Prepping for the Eco-Challenge

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Prepping for the Eco-Challenge

Prepping for the Eco-Challenge
Question: I'm young, unemployed, and I think crazy because I really want to do an Eco-Challenge. I don't think I'm in enough shape to do the big 300-mile one, but I've heard about a mini-Eco-Challenge. How do I learn more about it? How should I train? Is there a way to get sponsors?

Chicago, IL
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Racers in the 1996 Eco-Challenge
begin their 300-mile punishment

Adventure Adviser: You're NUTS ... hardly! Plenty of people are being bitten by this push-yourself-to-the-limits-of-human-endurance bug, just not everyone has the desire to subject themselves to 300-plus miles of physical pain and suffering. That's where the Eco-Challenge's Adventure Racing Series comes in an abbreviated (albeit barely) version of the big Kahuna.

The series starts at Point Mugu State Park in Malibu, California, April 11-13 and continues, nonstop, for 120 miles and 24 hours. Disciplines include mountain biking, sea kayaking, non-technical climbing, hiking, and backcountry navigation. The winning team will be invited to race in this summer's big Eco-Challenge (touted as "the most difficult to date") in Australia. Cost is a still-steep $1,000 per team of four. Call 310-553-8855 for training suggestions and registration details.

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