By Julia Reischel
10/13/12 - 4:46 pm
Canoes line up at the Adventure Race National Championship on the Pepacton
Reservoir yesterday morning. Photo by Carol O'Beirne.
For the past two days, the Catskills have played host to a grueling 30-hour trail of
physical strength and endurance: the 2012 USARA Adventure Race National
Adventure racing is a team sport that involves an
obstacle-course-like route of
paddling, hiking, cycling, navigating by
compass, and rappeling down rock
faces. The idea is that just by
finishing the race in one piece, you win.
(There are prizes for the
fastest racers aswell. But the real prize is survival.)
Every year, the US Adventure Racing Association
picks a new location to host
its national championship race. This year,
the 100-mile course was in the
Catskills, beginning with a canoe-paddle
on tne Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware
County yesterday and ending at
the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson,
Ulster County, this afternoon.
Several locals were onhand at the Pepacton Reservoir at 8am Friday
to watch the race kick-off, and they sent us photos. You can see
images below. As you think about what you did over the 30 hours
take a minute to applaud the racers -- the last
straggling team made it to the
finish line at 4:18pm today. (The offical
race cut-off time was at 2pm.)
Everybody seems to have had a great time. From the USARA's website:
We're picking up on the following themes: 1. It was cold
2. It was tough
3. It was beautiful 4. It was wet 5. It was awesome 6.
It was long
7. It was cold 8. It was awesome.
To see the pictures, visit: