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Epic journeys

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Have you ever wanted to do something epic? Like bike across the country? Go on a 2,500 mile hike? Read about some locals who have gone on recent adventures like these and other long-distance related events in the area.

Hiking together: East Wenatchee couple Mike and Sarah embarked on one of the most epic journeys in the country just days after getting married as they left San Diego headed north on foot along the PTC.

http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/apr/19/this-2650-mile-honeymoon-is-no-cruise/

Check out their website http://www.mspct.com/

An instant connection. A German couple riding their bikes in Kentucky while crossing the United States meets a couple from Wenatchee who is doing the same. The trip is cut short through injury, but the European couple returns years later to renew their adventure in the city of Wenatchee. Since their first meeting, each couple has traveled across the globe to visit the other.

http://www.biketrip2001.com/Helms2008.htm

A dream come true. This Wenatchee couple biked across the country in 2001, turning a hope they had had for years into a reality.

http://www.biketrip2001.com/index.htm

For a cause. Christopher Swain swam the length of the Columbia River in 2003 to draw attention to pollution in the water. Swain wants action to be taken to make the water cleaner and healthier and sought to prove his point by swimming through it himself.

http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/He-s-swimming-the-Columbia-all-of-it-to-1116924.php

50 mile-fundraiser. Emily von Jentzen is going to swim the length of Lake Chelan for Katelyn Roker and her battle against leukemia.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110703/NEWS01/707039963

Not for the faint-hearted. Or just for the insane – take your pick. In the Cascades the Plain 100 mile endurance run is held on August 27th and 28th this year. The wait list is full, more than doubling the number of participants allowed in the race.

http://www.cascaderunningclub.com/plain100.html

http://www.cascadecrest100.com/

No pain no gain. Section K of the Pacific Coast Trail is close to home, just up in the Cascade Mountains, and is considered the second most difficult stretch for hikers to endure. However, the breathtaking scenery makes the pain more than worth it.

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pacific-crest-trail-section-k-stevens-pass-east-to-rainy-pass?b_start:int=20

The American Long Distance Hiking Association meets in Lake Wenatchee this year, as it has in 4 other years over the past decade.

http://www.aldhawest.org/gathering.html