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The National Council of Ski Federations Runs my Smuggler’s Notch Article

So once more, a big thank you to the National Council of Ski Federations. They are running my Border War series about skiing and golf in New Hampshire vs. Vermont, and I’m really excited with the feedback and new readers. Thanks so much. The latest in the series that they’ve posted is the Smuggler’s Notch piece. You can check out the link here, and...

Winter of Our Discontent – K2 and Nanga Parbat 2018 Winter Climbs End in Failure, Tragedy

Winter has ended in the Karakoram Range of the Himalayas, and once again it will be a mournful spring. Drone footage confirmed that two silhouettes on Nanga Parbat’s slopes near Camp 3 are the bodies of climbers Tom Ballard and Daniele Nardi. The search and rescue has been called off, and earlier today memorials were scheduled in remembrance of Nardi. According...

History Repeats Itself? Tom Ballard, Son of Alison Hargreaves, Missing on Nanga Parbat, Along with Daniele Nardi

The mountaineering world is presently holding its collective breath as British climber Tom Ballard is missing on Pakistan’s formidable and forbiddng Nanga Parbat, along with fellow climber Daniele Nardi. Attempting a winter summit of the ninth highest mountain in the world, their last ditch effort to summit may have met with bitter tragedy as they have not been...

Musical Chairs – Green Line Shines at Magic, Attitash Summit Triple Breaks Down

It was a a tale of two cities this weekend, the best of times and the worst of times. At Magic Mountain, the new Green Chair purred like a kitten brought up on cream, opening up the east side of the mountain even more easily and easing lines for the Red Chair. While at Attitash, just four days after we published our story for the Border War: NH vs. VT series, the...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 4 – Attitash Mountain

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 4 – Attitash —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— BARTLETT, NH – Oh sweet, sweet justice! For once this east coaster was in the right place at the right time; for once, I caught the sick powder where and when it happened. Hallelujah! It could not have worked out more perfectly: get...

Adventure Golf Travels – Tedesco Country Club and the Boston Half Marathon

Adventure Golf Travels – Tedesco Country Club and the Boston Half Marathon [Special to Golf News Net and Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine] By Jay Flemma BOSTON, Mass. – Run, golf, run, golf, run, golf: lather, rinse, repeat. It’s actually a winning formula for a runner and a golfer. “Golf is the perfect activity on days when you don’t run,”...

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 1 – Waterville Valley

Border War! Vermont vs. New Hampshire Skiing Part 1 – Waterville Valley —by Jay Flemma Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Adventure Magazine— WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – It all started with a snarky T-shirt worn by a local skier at Waterville Valley in New Hampshire: SKI NEW HAMPSHIRE – WE’RE LIKE VERMONT, JUST NOT AS STUCK UP “Bro, them’s fightin’ words!”...

The Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon – The Northeast’s First Destination Race of the Season

—by Jay Flemma, special to Slave to the Traffic Light Magazine— SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – Dear Runner’s World: Grab a pin, and take out your running map. It’s time to permanently add a new destination race to the annual calendar. Sleepy Hollow, cozily nestled between the frowning, dark hardwoods of the Rockefeller State Forest on the one side, and the...

Tempered Steel – 30,000 Runners Become Pittsburgh Sports Heroes at Marathon and Half Marathon Races

PITTSBURGH, PA – There’s an old, true saying about the fervor and loyalty of Pittsburgh fans – when you play Pittsburgh, you play the whole city. Now you can add a corollary to that rule: when you run Pittsburgh, the whole city runs with you. Over 300,000 spectators cheered on 30,000 runners for the seventh annual Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon races Sunday...

Mother Nature Smiles on Emmi Farms Earth Day Half Marathon

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – Mother Nature obviously saved her best and brightest sunshine of this entire April for the Earth Day Half Marathon in Baldwinsville. A bold sunrise of blazing red and gold – sunbeams stretching their arms joyously – melted into a cloudless azure sky, and the rolling Adirondack foothills and meadows were bathed in a light that might...

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon and the Rivertown Runners – a Runner’s Rite of Spring

—Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Runner’s Magazine by Jay Flemma SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – History, literature, nature, and distance running all blend seamlessly to create one of the most challenging, beautiful, and character-rich half marathons in America in fabled, venerable Sleepy Hollow, New York. East coast runners, get ready to add a permanent entry...

Road Race Review – Rekamreliob (Reverse Boilermaker) Road Race Poised to Become Running’s Newest Cult Classic

Special to Slave to the Traffic Light Running Magazine, by Jay Flemma UTICA, NY – It happens sometimes in running; a race becomes so beloved, so iconic, so much fun that it spawns a spin-off, a sister run. Then the new run becomes almost as popular as the first. The most famous example is the pair of Canyonlands runs near Moab, Utah. The spring half marathon through...