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Who’s the Underdog at LBL? Oh Yeah… We are.

Okay, so we are guaranteed a top ten finish in our division… as long as we finish, that is.  There are only seven 4-person coed teams signed up for the LBL Challenge 24 Hour Adventure Race this weekend.  And that might make you think our odds of finishing on the podium are pretty good, right?  I mean we “only” need to beat 4 teams, right?  Well, let’s take a look at all the teams in our division:

Teams for LBL Challenge Adventure Race

For those of you that don’t follow Adventure Racing closely, here are abridged run-downs of each team’s accomplishments.  Let’s start with the teams that I already knew about…

GearJunkie/Wedali:

  • 1st Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 3rd Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • 1st Place at 2010 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 1st in the country in Checkpoint Tracker’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Ranked 6th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

Tecnu:

  • 2nd Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 2nd Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • 2nd Place at 2010 USARA Nationals
  • 12th Place at the Adventure Racing World Championships
  • Ranked 10th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

Alpine Shop:

  • 4th Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 6th Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 7th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Domination of Adventure Racing in the Midwest since I can remember
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

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The rest of the teams are unfamiliar to me.  Now, that does NOT mean they aren’t top-notch teams.  It just means that I had to do a little digging to find out about them, and for some of them, I didn’t find much.  Here you go…

Milton Basement Racers:

  • 7th Place at 2010 Untamed New England
  • Competed in the 2011 Adventure Racing World Championships in Australia
  • 6th Place at 2010 Huairasinchi Adventure Race in Ecuador
  • 5th Place at 2009 Untamed New England

Cumberland Trail Connection/ARMD:

  • 12th at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 8th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings

Team Punisher:

  • I couldn’t find a thing about this team, so it could be their first race, or they could be Adventure Racing Ninjas.  I guess we’ll find out.

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And then that leaves us…

Team Virtus:

  • Um…
  • Let’s see…
  • Well…
  • We have more fun than anyone else?
  • We won a fart war once?
Team Virtus is the Underdog

Underdog would look GREAT in a Team Virtus Jersey

So clearly, we will be racing against some of the best teams in the country, and that’s pretty exciting.  It’s also a little intimidating.  Obviously, we are the underdog here.  But everyone loves an underdog, right?  Except for Norfolk State since they upset my alma mater, Mizzou.  Besides, we always have the same goals going into a race, and where we finish is never one of them.  Here are our goals for this (and every) race:

  1. Be safe and come back in one piece
  2. Have more fun than everyone else
  3. Minimize mistakes and race our best race
  4. Clear the course
  5. Finish if at all possible regardless of how much it sucks (even if we have to cut out some CP’s)

To say we are excited about this race (our first coed race now that we signed Kage to a long-term contract), would be the understatement of the century.  I’m trying really hard to tone down the anticipation, though.  The last time I felt this way about a race, we got kicked in the pills repeatedly (read about the worst race ever right here).

Unfortunately, there is no online coverage this year, but be sure to check out our facebook and/or Twitter page for updates if we ever get a chance to do so.   And wish us luck.  We’re gonna need it!  LBL here we come!!!

 

 

 

 

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