Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gorge Games 24 hour AR

This weekend, I will finally get some of that adrenaline and sleep deprivation that I've been waiting for all year at the Gorge Games 24 hour adventure race!

Gorge Games 2008 - Adventure Racing
Date : 24 hour race, Friday, July 18th, starts at 5:00 pm
Location : Hood River Waterfront Park, Hood River

From the website, "The Gorge Games began in 1994 and has a history of being one of the most dynamic, exciting action and outdoor sports events in the Pacific Northwest . The Gorge Games attracts world class athletes to spectacular, world class sites in the scenic Columbia Gorge. No other place on earth offers wild rivers, pristine forest, craggy mountain peaks and the challenges of the Columbia Gorge itself -- along with unparalleled conditions for incredible action sports all in one location."

The Gorge Games is a collection of many different events including:

  • 10km trail run
  • sport and pro adventure races
  • community events
  • cycling
  • half marathon
  • kayaking
  • kiteboarding
  • outrigger canoeing
  • riverboarding
  • sailing
  • skateboarding
  • an urban adventure race
  • and windsurfing

The weekend looks like it will be steller and I can't wait for the awesome course that they have planned out along with all of the other activities to check out post race.

The other cool thing about this race is that it is going to be filmed and televised on Fox Sports!

Gary and I really wanted to put a team together for this race but due to many different factors, we just couldn't do it. So, I only found out last week that Seattle based Team MerGeo needed an extra member to complete the team of four co-ed. I'll be racing with Roger Michel (who puts on the 4th Dimension Adventure Races), and Matt Hayes and Kimberly Shavender whom I've both raced against. I think the team dynamics will be great and I think we will be able to put in a pretty strong performance.

I believe that they are going to be using SPOT tracking for this race so you should be able to monitor our progress online through the Gorge Games website.

Wish us luck!


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