Genesis Adventure Race at Harriman State Park in NY

2 Teams:
Are we there yet: Rick Friedrich, Kyle Stockford (4th in Male Advanced Course at 5:30)
Nerac Earth: Mike Nugent, Jill Nugent (2nd in Coed Advanced Course at 5:10)
Race Results

This time we all signed up for the advanced course and nobody changed their mind. This was the last race of the series and they certainly made it challenging. Douglas was a stroll in the park compared to this race. This was also a continuous race which means you had to haul all your gear with you because you never went back to the transition area so we wore our packs and life jackets and carried our running shoes with us on the first leg which was a 6 mile mountain biking leg that followed the only bike trail in the park. One wrong turn put us a few minutes behind the pack and we lost sight of the leaders. The next section was on a mandatory hike a bike section where you had to run with your bike for about 2 miles on a totally rideable trail. This was painful! It popped out onto a paved road and this led to the first trekking section. We were allowed to leave bike related equipment at this stop so we shed our bike shoes, helmets and bikes and put on our trail shoes and headed up the steep slope to our next checkpoint. This was our first experience trekking with a lot of elevation, it was really tough. About 20 minutes in I threw my trail pants on, any available trails started disappearing and we pretty much trekked through brush and prickers in most of the trekking section. After about an hour we found all our checkpoints and headed toward the kayaking leg. I don’t think any of us were feeling too peppy at this point and I was looking forward to getting off my feet and into the kayak. No problems with the kayak section – it was pretty straightforward except you had to actually get off the boat twice to find the checkpoints, one of them was on the top of a steep hillside, the other hidden in an inlet on a little island. The last one was visible from the water but that side of the lake was pretty windy and it was a bit tricky trying to line the boat up. The wind was against us on the way back but we just paddled steadily and thought about what was next. Kyle and Rick were only a couple hundred yards behind us when we got out of the water and started running toward the next checkpoint which was at the top of a small mountain. We ran into another team who were heading up the road to find the trail but we decided to just bushwack straight up the mountain to save time. Rick and Kyle said they saw us heading up the mountain but we didn’t see them again until the finish line. We headed down the side of the mountain, mostly on our feet but the leaves were still pretty slick from the previous day’s rain so it was super sketchy on the way down. The Open teams were allowed to run on the road in this section but the Advanced teams had to be 50 feet from the road at all times. What do you think was 50 feet off the road??? Dense brush and pricker bushes. At first we tried to go around them but just gave up and ran right through them. There were several strategically placed checkpoints on this leg, one at a junction of 2 rivers which Michael found easily, then another that was more difficult to find near a lake. After this we headed back toward the bikes to finish up. Back on the road, then the hike a bike, then the 6 mile bike loop. Oh my God that last bike leg was painful, every pedal stroke was agony. Michael and Rick did a great job navigating and Kyle and I did a great job not complaining! -Jill

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