I enjoy participating in one or two friendly races every year. Whether it is in a canoe, or on foot, I always have a good time. Adventure races are a particular favorite of mine, as you never know what is going to come around the next bend. They keep life exciting. Some of my races are highlighted here. In high school, I raced sailboats on the high school sailing team.
Detroit Free Press International Marathon
In the fall of 2015, I ran my first marathon. Before the spring of the race, I had never run more than a couple of miles, and hated running. Now I am a marathoner, and can't wait to run the next one.
MSU Outdoors Club
Campus to Coast
The Michigan State University Outdoors Club has put on the 160 mi canoe race anually since I founded the trip in 2010. This race which draws well over a hundred participants every year was recently ranked as the 9th hardest canoe race in North America. Putting this event together is my life's greatest accomplishment to date. The above picture was taken before the start of the second Campus to Coast.
Mississippi River Challenge 2014
In 2014, I led a group of four in an attempt to break the record for the fastest decent of the Mississippi River by canoe. While we did not break Bob Bradford and Clark Eid's 2003 record, we learned an incredible amount that will serve us well in our future attempt.
The attempt was chronicaled in real time on Facebook, was covered by the State News, and by a host of news outlets across the country.
While the MSU Outdoor's Club puts on the Campus to Coast Race, the Purdue Outing Club has POCAR, the Purdue Outing Club Adventure Race. This race takes place annually over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, in various places across Indiana. This fifty mile orienteering race starts at noon, so that most of the navigation takes place at night. I have raced three times, finishing the last two times.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”