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Six Local Swimmers to Swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge to Raise Money for Wounded Vets

In the realm of bad ass, few things rank higher than swimming from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, through what's ominously dubbed "The Red Triangle" due to its historically high concentration of Great White Shark attacks.  On April 14, a group called The Night Train Swimmers will embark on this epic journey -- swimming 30 miles in 50-degree water to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, The Semper Fi Fund and the Navy Seal Foundation, all of which support and empower wounded veterans.

Ahead of the Pack: SF’s Chuey Brand Is Outfitting Cyclists Across The Globe

When Kachusha Munkanta was 9-years-old, the cycling pro tour came through his hometown of Philadelphia. Inspired by the energy of the tour and the bright team colors, Munkanta and his brother peddled to the nearest bike shop to buy their favorite fluorescent team hat. 

Today, more than 20 years later, Munkanta—-who is affectionately known as Chuey-—sits in front of his Mission District workshop wearing a wool cycling hat of his own creation. As the owner of Chuey Brand, a locally made and internationally known small-scale cycling clothing company, this grown up Philly kid is moving San Francisco bike fashion to the front of the pack. “I happened to start at the right time,” says Munkanta, as he spins a small bike lock in his hand. “There’s this whole urban bike movement that’s happening.”

Pick-Up Games, Decoded: Where to Play Soccer, Basketball and Softball Around Town

Ready to play ball? Hit the field, court, or pitch, and see who shows up for a friendly game.

SOCCER

Outer sunset
When: Saturday morning
Calling all: Beginners to pros
Molly’s Soccer Group meets at West Sunset Fields every Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to play on the grassy outdoor full- or half-pitches. Expect 11-on-11 games—sometimes smaller side games if there’s a surplus of players. There are a lot of regulars, and they welcome newbies. It’s free, and everyone brings their own equipment and snacks. 2100 39th Ave.

Scenes of the City: Ocean Beach

For this week's Scenes of the City, we headed out to Ocean Beach and chatted up a few people taking advantage of this sudden spell of good weather.

Four Awesome Northern California Hot Springs

Sure you could go up to Napa and dish out a bunch of dough to sit at a spa. But for those who like their relaxation outdoors, under the stars and in a beautiful setting, we recommend scrapping a ritzy mud bath and checking out some of Northern California's natural hot springs. 

SELF Magazine Workout in the Park Comes to Marina Green

Fans of group fitness, mark your calendars: The SELF Magazine Workout in the Park is coming to the San Francisco for the first time on April 30. It's a day of crunching, yoga-ing, cardio-ing and general self-invigoration at Marina Green, led by the fitness gurus over at CRUNCH gym. (Gleeks, get excited: there's a class dedicated to learning the songs and dances of Glee). Celebrity host Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser (soap aficionados will know her as Sami from Days of Our Lives) will be on deck to pump up the crowd.

Marmot to Open New Flagship Store in Union Square

Marmot, the beloved, local gear and clothing company, opens its flagship store this Friday on Post between Grant and Kearny.
 
For San Franciscans, the move brings a touch of Sierra Nevada backcounty  to one of the city’s highest-end retail blocks.
 
A true northern California company – like two of its big competitors, The North Face and Mountain Hardware – Marmot built its reputation by making some of the best down-filled and Gore-Tex products in the early 70's.
 

Stay Warm: 5 Deals on Winter Jackets

It's going to snow (find out if it's snowing now here). So we went ahead and found some great deals on winterware to keep you warm. From the heavy duty to the highly efficient, here are a few steals on jackets for your winter arsenal.

 

 

 

The Total Steal
Marmot Down Vest
Men's and Women's
$64.84 (Down from $140)

A solid solution for combatting the cold is to take something warm you already own and put an amazingly down-priced, down-vest from a great local company right over it. Blammo.

 

 

The Furry Friend
Patagonia Retro-X Hoody
Men's and Womens
$114.50 (Down from $229)

We like to think the awesomeness of this jacket is self-explanatory. It's as if a stylish wooly mammoth was hugging you.

Rage Against the Machine: 4 Ultimate San Francisco Urban Workouts

Steep hills, rugged parks, and a freezing cold bay. If any city’s terrain can lure you out of the gym and onto the streets, ours can. Four experts put together the ultimate urban workout. One writer reports on (barely) surviving it.

City Work Out: The Coit Tower Multi-Press

The Workout: The Coit Tower Multi-Press

The Expert: Keith Wohlwend, founder of Boot Camp SF (bootcampsf.com), runs boot camps in neighborhoods across the city and is an expert in urban terrain.

It’s no surprise that CBS’ Amazing Race leveraged Coit Tower for Season 16’s final challenge. Instead of using the tower itself, boot camp guru Keith Wohlwend suggested I use the terrain around it for the best workout.

I started at the Greenwich Street Stairs and jogged up the steep steps to the tower, visualizing Lillie Hitchcock Coit—the cross-dressing, gambling, sometimes fire-fighting woman who bequeathed us the memorial. She climbed this hill every day, probably wearing a corset, sometimes with fire hose in tow.

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