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August 2017 28 Special Feature: 2017 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE Colorado Springs, Colorado At an altitude of 6,035 feet, Colorado Springs is home to Garden of the Gods, which features unusual sandstone forma- tions which makes walking and hiking among the 300-foot-high rock formations a visual treat. The city sits at the foot of Pikes Peak with a 14,115-foot summit. Pikes Peak is home to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Inter- national Hill Climb. Seven Falls also offers a breathtaking view with seven distinct falls that cascade through the canyon. With 224 steps to walk along the falls, this is the perfect place for a lung-expanding condi- tioning program. Colorado Springs' Olympic City USA is home to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. The area is also home to the U.S. Air Force Academy as well as the headquarters for more than 40 sports organizations. The area hosts the Pikes Peak GOG (Gar- den of the Gods) Run, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Colorado Springs Spartan Race, world-class cycling and marathons. The area is the perfect place to train or compete with the Rocky Mountains in the background. For more information, visit www.visit- Greenville, South Carolina With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, Greenville provides plenty of opportunities for sports outdoors. Scenic areas with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and trails lure runners, bikers, golfers and hikers. Falls Park on the Reedy at the heart of downtown Greenville has been named one of the top 10 parks in the country and features Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot-long, 12-foot-wide single-suspension cable bridge spanning the falls. With stunning natural areas downtown, it's no surprise that equally amazing landscapes await on the outskirts of town. Kelly Nunn, Group Sales Marketing Co- ordinator with VisitGreenvilleSC, said the city has a long-standing relationship with USA Cycling, including the annual Spring Series, the 2015 and 2016 USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Champi- onships, and the 2013 Para-Cycling Open. Greenville also hosted the Tour de Fox Cy- cling Series' Blue Ridge ride and is scheduled to host the 2018 and 2019 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, hosted for the first time in Greenville by USA Triath- lon. That event is expected to attract more than 1,000 athletes and their families from across the U.S. These world-class events continue to showcase all that Greenville has to offer, in its facilities and natural venues. For more information, go to www.visit- Santa Rosa, California Luther Burbank, a renowned horticultur- ist called Santa Rosa his home and "the chosen spot of all the earth as far is nature is concerned." Located in northern California, Santa Rosa attracts a variety of sports to its natural venues. Situated in the heart of the Sonoma wine country where cycling is one of the top sports on both amateur and com- petitive levels, riders continue to compete in the Levi's GranFondo on 11 routes, ranging from an 8.5-mile flat course to a 116-mile course with a 10,000-foot vertical gain. Santa Rosa is also known for the 70.3 Ironman and the Santa Rosa Marathon. Destination Races also added the IPA 10K & Beer Mile Invitational this year, according to Charlene Lennon, director of sales for Visit Santa Rosa. The area has also hosted stages of the AMGEN Tour of California since 2006 in addition to Senior Games and a number of community sporting events. The Bodega Head Park & Beach is a popular area on the ocean side for hiking along the cliffs, while the Sonoma Coast State Beach - Salmon Creek hosts 5-mile and 2-mile beach runs in the sand. Howarth Memorial Park Lake Ralphine is known as the "jew- el" of Santa Rosa. The 152-acre community park features fishing, boating, hiking and jogging trails, and tennis courts and softball fields in natural settings. Make plans to visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Re- serve for a nature trek through the redwood forest. The reserve features a large outdoor amphitheater, a one-mile nature trail and the Colonel Armstrong Tree that is estimated to be more than 1,400 years old. For more information, see www.visitsan- Tallahassee, Florida Florida's capital city is a nature lover's Cross country event in Tallahassee, Fla. Pike's Peak GOG Run in Colorado Springs, Colorado Visit Tallahassee

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