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Runners cast shadows as they approach the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

From Sick to Superb: Lebanon’s Andrea Walkonen Among Top Women at Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boston — Even before the bombs exploded in Copley Square last April, Lebanon’s Andrea Walkonen couldn’t let herself imagine running the Boston Marathon a year later, let alone reaching the finish line 25th among the world’s fastest women on Monday. “I’d just come down with ulcerative colitis,” the 27-year-old Walkonen said on Monday after completing the 26.2-mile course in 2 …

Still Searching for the Magic: Twin State Speedway Trying Revival With New Management

Monday, April 21, 2014

Claremont — Can motorsports racing be successful once again in Claremont? On Thrasher Road is a one-third paved asphalt track that flourished for decades and then failed as the Claremont Speedway. More recently, the facility was renamed as Twin State Speedway, but a name change was not enough to get the crowd and …

Tell-Tale Sign Of New Season: ‘The Gobble’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dallas — One of the neatest sounds of spring is the reverberating “gobble, gobble, gobble” call of a male turkey. Wild turkeys occasionally make the gobbling call outside of breeding season. For the most part, gobbling is a spring serenade. To reveal their location to any breeding hens that may be close enough to hear, males gobble when they fly up to roost …

Hope Springs on Wisconsin River

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — We could have come back to the Brule just for the bald eagles. Or the deer. Or the Canada geese. Or the ducks. Or the steelhead. Or the two otters. Or the sleepy bear. Any of those would have been enough. The …

A Joy to be Back on the Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring had been planned by ticking off the days until sap ran. Somewhere in the middle of this, or around it, rivers would break free of ice, or warm up, and fishing dates were on the calendar. This …

Upper Valley Marathon Runners Defiant, Determined in Return to Boston

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rain or shine, cold or heat, wind or calm, Tim Downes expects to spend a little more time than usual on Monday morning looking around the Hopkinton, Mass., green at tens of thousands of fellow runners, maybe greeting …

Marathon Memory: A Reporter Reflects

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Forgive me for starting this story — my story — in my head, three miles into a 10-mile run on a frosty Good Friday morning. I need the endorphins for this one, the way some writers need nicotine …

A Timeless Passion: Age Means Nothing to These Hanover Marathoners

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hanover — Mike Gonnerman blames The Washington Post. His wife, Betsy, blames herself. Living and working in the nation’s capital at the time, Mike Gonnerman read an author’s account in the Post of running in the Marine Corps …

Hartford Rec Hosting Martin Richard Benefit Run

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wilder — With the Boston Marathon right around the corner, the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, teaming with the Friends of Hartford Track, will host the Hartford Strong for Boston 5K road race on April 27. The event is a benefit for Team MR8, the Martin Richard Charitable …

A Little Light Warmup Goes a Long Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Peter Harris Special to the Valley News All right, finally, some of us have been able to hit some golf balls! How do you get yourself ready for the season? This past weekend, I witnessed a golf-hungry …

Riverfest Hits Choppy Water

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Once again, weather conditions are wreaking havoc on the Ledyard Canoe Club’s Riverfest plans. For the second straight year, the paddlers club of Dartmouth College has canceled its triathlon intended to help kick off a weekend of festivities culminating in Sunday’s popular Mascoma River Slalom in Lebanon. Instead …

Lebanon Woman, 65, Discovers Weight Lifting at the Right Time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lebanon — Science tells us that gravity causes small objects to be captured by larger ones, caught to orbit. But that only scratches the surface of how Lebanon’s Jane Higgins has benefited from a chance encounter with Carl …

Silent Treatment

Monday, April 14, 2014

Brad Hollis II of Enfield gives his son, Gage Hollis, 10, instructions as he shoots a Walther P22 with a silencer to make it easier for Hollis to instruct his son at the Enfield Outing Club in Enfield, …