Are trail sports better than road sports?

first_imgIllustration by Wade Mickley88% say yesTrails are about releasing the spirit, not simply training the body. I run “on” the road; I run “with” the trail. There is no activity more primal than running in the woods. It reminds me that we are animals. When I run on the road, my legs and lungs are the most engaged parts of my body. When I run on a trail, I watch for rocks, roots, snakes, deer, and changes in the lay of the land. I smell wet leaves and pine resin. Trail running engages my whole body; it makes it sharper and looser. When I run on the road, I’m being dutiful and dedicated. When I run on a trail, I am wild and free.—Chris Alexander, Davidson, N.C. Adventure in the rugged outdoors always trumps the challenges that lay ahead on polished urban landscapes. Nothing beats being enveloped by the living forest, then feeling the raw earth crunching and shifting below, and inhaling the fresh oxygen rushing in to relieve overworked, burning lungs. However, road sports get more attention because spectators can watch them easier—plopping down beside the road or in front of their TV.—Jonathan Poston, Asheville, N.C. Leaving the stresses of a job and society for a few minutes—whether it be on a mountain bike or on foot—gives me a connection to something greater than any human can build. Most trails that I visit on a regular basis run with the topography of the land and provide a greater physical challenge than simply running or biking on asphalt.—Clint Ivester, Dallas, Ga. While being better for your overall physical self, trail sports also provide a better, safer atmosphere. They are primitive and enriching. We should appreciate our forests and trails while they’re still there, because they are being assaulted by development and commerce on all fronts.—Nikki McDuffee, Stanardsville, Va.I have run several road marathons over the years, and I have found that my knees and other joints aren’t as receptive to the pounding they must take on the asphalt. What running I do now is on trails. The ground has a lot more give, and the scenery is much nicer.—Karl Kunkel, High Point, N.C.I prefer to run and mountain bike on trails away from fuel-burning vehicles. Inhaling those fumes can’t be good for my health. A road run or ride may do more harm than good to my lungs.—Torrey Coffey, Loganville, Ga.———-12% say noWhile I enjoy the solitude of running in the woods, I have more fun during the experience of larger road races. At some of my favorites, like the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., and the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, tens of thousands of runners congregate in a single spirit. The energy is amazing at these bigger races, and I feel like I am attending a festival. It takes my mind off the physical challenges of the distance and lets me just enjoy being a runner.This is what running is all about—going out and having a great time with some like-minded people. It’s also fun to get the encouragement of huge cheering crowds and take in the sights, including many of our country’s greatest historical landmarks. The best way to see a city is on foot with thousands of running friends.—Rick Moore, Alexandria, Va.I rely on road sports for exercise—mostly out of convenience. I need to run after long days at work to clear my head and relieve stress, but living in a city doesn’t give me the luxury of being able to quickly access a secluded wooded trail. The urban jungle certainly has its disadvantages—inconsiderate drivers, smog, and a lack of scenery—but I’ll take it over the confines of a stuffy, overpriced gym.—Mary Graves, Atlanta, Ga. I’d rather head to the track than the trail. For me, running is all about speed and pushing myself to my absolute limits. I love to see how fast I can sprint, and I just can’t do that on trails with a lot of rocks and roots. The same goes for races. I just can’t post a PR on a rugged mountain course, so I stick to the pavement where I can satisfy my need for speed.—Adam Harvey, Charleston, S.C.last_img read more

