Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) 2016
2016 AUGUST 22 – 28, Chamonix, France
The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (also referred to as UTMB) is a single-stage mountain ultramarathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, and follows the route of the Tour du Mont Blanc through France, Italy and Switzerland. It has a distance of approximately 166 kilometres (103 mi), and a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m. It is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in Europe, and one of the largest with over two thousand starters. The combined participation in all of the events is approaching 10 thousand runners.
While the best runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 30 to 45 hours to reach the finish line. There is no prize money awarded. [wikipedia]
Watch the live feed on: http://utmbmontblanc.com/en/ or http://www.ultratrail.tv/?live=en
Teaser UTMB® 2016
⛰ UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (166 km +9,600 m)
⛰ CCC: Courmayeur – Champex – Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)
⛰ TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (119 km +7,250 m)
⛰ OCC: Orsières – Champex – Chamonix (53 km +3,300 m)
⛰ PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +28,000 m)
⛰ YCC: Youth Chamonix Courmayeur : youth aged 16 – 22 years (approx. 15 km +1,000 m)
UTMB 2016 route preview
PTL 2016 – Start
Posted in 2016, Wednesday WIN
Event: Wonderland Run
Distance: 20km short / 36km long
Date: Sunday the 21st August 2016
Location: Hall Gap, The Grampians
Organised by: Big Long Run
The Wonderland Run Grampians is a 2km and 8km Saturday afternoon run, followed by 20km and 36km runs on Sunday morning, based at Halls Gap in Victoria.
Absolute freaking intensity! You are engulfed by a whole different world. You are IN the landscape. It will chew you up and spit you out and you will love it. All events based from Halls Gap in the mighty Grampians, starting from School Rd. Due to the arduous nature of the runs, runners need to qualify by having run in other events.
Wonderland 20km (Image: Trail Runner Magazine AU_NZ)
Wonderland is the setting for Lewis Carroll’s 1865 children’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
In the story, Wonderland is accessed by an underground passage, and Alice reaches it by travelling down a rabbit hole. While the location is apparently somewhere beneath Oxfordshire, Carroll does not specify how far down it is, and he has Alice speculate whether it is near the centre of the earth or even at the Antipodes. The land is heavily wooded and grows mushrooms. There are well-kept gardens and substantial houses, such as those of the Duchess and the White Rabbit. Wonderland has a seacoast, where the Mock Turtle lives. — wikipedia
And now for some music …
* Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them (2016-Aug-22) [Guardian]
As the National Parks Service (USA) turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians of national parks face the herculean task of stopping it.
* Men’s 1500m Final
* Men’s 5000m Final
* Men’s Marathon Highlights
Something from Bandcamp:
IRON ALTAR by Iron Altar
* Go Mo!
* Sumgong takes the win with 2:24:04. Well done Milly Clark 18th +6:49, Jess Trengove 19th +7:40, Lisa Weightman 31st +10:37
Something from Bandcamp:
Wind from the Ancient by Masayuki Koga, Shota Osabe, Jimi Nakagawa
What if none of this was real? Invisible Sun is a roleplaying game set in a surreal fantasy setting. The mysterious nature of the game is being reinforced by a geocaching hunt for clues via a list of geographic coordinates within the USA. Currently 8 of the nine known caches have been located, the Invisible Sun G+ Community is still searching for the Orlando cache.
Invisible Sun is promising a next generational take on playing tabletops.
Game launching via a Kickstarter on August 15th.
This week’s delay brought to your by the letter F, for flu.
* ABS census shows spectacular diminution of our once mighty public sector (2016-Aug-11) [AFR]
You can take your pick of who you think should be blamed for the problems of the 2016 census: Malcolm Turnbull – because he is prime minister and prime ministers get blamed for everything these days; the responsible minister, Michael McCormack – despite the fact he had only been in the job for three weeks; the former frontbenchers responsible,Alex Hawke and Kelly O’Dwyer; perhaps the parliamentary secretary before her, Steve Ciobo; the Australian Bureau of Statistics itself; or its IT consultants including IBM.
But it is worth noting that the ABS has been the subject of a long-term degradation in its capacity under both sides of politics. A sign of the neglect – even contempt – in which the bureau seemed to be held by the Abbott government was that the job of chief statistician was left empty for almost a year until it was filled by David Kalisch in December 2014.
It has lost hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget in recent years and hundreds of people over the best part of a decade. In January 2014 it sought a $300 million bailout, arguing that its financial position left it “with barely enough cash to keep the lights on”.
* Matthew Mercer and Green Ronin Announce the Critical Role Campaign Setting! (2016-Aug-08) [Geek & Sundry]
This morning, Green Ronin Publishing gave a press release on the announcement. There, he clarifies some important points. The first book in the series will detail the continent of Tal’Dorei, where most of Vox Machina’s adventures take place. That continent includes the cities of Kraghammer, Emon, Whitestone, and others, giving GMs insight on his world straight from the mind of Mercer. The book, titled Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting, is scheduled to release in Spring 2017 and use 5th edition rules, just like in the Critical Role show.
Something from Bandcamp:
Ladyhawke – Wild Things by Polyvinyl Records