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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adventure X-tream team takes on the Canyonlands in Moab adventure race

The admission requirements to join the Fort Lewis College Adventure X-tream team say it all:

Previous experience: NONE. We make athletes!

Welcome to the Adventure X-tream team, where all are welcome to join together to push themselves training and challenging their endurance and skills in adventure racing competitions of all kinds.

It's also the newest club sport, started by the student athletes themselves who saw an unmet need here at FLC, a campus surrounded by some of the most spectacular, varied, and rugged landscapes in the world – and located in Durango, home of champion outdoor athletes of all types, from cycling and kayaking to running and climbing.

“The mission of the Fort Lewis College Adventure X-tream team,” says club president Connor Cafferty, “is to provide a camaraderie within the Fort Lewis College community where elite athletes can support and train together, in order to compete to the best of our abilities and push the human body to its limits in the spirit of competition.”

Challenging the FLC Adventure X-tream team in April was the canyon country around Moab, Utah, at the2014 Gravity Play Adventure Xstream Series. The competition involved tackling a 50-mile course that included trail running, mountain biking, rappelling, and paddling the Colorado River.

Kelsey Eans, a senior Adventure Education major, took 4th place at the event. “I would say my love for adventure and challenge got me through the race,” says Eans. “The race didn't seem like a slog because I enjoyed every part of it.”

“Plus,” Eans adds, “the cherry on top was seeing my teammates cross that finish line with huge grins on their muddy, sweat-streaked faces. And that's what is all comes down to: adventure racing is about the team, not yourself.”
 
Meghan Guerrero, a junior Physics major, and Kelsey Eans took 5th and 4th place respectively in the Solo Female category.

Meghan Guerrero, a junior Physics major, and Kelsey Eans took 5th and 4th place respectively in the Solo Female category.

Justin Myers, a senior Adventure Education and Philosophy double major, and Derrick Moody, a senior Adventure Education major, stay warm while waiting for the start of the race.
Justin Myers, a senior Adventure Education and Philosophy double major, and Derrick Moody, a senior Adventure Education major, stay warm while waiting for the start of the race.

The Colorado River provided both a powerful backdrop and the last challenge to the competitors.
The Colorado River provided both a powerful backdrop and the last challenge to the competitors.

Charly McConaghy, a junior Environmental Studies major, carries her kayak to the finish line.Charly McConaghy, a junior Environmental Studies major, carries her kayak to the finish line.

Robert Rothschild, a sophomore Engineering major, and his race partner George Clark, a sophomore Physics major, can finally breathe easy, having passed the finish line.
Robert Rothschild, a sophomore Engineering major, and his race partner George Clark, a sophomore Physics major, can finally breathe easy, having passed the finish line.

The FLC Adventure X-tream Team looks forward to their next adventure!
The FLC Adventure X-tream Team looks forward to their next adventure! 

Learn more about club sports at Fort Lewis College.

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