Walk in snow, Ford a River, Raft in a pool toy...

As if an adventure race in North Dakota wasn’t unexpected enough, check out these images from the END-SPAR event last weekend. A total of 34 teams toed the start line, and the race included biking, running, and navigation as well as a few unusual things like a sandbag carry through a marked course (including a beaver dam crossing); a BB gun shooting range test; and a “Coke can” stove challenge where racers needed to melt snow. This is not to mention fording the Turtle River, of which race director Andy Magness noted “ice on the bottom of the river made footing difficult.” He continued, “There were lots of unexpected swimmers.” —Stephen Regenold

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River Crossing. Cold water = pain.

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Two all-female squads teaming up to cross icy river

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Deep snow on the sandbag carry challenge

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Coke can stove challenge

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Approaching checkpoint #9 on bike

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Team YogaSlackers/ENDracing riding to checkpoint #10

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Checkpoint near river (note the ice in the water)

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Punching a checkpoint

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Pack-rafting a swollen spring river

Posted by Ted B. - 05/09/2013 01:29 PM

I had an awesome time at this event. It was just the perfect amount of misery with freezing water, ice rafting down the river with me, standing water underneath calf deep snow, and sunshine! And the people of course!

Posted by gomez - 05/10/2013 08:07 AM

gear junkie is now river junkie.. Check this out“Relish yacht”:http://relishyachtdubai.com/

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