Maggie Slepian, Other Adventures

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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:49am Maggie Slepian

Scientifically unproven running-enhancement tips.

When I tell people I'm training for the Rut, the remorse in my voice leads them to believe I’m running the 50k,—the course that goes up Lone Peak—but it's actually the 12k baby Rut that's filling my psyche with images of being airlifted off the course. Don’t get me wrong, the 12k version has an unfortunate amount of steep elevation gain and elite runners, and will still be a major fitness challenge.

So how does a slightly subpar athlete prepare? I’ve invented my own running/walking/shuffling regimen, so if anyone regrettably signs up for an intimidating trail race, here’s a step-by-step guide to motivating yourself to get up and plug around the trails.

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 4:31pm Maggie Slepian

Outdoor endeavors for the athletically challenged

Many Bozeman residents take athletic superiority for granted. From off-road triathlons to alpine climbs, they reach every level of intensity through training, perseverance, and natural ability.

But what about the rest of us? The folks who bike to work—when it's nice out. Who go on runs—but walk up the hills. Who hike mountains—and fall crossing the stream.

 The rocks were slippery.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:22pm Maggie Slepian

The dust kicks up thick and gritty in the Gardiner parking lot like it rarely does in Bozeman’s clean-swept downtown. The main drag is sparsely populated; the locals and tourists have migrated up the road to the rodeo grounds where they’re squeezed into bleachers, leaning against the fence, or waiting in line for a greasy burger. 

Gardiner Rodeo Opening Ceremonies 

Rodeo days are the summer draw for small towns across Montana. No one does it better or more authentically. During the rodeo celebration, the towns come alive in a rustic, genuine way that can’t be matched by big-city rodeos, no matter how flashy the promotions or renowned the sponsors.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 11:32am Maggie Slepian

Bozeman's Inaugural International Mountain Day

In Bozeman during winter, it’s impossible to not be overcome by the vision of a freshly powdered peak as the clouds lift over the Bridgers. Or if you are one of the few people in Bozeman who doesn’t ski or snowboard, you gaze longingly at the mountains and count down the days until the snow melts so you can start your summer peak-bagging list. 

Whatever your favorite season may be, mountains play an undeniably large role in Bozeman life. So it only seems fitting for MSU to partner with local organizations to host Bozeman’s inaugural celebration of International Mountain Day this past Tuesday at the Emerson Center.

International Mountain Day (IMD) is a UN-designated day hosted all around the world for the past decade. It was created to raise awareness about the critical role that mountains play in our planet’s ecosystem, but until this year Bozeman had never hosted one of its own. 

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