team bend racing
America's Toughest Team
bend racing is known for Making Bold Choices, Having fun in the Harshest of conditions and inspiring new racers to enter the sport.
As the primary navigator during races, Jason has a keen ability to remain calm and focused in the midst of race chaos. He is also the co-founder of Yogaslackers, an internationally renowned yoga instructor, AcroYoga teacher, environmentalist and former physicist. He has been featured by Yoga Journal, ESPN, MS-NBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wend Magazine, Rock and Ice, The Bend Bulletin, Outside Magazine, and many more. When not racing through remote regions of the world, he enjoys training clients with Chelsey as part of J&C Training, hosting adventure races, and wrestling with his two wild boys.
Chelsey's favorite part of racing is exploring places that very few people get to see and gaining perspective she might never see in "normal" life. Whether racing across remote icebergs, developing innovative acro sets, or balancing a thousand feet above ground on a slackline, all while chasing her wild son Max and toddler Revel Wilder, Chelsey loves to take whatever she's into that day to the next level. When not sleep deprived in the jungle, she can be found sipping a horchata latte, climbing, or enjoying Dan's BBQ.
Known on the team as "The Mule," Dan is a particularly skilled bushwacker, navigator, and analyst. He was drawn to adventure racing after being a student in Jason's high school physics class. His favorite part of racing is the power of having a team with a common sense of purpose; and therefore, being able to move with a speed that each teammate could never maintain individually. When not racing, Dan can be found creating digital spaces solutions as a software architect and whipping up culinary delights for the team.
Mel became interested in adventure racing by watching eco challenge videos in college. Now a mother of two, Mel trains for races by pushing or pulling a stroller while Bryn and Clayton ride along. Mel is currently a patent attorney and serves in the Washington State National Guard as a helicopter pilot. She also flies a jet part-time for an energy company in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not racing or flying, she can be found hiking, camping, mountain biking, paddling, and doing the occasional kegstand at parties.
Two decades ago Alex was stung hard by the AR bug at an iconic race in Canada and never looked back! Living in harsh winters in Quebec, Canada forged his love of the outdoors and tough conditions. No surprise his favorite AR discipline is bushwhacking! He's a jack of all trades that somehow seems to improve with years!?!
Besides AR he works with "computers", runs a trail running club, loves to travel and spends as much time as possible with family and trees.
Alex raced PER 2016 and 2018 for the big win!!
Lars was first introduced to the team as competition during the Abu Dhabi adventure race. Since then, the team kept their eye on him and were super impressed when he led a team of AR novices to victory in the 2018 Expedition Oregon race. Lars first raced with the team later that same year when he was tapped to fill Daniel's big shoes for the 2018 Patagonian Expedition Race. The team ended at the top of the podium and Lars has been a staple on the team since.
For 15 years Karine was mainly focused on mountain biking believing that there was nothing more exhilarating than getting speed and taking air on two wheels. In 2016, she made a quick incursion into road bike racing and won the Canadian Masters Championships. Karine was introduced to adventure racing by Alex, where she discovered a multitude of new ways to live intensely. Since then, she had the chance to race alongside very experienced racers and to participate in some of the toughest races out there. She also learned to ride a bike without taking air especially when she is sleep deprived.
Jean- Yves (YJ) Dionne
Jean-Yves (JY) has been racing since the early 2000s and first raced against Team Bend (Yogaslackers) at the Coast raid back in 2008, in Blanc Sablon, Québec. Almost two decades later, he still has the same obsession of getting better, going faster, and digging deeper every time he’s out there. JY’s favorite field to play in is when there is no trails at all. When he’s not racing or training for a race, JY is preparing the next generation of racers by teaching his boys to never ever give up. Some say they’re catching up fast to their old man!
Chris’s first adventure race was Expedition Oregon in 2018. Primarily a runner, he started with track and cross country through high school and college with a focus on steeplechase. After college, his ‘runs’ kept turning into big days in the mountains, exploring blank grids on maps, as well as going into and through the nights. Outside of running, he has come a long way from those first mountain bike days downhilling on his 20” bmx bike and rafting the Rogue in 2-person inflatables filled with small holes from fireworks they plugged with their thumbs. Making new friends and learning new ways of exploring areas he thought he knew inside and out have been some of the best aspects of diving into the sport of adventure racing and becoming a more well rounded multi-sport athlete. When not training and playing outside, you can likely find him relaxing with his dog Raider and partner in crime Renee enjoying an adult beverage and eating all the food!
Most Notable Finishes
2014 and prior
Past notable races
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