Friday, August 15, 2014

Expedition Idaho Update: Two Teams Battle for the Win

This week, the Expedition Idaho adventure race has been taking place in the Coeur d'Alene region of that state, with coed teams of four going head-to-head over a course that is more than 450 miles (724 km) in length. The race, which got underway on Sunday, has featured some dramatic moments, but after five days of racing, it has come down to two teams battling it out for the win, with the pre-race favorites battling it out with a local team that is nipping at their heals.

According to a press release sent out yesterday by race management, Team Yogaslackers and Team Peaked Performance have been pushing each other to the limits almost since the race got underway. The Yogaslackers were the prohibitive favorites at the start of the race, but a sick teammate and several navigation errors have kept them from running away with the event. Meanwhile, Peaked Performance has put in a consistent performance, with few errors, to keep them close to their more experienced rivals. The two teams are expected to continue run neck-and-neck until the finish line on Sunday.

Most of the rest of the teams have been transitioned to the shorter "Sport" course, but continue to race in the event as well. The grueling route, which combines trekking, mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and a number of other disciplines, has taken its toll on the competitors, but they are pushing ahead towards the finish line none the less.

There are still two more days of racing ahead of the teams, and a lot can happen in that time. Considering that most of the racers have been running almost non-stop since the beginning, they are no doubt exhausted both physically and mentally. But, Expedition Idaho is known for its great finish, which sends teams across the finish line at the Blues and Brews Festival, where they will be greeted by 1800 fans cheering their arrival. It is a great way to wrap up the event, and adds some excitement and electricity in the final day.

Good luck to all the teams still racing. Hopefully they'll reach the finish safely. Enjoy the last few days of the race.

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