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Shape Up for Eight Great Causes

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Getting into serious hunting shape takes determination, and an intermediate goal is an excellent way to focus your energy and will power. Face it, running and time at the gym can get monotonous without a clear vision in mind. If you’re looking for something to motivate your into action, here are eight great high-energy activities for charitable causes. Even better, each is appropriate for a date or a group of friends. Whether you dig white water, climbing, biking, running, or other intense activities, these exciting suggestions are bound to have you hard-bodied by opening day.

Across the country, hikers, bikers, paddlers, and even mountaineers are grabbing their gear to help boost their favorite charities and non-profits.  Here are eight great dates in the coming months to get involved while being challenged and having fun:

  1. Idaho Elk 06 256Raft for the Cure, Moab, Utah, June 29. Utah’s Moab Adventure Center spearheads the event for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Salt Lake City affiliate. Spend a day on the Colorado River outside Arches and Canyonlands National Parks paddling down mild whitewater alongside the stunning rock tower landscape. The evening features a live concert in shaded Swanny Park. Some 250 people from Utah and Colorado participated last year, raising $17,500 for cancer research.
  2. Seek the Peak, North Conway, New Hampshire, July 19-20. The highest peak in the Northeast stands at 6,288 feet and contains the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory, monitoring one of the most extreme and popular places on the planet. Hike the rock pile to support the observatory which also fosters the advancement of science and nature. There’s an after-party and dinner at the base of Mount Washington in Pinkham Notch to rest those weary legs.
  3. Leukemia Cup Regatta, Portland, Oregon, July 27. Boats and crews race along the scenic Columbia River. The regatta is part of a series of sailing events…

Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.