From inspirational to tragic, “Adventure News of the Week” presents a summary of the top news in the world of exploration and adventure.
TRACK: An American sets a new world record at the Olympic trials. This weekend, American athlete Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record in the 400m hurdles. Her time of 51.90 makes her the first woman run less than 52 seconds in the event history. The 21-year-old, who was part of the Olympic team, took more than a quarter of a second off the time of the previous record holder.
RACE: Spectator With Sign Triggers Crash in stage 1 of the Tour de France. A woman holding up a sign on Saturday during stage 1 of the Tour de France caused a huge crash, after one runner collided with the backboard and several others stacked up as a result. The French authorities are looking for the offending woman, CNN and Renard both reported. At least one injured runner has withdrawn.
RUN: Western States 100 Returns – Voici les Finishers 2021. One of the toughest and oldest ultra races in the world, the Western States 100 returned this year after a hiatus due to COVID-19. Last weekend, Jim Walmsley and Beth Pascall took first place, with times of 14:46 and 17:10, respectively. This year, 416 of the 524 participants completed. See full results and more coverage on iRunFar.
NATURE: Harpers Ferry’s NPS site sees the first falcon to take flight in over 70 years. For the first time in nearly 70 years, a peregrine falcon chick has been hatched at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. It was one of three newborns born, but the only chick to date to “fly successfully” the NPS wrote in a press release. “We hope this is the first of many successful breeding seasons for these peregrine falcons. [falcons] Said Chief Resource Officer Mia Parsons.
BIKE: Fire Impacts Race Route, 2021 Tour de Steamboat Still On. Steamboat Springs, Colorado’s largest annual cycling event still takes place, and registration slots are still available. The tour includes 26, 50, 66, and 100 mile road and gravel options. Despite a nearby fire in the Routt National Forest, the 100 mile gravel race is still scheduled, along with the rest of the race on July 17.