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Join Us for the Team Virtus New Year’s Adventure Non-Race

Okay, we’ve kept it a secret for long enough, and now it’s time to spill the beans. The masterminds behind Team Virtus are putting together a mock-adventure race on Jan 1st, 2010. If you’re reading this, then you’re invited. HOWEVER… we make no guarantees.  This race could be the worst thing ever created since this was invented (actually… I might order one of those).

Team Virtus First Annual Adventure Non-Race

We’ve never attempted something like this before, and we clearly don’t know what the hell we’re doing.  This might be a total waste of your time.  It might be too easy or too hard.  It might be boring.  It might be stupid.  It might not be worth the effort.

On the other hand… It could be an absolute blast!!!

Either way, if you want to come then you need to let us know immediately.  We need to know how many people to expect so we can get enough maps printed. You also need to make arrangements for your own canoe/kayak.  If you REALLY want to come and can’t beg/borrow/or steal one, then we might be able to rent an extra one for you.  But you have to let us know – like yesterday.

And if you’re a beginner, that’s cool.  I’d be happy to help you out or even do the course with you to get your feet wet. Since I set up most of the course (don’t yell at me if it sucks!), I’m not really going to do the race for time anyway.

The tentative start time is 9:00 AM on Friday, Jan 1st at or near McCubbins Point, near Osage Beach. You should plan on being there by 8:00 AM, though, so you can plot your points (again if you’re new to this, we can help you) and make sure you’re ready to go.

There are roughly 14 checkpoints to hit, and you can plan on roughly 2-4 miles of paddling, 4-8 miles of trekking, and 12-18 miles of mt. biking.  How long should it take you?  I have no idea.  I’m guessing anywhere from 4 – 7 hours. This is an unsupported, unsanctioned, uninsured event.  So participate at your own risk.

Right now, confirmed participants are Bob Jenkins, Casey Lamb, Zack Lamb, Darin Layman (our newest teammate), and myself.  If you want to take part in the shenanigans, then you need to post in the comments section and we can figure it out.

And once again, beginners are not only welcome, they are encouraged to come along.  It’ll be a great way to get a taste of adventure racing for a small fee – and by a small fee I mean absolutely FREE (unless you need to rent a canoe).

So, who’s got enough strength, power through courage, and bravery (that’s what Virtus means by the way) to join us?

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on December 23, 2009, in Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I wonder if team Scardick has got the stones to come out and play?

    Brandon……?

  2. I say no to team Scardick – them too afwaid.

    And I say maybe on Brandon – if he doesn’t have other plans already.

  3. Yeah, I’d be intimidated too….they only beat us by like 4 hours at the last race……we’re closing the gap.

    They’re threatened by our greatness.

  4. They may have beaten us by 4 hours, but we had waaaaaay more fun. And we’re a helluva lot better looking.

  5. Best of all, no scarred penises.

  6. I’m way too fat right now and haven’t been training. I just don’t have the cardio for it.

  7. Uh…Brandon….Our team motto is “Fun is Better Than Fast”.

    Get him, Luke.

  8. Brandon, you clearly don’t remember what I look like. I’m a chubby, hairy, out of shape bastard with no cardio, and I’m doing this race.

    This is the perfect event for you. No entry fee, no elite athletes (other than Bob), and it’s just for fun.

    I’ll do this race with you, and we can do this thing as slowly as you want. If we have to walk our bikes up every hill… If we have to stop and call for help… If we have to crawl to the finish line… It really, really doesn’t matter. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to see what it’s all about with absolutely no pressure.

    Look at it this way… If you do this race, what is the worst that could happen? You could spend a few hours in the great outdoors having a ton of fun with good people with some great stories to tell. Even if you don’t make it through the whole course, so what? It will still be a blast.

    And if you don’t do the race, what’s the worst that could happen? You could miss out on an unbelievably fun time where great friends and great memories are made that will last forever. If you don’t do this race, you’ll be sitting at your computer in a week or two and reading our race report and hating yourself for not going. You know you will.

    So the choice is yours, man. Get busy livin’… Or get busy dyin…

  9. WTF, Brandon? I’m 3 months pregnant and I’m doing the race! Okay, I’m not really doing the race but seriously tempted to just to show you how much of a girl you’re being. Too fat to race? Did you know that Bob weighed roughly 389lbs when he first got into mtn biking?? (I said roughly) but, seriously, he only ate KFC and NEVER worked out but he biked just the same…so, when someone says “I’m too fat to race”, I gotta call bull sh*t. 🙂 xo

  10. Everybody…… meet Amanda.

  11. Hey, I was just thinking that we need to find a girl to join our team… Amanda? You interested?

  12. Alright, no more freakin excuses! I’m in. I can’t go the whole day, but I’m in for the mtb and trekking! Luke, you want to show the ropes on this one?

  13. Suh-weet!! You know you would’ve been miserable if you would’ve skipped this.

    And I’d love to go with you on this one. Since we’ll be skipping the paddle section, we should probably run the orienteering course slightly differently than everyone else, but we can still get all the checkpoints and then do all of the mt. biking.

    Without paddling, it makes more sense to alter the order of the CP’s… You’ll see what I mean when you look at the maps.

    Let me know if you have questions or anything.

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