No pain no gain

The Adventure Xstream adventure race returned to Durango last weekend after a one year hiatus due to last year’s Missionary Ridge Fire. Racers began their
trek at Durango Mountain Resort and attacked the course, which included an 8-
mile trail run, a 34-mile mountain bike ride, a 14-mile paddle and a 60 foot rappel.
Hometown favorites, Team Colorado, made up of Mike Freeburn, Corey Nielsen, and Mona Merrill, posted the fastest time, finishing the course in six hours, 44 minutes. Durangoan Jon Bailey came in second overall, finishing in six hours and 55 minutes and winning the solo male category.

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Durango's Jon Bailey crosses a creek as he finishes the trail run.  Bailey took home first place honors in the solo male category.

A member of Team Perseverance jokes around at the rappel.

Laurel Arndt, of Team Hot Flashes, is happy to finally reach the rappel after spending more than five hours on her bike.


A member of the three person team WSC PowerBar Elite arrives at the take out and begins his sprint to the finish line.  WSC finished the race in sixth place.


Team AdventureRacingConcepts.com power through the top portion of the mountain biking section.

Racers battle a recent hatch of caddis flies along the Animas River during the 14-mile paddle.





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