Extreme Adventure Sports

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Landmark vs. Landmark: Serving as the mother church for the priests and brothers known at the Congregation of Holy Cross in the US, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is also a landmark on Notre Dame's campus. 960 1280

  

Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes

Landmark vs. Landmark: Denny Chimes, located on the quad on Alabama's campus, was named in honor of the school's former president, George H. Denny. 960 1280

  

College Football Hall of Fame

College Football Hall of Fame

Museum vs. Museum: Quite possibly the greatest museum in all of sports, the College Football Hall of Fame is located in South Bend, IN. 960 1280

  

Bryant Museum

Bryant Museum

Museum vs. Museum: The Paul 'Bear' Bryant Museum located at 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa honors past players and coaches who helped shape the legendary program. 960 1280

  

Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium is known by many for its endzone view of "Touchdown Jesus" -- a large mural of Jesus with his arms in almost the same position as a referee signaling a touchdown. 960 1280

  

Bryant Stadium

Bryant Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 960 1280

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ischoff National Chamber Music Association in South Bend, IN

ischoff National Chamber Music Association in South Bend, IN

Music vs. Music: Hosting the nation's largest chamber music competition, South Bend is home of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. 960 1280

Inti St. Clair  

Bluegrass Music

Bluegrass Music

Music vs. Music: Alabama is best known for Bluegrass. 960 1280

Robert Kyllo  

South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo

South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo

Zoo vs. Zoo: Opened in 1902, South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo is the oldest zoo in the state of Indiana. 960 1280

  

Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo

Zoo vs. Zoo: Birmingham Zoo located about an hour from Tuscaloosa. 960 1280

  

South Bend Chocolate Company

South Bend Chocolate Company

Food vs. Food: Producing over 3,000 pounds of chocolate a day, the South Bend Chocolate Company is an institution in Indiana’s 4th largest city. 960 1280

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Alabama BBQ

Alabama BBQ

Food vs. Food: Alabama is famous for their BBQ, especially pork. 960 1280

Steve Kroeger  

South Bend Regional Airport

South Bend Regional Airport

Transportation vs. Transportation: South Bend Regional Airport is the only transportation center in the US that houses air, rail and bus service in one location. 960 1280

  

Tuscaloosa Regional Airport

Tuscaloosa Regional Airport

Transportation vs. Transportation: Tuscaloosa Regional Airport is used mainly by the sports programs of the University of Alabama, but is available for public use, as well. 960 1280

Tyler Olson  

Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

See if you can escape zombies in the annual Run For Your Lives 5K obstacle race. This is one race where a muscle cramp may spell the start of even bigger problems -- like being caught by brain-eating zombies! 960 1280

HGL  

Marathon du Medoc, France

Marathon du Medoc, France

France's Bordeaux region shows off its national character in the annual Marathon du Medoc, with participants drinking wine (and yes, running, too) through some of the world's greatest vineyards. 960 1280

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Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Travel Channel's Lost Girls prove that you really can wear that bridesmaid dress again (and for a good cause!). The Lost Girls take on a new name for the day as The Runaway Bridesmaids to run the Fifth Avenue Mile in NYC -- in dresses -- to raise money to fight sex trafficking worldwide. 960 1280

Ed Haas  

High Heel Race, Washington, DC

High Heel Race, Washington, DC

Halloween in the nation’s capital is a spirited affair, courtesy of the annual High Heel Race. Onlookers gather in Dupont Circle to watch drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down 17th Street in high heels. 960 1280

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Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Teams of 2 run together through an off-road obstacle course, complete with military-style challenges. At the end of the race, each duo crawls through a mud pit before crossing the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies”! 960 1280

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Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

There’s no time to rest for participants in the Pattaya International Bed Race. Runners pushing hospital beds, boat beds and even a bed designed as a bathtub race down a popular strip of this beach town in Thailand. 960 1280

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Bride-Carrying Race, China

Bride-Carrying Race, China

Grooms carry their brides during a mini-marathon celebrating the New Year in Sanya, in south China's Hainan province. 960 1280

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Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Participants of Red Bull Soapbox Derby compete on a 656-yard track in Budapest, Hungary. Racing against the clock, they speed to the finish line in handmade vehicles. 960 1280

Reuters  

Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

At the Empire State Building Run-Up, runners climb 86 floors, 1,576 steps and roughly 1/5 mile, on their way to the observation deck. No elevators for these die-hard runners! 960 1280

Reuters  

Great Knutsford Race, England

Great Knutsford Race, England

You’ll have to wait until 2020 for the next Great Knutsford Race, a 3-hour competition on penny-farthing bicycles that’s held once a decade. Competitors come from all over the world to race on these 1880s-era high-wheelers in Knutsford, England. 960 1280

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The Brainerd (MN) Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza draws over 10,000 anglers annually who compete for more than $150,000 in prizes. All proceeds from the event are donated to local charities. 960 1280

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The Brainerd Jaycees claim that 20,000 holes are drilled in the ice for the annual contest. It takes 3 days to set up the event site, which temporarily becomes the second-largest city in Crow Wing County. 960 1280

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Some lucky angler is stocked up for the winter! 960 1280

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It's not the size of the fish that matters; it's an honor just to compete. 960 1280

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Sleds are the most efficient means for moving equipment at the Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 960 1280

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Contestants wait in line to have their catch weighed. 960 1280

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This guy won't need to tell a fish story! 960 1280

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As demonstrated by this angler, there's much more to the sport than just dropping a line into an ice hole. 960 1280

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The first-place finisher of the 2009 contest was awarded a brand-new pickup truck. 960 1280

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Vikings of both the "real" and football kind are seen in great abundance at the Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 960 1280

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