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AUG 2016

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Page 26 of 67 August 2016 27 Special Feature: 2016 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE great natural features. The main 12.5- mile South Loop connects Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, Anderson School Trails, William Hastie Natural Area and Marie Myers Park. Knoxville continues to welcome top events such as the Revolution3 Triath- lon, Ozone Invitational and Battle in Rocky Top National Championship. Knoxville has also played host to numerous AAU Junior Olympic Games and the Powerboat Superleague Classic on the Tennessee River. Missoula, Montana: The Missoula Marathon At the confluence of three major rivers and access to countless trailheads, Mis- soula is at the center of various natural venues, said Mary Holmes, director of sales and services for Destination Missoula. "Whether it be river surfing, mountain biking or marathons, Missou- la's landscape will make for a memora- ble outdoor event." The most popular and well-attended outdoor sporting event in Missoula by far, according to Holmes, is the Missou- la Marathon. The Missoula Marathon takes place the second week of July each year. The event is coordinated by Run Wild Missoula, a local organiza- tion whose mission is to promote and support running and walking for people of all ages and abilities. ► Missoula's landscape makes it a great place to host marathons. The Cascades Mountains and coastal area of Oregon offers sandboarding. Sand Master Jam – Colin Morton Gameface Media

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