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Running a Marathon? Here’s 3 Inspirational Stories to Encourage You

If you’re training for a marathon or half-marathon, or thinking about running one, then here’s three very different inspirational stories which should keep you going or get you onto the road:

Heart transplant survivor runs half-marathon with her team of doctors

Kristin Marx recently ran the Milwaukee Half-Marathon, more than 16 years after she had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and had to have a heart transplant.

Woman Sets Marathon Record in 3-Inch Stilettos

27-year-old Irene Sewell of Blacksburg, Virginia, and ex-professional ballroom dancer for five years, has set a record for running a marathon in high heels! She ran the 26.2 miles at the recent 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  She ran the race in 7:27:53.

56-year-old wins Niagara, first marathon victory in 23 years

Masters runner, Stuart Galloway won the recent Niagara Falls International Marathon – his first win at this distance in more than 20 years, at the age of 56. He beat 1005 other entrants in a time of 2:51:07.

And if you’re looking for a t-shirt or tank-top to help you on your way, then we have our unique designs:

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15 Ways to See Multiple National US Parks In Just 3 Days

Combining visits to well-known national parks with some lesser-known treasures, the National Park Foundation’s new “Road Trippin'” guide inspires people to getaway for a long weekend with 15 different national park itineraries.

“Our guide details how it’s possible to enjoy a variety of national park experiences in just three days,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Through easy to follow, diverse itineraries, we hope to motivate more people to plan a national park trip of their own.”

Featuring natural, cultural, and historical parks, and a mix of interests and activity levels, the guide’s suggestions include:

  • Traveling through time in Idaho with visits to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Minidoka National Historic Site, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, and City of Rocks National Reserve
  • Re-tracing history from Tennessee to Mississippi with visits to Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Discovering spectacular stories of South Dakota with visits to Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

“Road Trippin'” is the tenth special edition in the National Park Foundation’s popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series. When visitors download their copy of the guide, they’ll also have access to other national park guides highlighting great places to stay, romantic destinations, adventures for kids of all ages, and more.

Visit to download a free copy of “Road Trippin'”.

And if you’re inspired to get out trekking, then here’s a selection of our t-shirts you might like:

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World’s Top Restaurants Recognized In TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

TripAdvisor®, has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for the best fine dining restaurants around the world.

This year’s awards recognize nearly 400 fine dining restaurants, including the Top 25 in the World, plus dedicated lists for Asia, Europe, India, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America, South Pacific, the U.K. and the US. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for restaurants around the world, gathered over a 12-month period.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants in the World

  1. The Black Swan at Oldstead – Oldstead, England
  2. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, England
  3. Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France
  4. L’Auberge de l’Ill – Illhaeusern, France
  5. Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain
  6. DanielNew York City, New York
  7. La Colombe – Constantia, South Africa
  8. David’s KitchenChiang Mai, Thailand
  9. Maido – Lima, Peru
  10. El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain


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New Michelin Guide to Washington, D.C. Restaurants

Michelin will this week release the newest edition of the MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., for 2018, and they are adding two more star selections to the nation’s capital.

Michelin inspectors, who have been dining anonymously around Washington, D.C., for the last two years, have recognized Komi and Metier for the first time.

Komi, led by local chef Johnny Monis, earns its first star for a Mediterranean tasting menu that offers diners a variety of small bites, house-made pasta, and roasted meat, often goat.

Métier, owned by chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent, features menu items that have been locally sourced and décor items from the owners’ personal collections.

Additionally, the 2018 MICHELIN Guide Washington, D.C., recognizes more than 70 restaurants with the Plate symbol, a designation given to restaurants that inspectors recognize as having potential and are recommended to travelers and locals for quality food.

More than 33 styles of cuisines appear in the Guide. Diners can find recommendations for establishments with notable wine, beer, sake and cocktail lists, as well as menus on which average prices are $25 and under.

The 2018 selection includes:

  • Three restaurants with two stars
  • 11 restaurants with one star
  • 22 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand


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Three New Fodor’s Travel Guides Published Today

Fodor’s have today published three new Travel Guides in their ‘Full-Color Travel Guide’ series: Las Vegas, San Francisco and US & British Virgin Islands.

And more are being published soon in November on Barcelona, The Carolinas, California and elsewhere.

In each guide, you’ll find insider tips, planning essentials, and hotel, restaurant & sights recommendations. Available in paperback and eBook formats on Amazon and other good booksellers!


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Tim Freriks Sets New Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Record

Congratulations to Tim Freriks who set a new Fastest Known Time yesterday for transversing the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim route in 2 hours 39 minutes and 38 seconds (beating the previous FKT of 2:46:08). Wow, that is some going!

If this inspires you, or you or a friend have done the route yourselves – even if, like most of us, we are doing it a tad slower than Tim! – then why not treat yourself to one of our t-shirts to celebrate it.

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Top 5 US Road Trip Movies

There are many road trip films set in the USA, but here is my top 5. Some of them may be less common than other similar lists – but that’s the idea, right, to learn about something new and alternative!

5. My Blueberry Nights (2007)

Wonderfully, slightly offbeat characters from Kar Wai Wong headed by an interesting combination of Jude Law and Norah Jones. The film takes in New York, Memphis, Nevada and well, it says a few things about broken hearts.

4. Sideways (2004)

Okay, I know this isn’t usually considered to be a ‘road trip’ in the normal sense, but they do go on drive around roads – they just happen to limit themselves to California. It’s a wonderful film, full of pathos, frustration, humour and of course wine. Paul Giamatti is brilliant.

3. America Unchained (2007)

This is Dave Gorman’s film of his book, and although I think the book is actually better (okay, yes, I read that first), the film still gives you a vision of some of the experiences he describes in the written version. It’s an account of how Gorman tries to drive across America without giving any money to “the man”, eating, sleeping and filling up with gas at independent stores and ‘Mom and Pop’ places. It’s full of Gorman’s insights and humour and gives you a different view of the US.

2. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Just a wonderful film of a non-conforming family, a VW van, a dodgy grandfather, a suicidal gay Proust-loving man and a little girl who wants to be Little Miss Sunshine. Made me laugh out loud so often. Just fantastic. If you have never watched this then rent it tonight.

1. Thelma and Louise (1991)

Maybe a bit predictable that this would be in the list but there’s a reason for that: and that’s because I think it is the architypal American Road Trip film. It has everything from the roads and the amazing American scenery of the mid-west, a great soundtrack that will stay with you, stunning performances from Sarandon and Davis (and a still young Brad Pitt) and plenty of plot to keep you engrossed. And of course a famous ending over the Grand Canyon. What more could you want from a road trip?