At Camp Atayne, March is a time of transition. Up in Maine, we “fondly” refer to it as mud season. It’s the rather dreary time between playing in the fluffy white stuff and enjoying 75-degree, low humidity summer days. It’s also the time of year when many of us start planning and training for the upcoming event year. We would love to know what people have on tap for the year? Post your goal races on our Facebook page, and we’ll send one of you a gift certificate to pick up some new Atayne gear for training.
Still searching for that perfect event? Here are a few we recommend checking out. Not only will you get that wonderful sense of accomplishment, you will get a sweet Atayne performance top.
April 28, 2012 - Grab some friends and run around the lake! The Seneca7 brings teams of 7 runners 77.7 miles around Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. Each runner will run 3 legs of varying distances between 4.6 and 2.5 miles, and for those looking for a greater challenge: the entire team can travel by bike around the course. www.seneca7.com
May, June & September 2012 - Annually, Tri-Maine events attract over 3,000 athletes, 500 volunteers, and thousands of spectators, and we’re excited to be a part of these great races. The season kicks off in May with the Polarbear Tri. The race starts and finishes at Bowdoin College and features a pool swim, a loop bike course on country roads and an on and off road run course. Benefiting Camp Sunshine, the Pirate Tri offers a swim in Sebago Lake and scenic views of Mt. Washington. The Olympic distance Lobsterman Tri tours the scenic Maine coastal towns of Brunswick and Freeport. www.tri-maine.com
July 12, 2012 - Now in its third season, the Tough Mountain Challenge, based at Sunday River Ski Resort, tackles alpine terrain and throws in man-made challenges to mix things up a bit. It's just 5k in length, but when you're running up a mountain under an arsenal of snowguns pounding you with water or scrambling through a ravine, the event lives up to its name. In the Tough Mountain Challenge, it's not about whether you finish first or last—it's about testing yourself and pushing your limits, then celebrating your accomplishment with the rest of the field once you cross the finish line. www.toughmountain.com
September 15-16, 2012 - As the sport of ultramarathoning continues to grow, Atayne is thrilled to be partnering with a new 100-mile run in Missouri. Organized by the St. Louis Ultrarunners Group (aka the SLUGs), the Mark Twain 100 runs on the famed Berryman Trail, which is 99% singletrack with roots, rocks, and rolling hills the whole way. You’ll have several chances to get your feet wet with a few small creek crossings and one large crossing where you are almost sure to go a bit more than ankle deep. www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net
October 7, 2012 - Mountain Epic is a joint adventure between Tri-Maine and Sunday River Ski Resort that brings trail running to a whole new level, offering athletes the chance to enjoy the mountain lifestyle while conquering tough climbs and stunning descents. The Mountain Epic features three different trail races: 4 miles – 1 peak, 8 miles – 5 peaks and 12 miles – 8 peaks. The whole race ends with a slosh through the mud pit at the finish line. www.mountain-epic.com
October 13, 2012 - West Virginia’s Freedom Run brings runners through four scenic and historic National Parks—Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. With four races—marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k—along with a kids’ fun run, Freedom Run welcomes runners of all abilities to challenge themselves on courses that mix road and hard pack trails. www.freedomsrun.org
October 13-14, 2012 - The Dempsey Challenge is a fundraiser for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, which provides free support, education and wellness services to anyone affected by cancer. The event is comprised of various cycling distances (10, 25, 50, 70 and 100 miles) along with a 5K and 10K run/walk. As an added bonus, you might just find yourself riding side by side with actor Patrick Dempsey. www.dempseychallenge.org
Along with the transition to a greater training schedule, it’s a good bet you’re upping your calorie intact, too. That’s fancy athlete-speak for: “I’m SOOOO hungry.” Of course, it’s easy to overdo it in the buffet line, so here’s a healthy way to curb your hunger cravings:
Amazing Black Bean Brownies
Serves: Makes 45 2-inch brownies
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup unsalted butter or non-hydrogenated butter substitute
2 cups soft cooked black beans, drained well
1 cups walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ cup natural coffee substitute (or instant coffee, for gluten-sensitive)
¼ teaspoon Sea salt
4 large eggs
1½ cups Agave Nectar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 11” by 18” pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with canola oil spray. Melt the chocolate and butter in a glass bowl in the microwave for 1½ to 2 minutes on high. Stir with a spoon to melt the chocolate completely. Place the beans, ½ cup of the walnuts, the vanilla extract, and a couple of spoonfuls of the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Blend about 2 minutes, or until smooth. The batter should be thick and the beans smooth. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the remaining ½ cup walnuts, remaining chocolate mixture, coffee substitute, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer beat the eggs until light and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the Agave Nectar and beat well. Set aside.
Add the bean/chocolate mixture to the coffee/chocolate mixture. Stir until blended well. Add the egg mixture reserving about ½ cup. Mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining ½ cup egg mixture until light and fluffy. Drizzle over the brownie batter. Use a wooden toothpick to pull the egg mixture through the batter, creating a marbled effect.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the brownies are set. Let cool in the pan completely before cutting into squares. (They will be soft until refrigerated).
Recipe courtesy of Ania Catalano (author of Baking with Agave Nectar)
As you’re planning your race/event calendar, we thought we would take the time to introduce a group planning a pretty big event themselves. Our friends over at FoodCycle are getting ready to embark on a cross-country bike trek from Brunswick, ME (home of Camp Atayne) to San Francisco, CA. Along their 4,500-mile journey, the riders will stop at small-scale organic farms and public schools along the way, documenting the emerging farm-to-school movement and other programs dedicated to school nutrition reform. Their ultimate mission is to foster the creation of enduring collaborations between small-scale organic farms and Public Schools. Put another way, they want to “pedal” local, sustainable food to schools.
Interested in finding out more? Check out FoodCycle on the web, www.foodcycleus.com.
Please join Atayne in supporting Food Cycle. If you shop at Atayne.com during the next 30 days and use the promo code playitforwardfoodcycle, we'll donate 10% of your purchase price to myTEAM TRIUMPH and cover your shipping costs.
Have an organization like Food Cycle in your area? Do you know of other organizations doing great things to promote healthy, active lifestyles? Let us know about it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they could be featured here.
Here’s a pic of an Atayner sporting his custom Atayne jersey during the post ride festivities at the 2011 Loon Echo Trek. We heard the jerseys were almost as big of a hit as the free Allagash beer.
Congratulations to February’s winner Bill G. who knew that Paige and Geof D. were recently spotted in Atayne at Play finishing a 50-mile race in Illinois.
Now on to March’s question….How many plastic bottles will be recycled into Atayne shirts given to competitors at races in 2012? Closest guess wins!