Bark and Team BFrogs really enjoyed watching the excitement and drama of the 2013 Adventure Racing World Championship in Costa Rica!
Glued to the computer monitor and watching the various feeds from Breathe magazine, SleepMonsters, Facebook and Twitter, we were able to piece together what was going on in Costa Rica from thousands of miles away. A special shout out to Randy Erickson for keeping us up to date with great photos and reports (all while wearing his custom designed Barkie), Peter Dobbs from Breathe Magazine and Rob Howard from SleepMonsters. There were many other sources of information that we were able to utilize to keep fans, friends and family updated on our US athletes and other notable teams we were following. We extend a very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who contributed, either knowingly or unknowingly. Over the next weeks and months more stories will emerge and we will try to pass them on as we can.
Having been around adventure racing for a decade or more I know that every expedition length race (4 days or more) is very difficult and getting to the finish line a real accomplishment. However, from all of the reports and everything we have heard, this was one of the most, if not the most, difficult race ever. The incredibly long legs – especially the paddle legs in the very slow moving kayaks – made this not just physically challenging, but extremely hard mentally. The fact that all of the teams that did make it to the finish, or some that barely made it, demonstrated the level of difficulty. The story of how the winner, Thule, had to literally carry a team member through the last bike leg is a testament to the difficulty of the course. World class teams like Seagate, Haglofts Silva, East Wind and AXA Adidas didn’t make it for one reason or another.
While the results are worth noting – after all it was a race – it only tells part of the story. For example the people of Costa Rica obviously showed a great deal of pride in putting on this race. And their teams, not normally known as top level racers, did outstanding. Aerodiva finished 8th, Toyota racing 12th and Banano de Costa Rica 13th. As a county they had the most teams finish in the top 15. The US also had great results with Tecnu tying for 3rd with Adidas Terrex (which had American Jari Kirkland on the team). Bones finished 9th putting in a great effort. Roy Malone competed with a broken rib, done early on in the race, demonstrating how determination and team work can overcome the challenges of 815 kilometers of jungle, mountains and mangrove swamps. With a tracker that didn’t work for most of the race, Yoga slackers surprised us all with an impressive 17th! Our own Jen Moos on Selva Kailash 18th, Leki 50 25th and Committed 39th. Best USA showing ever!
Expedition Adventure Racing is supposed to be a journey. There is no doubt that this was an awesome one. For those that competed, our hats are off to you. You will have memories and stories to last a life time. From those of us who sat on the edge of our seats refreshing over and over, thank you for letting us watch your wild ride.
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Note from BFrogs – Mike’s pre-race predictions were all correct and in fact all the teams did even better then he predicted. Go USA!