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1st Annual Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 5K Family Fun Run / Walk

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The 1st Annual Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 5K is a Family Fun Run & 1K Kid Dash supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & a Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day. The course will take runners around Astoria Park and along the waterfront on Shore Blvd. Enjoy the beauty of NY’s 14th Congressional District on a Greenway stretching between two majestic bridges. The route is easy, mostly flat, and fast. Organized by Race Director Tim Hayes of Productions NYC LLC.

Reduced rates are available for early registration. Runners are encouraged to form teams, bring together friends, co-workers, family and even their dogs in support of creating a better & cleaner environment for us all.

We ask all runners to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Green New Deal by making a direct donation in any amount here.

Use mass transit if possible. The N/W, Q100 & Q69, & NYC Ferry are nearby. Citi Bike docking stations are located at Astoria Park. Free parking is available. Please carpool if driving.

If you can’t attend, the AOC 5K Virtual Run allows everyone to join. The concept is simple. Register for the event, make a donation in any amount supporting a Green New Deal via the link provided then complete the distance. This could be during a morning run, on a treadmill, or just as a personal challenge. Record your distance on a running app then submit evidence of the run and of your donation.  A Green New Deal 5K race shirt and official race bib will be sent to you in the mail. (U.S. residents only)

Race Director Tim Hayes said, “A Green New Deal will provide everyone, young & old, rich & poor with the benefits of a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable world that can last for generations.  I am proud to support leaders with strength, determination and vision.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has demonstrated that she is that person. I am honored to help. I hope others will join us on April 27 at Astoria Park in Queens.”

 

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India’s Biggest Inter-College Sports Show, Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit College Frenzy 2.0, Crosses 3 Million Views in Less Than 3 Weeks

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India’s biggest inter-college show, Maruti Suzuki Arena Devils Circuit College Frenzy (MSADCCF), hosted by Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, is a sport and entertainment-based Inter College Challenge that debuted on Indian national television last year to fantastic response. It is a first-of-its-kind competition that gave a platform to India’s university students to showcase their fitness levels.

Designed as a team-based competition, MSADCCF is an obstacle race that pushes participants not only physically but tests them under pressure situations. After a three-month audition drive held across numerous colleges pan India and over 10,000 video entries received through the website, the top 16 teams are filmed for the season. Each college sends a three-member team that performs as one cohesive and coordinated unit to stand a chance to win the coveted title of India’s Fittest College Team and cash components of up to INR 10.0 Lacs, while the fastest runner in the Finals receives a Maruti Suzuki Swift car-the biggest prize in amateur sports.

After the major success in its first season last year, the second season of MSADCCF was launched on SonyLiv this month as a six-episode series. Alongside, multiple smaller digital films were released across social media platforms including the FacebookInstagram and YouTube pages of the property.

Apart from the wide reach through SonyLiv, just in a period of three weeks, the show has crossed 3 million views on Facebook alone, firmly establishing the property as the most widely watched inter-college challenge in the country.

Having reached this milestone, Adnan Adeeb, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Volano Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., said, “We are thrilled to receive such stupendous response in the first month of the launch of our second season. This is undoubtedly the most challenging, competitive, and rewarding event for college students in the country and 3 Million views proves that we’re doing something right. What’s new this season is our move from TV last season to OTT platform SonyLiv, a strategic move since our audience is more active digitally. We hope to reach out to wider audiences through our broadcast partner and continue growing as we have.

 

SOURCE Volano Entertainment Pvt Ltd

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AED Program Renewed for the 2019 Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting Season

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The Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument is a popular whitewater rafting destination in central Colorado. Photo by Catherine Eichel Photography.
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The Arkansas River Outfitters Association (AROA) has implemented an additional layer of safety for its industry by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at key points along the Arkansas River from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 2019.

“Nothing is without risk. AROA is constantly looking for ways to help make the river safer. We want to be prepared for any situation,” said Brandon Slate, President of AROA – a trade organization made up of 30 river outfitters within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

AEDs are high-tech, life-saving, medical devices that deliver an electrical shock to re-establish the heart’s rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The sophisticated device gives visual and even audible instructions to talk users through the process until medical professionals arrive.

This groundbreaking program started last year but will be further enhanced this season. AROA will rent and place 12 AEDs – up from eight last year – along 100 miles of the river to coincide with Colorado Parks and Wildlife backboard locations.

“This is a model program. We are the first to do it to this extent,” said Slate. “There are buildings near rivers that have AED’s inside, but none that are set up in wilderness areas like we’re doing that are specifically designated for boaters to use.”

Encased in waterproof boxes, the AEDs are posted along the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. A notable partner is Colorado Parks and Wildlife through the AHRA. Rangers will deploy the devices, and regularly check and maintain them. Northwest River Supply (NRS) also collaborated with this program by providing water-proof boxes at a discount.

