Team Onyx is the first all-black expedition length adventure race team in the world. "We are a group of athletes and adventures that are looking to add more diversity to outdoor sports.
Our goal is to show all people of color and all marginalized groups that you have a place outdoor. Team Onyx just finished competing in 2019 Eco Challenge Fiji and are very excited to be racing Expedition Canada this summer. Since our race in Fiji, the team has grown from 5 athletes to 9. With a larger team, we look to expand our reach and message as we take on even more races this year around the world."
Team Kinetic has been present on the adventure racing scene since 2007 with different combinaison of teammates. The team has participated in multiple expedition races around the world with fair results. For the inaugural 2020 Expedition Canada BC Wild race, 3 of the team members, Pascal, Jonathan and Francis, are experienced racer "kinda" making comeback after several years off the AR circuit. Simon is the rookie on the team as this will be his first expedition race. His competitive endurance background includes ultra trail running and long distance open water swimming... let's just say he is the only one looking forward to the announced 1km swim!
All team members are fathers and have full time day jobs. They've all agreed that the main and only real objective for this race is to have FUN! Some obvious type 2 fun, which can be miserable *while* it's happening, but fun in retrospect. And yes, they are looking forward to giving everything they can to perform, but always with a lighthearted spirit and not taking themselves seriously.
The team is looking forward to this race!
Team TIGER ADVENTURE
Sue and Graham ( from Australia) started AR racing about 6 years ago and have done most 24, 36, 48 and 100hr events and an XPD Expedition race since. It's a great way to explore places you would never go to otherwise, test your endurance and meet like minded people. Our goal is simply to finish the race together as a team, (hopefully still on speaking terms) and enjoy the experience. The team has members from Israel, USA and Australia and will meet for the first time at the start of the event.
Carin is a Mother of 4 grown kids and has been competing in full-length adventure races for the past 10 years. In 2019 she competed in Expedition Africa, a full-length adventure race with her 3 boys!
Todd is a 45 year old husband and father of two teenage boys. He has been adventure racing for 6 years and have completed over 20 races from 8 hours to 72 hours all over the US. Passionate about the outdoors and truly pushing himself to his limits. Favorite part of AR is definitely getting away from all the distractions of the world and truly experiencing what you are capable of.
Team VALLEY UPRISERS
Jordy, the oldest member of the team grew up in the Okanagan Valley and currently lives in Penticton. He is the only member of the team that has previously participated in adventure races. (Sea to Summits, Momar's, Big Blue, Raid the North's, Test of Metal, and Storm the Shore). Jordy has also participated in a few 50K running ultras.
Colin grew up in Brandon Manitoba and found himself moving to Penticton 3 years ago. He enjoys to rock climb, mountain bike, Race Ultras, hang with friends and go skiing at Apex. Like Jordy (and the rest of our team), Colin likes to adventure and rarely says no to any adventure that sounds a bit too extreme.
Alexis moved to Penticton 2 and a half years ago from Quebec. He is a registered nurse He loves to mountain bike, surf, run, rock climb, road bike, cross country ski, alpine ski and backcountry ski. He is notorious for planning crazy adventures that always seem to turn out a bit harder than he expects.
Amy, is a registered nurse. She grew up in the Okanagan. She has competed in a few 50km ultra running races as well as a local 100km race in 2018 and plan to complete the Squamish 50/50 in August. Besides running, She like to mountain and road bike, alpine and cross country ski as well as to backcountry ski and often get convinced to join in on Alexis's crazy adventures.
As a team, we hope to have fun and complete the race in a timely fashion. We all hope that being Penticton locals will give us some private intel and help us navigate throughout the race.
Undertrained & Overconfident
First they were two
Team EPIC ENDURANCE
Kelly, Gerry, Anna and Bruce want to set a pace they will be comfortable to finish with. Their goal is to cross the line under the time. Anna and Kelly have both raced multiday events. This will be Gerry's first event over 30 hours. Bruce has not done an AR over 12 hours but has completed the 350 miles Fat Bike race on Iditarod Trail. They are excited to come race in the Okanagan
Team UNDERTRAINED & OVERCONFIDENT
"We considered ourselves to be a middle of the pack competitive team with the goal of crossing the finish line and, preferably, not being the Lantern Rouge. This race will mark the first expedition length race for all team members with the longest race being the 30hr Wilderness Traverse in Ontario. Brady, the team captain and lead navigator, has a background in mountain biking which includes racing solo for 24hr and completing several 70.3 races. Ilana is an avid dogsledder having raced in Alaska and currently runs a dog shelter for unwanted sled dogs in Ontario. She has been adventure racing since 2017. Matt is also an avid mountain biker and can be seen cycling to work on the coldest days of the year. Iris is the newest member of our team and is an enthusiastic and all things outdoors who recently got hooked on adventure racing, and is always looking for new challenges.
We plan to live up to the name (Undertrained and Overconfident). We’re all competitive by nature but are not the elite athletes that are at the front of the race. We’re looking for fun, laughs and memories."
Jon, Kim and Ken have raced many races together and on other teams. Chris is a newbie to expedition racing. Kim is a rock star, Jon likes to knit, Chris makes protest signs for the animals of the Amazon, and Ken makes hot air balloons in his basement. "We're going to bring all our extensive skills together to aim for a strong second last. Three cheers for Adventure Racing."