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Just for Fun Friday – Expedition Racing Edition

The longest race we’ve ever done is The Berryman Adventure 36 Hour Adventure Race in 2010.  We’ve done a 24- hour Rogaine race, and we’re going to do the Lionheart 25-Hour Adventure Race in a few weeks as well as The Berryman 36 again in September.  These are incredibly difficult and enjoyable (although painful) races.  We always push ourselves to new limits and learn something new about ourselves at every long race… But there’s still a part of me that truly wants to do an expedition-length race, one lasting up to 6 or even 10 days.

To give you an idea of what an expedition race is like, check out the video below.  It’s pretty long, but if you have 50 minutes or so this weekend and you love adventure racing as much as we do, then you NEED to watch the video.

 

Now, we’re clearly not ready for an expedition race… Yet!  Maybe next year (Primal Quest is coming back in 2012!).  I think we could be ready physically and mentally by next year, but we’d need a miracle to make it possible financially.  Expedition races are expensive!  Often the entry fees are well over $1000.00 per racer, PLUS airfare, PLUS lodging, PLUS gear requirements, PLUS food, PLUS the toll it takes on the family.  But hey, a guy can dream can’t he?

How about you guys?  What’s the longest race you’ve ever done?  And what is the longest race that’s on your bucket list?

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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 July 15, 2011, in Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Uncategorized, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Ok, I don’t really have anything interesting here (do I ever?), but I feel sorry for this poor, comment-less post and want you to keep up just for fun Fridays, so I’m going to throw you a pity comment. 🙂

    The longest race I’ve ever done was the non-race, which would’ve been considerably longer (or shorter) if I hadn’t had a map tutor, since I could barely navigate myself out of the driveway.

    I haven’t been following adventure racing long enough to know what all is out there, but I am dying to do that adventure camp. I would love to do The Amazing Race. Also, neither of these are races, but I would love to hike the length of the Appalachian Trail and to ride my bike across the US.

    There. My pity comment has turned into something more like the one night stand who won’t go home.

    • Just when I was getting ready to terminate “Just for Fun Fridays” you go and completely save the series, Kate! This post was getting quite lonely, and a pity comment was just what it needed.

      You and your brother or hubby or anyone you can convince should definitely do the adventure camp. It’s an amazingly good time. And once you conquer the Berryman Adventure, you should also consider doing a longer race. It’s a totally different experience.

      And I’ve always wanted to thru-hike the AT. Although I’ve never thought about riding across the country… I don’t think my taint could take it.

      • You should read Joe Kurmaskie’s Momentum is Your Friend. You’ll change your mind about that riding across the country thing. I’ll lend it to you when I pass on the bike trailer. You’ll love it.

  2. One night stands that won’t leave usually turned into a one night-one morning stand for me. So I am glad you decided to hang around.

    • I have no idea what this means.

      • I took it to mean that regardless (or perhaps because of) the fact that I give him a hard time without ever having met him, Casey enjoys the fact that I just won’t go away. If he posts something that says otherwise, I’m going to pretend not to have seen it. 🙂

        • I don’t the confusion. How can you take it to mean anything other than I meant it to?

          You stated your post turned into a one night stand that won’t go home. To me that isn’t a bad thing. Since you get to sneak in some happy time in the morning before never seeing each other again. This is good thing if and only if the person you are with is as attractive as you thought they were the previous night. If they are as you remember them, then it is a good thing. Isn’t it? (Well I guess you have to as they remembered you too for this to be a win-win, it would suck if you were the ugly one)

          So I was glad that you didnt leave, glad that your post turned into more than just a pity post. I enoy your witty bantar.

          Why does pity only have 1 “t” and witty and kitty have 2 “t”‘s and you pronounce them the same way. I was talking with my little kids about the whole die, dice, dices, dies thing lasat week and we got talking about rice, rie, rices, ries thing. I don’t thing they appreciated it much and I confused the hell out of them so they stopped using any form of either word.

          This post is like a one night stand that won’t go home. 🙂

  3. Let’s bring this thing back to the middle class. I’ll begin preparations for a 2013 Team Virtus Expedition Adventure Non-race immediately. We shall call it….the “One-Night One Morning Stand.”

    That just happened.

  4. Longest race…tv nonrace#1

    Bucketlist race…Leadville!

  5. Berryman 12 is the longest race I have ever done, but it is beginning to look like I may be attending the 36 this year. I would love to do an expedition race someday.

  6. And when he says “beginning to look like..” what he really means is that he cant wait to sign up.

    It is so on.

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