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Belgian Community Night Hawks vs. Knicks | 11/7/2018


Join beATL at the newly renovated State Farm Arena on Wednesday, November 7th for a Belgian Community Night. Watch the Atlanta Hawks take on Belgian player, Frank Ntilikina**, and the New York Knicks. Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit that can be used at the brand new restaurants inside the arena.

You can purchase tickets anywhere in the arena through this link. I can certainly reach out to the Knicks and see if this is something Frank Ntilikina

The pre-game shoots should be around from 5:00-6:00 pm.  You would get to sit in the lower level for that time frame. After that, you can always go near the Knicks tunnel and possibly get to say hi or see Frank Ntilikina if he is over there.  beATL is working with the event coordinator to see if we could get some special beATL-time with Frank … Updates will be posted within this blogpost when available – check again later.

** Frank Ntilikina is a 6’5″ Belgian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks. He was selected by the Knicks as the eighth overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft. Ntilikina plays both point guard and shooting guard positions.

Logistics

  • When: November 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm [pre-game shoots around from 5:00-6:00 pm]
  • Where: State Farm Arena | 1 Philips Dr NW , Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Tickets@ $26/person for beATL members[you can purchase tickets anywhere in the arena – deadline to purchase tickets November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm]

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Quintuple Taz


Sit down because you will feel terribly exhausted by the end of this article!

Some of you may know Johan ‘Taz’ Desmet, a super lean 49-year old Gentenaar, living in Cumming with his wife Helene and multi-trophies-holder Stella, their German pointer.  They have a simple, cozy and discreet life, spending a lot of time outdoors.  So far so good, right?  What differentiates Taz from all of us is probably is ironclad determination.  Only a few days ago, at the bucolic Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania, VA, our compatriot succeeded to be the only Belgian in the whole world to finish the Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon more than 24 hours before the cut off time.  I guess I lost you … Keep reading because his exploit is pretty exceptional!

The Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon is an ultimate endurance event, over the course of 5 days, comprising 3 disciplines in direct consecutive order:

  • 12 mile (19 km) swim
  • 560 mile (900 km) bike
  • 131 mile (211 km) run

The total distance equals five (5) back-to-back Ironmans [3.86 km (2.40 mi) | 180.25 km 112 mi) | 42.2 km (26.2)]…. Just saying.

So how does it work?  Within 5 days, the triathlete must digest 703 miles (1130 km) starting with the swimming part at 7 am on the Monday morning and crossing the finish line no later than the Saturday at 7 pm.  Nevertheless to say that our friend Taz had an amazing performance by completing the event in 107 hours and 19 minutes (translate it as 4 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes), with only 12 scattered hours of sleep… He finished second but is the first Belgian ever to accomplish such feat…

Taz is no stranger to competing in multiday endurance races, having been involved in the endurance scene for some time:

  • 2016/15: Florida Double Anvil (finish 6th place in 2015)
  • 2015:  Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2014: Oregon Double Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2013: Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 2nd place)
  • 2013 Pinhoti 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2013 Vineman 140.6
  • 2012 TACA 126.2 Miler
  • 2012: Virginia Double Iron (finish 7th place)
  • 2012/11: Pinhoti 100 Miler
  • 2011 Guts Reactor Run 100 Miler
  • 2011: IM Louiseville
  • 2008-2011: 35 ultra runs, 3 Iron, numerous 50 & 100 milers, 13 marathons …

Inspired?  Start your 20-25 hours weekly all-year-round training [after a visit to your physician]!  And don’t forget to congratulate Taz for his extraordinary performance and result!

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