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AUG 2017

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Page 24 of 67 August 2017 25 Designed By Natural Venues Create Great Events 2017 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE Nature ome areas are known for arid landscapes with rocky outcrops, others highlight ocean views or mountain ranges. Whether there is a path or no path at all, someone will envision an event or a competition and that area will become the perfect venue. Across the country, we've uncovered some destinations that make the most of the natural resources available. On a river, up a mountain pass, down the rapids or over a slick canyon floor, sports events are happening in the great outdoors. Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania The Pocono Mountains host some serious outdoor adventure events each year, including the Reebok Spartan Races, the Rev3 Triathlon and the Warrior Dash, according to Pocono Mountains Con- vention & Visitors Bureau Tourism Sales Manager Ann Pilcher. With 2,400 square miles covering the northeast part of Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains features woodlands, waterfalls, mountains and rivers that offer scenic and challenging locations to host everything from whitewater rafting and biking to ski- ing and snowboarding events. In addition to the down and dirty Savage Race ► Snowboarding in Mt. Shasta Ski Park near Redding, Calif. S BY SHERRI MIDDLETON

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