IFSC Showcases Sport Climbing on New Website

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The International Federation of Sport Climbing has revamped their website, ifsc-climbing.org. The site is designed to give climbing enthusiasts a more intuitive interface to access of the IFSC’s online content. Features include the latest climbing news, competition rules and updates, rankings, photo galleries, and live webcasts of events during the 2013 climbing season including IFSC World Competitions.

The site is intended to serve as an attractive, dynamic, and reliable showcase for sport climbing. With sport climbing on the shortlist for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, the IFSC hopes the site will present the climbing as the vibrant international sport the International Olympic Committee is looking for.

USA Climbing Makes Evolv Sports Official Climbing Shoe

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Collegiate Climbing SeriesBuena Park, CA – Evolv Sports is now sponsoring USA Climbing as its official climbing shoe, marking the second year of partnership the brand and the organization. Evolv will be the official climbing shoe for the American Bouldering Series Championships, the Sport Climbing Series Championships and the Collegiate Climbing Series Nationals. It will also headline Team Championship components in the American Bouldering Series, Collegiate Climbing Series and Sport Climbing Series. Evolv will provide Regional Championship winners with a custom banner to display in their home gyms. National Championship winners will also receive a custom banner together with a cash prize and Evolv footwear.

EPA 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard

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U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories in the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2) are now open for a 45-day public comment period.

Good Progress on Certain Children’s Health Issues Reports EPA Study

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Washington, D.C. – The EPA’s “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition” report is now available to be viewed on the EPA website. The report uses data from a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children’s health and the environment.

The report includes information on trends for contaminants in the environment that may affect children, concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of childbearing age, and childhood illnesses and health conditions. It also includes revisions to address peer review and public commentary on materials released in 2011.

The report presents 37 indicators of children’s environmental health that address 23 different topics. It shows good progress on issues such as reducing blood lead levels in children and exposure to tobacco smoke in the home.

Sport Specific Advanced Degrees Provide New Talent For the Outdoor Industry

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PSTFTwo outdoor sports specific international advanced degrees were launched in 2012 in the French Alps through the collaboration of companies in the outdoor sports industry and the Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) association.

In partnership with the Université de Savoie’s IUT Technical School, the Bachelor’s in Performance Sports Textile and Footwear (PSTF) degree aims to train future skilled technicians in the areas of apparel, footwear, bags or textile accessories.

National Ski Patrol Partners with Virus

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VIRUSHungtington Beach, CA – Virus Action Sport Performance has been chosen as the official supplier for the National Ski Patrol Association (NSP). Virus will be supplying the NSP’s 29,000 members with its Stay Warm Coffee Charcoal Compression. The compression garments will help patrollers perform for extended periods in the harsh mountain conditions where they often serve the skiing, snowboarding and outdoor recreation community.

Leisure Trends Partner With NSGA

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Leisure Trends GroupBoulder, CO and Mount Prospect, IL – Leisure Trends and the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) have formed a strategic partnership that will give all NSGA members access to topline data from Leisure Trends’ Sporting Goods Retailtrak. In addition, NSGA members will also be able to purchase Brand Share reports for more detailed information.

Adventure Cycling Association Expands Maps and Hits Record Sales

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Adventure Cycling AssociationThe Adventure Cycling Association is North America's largest non-profit cycling organization. It exists to inspire more people to travel by bicycle and to improve conditions for existing bicycle travelers. The association has performed well for fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012). It is now operating with a budget of $4.95 million—up 17% over last year.

Eastern Mountain Sports Acquired by Versa Capital

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Eastern Mountain SportsPhiladelphia, PA – Versa Capital Management LLC today acquired Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). Versa Capital Principal and Chairman of Bob’s Stores, Mark Walsh, will serve as chairman of the Board of EMS. No disclosure has been made about the purchase terms.

No major initiatives will be considered until the holiday season is over, however plans are being made to explore opportunities for a collaboration between Bob’s Stores and EMS, as well as for maintaining all current EMS stores.

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