Adventure Travel

Boston Marathon Too Square for You? Try These 8 Fun Runs

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Apr 17th 2014 01:21 PM
The Boston Marathon is coming up. Here are some stranger running events.
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Monday's Boston Marathon is certainly one of the more celebrated events for runners to show off their moxie. But if you're looking to travel for races that are more eclectic -- and at considerably less than marathon distances -- check out these crazy events around the country designed for athletes on two feet.
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Chris Brown Racks Up Air Miles, but Not Points, Flying Con Air

by Zach Everson. Posted Apr 7th 2014 12:35 PM
People-Chris Brown
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Chris Brown and his neck tattoos have been traveling the United States by airplane since Thursday. But unlike most road warriors, he's not picking up frequent flyer miles. (And, no, it's not because he's on Delta.)
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One World Trade Center: Watch Two Guys BASE Jump Off Its Roof

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 25th 2014 01:36 PM
One World Trade Center BASE jump New York City Freedom Tower
YouTube/NYC B.A.S.E. Jump
Video of two men BASE jumping from the 1,776-foot, unfinished One World Trade Center in New York City was posted on YouTube yesterday. The BASE jump -- that'd be free falling from a fixed object using a parachute to break the fall (the acronym a stands for "building, antenna, span, and Earth") -- occurred on Sept. 30, 2013 at 3 a.m.

Also happening yesterday: four New York men were arrested in connection with the jump.
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Travel Like Superman above Los Angeles

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 18th 2014 02:29 PM
Superman POV fly video with GoPro over Los Angeles, California.
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Ever wanted to travel like Superman (and I'm don't mean in a blue bodysuit with a cape -- you can fly like that on a commercial plane -- but rather by flying on your own power)? This POV video shot with a GoPro and a drone provides a little insight on the experience (and, yes, it seems to impress distressed damsels).
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El Loco Roller Coaster Debuts at Circus Circus; We Ride, You Decide

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 12th 2014 01:30 PM
El Loco roller coaster at Circus Circus's Adventuredome in Las Vegas, Nevada
Circus Circus
The El Loco roller coaster debuted at Circus Circus's Adventuredome in Las Vegas last month. So Aol Travel and MapQuest dispatched their senior roller coaster correspondent -- hey, that's me! -- to check it out. Watch the video at the end of this post.
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Watch How to Hijack an Airplane in Just Two Seconds

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 5th 2014 01:31 PM
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Airline employees and the widow of a pilot killed on 9/11 released a video showing just how easy it is for terrorists to take control of an airplane's cockpit.
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Polina Edmunds' San Jose, California

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Getty ImagesHigh school sophomore Polina Edmunds trains where gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi trained.
Olympian: Polina Edmunds
Event: Figure skating
Hometown: San Jose's Almaden Valley
Population: 38,552

15-year-old figure skating sensation Polina Edmunds hails from Almaden Valley, a hilly, bucolic community just south of central San Jose, California. Edmunds's meteoric rise is at least partially attributable to the fact that she lives a stone's throw from world-class coaching and skating facilities in San Jose.
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Patrick Kane's South Buffalo, New York

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
Blackhawks Predators Hockey
APSouth Buffalo native Patrick Kane hopes to help lead the U.S. ice hockey team to its first gold medal since 1980.
Olympian: Patrick Kane
Event: Hockey
Hometown: South Buffalo, New York
Population: 42,717

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane has deep roots in South Buffalo, a working class neighborhood with a strong Irish-American flavor. Once part of Buffalo's most notorious vice district, the tight knit neighborhood is still home to some of the Queen City's best bars.
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Travel Spotlight: U.S. Olympic Athletes' Hometowns

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
Olympic athletes practically grow on trees in winter sports meccas like Lake Placid, New York; Park City, Utah; and Vail, Colorado, but you don't have to grow up in a ski town to play a starring role in the Winter Olympics. America's Olympic hopefuls hail from cities like San Jose, Chicago and Buffalo; small towns in the Heartland where the biggest hill wouldn't scare your average 6-year-old toboggan owner; and even Sun Belt outposts where the schools close if the weatherman dreams of snow.

During the next week, we're going to introduce you to the hometowns of three Olympians: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the unlikely hometown of freestyle skier Nick Goepper; South Buffalo, the working class Irish neighborhood where hockey standout Patrick Kane grew up; and San Jose's Almaden Valley, the stomping ground of 15-year-old figure skating phenom Polina Edmunds.

Click on any of the athletes below to learn more about their hometowns.



2013 Winter X Games
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Nick Goepper's Lawrenceburg, Indiana

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 12th 2014 09:00 PM
Olympian slopestyle skier Nick Goepper at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Perfect North SlopesNick Goepper at Indiana's Perfect North Slopes, the "mountain" where he learned his trade.
Olympian: Nick Goepper
Event: Slopestyle
Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Population: 5,042

The gold medal favorite in slopestyle, a new freestyle skiing discipline making its Winter Games debut in Sochi, hails from the Hidden Valley area of Lawrenceburg, a city on the Ohio River in Southeast Indiana nicknamed "Whisky City" after a Seagram's Distillery in town.
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