AROUND THE REGION NEWS BRIEFS
Adirondack Mountain Rescue Launches High Peaks Awareness Program
CLIFTON PARK – Adirondack Mountain Rescue will hold a free winter hiking preparedness presentation on Thursday, November 30 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library in Clifton Park. With more people enjoying the outdoors, the call of the mountains has been heard by many and the number of active hikers in the Adirondacks is at unprecedented levels. However, with the increased risk of the outdoors comes increased responsibility to keep safe.
“The number of hikers in the Adirondacks is at an all-time high. We’re starting to see search and rescue operations being performed at an unprecedented frequency. The best way for those who enjoy the wilderness to stay safe is to be as educated as possible before getting into a potentially life-threatening situation,” says John Reyes, technical rescue director at Adirondack Mountain Rescue.
The High Peaks Awareness Program aims to educate hikers on ways to prepare, gear up, and stay safe while hiking. One aspect of this educational presentation is to address specific problem areas in the High Peaks region, and how to approach their challenges. These presentations are great for both new and seasoned hikers. Admission is free. To learn more, go to adirondackmountainrescue.org.
Contact John Bulmer, president/public information officer, at Adirondack Mountain Rescue, Inc.: (866) 470-6691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USATri60 Introduced at Three Capital District Ys
ALBANY – USA Triathlon has partnered with YMCAs around the country with the USATri60 program. Athletes are introduced to the sport of triathlon in a one-hour, non-threatening setting: 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute spin and 20-minute run. The Capital District YMCAs have three events this fall and winter, starting at the Greenbush Y in East Greenbush on Sunday, November 12; Southern Saratoga Y in Clifton Park on Sunday, February 11, and the Guilderland Y on Sunday, March 4.
Participants will receive a goodie-bag that includes TYR swim goggles, swim cap, finisher T-shirt, and a finisher medal. Whether you want to try triathlon or an experienced triathlete who wants to enter for a fun off-season workout, you’ll have a great time and a great workout! For more info, go to cdymca.org.
Empire State Winter Games
LAKE PLACID – The 2018 Empire State Winter Games will be on February 1-4. In its 38th year, the games will bring together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events. The 2017 games included more than 2,100 athletes of all ages, including master divisions, and this year’s games are expected to exceed that number.
Sport venues are located in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Malone and Paul Smiths. Venues include Lake Placid Olympic Center Herb Brooks Arena, Lake Placid Olympic Jumping and Sliding complexes, Lake Placid Village Municipal Parking Lot, Whiteface Mountain, Paul Smith’s College, Paul Smith’s College VIC, Saranac Lake Civic Center Ice Rink, Dewey Mountain Recreation Area, Tupper Lake Memorial Civic Center, Olympic Cross Country and Biathlon Center, Titus Mountain and Mount Pisgah.
The Empire State Winter Games is a community-driven event, courtesy of a partnership between the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST); the towns of North Elba, Wilmington, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, Malone and Brighton; the villages of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Malone, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake; the counties of Essex and Franklin; Olympic Regional Development Authority, and NYS Senator Betty Little. For more info, visit empirestatewintergames.com.
Fleet Feet Sports Introduces 3D Scanning to Its Customers
ALBANY – Fleet Feet Sports, the local retail leader in building and supporting a thriving running community, announces the introduction of a new 3D scanning technology to its in-store experience. “Fit id” creates a 3D scan of an individual’s feet and provides specific measurements including foot width, length, and arch height. The scan takes five seconds to complete and appears on an in-store tablet, allowing the fit specialist to review, discuss observations, and find solutions together with the customer.
“Fit id brings our staff knowledge to life and allows our customers the chance to see what the fit specialists see when they’re assessing the foot,” says Charles Woodruff, owner of Fleet Feet Sports Albany and Malta. “Together with the expert advice of our highly-trained staff and the premium products our stores carry, fit id helps create a powerful in-store experience for customers that they can’t get anywhere else.”
Fleet Feet Sports offers fit id complimentary as part of the customer experience. It appears on a tablet for review, plus the customer may opt to receive the 3D scan via email. Customers can get rescanned on future visits so Fleet Feet Sports staff can discuss any changes in measurements. The technology also includes a children’s scanning feature. In addition to its in-store presence, Fleet Feet Sports may incorporate fit id into out-of-store events, such as races, expos and workplace events. For more info, visit the store or fleetfeetalbany.com.