Bucksport football team routs Dexter to win Northern Maine championship

first_imgHAMPDEN — Deprived of a chance to watch their team play one last game in its own stadium, the Bucksport faithful brought home-field advantage 20 miles north.As the No. 1 seed in Class D North, the Bucksport football team was originally scheduled to play Friday night’s regional championship game against Dexter at Bucksport High School. Yet when snowy and icy conditions earlier in the week made the Carmichael Field grass unfit for play, the game was moved to Hampden Academy, where it could be played on artificial turf.“We were definitely bummed about it,” Bucksport lineman David Gross said. “For us as seniors, we thought we were going to get one last game at Bucksport. It was a weird feeling when we found out [they moved it].”Yet even without its hometown scenery in the background, Bucksport had as much crowd support as ever when it took the field to battle for the Northern Maine crown. Now, after capping off a dominant season of Little Ten Conference play with another win, the Golden Bucks stand just 48 minutes away from Maine high school football’s biggest prize.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport advanced to the state championship game with a 46-8 win over Dexter in Friday’s Class D North title game in Hampden. The win marked the first regional title in six years for the Golden Bucks, whose fan base will be traveling once again next weekend when it heads to Portland to see Bucksport play for the Gold Ball.Bucksport’s Jaxon Gross looks to evade the Dexter defense during the first half of the Class D North football championship game Nov. 15 at Hampden Academy. Gross finished with 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Bucks, who claimed their first regional title since 2013. RICK MCHALE PHOTO“We owe it all to these fans,” Bucksport senior Logan Stanley said. “They came up here and cheered their hearts out for us. … It felt just like a home game.”Bucksport took a 6-0 lead early in the game through Jaxon Gross, whose 4-yard rushing touchdown on the opening possession capped off a nine-play, 62-yard drive. Yet the Dexter defense kept the top-ranked Golden Bucks (9-0) without a first down for the rest of the first quarter before recovering a Bucksport fumble early in the second to give the offense a red-zone opportunity.Instead of capitalizing on the mistake, No. 2 Dexter (8-2) saw its newfound momentum evaporate two plays later as it coughed up a fumble of its own. Bucksport then made the score 12-0 with a long drive that culminated in a Gross touchdown run with 1:57 left in the half.Bucksport quickly forced another timely turnover as Tyler Hallett took an interception to the Dexter 30-yard line with a minute remaining. Gross scored his third touchdown three plays later to give the Golden Bucks an 18-0 lead heading into halftime.“That was a big play for us,” Bucksport head coach Joel Sankey said of the interception. “It’s always big when you can score right before halftime, and ending the half like we did certainly fired our kids up.”Although Bucksport failed to take advantage after Dexter fumbled the kickoff to begin the second half, the Tigers gave the ball right back with another fumble, their fifth turnover of the game. The Golden Bucks then stretched their lead to 26-0 with a 15-yard pass from Brady Findlay to Stanley and a 2-point run from Gross.Dexter ended Bucksport’s shutout bid with a 58-yard touchdown run and a 2-point conversion on the next drive. That proved to be the Tigers’ last notable play of the night, though, as the Golden Bucks responded with three consecutive touchdowns to turn the game into a full-blown rout.The second of those touchdowns came with just over eight minutes remaining as Sankey dialed up a trick play. The play began with Findlay pitching the ball to Stanley, who then rolled out to pass and completed a deep ball to a wide-open Hallett to put the Golden Bucks up 38-8 and send players, coaches and fans into a frenzy.Bucksport’s Cam Soper tackles Dexter’s Justin Wing during the second half of the Class D North championship football game Nov. 15 at Hampden Academy. The No. 1 Golden Bucks (9-0) will face Class D South No. 2 Lisbon (7-3) in the state title game at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“I’ve never heard it that loud,” Stanley said. “As soon as he caught it, I knew they weren’t going to catch him. Everybody was running around and going crazy.”Whereas the last two Class D North title games ended with Bucksport players leaving the field dejected after losses to Foxcroft, this one ended in the Golden Bucks hoisting the regional championship plaque at midfield. The team then sprinted to the home-side bleachers to celebrate with its fans, none of whom wanted to miss this title celebration.“We’ve always said we’re a family, and that means all of us,” David Gross said. “It means something more for us together as a team and as a community than it does for us individually.”With the win, Bucksport finished its LTC slate 7-0 with five regular season wins and two playoff wins. The Golden Bucks outscored conference opponents 333-33, winning those contests an average of 42.9 points. Their closest conference victory was a 35-6 win over Mattanawcook Academy in Week 1.To claim the Gold Ball, though, Bucksport must overcome one more hurdle: Class D South No. 2 Lisbon (7-3), which rolled to 48-21 and 25-15 wins over Oak Hill and Winthrop, respectively, en route to the Southern Maine title. The Golden Bucks and Greyhounds will meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.Lisbon could very well present the stiffest challenge yet for a Bucksport team that struggled in its only Class D South game, a 21-14 win over Oak Hill on Oct. 11. Yet even as the Golden Bucks travel far from home, they’ll have no shortage of purple-clad fans behind them as they look to win their first state championship since 2004.“We have great support,” Findlay said. “It feels great, but we have one more game to win. We want to do it for Bucksport.”Update: This story has been updated to include the time of the Class D championship game between Bucksport and Lisbon. 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first_imgA Donegal judge has told the local courts service to write to jurors who did not show up for jury service this week.Judge Keenan Johnson:Judge Keenan Johnson said he wants people who did not appear at Letterkenny Circuit Court to explain why they did not turn up. A number of people called to be chosen to be on jury panels did not appear when their names were called.Judge Johnson told the court service to write to those who did not show asking them to explain their non-appearances.He said that if their reasons were not satisfactory, they would be sent summonses.JUDGE WARNS NO-SHOW JURORS THEY FACE SUMMONSES was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTdonegaljudge keenan johnsonjurorsletterkennylast_img read more