Wednesday, October 21, 2009

2009 Adventure Racing National Championship

This time last year, I competed in the Adventure Racing National Championships, a 24 hour race in North Georgia. We won!

For 2010 I focused on triathlon and bike racing, while my teammates have continued their winning ways...

On October 25, the team will line up in Texas for the 2009 National Championship. Without me! My teammate Ryan Van Gorder is taking my place alongside returning champions Glenn Rogers and Mari Chandler. I would not bet against this team to repeat as National Champions. The massive amount of wins this team has stacked up in this decade is unparalleled. Most of our team works full-time, some of us with families and "real lives" to attend to every day...

Bring home the hardware, Team!

The team name is different (we were team DART-nuun until this year), but the goal is always the same.
Watch out for team

Some more photos from last year's race:

The awards ceremony was in an open-air barn! Very cold for these this particular Southern California couple...we had to improvise with some horse blankets!

New National Adventure Racing Series!!

The CheckpointTracker national adventure racing series-that my Team swept and won in 2008-is back for 2010 with some very cool improvements and additions. This
is fantastic news for the sport of Adventure Racing in the United States and something I am very excited about. This is huge.


Year-long series of more than 50 events to culminate with National Championship where qualifying teams will compete head-to-head for bragging rights and a $10,000 cash prize purse.

Greenville, SC (PRWEB) October 18, 2009 --

Checkpoint Zero, LLC today announced the launch of Checkpoint Tracker, an innovative new concept for competitive adventure racing in the United States comprised of a 50-event nationwide adventure racing series, a rankings system featuring Sprint and Pro rankings, an entirely new Web 2.0 social networking website, and a National Championship race offering a $10,000 cash prize purse.

Adventure racing teams interested in being ranked based on their performance at Checkpoint Tracker adventure races will be able to choose from over 50 events between January and October 2010. The series includes Sprint length (up to 12 hours), Sport length (12 to 18 hours), Adventure length (18 to 48 hours), and Expedition length races, which will see competitors racing non-stop for more than two full days.

Checkpoint Tracker will publish two distinct rankings based on points earned by teams competing at participating events. Teams may compete in as many events as they choose and combine their five best results for their season points total. Sprint rankings will combine points from Sprint races only while the Pro rankings will use a weighted points system to combine results from Sport, Adventure, and Expedition length races.

"Checkpoint Tracker represents the evolution of competitive adventure racing in the United States. It's a fresh start...a break from a status quo," said Paul Angell, President of Checkpoint Zero, LLC. "Adventure racing has yet to fully realize its potential to capture the imagination of adventure seeking outdoor enthusiasts. It remains a balkanized, niche sport.

High profile events like Eco Challenge and Primal Quest have succeeded in vaulting the sport into the limelight, but they failed to deliver a sustainable foundation on which to grow the sport at the grassroots and amateur level. Checkpoint Tracker provides a framework for doing exactly that. I'm very excited about what 2010 holds for the sport of adventure racing."

Beginning October 18, 2009 adventure racers in the United States will be able to register at Checkpoint to participate in the 2010 Checkpoint Tracker adventure racing season, which begins on January 16th, 2010 at the North Georgia Adventure Race in Chatsworth, GA. Featuring personal Racer profiles and Team profiles that include a roster of team members and the team's racing schedule,Checkpoint will serve as the online hub for live coverage of events in progress via an innovative web application called Race Central.

After the last regular season event, Checkpoint Tracker will host a National Championship race that will bring together the top 60 teams by points in the Pro rankings and the top 15 teams by points in the Sprint rankings. The best adventure racing teams in the country will face an all new Adventure length course designed by Bonk Hard Racing. The National Championship will be worth twice as many points as regular season Adventure length races and will offer a $10,000 cash prize purse.

For additional information about Checkpoint Tracker visit .
About Checkpoint Zero, LLC

Checkpoint Zero, LLC is a sports marketing company based in Greenville, SC. The company operates the popular adventure racing website and produces Checkpoint Tracker, a competitive adventure racing series comprised of more than 50 adventure races across the United States.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Some Late Season Motivation For You...

My friend and nuun teammate Matt Hart made this rad video, compiling footage from several ultramarathons and some of my personal favorite training runs around the West Coast. Before you hit play, turn off the "juke box" player
on the right side of this blog...otherwise two songs play at the same time.

Dig it!