Weekend Update

The Hike-a-thong was a huge success! It was our biggest turnout ever for this annual event and thanks to everyone who came and hiked in thong solidarity.

Hike-A-Dog

Team NYARA member, Chris Rice raced in the Winter Death Race this past weekend and got 3rd place OVERALL!! We are so proud of Chris and his accomplishment. We got a short race report from one of Chris’s support team members, Greg Rice, which I’ll share here:

Rice

“Some background for those who might not know Chris’s passion, which has been driving him since 1999 when he completed his first adventure race. Since then he has done extreme racing probably on an average of 8 races a year.  They include 2, 3, or 4 day adventure races, Ironman races, triathlons, 50 and 100 mile races and the World Tough Mudder. He generally finishes in the top 10% in those races, although lately he’s been improving.This weekend he was in the Winter Death Race in Pittsfield, Vermont. I went with him as his support team, assisting him in transition from one event to next, helping him with food, drink, etc, and  being his all around cheerleader.  Chris said I “did good.”

The Winter Death Race was a 48 hour race in which there were only 50 racers allowed to enter (because of the logistics of safety and managing the race). Typically only about 15 people finish the race.   The race is completed when the racer finishes putting together a 24 piece puzzle.  Puzzle pieces are given out when the racer completes an event. The events in this race included: 2 hours of chopping wood; carrying a full pack of gear plus a 70lb bag of sand up and down a mountain at least 6 to 7 times; building fires without matches or a lighter (Chris used a flint and knife); an hour of hot yoga; 3 hours of ballet; holding the 70lb sand bag over his head for 45 minutes (15 minutes then rest and cycle it two more times); finding 30 pennies in the snow; and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

Chris finished the race in a little over 31 hours and came in 3rd.  Chris and the 1st and 2nd place winners were 3 to 4 hours ahead of the next racer. When we left, about a dozen racers had dropped out. The race directors expected a lot more to drop on their own, but they would pull the racers out because of safety concern ( hypothermia, injuries, exhaustion).  No awards were given for winning the race, but everyone who completed the race got a small skull (the symbol of the race.)”

 

Again, huge congrats to Chris and thanks to Greg for this report!

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