Racing begins September 3rd with a fast and furious prologue. We will run, bike, and paddle for about two hours in a preliminary “mini-stage.” The full race begins on the 4th with three days of racing for five to seven hours. Each day will feature multiple sections of running, mountain biking, kayaking, and ropes, and we will need to stay sharp and transition quickly from discipline to discipline. Every member of the team completes every section (we travel as a unit), so we’ll need to help each other out. Sometimes, this involves literally towing a teammate with a short bungee to keep him or her going!
Racing continues this weekend, and you are welcome to follow results online, through either a link below or a Google search.
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