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Todd Copley captains Summit Adventure Racing to 3rd place finish in National Championships of Adventure Racing
Todd Copley, the Executive Director of Deep Creek 2014, the event production company for the 2014 ICF Whitewater Slalom World Championships taking place in McHenry MD next year recently participated in the United States Adventure Racing National Championships held in Brown’s County, IN. Copley was lead navigator and also captained Summit Adventure Racing to an overall 3rd place finish in the country. Adventure Racing involves teams competing in expedition length races involving mountain biking, trekking/running, paddling and usually some type of climbing/ropes element. The course is not set and teams are required to strategically plan routes and navigate over the entire distance to predetermined check points. Racers are entirely self-sustaining and carry all gear to include food and methods for water replacement.
This year’s National Championships were set in the deep wilderness of Brown’s County, Indiana and held over the weekend of October 4-5. After 30 STRAIGHT hours of non-stop mountain biking, navigating, trekking, rafting, and paddling with portage sections over 3 miles, Copley’s team emerged from the wilderness with 22 checkpoints which was good enough for 3rd place overall in the three-man team open division of the National Championship. Summit Adventure Racing/Team Commie Bar has been a steady force in adventure racing over the past 3 years and leads the North American Adventure Racing Series points division for 2013.
Copley was extremely pleased with the effort. “I thought our team performed exceptionally. Navigation is so important and we nailed the check points even at 2 in the morning during a monsoon rain downpour. Going 30 hours straight is always tough but we covered a lot of miles efficiently and did not have any physical issues or bicycle mechanical problems.”
The National Championships is the culmination of the adventure racing season. To even participate in this prestigious race, teams had to qualify in a regional sanctioned race during the year to be eligible.