I look forward to this race every single year and it’s my 4th time braving the New River gorge. Odyssey always puts on a good great race. If they had a “backyard” this would probably be it.
WWAR 2006 – My first long adventure race, after completing the Odyssey Adventure racing camp, finished with 4 minutes to spare for a 10th place finish.
WWAR 2007 – Luke had some heat issues and was sick for the back half of the race. That day Luke and I started our reputation as a “never quit” group of racers as I towed and he cramped for about 6 straight hrs. Our extremely tough third place finish (and Luke’s never say die attitude) remains my proudest racing moment.
WWAR 2008 – Always willing to leave a little bit of ourselves out on the course, Luke does an endo a few hours in and fractures his collarbone (we would learn a week after the race). We were racing with Towanda…and short of a bone sticking out, they’re a “rub some dirt on it and race” couple of gals. Luke races for 12 more hours with the fracture, I end up getting sick, seeing Doc Whartley, and not remembering any of the night segments of the race. This 5th place finish was probably the funnest I’ve had in a while (maybe because I don’t remember much of it).
WWAR 2009 - Luke and I are back for more, with Nate and Christy…I’m a little leary of what we may have to overcome to bring it in this year. I’m dying for a podium finish this year and we’re going to push ourselves to the limit to get there. At hr 70-something and mile 290-something Nate, Luke and I (along with Shane, Andy, and Victor) were running in the finish at E-FIX, so I know we can dig deep and bring this one home. We’ll have at least two teams there, HTW-Werewolves and our team. I think we may have a few soloists, or even a third full co-ed team.