Does 5 days of biking, mountaineering, and rafting in western Pennsylvania sound like an journey? Try the recap from the first-ever Limitless Mountains Journey Race.
The inaugural Limitless Mountains Journey Race ended on June 26 with the Bend Racing crew rising victorious. On the 5-day journey, rivals cranked out 342 miles over land and sea.
Simply three groups managed to fulfill the entire race’s checkpoints, organizers mentioned on journey racing hub SleepMonsters.com.
The course concerned biking, mountaineering, and rafting by way of lots of Pennsylvania’s most lovely parks, lakes, and rivers. Groups additionally bought the choice to decide on how they handle particular challenges. Racers may tag the ultimate seven checkpoints of the race, for instance, by touring on foot or by boat.
The Limitless Mountains competitors additionally served as a demo race for the 2022 Journey Race World Collection (ARWS). Subsequent 12 months in its second version, it can grow to be a full qualifier.
Bend Racing for the Win
As for the winners, Bend Racing crossed the end line on the fifth day, with a time of 110 hours, 51 minutes, 57 seconds. It was the crew’s second consecutive World Collection occasion win; Bend additionally bested the sector on the ARWS Qualifier at Expedition Canada 2 weeks in the past.
Jason Magness, one of many administrators of Bend Racing, referred to as it an “wonderful race placed on by nice folks.”
“From the enjoyable begin to the large off-trail trek, to the river part the place we made a ‘floating resort’ (jury remains to be out on this alternative, but it surely was hilarious and a lot enjoyable!) — our crew had an unbelievable time,” Magness mentioned.
Bend Racing completed simply 3 hours earlier than Rib Mountain Racing, which had a closing time of 114 hours, 7 minutes, 50 seconds. Rootstock Racing’s crew took the ultimate podium place with a time of 116:48:15.
A Contact of Tradition
Ending the course took longer than first anticipated, organizers mentioned. However the racers mentioned they appreciated the touches of Pennsylvania tradition strewn all through the occasion.
For instance, no tour of Pennsylvania might be full with out assembly its well-known groundhog and climate forecaster: Punxsutawney Phil. After a meet-and-greet with the well-known rodent, rivals combed the streets of Punxsutawney to seek out 14 statues of Phantastic Phil.
After discovering the statues, they grabbed their bikes and bought right down to enterprise on the course correct.
Solely in Pennsylvania.