Grueling Military Wilderness Challenge Gets Under Way in W.V.

Race includes 8K mountain run, 14-mile whitewater raft race & more

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012  |  Updated 7:41 AM EDT
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Grueling Wilderness Challenge Under Way in WV

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More than 300 military personnel from around the world are competing in a wilderness challenge in West Virginia.

The 12th annual

All-Military Wilderness Challenge

begins Thursday and continues through Saturday.

The competition includes an 8K mountain run, a 12-mile mountain bike race, a "forced" 14-mile hike through the mountains, 14-mile whitewater raft race on the Gauley River and a 7-mile kayak race on the New River.

Event coordinator Michael Bond said in a news release that the wilderness challenge is one of the most grueling and hard-fought competitions in the armed forces.

The event is also a qualifying race for the United States Adventure Racing Association's National Championships. Participants will complete in teams of four. All must be active-duty servicemembers, active reservists or ROTC members. Each teams must have a at least one woman.

ACE Adventure Resort is hosting the event.

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