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Getting dirty at Blankets Creek
posted Monday, March 24, 2008 by Team Checkpoint Zero @ 3:55 AM - 0 comments

Most of the time, when an adventure racer talks about a "sprint" event, they think about 4-6 hour long races that make up the bread and butter of many racers schedule. Doing something as short as 1.5-2 hours, well, that's just a warm up, right?

This past Saturday I got a chance to do the inaugural Blankets Creek Dirty Duathlon which was held to raise money for the trail system at Blankets Creek. It consisted of a 5 mile run followed by a 12 mile bike ride, which makes it the kind of event that takes you to your anaerobic threshold, and you keep it there as long as you can while trying to puke your guts out or cramp up. I managed not to puke my guts up, but I didn't avoid the cramping. Thankfully, it was a short race and it was over in a flash and I didn't have to suffer for too long. When the dust settled, local racer James Wiant had destroyed the field and won by over 4 minutes.

The best part of the day however, was not finishing, it was the post race festivities. These included a clown bike race for a chance to win a real bike from one of the races main sponsors, Outspokin Bicycles. It was quite comical to watch grown men be beaten (by a wide margin I might add) by a child who's diminutive stature allowed expert speed and agility on the micro sized bike.

For all those that chose to stick around for the prize ceremony, I'm sure each was rewarded with something, as the event organizers were making reasons up to let people pick items out as they had to distribute the contents of two huge tables overflowing with donated items. This well organized and attended event showed just how much work race director Lisa Randall put into this event, and how much support local businesses give back to the community. Many thanks to all of them, as together we raised over $7500 for new trails this weekend!

Top secret CP0 race preview ...
posted Monday, March 03, 2008 by Team Checkpoint Zero @ 10:04 AM - 0 comments

The team was out on the course this weekend doing some final scouting. I snapped a few photos you can find here (but didn't want to give away too much). It's a beautiful and rugged race course. And, you'll be happy to know that we carried machetes and cleared away all the Rhododendron ;-)

For y'all coming from parts far away ... the southeastern chapter of the Rhododendron Society welcomes you. You may not want to join after this weekend.

Nice socks, Peter ...

- Paul