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Adventure News of the Week: Skimo Record, Barefoot Race Win, and More

From the inspiring to the tragic, ‘Adventure News of the Week’ presents a wrap-up of top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

SKI: First American Woman Wins FIS World Cup Title. American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins from Afton, Minn., finished the 2020-2021 season with 1,347 total World Cup points, becoming the FIS World Cup overall winner.

“The overall World Cup globe is the biggest thing that I could ever possibly achieve,” Diggins said to Team USA.

RUN: South African Runner Breaks 10,000M Record Barefoot. After South African runner Mbuleli Mathanga faced backlash for wearing the contentious Nike Vaporflys in a 5,000m race in Durban, South Africa, he ran his next race barefoot instead.

In his barefoot race, Mathanga set a provincial 10,000m record of 28:24.93, finishing in second place overall. (Mathanga ran the 5,000m in a personal best of 13:47.23.)

SKIMO: Rea Kolbl Sets Female Skimo Record for 24-Hour Uphill Vert Distance. “New 24 hour world record!” declared Kolbl on Strava. “Perfect day, perfect conditions, perfect crew, and perfect gear.”

The multi-title Toughest Mudder champion and Spartan athlete from Colorado skied an impressive 92.14 miles and 55,045 vertical feet, setting a new uphill world record.

RACE: Adventure Race Win in New Zealand. Adventure racing team Avaya took first place in New Zealand’s recent 666km GODZone Adventure Race.

Wednesday’s victory for Team Avaya — which consists of Nathan Fa’avae, Chris Forne, Sophie Hart, and Stu Lynch — is the fifth time the team has won the world’s largest expedition adventure race.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee. She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.