This Thursday, August 10 will kick off our 450+ mile AR World Championship race through the rugged, stunning ranch lands, mountains, and canyons between Jackson Hole and Casper, Wyoming.
Racing against fifty eight teams from over 20 countries, we’ll find ourselves covering approximately 100 miles on foot, 250 miles on bikes, and over 60 miles of flat water to Class III rapids in our new Gnu Alpacka Rafts. During our twelve 45-minute to 26-hour legs ranging from a 3-mile trek to a 163-mile bike, we are anticipating elevation gains up to 6400' and losses up to 8100'.
The course closes to all finishers at 1PM on Wednesday, August 16, but we are really hoping for a Monday, August 14 finish line crossing.
There are a lot of fun factors that are really upping the excitement of this race.
Since its creation, this will be the first year the AR World Championship has ever landed on American soil.
With a new rule change, we will be racing against the youngest ever racer in the AR World Championships, 16-year-old Hunter Leininger.
Mother Nature even wants to pack an extra punch to the race for us. With wildfires raging across the U.S. and smoke plumes infiltrating the Midwest, could air quality pose a threatening new challenge?
Perhaps the most interesting for us—especially since our recent move to 7th in the World—is the fact that the top two teams from the 2016 AR World Championship, Seagate and Team Adventure Medical Kits, are both racing without their regular team captains. Will this missing dynamic affect the two teams, or will they still find their same success with a new leader? And what could that mean for us?
“The athletes on those teams are remarkably strong, but it is an interesting question,” said Jason. “Each of them respectively have had a captain that led their team to amazing results and have always been a part of these wins, so how much have these captains been a driving force?”
We’ve also got another big question on our minds. With Stephen leading the helm for the first time and in such an important race, how will our own team dynamics change?
“The thing that I’m most excited about is also the thing I’m most afraid of,” said Stephen, “which is getting to know each other and getting to know ourselves when we’re at our worst, when we’re struggling the most.”
Despite so many unknowns, the team is the strongest it’s ever been physically and mentally and are in high spirits.
We think Dan said it best.
“This is the strongest team we have ever had. We will suffer immeasurably. And then we will eat Dairy Queen.”
We’ll be carrying a tracking device and can be followed LIVE! at http://live.arworldseries.com/arwc17/.
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