By Richard Rhinehart
Fruita, Colorado, May 19, 2012: Participants of the 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge from World T.E.A.M. Sports learned quickly today that the three-time defending champion Lumber Liquidators team will not give up their title easily.
Following a short Friday evening prologue and one day of competition at the scenic Rabbit Valley of western Colorado near Fruita, the Lumber Liquidators team found themselves alone at the finish with a commanding 41 minute lead on their next closest competitor. Lumber Liquidators, a Colorado-based team consisting of Skyler Williams, Erik Weihenmayer, Sarah Will, Rob Harsh, and Brett Landin, used similar strategy in their victories of previous years, allowing them to cruise to victory on the second, and final day, of the annual Challenge.
In its sixth year of competition, the inclusive Colorado event includes 14 teams in 2012. Each participating team includes two athletes with disabilities, one of which must be a wheelchair user. Such competition encourages cooperation and problem-solving by the participating teams, and brings inspiration to both participants and supporters.
A first year team from Colorado Springs, Fire Strategies, currently is in second place, the remaining top five teams after the first day of competition are, in order, Atlas Shrugged, Semper Fi – Alpha and Pearl Myers.
Although the first day consisted of a hiking/running stage, a rafting stage, a mountain biking stage, and tasks such as mending a flat tire and lassoing a stationary object, the second day should prove more difficult. Planned activities include rock climbing, rappelling and orienteering through the high desert west of Grand Junction.
The Adventure TEAM Challenge is sponsored by Alteryx, which includes five sponsored teams in 2012. The Alteryx Avengers are currently the top-ranked team, in sixth place. For the first time, the 2012 Challenge includes an all-woman team, Team Who Says I Can’t. The team currently is in 12th place.
Full Team Rankings through Saturday, May 19
1. Lumber Liquidators
2. Fire Strategies
3. Atlas Shrugged
4. Semper Fi – Alpha
5. Pearl Myers
6. Alteryx Avengers
7. Semper Fi – Crump
9. Alteryx Fuzzy Match
10. Alteryx Clarissa’s Team
12. Who Says I Can’t
13. Alteryx Armadillos
14. Alteryx Force
Note: The team leader finished in 3 hours, 36 minutes and 2 seconds. The final team finished in 6 hours, 25 minutes.