari’s Italian defender Luca Ceppitelli added to his team’s woes, as he was sent off with a straight red card.Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami took advantage of his side’s numerical advantage, doubling Udinese’s lead seven minutes later.Italy striker Kevin Lasagna squandered the 3-0 lead chance when he failed to deliver from the 12-yard spot, one minute after the hour mark.During the closing minutes, the hosts’ Italy midfielder Rolando Mandragora was shown a direct red card and was sent off the pitch.With the win, Udinese moved two places up to 15th position with 18 points, while Cagliari remained in 13th place with 20 points. IANS Alos Read: AS Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons joins Sevilla on loanlast_img read more


Men’s soccer hopes to snap winless streak against in-state rival

first_imgIn desperate need of a win at the halfway point in the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team looks to take down in-state rival UW-Green Bay Tuesday night.Currently riding a seven-game winless streak, Wisconsin (1-7-1 overall, 0-3-0 conference) see rival Green Bay (3-4-3 overall, 0-1-1 conference) as a prime opportunity to get a much-needed win and possibly turn the season around before it’s too late.That win won’t come easy for the Badgers though, as any rivalry game proves to be a tough test for both teams regardless of the records they have posted.“It’s another derby,” UW head coach John Trask said. “Green Bay verse Wisconsin in any sport is going to be a derby. With that said, it’s going to be a tough test and we expect to see their best tomorrow. You can throw out the records of the two teams, as it’s going to be a derby between two in-state schools.”With the current struggles this UW team is facing, Trask has had to make some adjustments on both sides of the ball.One key adjustment he recently made was moving junior defender Adam Lauko deeper into the backline as an anchor of the Badger defense. Trask had previously placed Lauko in a role that was between the midfield and the backline.With Lauko now in a position he is more comfortable playing, as that is where he played in his first two years at Wisconsin, it not only has had a positive impact on Lauko, but also on the team overall.“It’s a more natural position for him so I think just having that bit of continuity for him in back really helped both him and the team,” senior defender David Caban said.“It’s definitely easier for him to communicate back there. With having him back there, he was calmer, which made the team more calm, and it definitely looked more natural for him.”Having Lauko back as part of UW’s backline is sure to increase the strength of an already strong Badger line of defense.Strong backline play will be needed as Green Bay is bringing a very strong offensive attack into McClimon Soccer Complex lead by lethal goal scorer, sophomore midfielder Audi Jepson. Jepson currently has nine of his team’s 19 goals this season, and he, along with the rest of the Green Bay attack, will be a challenge to contain.Regardless, Caban believes that the team just needs to stay the course and that the adjustments the team has made will work in Wisconsin’s favor.“Regarding their attack, I think we just have to come out focused and stay disciplined,” Caban said. “They are definitely going to come out hard. As an in-state rival, there is always that extra emphasis on trying to get a win. It will be huge for us to match their intensity, and having a guy like Lauko on the back line and more guys in their natural spots will definitely make things come easier for us.”On the other side of the ball, the Badgers have struggled as of late. Offensively, they have only scored one goal in their last three games, but the opportunities have still been there.With that said, the team is looking to simply continue what they have been doing. The biggest change the offense has to make is converting on those opportunities when they become available.“I think we are still trying to stay the course and look to convert,” freshman forward Tom Barlow said. “The ball hasn’t found the back of the net for us these past few games, but with the goal last game hopefully we can get on some kind of roll now. We have been doing a fine job of getting it forward and creating some good chances. Now it’s just about getting it to the back of the net.”It is approaching desperation time for this Badger team, but with the adjustments they have made, they remain optimistic. Green Bay will be a tough challenge to face, but there is no reason why Trask and his team don’t believe they can walk away with a win on Tuesday night.“I know they brought in a lot of new recruits and feel very good about them,” Trask said. “They’re going to have a different look than from when we played them last year, or even in the spring. They’re going to present some problems for us; there isn’t a team in college soccer that wouldn’t present some problems for us. We just have to be ready for it.”The Badgers will hit the pitch against the Phoenix Tuesday night at 7 P.M. at McClimon Soccer Complex.last_img read more


Presque Isle Close to Being Back to Full Power after Outages

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPresque Isle- Presque Isle Gas and Electric has been working around the clock to restore power to the area.They currently only have 5 more outages to restore. Power went down on Tuesday morning and it has been a struggle to get full power restored due to high winds and snowy conditions. Some residents have not had power for 3-4 days.The area should have full restoration by the end of the weekend.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sanctuary Superintendent Jumps into Freezing River for a Good CauseNext APS Selects Construction Management Company for Facility Needs Assessmentlast_img read more


