Chase for the Cup

A celebration of NASCAR and of Jimmie Johnson and behind Denny Hamlin head into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 21, 2010.

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

The Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field, just south of downtown Seattle. The $360-million facility includes a roof that protects about 70% of the 72,000 seats available in stadium. Owners claim that the stadium has the largest executive suites in professional sports. You make the call! 960 1280

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

Head to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA -- just 33 miles from downtown Boston -- to see the New England Patriots play their home games. The 1.9 million-square foot stadium has 68,756 seats, including 6,000 club seats and 2,000 suite seats. According to the Stadium’s website, every seat in Gillette Stadium is focused toward midfield to provide optimum sight lines for Patriot fans. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

The Seattle Art Museum, also commonly referred to as "SAM," opened its doors in 1933 and has just about 25,000 pieces in it’s collection. Although the museum is closed Mondays -and Tuesdays, you can get your fix of modern and ethnic art the other 5 days of the week. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Although Seattle is the birthplace of the Starbucks coffee craze, it’s also known for having some of the freshest seafood in the country. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Boston is known for having some of the best clam chowder in New England. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

From Pike Place Market to the city’s 12 neighborhoods, downtown Seattle is home to more than 1,000 retailers both big and small. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street has been a trendy shopping spot for Bostonians since the late 1970s. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

With 13 stops, the Central Link light rail travels from Sea-Tac Airport to downtown Seattle. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

Boston’s MBTA, better known as The T. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Olympic National Park is a must-see. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, the park encompasses 6,000 square miles of snowcapped peaks, lush forests and emerald lakes. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

With 28 HDTVs, several beers on tap and tasty bar food, Dub Pub is the premier destination on the Eastside to watch your favorite team on football Sundays. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Owned by and named after the legendary Red Sox color commentator, Jerry Remy, Jerry's features 2 "Big Monster" 11-foot TV screens, as well as more 36-inch flat screens then you know what to do with. And we can’t forget the great food. 960 1280

  

Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The 604-foot structure was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair and has been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic structures ever since. 960 1280

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Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, where the famous "1 if by land, and 2 if by sea" signal was sent. 960 1280

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Motorcycle Maddness hits Daytona Beach during Bike Week, a gathering of motorcycle riders and fans from all over the world. 960 1280

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Daytona Bike Week also called Daytona Beach Bike Week, is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, FL. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. 960 1280

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Only motorcycles are allowed to drive along this stretch of Main Street during the first three days of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL. The event is usually held on the first full week of March and contends with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States. 960 1280

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The Sturgis Rally in South Dakota is one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the US, with concerts, exhibits and, of course, thousands of bikers riding and racing with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. 960 1280

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Racer John Cluzel strives to hit top speed at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Motocross at the Indianapolis Speedway. 960 1280

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The strongest competitors gather at the podium at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Motocross, including Pol Espargaro, Nicolas Terol and Sandro Cortess. 960 1280

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Thousands of riders rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, at Rolling Thunder held each year on Memorial Day weekend to honor American veterans. 960 1280

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Riders cross the Potomac River via the Memorial Bridge to head to Washington's Rolling Thunder. 960 1280

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The Cannonball Bike Run brings together riders, known as Cannonballers, for 6 days of fast riding and partying on super high-performance bikes. 960 1280

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Rallies are a time for bikers to meet up and ride together with other motorcycle enthusiasts and explore new terrain. 960 1280

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The Harley Love Ride heads up San Fernando Road in Glendale, California. 960 1280

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Bikers' favorite, the Harley Love Ride, was cancelled in 2009-2010, but organizers promise it will be back again in 2011, drawing riders to southern California. 960 1280

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Concours d'Elegance 960 1280

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Ironman World Championship Kona

Ironman World Championship Kona

The Ironman World Championship is the ultimate test of mind, body and spirit. Only the best triathletes converge on Kailua-Kona, HI, to embark on this 146.6-mile journey. Officially, there are 63 half-Ironman triathlons and 31 full-Ironman triathlons held around the world -- the biggest competitions are the Ironman World Championship, Ironman European Champion, Ironman US Championship and Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship. 960 1280

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Ironman Lake Tahoe

Ironman Lake Tahoe

In California, Lake Tahoe’s Ironman competition begins with a 2-loop swim at historic Kings Beach. Athletes hop on their bikes and then finish competition with a run along one of the most scenic stretches in the world. 960 1280

