Patagonian Race Update

I’m writing from a hostel that faces the Bay of Beagle in Puerto Williams, Chile. I just had a breakfast of cheese and avacado on handmade bread with a side of yogurt. At my table, the members of Team Gear Junkie were enjoying their first real breakfast since completing the race. They all have swollen hands, feet or legs, but are in good spirits and happy with a 4th place finish!

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Last night there was a meeting of all the teams that had finished so far (only Japan was still racing). The meeting was to discuss who, if anyone should receive time credits for unforseeable issues that occurred during the race. Some teams had arrived at checkpoints that were not manned, others had not received detailed maps for certain sections. Each team had a small gripe or two, but in the end, race director, Stjepan decided that this is Patagonia and problems arise — each team must just deal with them. So, the order of the race is as follows:

1st place: Team Helly-Hanson (Great Britain)
2nd place: Team Spain
3rd place: Teams Germany and Switzerland (tie)
4th place: Team Gear Junkie (US)
5th place: Team New England (Canada)

With all other teams having been disqualified or just dropping out, it appears that when Team Japan finishes, they will scoop up 7th place. Everyone here is rooting for them, since more than any other team here, they have had more obstacles to overcome in order to compete here. The language barrier and travel dificulties have been huge hurdles.

So, once they finish, we will all board a large ship here in Puerto Williams and depart for Punta Arenas, where we will conduct closing ceremonies (Party!) and then make our ways back to wherever we call home.

—T.C. Worley

Commenting on post : Patagonian Race Update
Posted by Brian Durand - 02/17/2010 09:24 AM

Congratulations on a fantastic finish!

Posted by Hubert Staudigel - 02/17/2010 10:47 AM

Thanks so much for your reporting. Congrats to Team Gearjunkie/Yogaslackers for a job superbly done! Good to know they are in good health and spirits. Enjoy the last days in Patagonia and have fun climbing afterwards! I might just have to go down there myself some time….

Posted by Brock Foreman - 02/17/2010 01:00 PM

Congrats! Great job! Looks like there were a lot of DNFs. Must’ve been a brutal course. Can’t wait to read more. Safe travels.

Posted by GJmom - 02/17/2010 02:53 PM

Amazing Stephen and fellow team members. We are so proud of you!Relax and enjoy the last few days. Have safe travels and see you soon! Thanks T.C. for a job well done.

Posted by Leah - 02/17/2010 03:27 PM

Awesome job, Gear Junkie! So excited to hear that you successfully completed the race. Can’t wait to hear more about the adventure!

Posted by AK Jeff - 02/18/2010 01:19 AM

Hooray Slackers! The Alaska clan is thinking of you always!

Posted by Rainbow Unicorn - 02/18/2010 04:54 PM

Super impressed! Big props to the GJ and Yogaslackers crew. You guys certainly persevered through some rough terrain.
TC – Your coverage was AWESOME! Thanks for keeping us in touch with the action through your words and spectacular photos.
P.S. GJ – Be sure to bring the maps to an OTNT soon! ;o)

Posted by tara&co - 02/18/2010 10:24 PM

Great job guys! It turned out really well all around! Photos are amazing!

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