TOMAHAWK - 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 theyíre penalize," said 180 Adventure Owner, Paula Waite.
"So they start losing one point per minute theyíre late. So itís 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.
Itís 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."
"Itís more just endurance Iíd say. It goes straight on your body for the whole twelve hours," 12 hour racer, Jordan Nurre said.
"Like nothingís too physically demanding. Itís just continuous."
If you think you would want to try this, but not exactly sure if youíll 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. Itís basically like your bush-waking through the woods." said Rhinelander resident, Bridger Flory.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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