Team GearJunkie Roster
Jason Magness of Bend, Ore., is a co-founder of YogaSlackers, an internationally-recognized movement, as well as a veteran climber and adventurer. "I race all over the world with one goal in mind: to find simplicity. Once the start gun goes off, our team is united in a single goal, and each step we take, each energy bar we eat, and every bearing that we shoot is part of that purpose." Magness has completed more than 50 adventure races and expeditions around the planet.
Justin’s college roommates were Eco-Challenge fans and encouraged him to give adventure racing a shot because they thought he had the skills and temperament to be a good teammate. They were right. After graduating from college in 2002, Justin discovered the Minnesota Orienteering Club, Wild Adventure Racing and founded WEDALI. Justin is the team’s primary navigator and motivator, and his passion for adventure racing is contagious. Justin rarely passes up an opportunity to race, illustrated by his long resume which includes more than 100 races. Highlights include Michigan Coast to Coast, Primal Quest Badlands, 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, and 2011 Raid the North Extreme.
Stephen Regenold is the founder and editor of GearJunkie and an experienced adventure racer, including Primal Quest (2006), the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race (2010, 2011), and other high-profile events. Regenold, a journalist and former writer for the New York Times, launched "The Gear Junkie" in 2002 as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column and GearJunkie.com in 2006. Regenold lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Tara, and their three small children.
Chelsey Magness (Gribbon), age 26, of Bend, Ore., is a member of the YogaSlackers. "I race because I like exploring the beautiful places of this world that very few people get to see. Further, I love how racing forces me to explore an emotional landscape of mountains and valleys that I might never see in 'normal' life." Chelsey and Jason Magness were married in June, 2011. She was a member of Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers in the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race of 2010 and 2011.
Molly started adventure racing in 2004 when her then-boyfriend (now husband) Justin Bakken convinced her to try a local practice adventure race. “We decided to take a shortcut and we ended up chest-high in a swamp -- I was hooked.” Molly keeps the team awake and entertained during long paddle legs by singing camp songs and Broadway ballads. Race highlights include winning the 2010 USARA National Championships and competing in the 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge.
Scott Erlandson ("Erl")
Scott hails from beautiful Albert Lea, Minnesota, and is one of the original members of team WEDALI. He is the team’s steady hand through the highs and the lows. Erl is also the team’s caretaker, pack mule and driver -- he can finish a 36-hour race and turn around and drive another 12 hours home. Erl is an active member of his community where he organizes a local triathlon, works at the community rock gym and serves on various civic boards. Erl's race resume includes Primal Quest Badlands, 2010 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, 2011 Raid the North Extreme and numerous USARA Championship and Checkpoint Tracker National Championship Races.
Daniel Staudigel, age 24, likes to "travel with a purpose, and these days that means adventure racing!" Staudigel raced on Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers in the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race (2010, 2011). "When you're racing, you get to see such a great selection of places, from the town it starts in to the darkest corner of the backcountry."
Tom Puzak, a.k.a. "FoxShadow," is from Bloomington, Minn., and he races "because it gives me the opportunity to explore remote wilderness and the limits of my physical ability." He says the strategic aspect of the sport pulled him away from triathlon. "I never looked back."
Andrei Karpov, born in Russia and now residing in Minnesota, is a veteran orienteer and a budding adventure racer. "I race because I like to use my compass and push my limits as well," he says.
Kelly Brinkman, a.k.a. "Crusher," lives in Bloomington, Minn., and describes herself as "stubborn." She continues, "I've typically used my hard-headed attitude to hammer through long-distance runs, but when I was introduced to AR an entirely new bar had been set!" Brinkman says AR tests your body, mind and sanity. "Am I crazy, or doesn't wandering through the wilderness for hours, if not days, with your buddies, no cell phones, no Facebook, all the while pounding Pop-tarts and gas-station burritos sound like a little slice of heaven?"
Scott Lund ("Scooter")
Scott joined WEDALI in 2004. His skills as a patent attorney translate easily to the adventure racing world. He keeps the team organized, focused and pushes the pace in the woods and on the bike. Scooter’s race resume is stacked with top finishes and his favorite races include Michigan Infiterra events, USARA National Championships and the MNOC Adventure-O. Scooter lives in Savage, Minnesota, with his wife Melánie and their two little girls.
At 6-feet tall, Andrea is a lean, mean adventure-racing machine. She was one of the first women to embrace the 29er and can ride over almost anything. Andrea thrives during multi-day events; she is just as steady and strong on day one as on day six. Andrea teaches high school health and enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team. Andrea lives in Battle Creek, Iowa, with her husband and teammate Jason and their three children, Summit, Denali and Kenai.
Jason grew up on a farm in rural Iowa and married his high school sweetheart, Andrea. Their mutual love for the outdoors and adventure was an AR match made in heaven. Jason first hooked up with team WEDALI in 2005 when the team needed an extra racer for the USARA Champs in Florida and he has been a mainstay ever since. Jason and Andrea have been a part of the core WEDALI squad competing at keystone events including Primal Quest Badlands and back-to-back Checkpoint Tracker National Champs.
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