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Sandra Hillen’s Wild Ride to the 2018 Winter Olympics


Overland Park Snowboarder Fosters Olympics Dreams on Both Side of the Broder by Japhi Westerfield AT THE TOP OF STONEHAM MOUNTAIN OUTSIDE OF QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, OVERLAND PARK NATIVE Sandra Hillen crouched down low and tried to get a better read on a crazy shape-shifting wind that couldn’t decide whether …

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IndieFit Confidential – Andrea Ballhagen


Local runner helps keep lupus in check with diet and hardcore trail running. Name Andrea Ballhagen Nickname Andi Born and Bred Macksville. Before that, Larned,Kansas Current Digs Topeka (which means “great place to dig potatoes” in Osage/Kansa) Alma Maters Fort Hays State University Day Job Administrator for the Kansas Department …

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IndieFit Gift Guide


Gift Ideas Compiled by Submission from IndieFit Staff. INDIEFIT BELIEVES THAT SHOPPING FOR FRIENDS, THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, OR THE GUY AT WORK WHOSE NAME YOU PULLED OUT OF A HAT SHOULD BE FUN. Here’s a list of gift ideas — local products, stores, and services — that our shopping …

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Scoby Do’s & Dont’s


And who put the KAN in KANbucha?! by Liz Weslandar WHEN IT COMES TO KOMBUCHA, IT SEEMS THAT PEOPLE EITHER LOVE IT, HATE IT, OR DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. However, if you’ve purchased a beverage from a cooler at a grocery or convenience store lately, it’s clear that the kombucha lovers …

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Size Matters When Choosing a Mountain Bike


by Megan Helm Illustrations by Jon Brett REMEMBER THAT HOLIDAY MORNING WHEN A LARGE, ODDLY SHAPED, POORLY WRAPPED PACKAGE WITH A KICKSTAND WAS BALANCED NEXT TO THE ALUMINUM TREE? The sparkly vinyl banana seat and chopper style handlebars screamed “Spring!” It was easy back then when bikes were one-size-fits-all. Today, …

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Meditations on December Running in KC


by Kristen Weigand IT’S DECEMBER. IF YOU’RE A RUNNER, THIS MEANS MAKING PEACE WITH THE DARKNESS. You could always go inside and hit the treadmill. Resist the urge. There will be plenty of time for treadmill running next month when the farm country winter really digs its teeth in. December …

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Tanya K’s Journey to Running Stardom in KC


Belarus native takes adaptive athletics to the mainstream. By Japhi Westerfield ABOUT A YEAR AGO, TANYA KHVITSKO – WHO IS QUICKLY BECOMING ONE OF KANSAS CITY’S BEST KNOWN RUNNERS – went for a short three-mile jog south of KU Med Center on a familiar course. Somewhere near State Line and …

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IndieFit Confidential – Christian Beer


Languages expert talks about the transition from elite cycling to functional fitness. Current Digs LFK (aka Lawrence) Alma Maters University of Kansas and Washburn University Day Job Marketing Coordinator for the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kansas Say What? Actually not what but in what …

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What Are You Grateful For?


Cafe Gratitude’s Annual Free Thanksgiving Community Meal CAFÉ GRATITUDE, ALONG WITH FÜD AND EDEN ALLEY, MAKES UP A THIRD OF THE RESTAURANTS IN KANSAS CITY’S VEGETARIAN “WHOLESOME” TRINITY. IndieFit recently caught up with Natalie George, the café’s “Creator/Director of Awesomeness” (yep, that’s her actual title) to discuss their free Thanksgiving …

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Mother Earth News


CLASSIC SUSTAINABILITY MAGAZINE MOTHER EARTH NEWS KEEPS PLUGGING AWAY IN THE 21ST CENTURY. But did you know they operate out of Topeka? By Megan Helm THERE AREN’T MANY PLACES IN KANSAS OR MISSOURI OR even the United States for that matter where conservatives and liberals agree besides the pages of …

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