Last weekend coach Mark Arnold and one of our members Shannon Carpenter competed in the Wilderness Traverse, the brain child of Bob Miller(another member) who is one of Canada’s best adventure racers.
This race is a 150 km paddle/ bike/ run or trek. The entire race is navigated using maps and compass in order to find your way from checkpoint to checkpoint as fast as possible. The Wilderness Traverse is one of the toughest Canadian races to finish. The teams goals going into the race were to finish the long course before getting cut off by time capped checkpoints.
The race field was extremely competitive with a number of professional and national level teams who compete on a full time basis. These guys train specifically for adventure races, and compete every chance they get.
Although Shannon and Mark are no strangers to the sport, they finished extremely well with a 9th place finish overall. The race began on Saturday morning at 8:00am with a 40 km mtn bike ride, followed by a long navigation through some very dense forest. The team reached their canoes in the dark, where they spent the next 7 hours paddling and portaging through the course. Mark told me their were many times where they would be falling asleep in the boats while paddling. After some more riding and trekking, they finally crossed the finish line at 8:00 am on Sunday. 24 hours later, their race was done. Incredible effort.
The team made some mistakes, that cost them some valuable time, but in true professional manner they sucked it up, didn’t point fingers and got back to work. The ultimate team sport that tests your character when you are at your absolute worst, these guys passed with flying colours.
If you have an opportunity to talk to Shannon, Mark or Bob about this sport, they will gladly fill you in. I’m sure the stories are endless.
Here’e a couple of pics from the race. Congrats you guys, way to represent our Indestri Team.