I will never forget the first time I watched footage from the Eco-Challenge way back in 1997. While I was running at the time, I was strictly a road runner. I hiked occasionally and never went out for more than a couple of hours. The opening scenes of the race included jumping into a fast running river and swimming for the shore. I was captivated. And I remember thinking at the time that what these guys were doing was so far beyond my abilities that I would never be able to do something like that.
Since then, I’ve vastly increased my adventure abilities. While I have yet to take on adventure racing, I at least hold the belief that if this were something I really wanted to get into, I could find a way. There’s no magic in being able to do these things. Practice, training, money, contacts, yes. But it’s possible.
I am pretty excited to learn that we have adventure racing here in Oregon. Bend Racing, a pro adventure team, also puts on an Oregon adventure racing event. This year’s edition will be May 11 – 16, 2021, and while the race is sold out, the event is looking for volunteers.