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California resident Chris Hauth is 50 years old now, but he is not slowing down. Here he seen climbing over the top of the mountain in pursuit of Andrew Fast.
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Athletes had to line up early for this epic adventure and they dressed up warm for this affair.
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The water was indeed cold but the athletes seemed to manage it well, plus they came here to be challenged and not be served an easy course.
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Without awesome volunteers we could not have races be it extreme or otherwise. So here is a big thank you to all those who volunteer their time at races.
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During the bike segment the smoke from the forest fire was very noticeable, but other participants ere out of sight.
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There is plenty of climbing on the course and nothing easy about it, except for possibly the scenery being easy on the eyes
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A quick time check, and then off for some fun running and climbing.
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Chris Hauth chased hard but in the end he had to settle for the runner-up spot, about 28 minutes behind the winner.
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There is much to visually take in on this course, and those looking for a unique challenge would likely be rewarded here.
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The Winner Creek Trail eventually leads to the Winner Creek Hand Tram, and here Christine Ligocki is seen pulling herself across the gorge. A difficult task late in the race, and something all athletes have to do.
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The sun came out as athletes climbed higher and higher.
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Stunning views indeed, but the athletes had a task at hand.
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Full attention is required and the snow was deep here.
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The steeper the trails are, the more popular it is to use trekking poles.
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This is not Switzerland - this is Alaska.
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Michael Shephard on his way to 6th place male and 7th place overall.
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Andrew Fast on the way to his second title in the superb time of 11:13:13
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The very happy 2019 female champion Christine Ligocki clocked a 14:08:49 and that meant 5th place overall.