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Xstream race hits Summit

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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Cure your ADD (Adventure Deficit Disorder) by cheering on the 8th Annual Adventure Xstream Adventure Race Series today. Racers took off last night at midnight from the Frisco Nordic Center, beginning a 24-hour race incorporating paddling on Dillon Reservoir, trekking, inline skating, mountain biking and orienteering (the thinking sport). The Summit County series stop also boasts a 12-hour race, starting today at 7:30 a.m., and the sprint race taking off today at 10:30 a.m.

When asked why athletes return year after year to his adventure series, race director Will Newcomer said: “They’re just a lot of fun ” being able to mix up a lot of sports. Navigation is challenging both mentally and physically. It’s a scavenger hunt for adults.”

With courses designed for both weekend warriors and elite athletes, the Adventure Xstream series offers something for every level and keeps competition interesting with physically intense terrain and a quest that tests competitors’ intellects. Often times, it’s not a competition against other athletes, but against the unpredictable elements thrown in by Mother Nature.

With rain coming in during registration Friday, Newcomer said the race would go on without a hitch, rain or clear weather.

“They’re pretty hardy racers,” he said. “They’re used to this. Especially the 24-hour racers. They come prepared.”

Two-hundred athletes are registered in the race’s three combined events and registration is currently closed.

With the Frisco Nordic Center acting as home base, racers can compete in teams or solo on courses that are approximately 35 (sprint), 60 (12-hour) or 100 miles (24-hour) long.

“We have some really good, fast teams signed up,” Newcomer said. “It’s competitive.”

Athletes compete year after year, with today’s event filled up with many return racers.

“At least 50 percent,” he said.

According to gravityplay.com, competitors travel an unmarked course by plotting the checkpoint locations using coordinates and maps provided. Teams race the entire course together, as it’s not a relay event.

“We have online GPS tracking,” he added. “Once the course starts, then it goes live and you can see the course online and where everyone is. You can check that out, see how the race is unfolding and see who’s in the lead. There’s a blog that goes along with it, posting updates from the course.”

The Premier division, or the co-ed teams, compete for the bulk of the prize money ” over $30,000, to be exact, over the series-long haul. At the Summit stop, the Premier winner will take home $1,000, with $700 for second place and $600 for third place.

Confusion reigned at last year’s finish because the four teammembers on Boulder Performance (the first team to cross the finish line) didn’t have their wristbands punched eight times to reflect visits to all necessary checkpoints, despite claims that all checkpoints had been visited.

This year, the complicated rule will continue to be enforced in order to minimize confusion at the finish.

“We implement rules to keep teams honest,” Newcomer said.

For more information about the 8th Annual Adventure Xstream Adventure Race Series and today’s three distance races, visit http://www.gravityplay.com.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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