Judy Sutton Taylor is an editor and writer with more than two decades of experience in print and online media, guidebook publishing and creative writing.

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Hiking the Cowles Bog Trail

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Bike the Drive

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A path through the Indiana Dunes to the shores of Lake Michigan. Judy Sutton Taylor on Chicago, IL. Food for Fun- Part One Charlotte's Farmers Markets Fuel ......

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Three bike collectives that keep Chicago moving

The Recyclery, Working Bikes, and West Town Bikes are three bike collectives that keep Chicago moving....

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Bike the Drive

Bike the Drive closes iconic Lake Shore Drive to motor vehicles in favor of bicycles for five hours on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend....

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Cowles Bog Trail

The Cowles Bog Trail, just 45 miles from downtown Chicago, is a true treasure for hiking enthusiasts that ends with a trip to the beach....

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Girl Power

It's all about girl power this summer in Chicago. Check out this local list of all the women-specific races happening in the Windy City this summer....

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No Salt, No Problem

Lake Michigan is a surprisingly great surfing location, which means no salt, no problem; you'll still catch some nice fresh water waves....

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Deer Valley Resort Mountain Biking

Deer Valley Resort has lift-served, single-track mountain biking during the summer months where mountain bikers from around the world go to...

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5 awesome ways to enjoy Lake Michigan

One of the many joys of a Chicago summer is the spectacular Lake Michigan lakefront that hugs the city. There are many ways to enjoy this lake, here are 5....


Chicago, IL Adventure Stories | RootsRated

RootsRated brings you adventure stories from Chicago, IL, including athlete profiles, top destinations and events that make Chicago one of our top adventure towns....

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Kicking Off the Racing Season in Chattanooga

The Chattanooga racing season begins with the Scenic City Half Marathon and 5K on February 28th, at Finley Stadium....

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Portland Welcomes Rugged Maniacs

Perhaps you’ve seen them. Perhaps you have participated in one. They are races, but by no means are these your standard 5k’s......

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RootsRated presents a collection of recreation activities recommended by local experts who live and breathe in Austin’s outdoor parks and trails every day....

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Experiential Learning in the Lowcountry with Kids in Kayaks

Thanks to the Outside Foundation and Kids in Kayaks, every Beaufort County 7th grader now has the opportunity to kayak for school credit....