• Adventure racers take on outdoor challenge

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  • Connie Carpenter | Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series
    Fifteen teams and six solos experienced a morning of outdoor adventure by competing in the sprint adventure race and Lewis and Clark Orienteer Challenge May 11.
    Both the adventure race and the orienteer challenge consisted of five sections — trek, canoe, paintball shooting gallery, compass course and a memory challenge. The adventure race contained a sixth section — an eight-mile bike ride.
    The multi-section race presented time management, teamwork and creative planning challenges where participants navigated across the course seeking to capture the greatest amount of control points in the least amount of time. The event offered a different twist with a flexible staggered start. Racers were given the option to start the course anytime between 8-9:30 a.m. The twist also added to the racers’ decision-making as the participants were unsure of each other’s strategy or placement until they crossed the finish line.
    Most participants chose to compete in the Lewis and Clark Orienteer Challenge, with nine family teams and four solos navigating the course.
    Family team Girl Power Plus Dad — Kim, Lauren, Caroline and Mackenzie Haith with dad Mike — completed the 20-control course. As mom Kim and daughter Mackenzie served as lookouts at the bow of the canoe, Mike steered the vessel around the fountain at Smith Lake. Team Girl Power Plus Dad captured 19 markers in two hours and 37 minutes.
    Despite being first timers, family team Pence Makes Sense — Scott, Bronwen, Lillian and Eleanor Pence — quickly developed a strong attack plan capturing 20 controls and topping the family team leader board in 2:45.
    Team Leftover — Brad Bortz, Ben Guyer, Gary Hazeline and Scott Zerger — captured first in the group division clearing the course in 2:32.
    Solo Craig Milliroa set a blistering pace placing first overall by securing 22 markers in 1:33.
    In addition to completing the orienteering challenges, the sprint adventure racers biked along the southern edge of the post, across the Oregon Trail historical landmark and returned to Smith Lake.
    Family Team Mack Attack — Brian, Lydia, JT, Ella and Everett Mack — continued their dominance in the adventure series clearing the 22-control course in 1:40. Team Mack Attack topped the family team leader board and placed second overall in the adventure race.
    Solo Mike Eglinski secured first overall clearing the course in 1:27.
    Solo junior orienteer Stone Roberts placed first in the junior division with 20 captures in 1:59.
    For more information on the Fort Leavenworth Outdoor Adventure Series, visit FTLVAdventure.com or call (913) 683-5634.
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