48 teams: FIFA boss makes gains on World Cup expansion

first_imgZurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week’s FIFA Council meeting.The powerful 36-member panel weighed proposals for a 40-team competition with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.A 48-team format, favoured by Infantino, would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off.From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself.FIFA said the council would make a final decision at a meeting on January 9 and 10 .But there were signs Infantino was winning the necessary support.“The trend (in the council) is towards a larger format,” Belgian council member Michel D’Hooghe said, adding that the allocation of entries among the confederations remained a source of debate.A council member, who requested anonymity, said the newly crowned head of European football, Aleksander Ceferin, was in favour of a larger tournament.Critics have voiced concern that a bigger competition would dilute the quality of World Cup play and add new fixtures to football’s already packed calendar.According to the source, some council members were uneasy about the 48-team format but said Infantino “strongly pushed” for it.Infantino was elected to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s chief in February, with a pledge to grow football globally even as the sport’s governing body reeled from an unprecedented set of corruption scandals.On Friday the 46-year-old Swiss-Italian national insisted that any decision to expand the World Cup would be made solely with a view to grow the game.“The decision on expansion is not a financial or political decision. It has to be a sporting decision. We’ll have to decide what is best for football,” he said. Share on: WhatsApp The council on Thursday backed plans to allow countries to co-host the World Cup to ease the immense financial burden of organising the tournament.Bidding for the 2026 World Cup is due to open in the summer of 2017, but a rotational policy will preclude the previous two host confederations — Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 — from staging the tournament.Israel/Palestine tensions The Palestine Football Association had hoped FIFA brass would get tough on Israel this week over six clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.Palestinian leaders called on FIFA to either expel the clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel’s recognised borders.But the council put off making a decision on the thorny issue, as the head of FIFA’s monitoring mission for the dispute, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, said he was unable to finalise his full report.Infantino told journalists he would travel to the region, “when it will be meaningful to go, when there is something that is moving in the right way.”Sexwale is due to deliver his report in November at a meeting expected to include both Israeli and Palestinian representatives.Infantino urged both sides “to come with an open mind, and a constructive attitude.”“We are not a political organisation. We are not here to find political solutions. We are hear to talk football,” he said.Israel’s ever-tense ties with the Muslim world also forced FIFA to reassign its next congress, after Kuala Lumpur withdrew as host because Malaysia’s government said it would not grant visas to Israeli officials.The council picked Bahrain’s capital Manama to host the upcoming congress, scheduled for May 11.last_img read more


Tiger Woods Ties PGA Tour Wins Record

first_img(Chiba, Japan) — Jupiter Island’s Tiger Woods is one win away from setting the PGA Tour all-time wins record.The amazing bounce-back golfer won the Zozo Championship in Japan, shooting a 19-under-261 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club to tie Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 victories. INZAI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 28: Tiger Woods of the United States speaks at the award ceremony following the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)Woods shot a three-under final round to win the Zozo Championship in Japan. The 43-year-old opened the tournament with three straight bogeys but rebounded to secure a win at the first PGA Tour event ever hosted in Japan. Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two months ago, a fifth procedure on the same joint, and made his first start in his 23rd season on the PGA Tour.last_img read more


Colin Kaepernick spends his birthday giving back to his community

first_imgColin Kaepernick is sticking to his word when he promised to give back to his community. The former NFL quarterback was spotted in Oakland, California’s “Tent City” this weekend feeding the homeless and supplying them with much needed help on his 32nd birthday.He partnered up with his foundation, Know Your Rights Camp, and provided backpacks filled with snacks, socks, shampoo, and more. Additionally, he also provided a food truck that fed all consumers on his dime. Kaepernick has been using his name and his foundation to provide for his community since at least 2016 when he was forced out of the NFL due to his National Anthem protest.While he is no longer playing in the NFL, Kaepernick seemed to be in great spirits as he handed out backpacks, food, and posed photos with fans.last_img read more


Miami man fatally shoots armed robber

first_imgA Florida man is making headlines after protecting his girlfriend and 11-year-old son from an armed intruder.Donovan Stewart, 60, told CBS Miami that the intruder broke into his home wielding an AK-47 weapon while he, his wife, and his son were in his van early Monday morning.“He put an AK-47 to my face,” Stewart told the news station.“I am from Kingston town in Jamaica, and I am not going to go out like a punk. Stewart added. “So I emptied my Glock in his chest.”Shortly after, the robber was declared dead.Stewart told officials that he’s a member of the NRA and has several permits to carry concealed weapons.Police closed the case ruling it self-defense.I am going to defend my life and those I love,” Stewart told CBS Miami.last_img read more


PBC Coronavirus Testing Sites Closed Friday, Saturday Due to Weather

first_imgLooking to get tested for coronavirus? You will have to wait until Monday.The Healthcare District in Palm Beach County has announced that all six COVID-19 testing sites will be closed Friday and Saturday.The closure is being attributed to the potential for bad weather.In addition, the hotline to schedule appointments will be closed through 8 a.m. Monday.People who had appointments scheduled for Friday or Saturday will be given priority appointments for next week.According to the Department of Health, there were 43,210 total cases of coronavirus in Florida as of Thursday.At least 1,875 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Palm Beach County: 4,278 cases-263 deaths-Men: 2,148, Women: 2,044-752 hospitalizationslast_img read more