Next Up Wild horses, a bid to board down Everest and computer geeks at the Gravity Games

September 07, 2003

SEPT. 6-7: THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RIDE & TIE
(www.rideandtie.org)

Fifty teams will take part in the 33rd annual Ride & Tie in
Truckee, Calif. In what is essentially an interspecies relay, two
runners and one horse form a tag team and leapfrog their way over
a 32-mile course through the woods. One teammate rides ahead,
ties the four-legged participant to a tree and continues on foot,
while the other catches up to the waiting horse. All three must
hoof across the finish line, no easy feat. It's not uncommon for
a horse to bolt at the starting line. Says R&T president Curt
Riffle, "Talk about herd instinct: wild horses in all
directions."

MID-SEPT.: SEVEN SUMMITS SNOWBOARDING QUEST
(www.stephenkoch.com)

Bad weather is threatening to scuttle Stephen Koch's attempt to
snowboard down Mount Everest and complete his conquest of the
tallest peak on each continent. On Aug. 29 he pushed for the top,
only to turn back due to heavy snowdrifts. Koch, who is climbing
without supplemental oxygen, will need to attack soon. His
climbing permit expires on Sept. 15.

SEPT. 10-14: GRAVITY GAMES
(www.gravitygames.com)

If last month's Summer X Games, at which Tony Hawk announced his
retirement, were about yesterday's trailblazers, then the Gravity
Games are about tomorrow's. Along with the usual mix of boarders
and skaters, competitive video gamers will do battle for the
first time as part of a sports festival. NBC is banking that
sedentary viewers will enjoy watching sedentary competitors.

COLOR PHOTO: BILL GORE (RIDE & TIE) They'll be off and running--and galloping--in the Ride & Tie.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)