Atayne 360 - October 2011

Leaf Peeping – Atayne Style

Mountain FoliageAt Camp Atayne, autumn is our favorite time of year. With cool, comfortable temps and leaf colors galore, there is no better time to get outside and play!

This month, we recommend you get out and do some leaf peeping. However, in true Atayne-fashion, we encourage everyone to go human powered. And with that, we invite everyone to join our Human Powered Leaf Peeping Event. Get out for a hike. Take a bike ride. Go for a paddle. Run some trails. It does not matter how you move and peep, just make sure it is human powered.

Visit our Human Powered Leaf Peeping Event on Facebook and share your favorite active way to view the autumn colors. Pictures and stories are encouraged. We want our event wall covered with the reds, golds and oranges of fall.

Each Atayne fan that posts on our event wall before the end of October will be entered into a drawing to win an Annual National Parks Pass and a $25 Atayne gift certificate.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out and leaf peep!

October Recipe

We have a tasty new addition to the Atayne 360 eNewsletter. We've partnered with Frontier in Brunswick, Maine to bring you a seasonal, healthy recipe to help fuel your active pursuits. Frontier specializes in combining local ingredients with world flavors, and now you can bring that into your own kitchen.

This month, we are featuring a fall-inspired dish that is great for a family dinner or a fall dinner party with friends. It's healthy and oh so attractive to gaze upon.

Root Vegetables. (Joye/flickr)Roasted Root Vegetable with Gremolata*

1 lb. Medium Sized Carrots Peeled and Julienned
1 lb. Medium Sized Parsnip Peeled and Julienned
1 lb. Turnip Cut into 1" Wedges
1 1/4 lb. Brussel Sprouts Trimmed and Halved
6 T. Olive Oil
3/4c. Pecans (coarsely chopped)
1/4c. Grated Parmesan
1/4c. Fine Chopped Parsley
2 T. Lemon Juice
1 T. Grated (fine) Lemon Peel
1 Small Garlic Clove (finely chopped)

Toss first four ingredients in a bowl with 3 tbsp. Olive Oil and coat well. Put the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet and place in 425° F preheated oven. Roast for 1 hour turning often until the vegetables are fork tender.

In a separate bowl, mix Pecans, Parsley, 1 tbsp. of the Lemon Juice, Lemon Peel, Chopped Garlic, 1 tbsp. of the Olive Oil and season with Salt and Pepper.

When vegetables are done, place on serving platter and drizzle with 2 tbsp. Olive Oil and the remaining 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice. Sprinkle Pecan-Parsley-Garlic mixture over roasted vegetables and serve.

Be sure to post a picture of your dinner featuring this recipe on our Facebook page.

*Curious what "gremolata" (or gremolada) means? It's a topping usually made from ground parsley, chopped garlic & lemon zest.

Play It Forward: Little Rascals Orchard

Little Rascals OrchardThere might not be a more, quintessential fall activity than apple picking. We recently came across Little Rascals Orchard in Harvard, MA that puts a unique spin on it. The non-profit combines apple picking with raising money for charitable organizations. Their mission is to provide opportunities for families to experience agriculture and nature. Through their group events, they partner with other not-for-profits to build community and to raise funds for important children's causes.

Please join Atayne in supporting Little Rascals Orchard. If you shop at Atayne.com during the next 30 days and use the promo code littlerascals2011, we'll donate 10% of your purchase price to Little Rascals Orchard and cover your shipping costs.

Do you know of a unique non-profit doing great things? Let us know about it by emailing us at adventure@atayne.com, and they could be featured here.

Top Five Things to NOT Forget on Race Day

Along with the colors, the apples and the freshly harvested food, we love autumn because it's the season of big races. Many Atayners have been training all year for that one, goal race. However, even with all those hours of training (in your Atayne gear, we hope) you still have to put it all together on race day.

Unfortunately many people forget to bring or do some very basic things. Our good friend Will Thomas, professional race director and president of Tri-Maine, has seen a lot of crazy mistakes on race day. We asked him to share his list of top 5 things not to forget come race day. 

Fall Trail Race
Warm Up:
It's important to get some blood flowing to your muscles before your race. Don't shock the system. Warming up is especially important for triathletes who need to acclimate to the water to avoid hyperventilation or hypothermia. 

Spare Parts: We're not just talking about bike parts. Triathletes should also bring spare goggles. Runners should bring an extra pair of socks. Stuff breaks, so you should be prepared with back ups for all your critical pieces of gear. 

Low Gear: For cyclists and triathletes, be certain to put your bike in the lowest gear before the start. Too many times athletes get to the line, mount the bike but can't get the pedal around and fall over. Not an auspicious beginning. 

Do Your Homework: It's the responsibility of the race director to provide all the necessary information about the logistics of the race, but it's up to the participant to read it. Reading the pre-race instructions, can answer many of your questions and alleviate a great deal of pre-race nervousness. 

Leave Early: Give yourself an extra 30 minutes of travel time. You're always better off arriving to the race early rather than scrambling to get to the start line. Your race preparations will be more thorough, focused and relaxed. Save that energy for the race.

Do you have any additional pre-race tips? Share them on our Facebook page for other Atayners to heed.

Atayne at Play

Unfortunately, this shot did not come from this year's playoffs. Sadly, our beloved Red Sox folded down the stretch. However, during happier days, Atayne was spotted at Fenway Park. Rich J. sported the colors of his two favorite teams in Beantown, and we think it's a great combination. And for all you Yankees' fans, you can wear Atayne, too. You just might not look as good!

Atayne at Fenway

It’s a Little Known Fact

Cliff Claven
Congratulations to September's winner Joshua G. who knew that the Pineland Farms Trail Challenge was the other farm-related running festival sponsored by Atayne. Now on to October's question.
 
A marathon training run in May 2007 became the inspiration for starting Atayne. The now famous red shirt was worn while chief pacesetter Jeremy was training for what fall marathon?
 
Remember, all answers can be found on our website, blog,  Facebook page, Twitter feed, or past issues of our newsletter.
  
To join in the fun, email your answer to adventure@atayne.com.  To be entered into the drawing for the $25 gift certificate, your answer must be received by Monday, October 31, 2011.
 
Until next Month, Keep it Clean!
 
 
The Atayners