“Of course, we hope we never have to use the AEDs, but having them there is important for overall river safety,” said Slate.

“At AROA, we are proud to be a leader in promoting safety on the river and throughout the river communities,” said Slate.  “AROA’s overall efforts on safety issues make the Arkansas River a great place to take your family and friends whitewater rafting.”

SOURCE Arkansas River Outfitters Association

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Herta, Honda Are Texas Tough, Win at Circuit of the Americas

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18-year-old Colton Herta became the youngest winner in IndyCar history on Sunday, taking his Honda to victory in the INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
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Second-generation racer Colton Herta became the youngest winner in Indy car history today at the Circuit of the Americas, taking advantage of a late-race yellow flag to score his first NTT IndyCar Series victory in just his third race start.

Herta, son of former Honda Indy car and Acura sports car racer Bryan Herta, started fourth and kept his Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda in the lead pack throughout the caution-free first 43 laps of today’s 60-lap contest.  For those 44 laps, tire management was the key for drivers and teams in the first visit of the IndyCar Series to the challenging COTA circuit.

But the complexion of the race changed dramatically on Lap 44, when contact between rookie Felix Rosenqvist and James Hinchcliffe sent the former into the barriers, resulting in the first and only caution period of the race.  Herta, who had just made his final scheduled pit stop, cycled to the front of the field as leaders Will PowerAlexander Rossi and Scott Dixon were forced to make their final stops during the caution.

In addition to Power, Rossi and Dixon – who were running first, second and third at the time – Rosenqvist and Hinchcliffe also had to stop for repairs, while a mechanical issue for Power during his pit stop ended his race.

When the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 50, Herta pulled away to an initial 2.5-second lead over Newgarden, while Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal briefly battled over third place.  Driving like a veteran, Herta extended his advantage to nearly four seconds, while Hunter-Reay pulled away from Rahal and closed on Newgarden for second.  Meanwhile Rossi, who had taken the restart in 14th, put on a spectacular recovery drive that saw him gain five positions in the final 10 laps.

While Newgarden held on for second at the checkers, Honda drivers dominated the top-10 finishing order with Hunter-Reay finishing third, followed by Rahal, Sebastien BourdaisMarco Andretti and Takuma Sato in seventh.  Rossi crossed the finish line in ninth, just ahead of Jack Harvey, as the second-year Indy car driver rounded out the top 10 for Honda.

At age 18, Herta breaks the record previously held by Rahal, who scored his first Indy car victory at the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, when he was 19 years old.

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The NTT IndyCar Series now takes a week off before heading to Barber Motorsports Park, just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, for the April 7 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.  The third round of the 17-race championship will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 4 p.m. EDT.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series action from the Circuit of the Americas are available on HPD’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/HondaRacingHPDTV

 

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Colton Herta(Harding Steinbrenner Racing) Started fourth, finished first, at age 18, surpasses Graham Rahal as youngest Indy car winner in series history: “My team had a terrific strategy, but we weren’t expecting [a win].  I thought we were going to get a podium, we were going to get third.  I think we had the pace for that.  But that yellow came out at the perfect time for us.  Holy cow, I am worn out! That restart at the end [with 10 laps to go] just finished me off.  After the last restart, I knew we had good pace.  All day long, we were fast in the early laps, then faded towards the end [of a stint].  So on the restart, we were really quick. Just a spectacular day.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay(Andretti Autosport Honda) Started third, finished third: “It was a tough race.  I had to struggle a little bit.  We dialed some front wing into it to try and fix the understeer, so then the car was a little bit loose.  At the end there, I thought we were a little bit faster than Josef Newgarden, but he did a really good job of keeping me behind him.  But hats off to Colton Herta, the youngest-ever Indy car winner.  From the first day of the open test, everybody was like ‘what is he on, a different tire or something?’  He did a great job, put his head down all weekend and made no mistakes.  Perhaps we could’ve been a bit better, but we’ll take the [championship] points and move on.  Great first weekend here at COTA, we had a good [fan] turnout, and we’ll come back better next year.”

Art St. Cyr(President, Honda Performance Development) on his final race as president of HPD: “It was a very entertaining and historic first Indy car race here at COTA, with Colton becoming the youngest-ever winner.  He has shown that the future of the IndyCar Series is bright, as the young rookies engaged established veterans in entertaining battles all day long.  Congratulations to Colton and the Harding Steinbrenner team on their victory, congratulations also to Ryan on his recovery from an unfortunate result in St. Petersburg.  Congratulations to all our HPD associates for placing eight of the top ten finishers, including tremendous drives from Graham and Sebastien to round out the top five, and to Alexander, who deserved a much better result than ninth.” [Ted Klaus moves from Honda R&D to take over as HPD president on April 1].

SOURCE Honda Racing/HPD

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