Expedition Alaska – Deliverance at the Last Frontier

Expedition Alaska promised to take Adventure Racing back to the more adventurous roots of the sport and, with a course set to raise the stakes in expedition racing, it delivered. The race is one of the newest members of the AR World Series and attracted a full complement of 20 teams, 15 of them on the full course, including the world #1 ranked Columbia Vidaraid and #4 ranked Tecnu. It wasn’t surprising that Tecnu lead a strong US contingent, but perhaps more surprising was the presence of 6 teams from Australia or including Aussie racers. Maybe their experience of XPD Australia, the longest race in the World Series at 10 days, encouraged them to head for a race at ‘the… Read More →

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Team Tecnu Wins Inaugural Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

Via release The first-ever Expedition Alaska adventure race came to an end on Sunday when competitors reached the finish line in Seward after seven straight days of racing. The event’s arduous course took them through 350+ miles of scenic Alaskan backcountry as the 20 coed teams of four crossed glaciers, mountain biked epic trails, and paddled raging rivers. After more than a week of non-stop racing, Team Tecnu, which is made up of racers from both the U.S. and Australia, took top honors, finishing the race well ahead of the competition, which stresses distance covered, and checkpoints acquired, as well as time spent out on the course. Technu was followed by Team YogaSlackers of Bend, Oregon, and Team Rogue from… Read More →

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Expedition Alaska Adventure Race Now Underway!

Twenty teams of racers set out on what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime this morning, as the Expedition Alaska adventure race got underway along the shores of Eklutna Lake. The teams now face 350 miles of trekking, mountain biking, and paddling, spread out over seven days of non-stop racing, reaching the finish line in Seward on July 5. The course ahead will take the coed teams of four into some of the most challenging and beautiful backcountry found anywhere in the U.S. Their route will lead them across glaciers, down raging rivers, over serene lakes, along stunning coastlines, and through dense forests. They’ll travel on foot, bike, packraft, and kayak as they navigate using only a compass… Read More →

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It’s about to get REAL!

By Stacey Rybar (Team Boom Boom Pow) WOW…by the time you are reading this…we will be making final preparations for Expedition Alaska. The pressure…the excitement…the nerves!!! After receiving the 9 page update this past week we had an “oh sh**!” moment! I mean we kind of always knew that this was going to be much bigger than anything we have ever dreamed but the update definitely cemented that feeling. We read through it 3 times and took notes. It made us go back through all of our gear and figure out what we needed to buy according to the update. We had originally bought sliding snow skis for the glacier portion of the race only to find out that skis… Read More →

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Starting Point and Course Revealed for Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

Via Release Endurance athletes preparing to compete in Expedition Alaska – the seven-day, 350+ mile wilderness race that gets underway this weekend – now have a better understanding of what they are in for in the days ahead. Last night, at a special pre-race briefing, event organizers unveiled the full course for the very first time, revealing not only the scenic backcountry that the teams must navigate on their way to the finish line, but some of the challenges they’ll face along the way. At 10:00 AM on Sunday, 20 coed teams of four will take to the starting line at Eklutna Lake to begin what promises to be one of the most difficult human-powered competitions ever. Over the following… Read More →

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Expedition Alaska Adventure Race Set to Begin

Via press release The world’s best adventure racers will descend on south central Alaska this week in preparation for the start of Expedition Alaska – a 7-day, non-stop endurance event that will pit coed teams of four against one another on a course that promises to be as tough as it is beautiful. Created and organized by Perpetual Motion Events, a company that specializes in staging challenging endurance competitions, Expedition Alaska is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, June 28. On that day, Racers will assemble at a yet to be disclosed starting location north of Anchorage where they will embark on a 350+ mile odyssey on foot, mountain bike, pack raft, and kayak. The course will take them through… Read More →

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The Race before the Race – Part I

By Brent Freedland Officially, Expedition Alaska kicks off on June 28, somewhere in the wilderness in the vicinity of Anchorage. Unofficially, the race began back in December when we signed up for the race and began considering training regimens, flight plans, and the economics of funding one of the more gear-intensive expedition races on the ARWS circuit. In the small circles of expedition-adventure racers, one always hears the refrain: “Getting to the start line is the hard part.” Clichéd? Absolutely. But never have I been so ready to get on the plane and start racing. If I have any energy left for the actual race, I’ll be amazed. The Prologue: GOALS ARA or representatives from the team have typically been… Read More →

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Alaska or Bust – Part II

By Stacey Rybar Well now that we have all of this gear…what on earth do we do with it all?! We did a lot of winter training to ensure we were happy with our base layer choices (we are thrilled with all of our Smart Wool purchases)!! We knew we had to start learning how to get our tent together, use our new camping stove as well as to start sampling bagged meals to see what tasted good for a hot meal during the race. We started planning some long workouts where we would pack all of our camping gear into the pack, hike/jog around some of the local state parks and then throw up the tent and eat some… Read More →

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Team GOALS ARA: A Family Affair

By Abby Perkiss When Brent and I started to plan for the 2015 adventure racing season, we didn’t think an expedition was in the cards. With a new-ish baby at home, a 24-hour race to design and direct, and a handful of shorter events to train for, we figured that our plates were full. But then we watched the ARWS schedule begin to come together… …and I mentioned how much I wanted to do a multi-day race before our planned trip to the 2016 Open Adventure Itera, in Ireland… …and we started chatting with our teammates about their plans. Brent and I have been racing for Team GOALS ARA for the better part of a decade at this point. Brent… Read More →

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Alaska or Bust for All Female Team

By Stacey Rybar We are a 2 person female team. One of the few in the nation that continue to consistently compete in ARs mainly in the 12-30hr distance but we also did Cowboy Tough last year and have committed to Expedition Alaska this year. We hail from the great state of Nebraska, Louisville to be exact which is a small suburb outside of Omaha. You may wonder how the heck a couple of women from the center of the United States came to the conclusion that jumping into Expedition Alaska was the best thing to try. Well, we talked about doing Cowboy Tough again but we weren’t really keen on the extreme heat that race can produce so we… Read More →

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