Ken Batten, Jon Game, Kim Owens & John Price
Jon, Kim and Ken have raced many races together and on other teams.
This is John's first Expedition Length Race. He Inherited a love for precooked bacon during races from Ken Batten and is usually the only guy on the team that wishes the paddle leg was longer
John can't sing to save his life, but it doesn't stop him from trying
Kim is a rock star, Jon likes to knit, 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."
Team UNDERTRAINED & OVERCONFIDENT
Brady Vincent, Iris Lenauer, Ilana Kingsley & Matt Graham
"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."
Francis Lambert, Pascal Laroche, Simon Gignac & Jonathan Dionne
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
Todd Briggs, Carin Goldblatt, ??, ??
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.
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!
Jordy, the oldest member of the team grew up in the Okanagan Valley and is the only member of the team that has previously participated in adventure races and 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, MTB, Race Ultras, hang with friends and go skiing at Apex.
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 MTB, 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. Besides running, She like to MTB 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.
Team VALLEY UPRISERS
Jordy Ydse, Amy Buzikievi, Colin Durand & Alexis Guimon
Team EPIC ENDURANCE
Kelly Boyd, Bruce Hawryluk, Anna Jones & Gerry Marcotte
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
William Hitchon, Dawson Lucier, ??, ??
Scott Cocks, Nicki Driscoll, Kit Vreeland & ??
Team BEND RACING /YOGASLACKERS
Jason Magness, Chelsea Magness, Daniel &
Team WE CAME WE SAW WE SLEPT
Ronald Gusek, Bruce Jones, Tyler Starn, & Howard Melcher
Peter Jolles, Chris Vonlns, Teresa Burk & ??
Team FIRST THEY WERE TWO
Pavla Lounova, Courtney Mueller, ?? & ??
.What do a Pharmacist, Teacher, Firefighter, and Stay at Home Dad have in common? They are the competitive new adventure racing team ready to tackle the challenge of Expedition Canada.
We are a group of athletes and friends that have always been just crazy enough to find joy in hard work and pushing our limits.
We look forward to participating in our first adventure race; with a goal of putting forth our very best effort and enjoying together a bit of suffering to reach the finish line.
We look forward to seeing what the future of adventure racing holds for this tribe of 40 somethings... No Ragrets!
Team NO RAGRETS
Mary Lampas, James Lampas, David Buckles & Cody Hidler
Jarod Hart, Eric Hart, Dustin Smith & Paulette Kirby
Team Skunked, for this race, are father/ son(Eric and Jarod), Dustin and Paulette. This will be a first time to race with this configuration, and frankly with Paulette having such a vast track record of previous long events the rest of us hope to learn a thing or two. The three guys are from central Iowa, and race together often along with any other adventure we can talk each other into. The teams goals for the event are to explore new territory while enjoying an adventure and pushing ourselves to an extent yet to be determined. With an underlying goal to "beat all nonfinishers".
Team Adventurists has been racing since 2010 and is finally expanding beyond Ontario races. As the 2017 and 2019 All Male AR champs in Ontario, Canada, we decided to branch out and make 1 big move: first multi day adventure races together. We're excited and hungry (for pretzels)!
Andrei, 32, uses AR as a way to fulfill his addiction for organizing and planning logistics.
Rob, 41, lives in Switzerland, plays in the Alps, and hides his addiction for buying new gear under the disguise of multi-sport AR.
Luc, 51, is the elder statesman on the team. He is married and the father of two grown kids. Luc grew up as a competitive hockey player, but is now an avid outdoor sports enthusiast.
Jeremy, 33, Father of 3 soon to be 4. He was unknowingly groomed for Adventure Racing his whole life. He was raised on a farm where he got to enjoy long days in the sun bailing hay; He also worked as a prospector in mineral exploration navigating the boreal forests of the north whilst carrying pack sacks full of dirt. After getting a more civilized job working in an underground nickel mine, I desperately searched for a way back into the wilderness, tormented by the call of the wild; Adventure Racing has answered that call.
Andrei Neagoie, Luc Frechette, Rob McCollum & Jeremy
Luiza Salazar, Harper Eskuri, Camila Lacovone & Ryan Brandow
As everyone on the team's first expedition length race, our goal is to finish with all our limbs attached and morale mostly intact. We are a group of professional artists who are very passionate about the outdoors with a lot of experience in sailing, diving, long distance hiking and climbing. Combining multiple disciplines on a multiday race is a challenge we are excited about and we are more at competition with nature and ourselves than with the other teams! We aim to push our limits, do the best time we can while having a good time. And hopefully "what's the worst that could happen", the words that got us into this mess, won't be our famous last words!
First, we saw the Eco Challenge on TV, then we registered for this Race, and only after that did we research what Adventure Racing is all about.
We’re Dimitry, Jake, Julie, and Julian and we are Team Dream!
Dimitry can bake 30 minute brownies in 20 minutes.
Julie writes and curates award winning Operas. Jake once used a rake and a large glass of water to single-handedly defend a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants.
Julian knows the exact location of every food item in the supermarket and on Sundays practices full contact origami.
While we don’t know what we’ve signed up for, we're excited to keep the dream alive!
Jake Dancyger, Julie Topp, Julian Alvarez Silva & Dimitry Galamiyev
Hunter Leininger, ??, ?? & ??
Rick Shone, John Ford, Ashlie Ferguson & Jayson Gillespie
Johan Van Heerden, Brett Giolma, Cornel Barnard & Carel Grundlingh
Our team consists of 4 guys ready for some adventure. We have all completed multiple marathons, MTB races, IronMan and much much more. We have never done anything to the magnitude of Expedition Canada and are hoping to compete it to the best of our abilities. Our aim for this is to finish every stage with a smile. We are sure there will be numerous ups and downs but in the end we will keep each other afloat and moving forward - towards the finish line ( depending on Navigation skills )
Johan ( Navigation) , Cornel ( Morale officer ), Carel ( Pack horse 1 ) and Brett ( Pack horse 2)
Sergio Fernandez Lozada, ??, ?? & ??
Chris Ford, Patricia Patton, Tammy Howe & Kevin Matrosovs
Team ECO AR
Brian Finestone, Kevin Hodder, Phillipe Gautier & ??
Team BAD CHOICES
Anthony Hlynka, Nick Evans, Jean Francois Berard & ??
Team PLACE HOLDER
Dustin Silvey, Janel Silvey, ?? & ??
Team KINETIC KONNECTION
Andre Gervais, Robert Pula, Andrew Pula & Dave Renaud