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Wind Down with Cross Training

Switch it up this fall with these cross training faves

Starting to wind down your running or cycling mileage for the summer? Here are some other fun cross-training activities you can do to help keep you moving outdoors while the weather is still nice.
 
Agility training – Agility training is a great way to mix things up as you start to wind down your endurance training from the summer, especially if an obstacle course race is in your future. Head to a local park or playground and practice jumping over park benches, sprinting in the grass, running through tires, and hopping over logs or rock. If there are no parks nearby, pick up an agility ladder and practice a few drills outside at home.
 
Geocaching - If you’re looking for a fun, outdoorsy activity to do with your kids that only requires a smart phone, good hiking shoes, water and snacks, it might be time to give geocaching a try. Geocaching, where you use GPS to hunt for hidden “cache” boxes with cool treasures inside, is a great way to get some exercise outdoors and spend time with your family. For tips on how to get started, check out this beginner’s guide to geocaching with your family.
 
Hiking – Fall is one of the best times of the year to hit the trails in Canada, and not just because extreme temperatures, poor weather and bugs and other irritants that can ruin your hike during the spring and summer months are nowhere to be found—hiking in the fall also means that you get treated to the stunning colours of the season, and what better way to keep moving than to enjoy the scenery of some of Canada’s best trails that you may have missed while you were so focused on training this summer.
 
Paddling – If you were too busy with endurance training all summer to get out on the water, the fall is still a great time to explore your local waterways by canoe, stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Head to any paddle or surf shop to rent your watercraft of choice and take in the fall scenery from the shoreline for a few hours. Just remember to dress warm in layers, especially if you plan to paddle in the ocean. 

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Explore Fund Grant-Giving Program

The North Face Announces 2015 Explore Fund Grants Open for Applications

The North Face today announced the 2015 Explore Fund grant-giving program is now open through October 31, 2015 for applications and $30,000 will be awarded to organizations this year. The Explore Fund provides grants to organizations that connect people to the outdoors in meaningful ways, with youth as the primary focus.

 

“For 2015, we are looking to identify programs that will provide experiences that nurture an enduring appreciation of the outdoors,” said Ann Krcik, Director of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face. “We want these programs to encourage people to explore and appreciate the outdoors in their favorite ways, whether that be hiking, skiing or camping – we want to be the catalyst.”

 

All grants are evaluated on the clarity of proposal, the projected impact and alignment to the spirit of adventure and exploration. Proposals that leverage collaboration and partnerships within communities are encouraged. The Explore Fund reviews grants by individual merits and as part of a balanced portfolio that includes such factors as geography, type of program funded, target audiences, and more.

 

To be considered for an Explore Fund grant, applicants must be non-profit organizations or in a formal relationship with a qualified fiscal sponsor. All applicants must fully complete the online submission process and provide the required application information.  Explore Fund grants are for one year and funding in a giving cycle does not guarantee future support.

 

As part of its mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face introduced the Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $1.5 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.

 

For more information and to submit an application before October 31, 2015, please visit www.explorefund.org.