Daily Archives: June 28, 2009

Defy Death: Run to the Hottest Place on Earth!

Not all people enjoy eating Big Macs and have the body fat to show for it.  Some are very lean fighting machine specimens- and very thrill-seeking.  Take for example the 80 or so of the toughest athletes on the planet that compete in the annual Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile race through Death Valley from July 13 through 15. DeathValley

It’s so hot the runners keep their running shoes stored in the freezer to prevent them from melting.  They train in saunas cranked up to 180 degrees.  And for good reason:  The temperatures during the race hit 130 degrees, runners traverse three mountain ranges, achieving a 13,000 vertical ascent and 4,700 feet of cumulate descent. 

Badwater, managed by AdventureCORPS, offers several extreme heat race opportunities in and around Death Valley.  But these races are definitely not for beginners and only the most extreme, heat-tolerant athletes receive an invitation. 

Southern Nevada is a great place to live if you’re of the extreme heat adventure persuasion.  It’s close enough to Death Valley for weekend training.  Valley of  Fire, which regularly records summer temperatures in the triple digits, is even closer. 

As an option for neophyte death defying runners that are not quite hardcore yet, Sierra Adventure Sports in Phoenix, Arizona offers their summer Extreme Heat races, which have been held for the past three years.

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Cheap Trick Presents Unique Beatles Tribute Show in Las Vegas

The classic rock act Cheap Trick will perform the Fab Four’s landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas.CheapTrick

The Surrender hitmakers staged a tribute to the Fab Four at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2007 – to mark the 40th anniversary of the album – and they’ll take the show to Sin City for nine stage spectaculars. They’ll be joined onstage by a full orchestra starting on September 13.

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Carrot Top Earns Six More Years in Las Vegas

Las Vegas prop comedian has signed a six-year contract extension at the Luxor in Las Vegas.  He has been performing at the Luxor since 2005.

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