Patagonian Race Team Roster

Two weeks to go! Team Gear Junkie is back home from Salt Lake City and the Outdoor Retailer trade show. Now, it’s time to focus on getting ready for the big race ahead. My flight leaves on Feb. 5. My office at home is full of boxes of gear and equipment ready to be packed.

Team Eddie Bauer (in gray) and Team Gear Junkie at a press conference last week

The race organization issued a press release this past week. The following are the highlighted teams from the event roster. Make sure and monitor the race beginning Feb. 9 on Gear Junkie’s Wenger Patagonian Race Channel. We will have reporter and photographer TC Worley live and on the scene in Patagonia to cover the big event.

WENGER PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE TEAM ROSTER 2010

Team Helly Hansen-Prunesco (UK) — The reigning champions return with same team to defend the title. Female member, Nicola Macleod, is a reigning Adventure Racing World Champion.

Team Eddie Bauer (USA) — Druce Finlay and ex-Marine Valentin Chapa return after their epic battle for survival in 2009, bringing Druce’s father Robert Finlay and Paulette Kirby, the oldest woman to compete in WPER 2010.

Team East Wind (Japan) — This is the first Japanese team ever to compete in WPER. Masato Tanaka, the team’s captain, has been a professional adventure racer since 1994.

Team Switzerland (Switzerland) — Bernard Hug, captain of the first Swiss team to compete in WPER, has competed in 10 Iron Mans, the Raid World Championships, and the Adventure Racing World Championships.

Untamed New England (Canada) — Team member James Cameron is a wind energy engineer, passionate environmentalist…and does not own a car!

Gear Junkie (USA) — Famous outdoor gear reviewer Stephen Regenold, also known as the Gear Junkie, will team up with three ‘Yoga Slackers.’

Team Nord Water (Finland) — This Scandinavian team has two female members, Ingrid Stengard and Noora Pinola, a first for WPER.

Fast and Light (UK) — Team member Simon Fisher has an unlikely profession for an adventure racer – he is marketing manager for junk food giant Krispy Kreme Donuts.

Go to http://www.patagonianexpeditionrace.com/ for more info on the 2010 event in Patagonia, Chile.

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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