Bruised, swollen, beaten. . . Victorious. Portraits from Patagonian race

9 days. 700+ kilometers. On foot, bike, kayak, through swamps, across fjords, over mountains, and along the sea. The Patagonian Expedition Race is an apex event, an endurance challenge unmatched by anything else on Earth. Today the race’s 11th iteration wraps up in Chile, where recurrent champions Team Adidas-Terrex Prunesco — comprised this year of Mark Humphreys, Nick Gracie, Sally Ozanne, and Chris Near — again took the top spot.

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Team Adidas-Terrex Prunesco; photos by Chris Radcliffe

Our team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers is still unaccounted for as of this writing; it looks like they will take 3rd place overall. You can read about the race here. For now, though, look at these portraits at the race’s finish line taken by the stellar Chris Radcliffe. Look deep into these eyes — this is a gaze rarely seen, exhaustion mixed with the thrill of winning a race few human beings can even contemplate making it through.

—Editor Stephen Regenold completed the Patagonian Expedition Race in 2010 and 2011.

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Mark Humphreys; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Nick Gracie; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Sally Ozanne; photo by Chris Radcliffe

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Chris Near; photo by Chris Radcliffe

—See action images from the Patagonian race in our recent post “Ice Fields and Oblivion: Update from ‘Last Wild Race’. Follow the Patagonian Expedition Race here. See Chris Radcliffe’s website for a portfolio of his work.

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