RACE AROUND THE HARBOR ISLANDS
Explore Boston’s Harbor Islands in this fun new way: by swimming between and running over them. SwimRun, the Swedish adventure race first held in the United States — in Portland’s Casco Bay — in 2016, comes to Boston June 16. Participants run more than 13 miles and swim a total of 3 miles as they connect at least four islands during SwimRun Boston. Racers compete in teams of two and must stay within 30 feet of each other throughout the race for safety reasons. The event, created through a partnership between SwimRun USA and ethos (organizer of the Boston Triathlon), starts on Peddocks Island and ends on Spectacle Island, where there will be a post-race party and awards ceremony. Limited to 200 teams. $700 per team, includes race entry, ferry rides, post-race barbecue, and swag. SwimRun USA has also added a race in Washington’s San Juan Islands this year. www.swimrunboston.com.
HANG OUT WITH AN OLYMPIC SKIER
Race, ski, and chill with Bode Miller at Mount Sunapee March 23. Bode Bonanza includes a chance to race against Miller, attend an evening Q&A session with the Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion, and spend two hours skiing and hanging out with Miller and 12 of your friends. The ski race starts at 10 a.m., when Bode takes on Sunapee’s Paralympics gold medalist Jason Lalla on the Eggbeater run in a dual Nastar setup. See if you can beat Bode’s time, and then get your bib signed and a photo at the finish line. Listen to live music by the Dead Blues Society, take part in a silent auction, and ask Bode questions during the Q&A, 5-6:30 p.m. $50 per person to race, must preregister; $35 per person for Q&A; must win the auction to hang with Bode from 1 to 3 p.m. The event benefits the mountain’s adaptive ski community, through the Turtle Ridge Foundation and New England Healing Sports Association. 603-763-3576, www.mountsunapee.com.
AN UP-AND-COMING FILM FEST
Join Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, and other leading actors, screenwriters, filmmakers, and industry pros at the seventh annual Sun Valley Film Festival, March 14-18. The event features engaging talks and panel discussions, competitions, parties, and more than 60 film screenings. Compete in the Screenwriters Lab competition to win $1,000 and mentoring by industry experts, or the Film Lab competition to win $5,000 to finish your work in progress. Also, don’t miss Nat Geo WILD’s Salon panel discussions with special guests Bosworth and Yayha Abdul-Mateen II (from the upcoming “Aquaman” film), and Coffee Talks, a series of free talks by industry guests, such as Paltrow, who share their stories. Festival passes range from $150 to $1,000, individual film tickets also available. www.sunvalleyfilm
VIRGIN’S NEW PLANES, FIRST-CLASS OFFERINGS
Virgin Atlantic adds four new Airbus A330-200s to its fleet starting this month, including the Daydream Believer, Scarlett O’Hara, Honky Tonk Woman, and Strawberry Fields. Each plane offers three new seating styles in the upper-class cabin, giving those traveling between Boston and England’s Manchester Airport more options for enjoying the trans-Atlantic flight comfortably. Choose between the Love Suite, which suits couples or groups who want to dine and watch movies together; the Solo Freedom Suite, which lets solo travelers stretch out yet have aisle access; and the Solo Corner Suite, which gives passengers extra privacy and awesome views. The new planes will also be fitted with Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin toward the end of this year. In the meantime, the 287-seat Wi-Fi-enabled planes will offer a choice of 19 fully flat beds in upper class, 45 extra leg room economy seats, and 222 economy seats, all with inflight entertainment. These planes will also connect Manchester with New York, San Francisco, and Barbados. www.virginatlantic.com.
KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BELONGINGS
The easy-to-use Cube Tracker helps you locate your keys, phone, wallet, and other essential—and easily misplaced — items. This super-slim Bluetooth device, which weighs about .37 ounces, attaches to your keys and other objects using a key ring, or tucks into a pocket or wallet. Download the app onto your Apple or Android device and pair your phone with the tracker. Then use your phone to locate the Cube—hit Find and it will ring your Cube, tell you whether it’s near or far, and indicate on a map where it was last seen. Or double press the button on the Cube to locate your smartphone, and it will ring your phone even if it’s in silence mode (major bonus). $24.95 on Amazon.com. www.cubetracker.com.
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