Local trio wins 192-mile Taos adventure race in 53 hours
For Labor Day weekend, a trio of local adventure racers passed up on beer and barbecue for something a bit more intense: a 72-hour adventure race in Taos, New Mexico, hosted by the Human Mutant Adventure Race Series on a course some 309 kilometers (roughly 192 miles) long with 10,000-plus feet of vertical gain.
Oh, and they didn’t just show up — they won. When all was said and done, the trio — Summit Nordic Ski Club head coach Olaf Hedberg, fellow coach Whitney Henceroth and local Thomas Konecney — finished the entire race in 53 hours on just 100 total minutes of sleep.
The race included four legs: a 73-kilometer (45-mile) foot section, a 100-kilometer (62-mile) mountain bike section, another foot section of 37 kilometers (23 miles) and a final mountain bike section of 100 kilometers.
To make things even harder — this is adventure racing, after all — the team was in charge of all routefinding on the course. Nothing was marked, and navigation was done the old-school way: with a map and compass, no GPS allowed.
The Summit team beat trios from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California to take the win. It’s in Hedberg’s blood: When he’s not on the Nordic track with the Summit ski club, he’s team captain for the New York Adventure Racing Association, which was ranked third in the U.S. and 31st in the world in 2015. The NYARA team is now working for an invite to the adventure racing world championships next summer.
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