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Ironman New Zealand

Ironman New Zealand

Head to Taupo, a 45-minute flight or an easy 3 to 4 hour drive from Auckland, New Zealand. This Ironman competition attracts international athletes from more than 35 countries. Taupo has become an increasingly popular venue for sporting events because of the town’s compact size, clean environment, central location and friendly community. 960 1280

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Ironman UK

Ironman UK

In the summer, hundreds of athletes head to Bolton, England, to challenge themselves in the Ironman UK. Triathletes must embark on a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and run 26.2 miles to the finish line. In case you didn’t know, Bolton is located 10 miles northwest of Manchester. 960 1280

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Ironman 70.3 Panama

Ironman 70.3 Panama

Before running 13.1 miles through the Panama City’s Amador Causeway, triathletes must swim 1.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean -- at the entrance to the Panama Canal -- and bike 56 miles, crossing the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Pan-American Highway. 960 1280

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Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid

Ironman Lake Placid is the 2nd oldest Ironman competition in North America. It’s usually held mid-summer in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY, where more than 20,000 people converge on the town. Athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a challenging 112-mile bike ride through the Adirondacks Mountains and a 26.2-mile run, circling the downtown area 4 times. 960 1280

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Ironman Melbourne

Ironman Melbourne

The Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne -- the sporting capital of Australia -- is usually held in March. With the spectacular city as the backdrop, athletes take a 2.4-mile swim in Frankston, a 117-mile bike ride on the EastLink Tollway and a 26-mile run along Port Philip Bay to finish the grueling challenge. 960 1280

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Ironman 70.3 Racine

Ironman 70.3 Racine

If a full Ironman is too much, then head to Racine, WI -- located 30 miles south of Milwaukee -- to participate in the half Ironman. Triathletes must swim 1.2-mile along North Beach in Lake Michigan, bike 56 miles through the rolling countryside of Racine County and run 13.1 miles through the Zoo and surrounding Lake Michigan coastline. 960 1280

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Ironman Los Cabos

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos -- located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Baja California, Mexico -- is known as a great place to relax and unwind, but on March 17, 2013, athletes will converge on the resort town for its first Ironman competition. Nearly 1,500 participants from more than 50 countries are expected for the inaugural event. The course will include a swim in the Sea of Cortes, and then a bike ride and run along a 20-mile corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. 960 1280

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Ironman Wisconsin

Ironman Wisconsin

In Madison, WI, more than 45,000 spectators line the Ironman course through Wisconsin farm land and the downtown streets of state capital. The finish line is the most recognizable of all the US Ironman events; it is located in front of the Wisconsin state capitol in the heart of Madison. 960 1280

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Ironman Cozumel

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel -- located in Quintana Roo, Mexico -- is often a port of call for many cruise lines, but this fun travel destination is also host to the Ironman Cozumel and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel. Like many Ironman competitions, the Cozumel Ironman awards a predetermined number of slots that will allow athletes to participate in the “granddaddy” of all Ironman challenges, the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. 960 1280

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Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona

Ironman Arizona, set in Tempe, begins with a swim in the Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging 3-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert and then competition wraps up with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. 960 1280

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Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Welcome to Coeur d’Alene, the 2nd largest metropolitan area in Idaho. While wiping the sweat from their brow, athletes take a dip in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and a become eyewitnesses to spectacular views of rural northern Idaho by bike and on foot. 960 1280

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Ironman Louisville

Ironman Louisville

In August, the Ironman Louisville, KY, takes triathletes on a course through some of the city’s most scenic areas, including Waterfront Park, Oldham and Henry Counties and the city of LaGrange. Their journey ends with a finish line celebration at Fourth Street Live, an exciting entertainment and retail district in downtown Louisville. 960 1280

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Ironman Western Australia

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton -- a 2.5-hour drive from Perth, Australia -- hosts 2 Ironman competitions, Ironman 70.3 Busselton and Ironman Western Australia. Ironman 70.3 Busselton is held in October as part of a big festival, which includes the Kids Triathlon. Ironman Western Australia is held in December, when athletes swim Busselton Jetty, bike through Tuart Forest and run along Geographe Bay and through the heart of Busselton Township. 960 1280

  

Ironman Switzerland

Ironman Switzerland

More than 2,000 athletes compete in the waters of Lake Zurich during the swimming leg of the Ironman Switzerland Triathlon in Zurich. In the 2nd leg of the race participants hit a challenging bike course with a breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps before ending the competition with a run on the shore of the lake. 960 1280

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