- Rain, mud and a little bit of cool air were the conditions racers had to endure Saturday. The Stubborn Mule Adventure Race tests competitors as they hunt for hidden checkpoints around Tomahawk. "They have to try to get as many of the points that we put out in the county as possible in 30 hours or twelve hours. So if they go over that time they're penalize," said 180 Adventure Owner, Paula Waite. "So they start losing one point per minute they're late. So it's very important that they manage that time."
This type of race started in Costa Rica and has been in the united states for 15 years. It's been done in the Wausau area, but this is the first time for Tomahawk. "Back in the day the Eco-challenge was kind of a big one or the Regalo," Waite said. "The race started appealing to the general public and so there were shorter races going on." Those short races consist of hiking, running, canoeing and biking. Out of the four, some competitors said biking was the toughest part. "We went out on the mountain bike and that was really technical with that," said Cedar Falls, Iowa resident, Janelle Thompson. "We did some walking of our bikes and slipping and sliding. A few bruises and bloody areas too with some of our team members." "It's more just endurance I'd say. It goes straight on your body for the whole twelve hours," 12 hour racer, Jordan Nurre said. "Like nothing's too physically demanding. It's just continuous." If you think you would want to try this, but not exactly sure if you'll make it to the end, just ask an eleven year old. SOT"You kind of just are following the navigator on your team and trying to find a certain point in the woods. It's basically like your bush-waking through the woods." said Rhinelander resident, Bridger Flory.
Story By: Shardaa Gray