.....36 hours of pre-race training.
In mid September, Team Bechtel / US Challenge assembled in the predawn chill and fog to run through a multi-phase adventure and team challenge. The legendary mountainous, rocky, single track terrain of Gambrill was the principle setting for the dry land phase of training. (The water phase would follow a day later on the nearby Potomac)
Orienteering challenges, technical mountain biking, overcoming team obstacles, and solving complex communication and leadership tasks were all key training objectives
The ultimate goal was to be prepared for any and all challenges that may be encountered on the 3-day course in October, (and to identify and address any possible training deficiencies). So away we went...
down the trails, over the ridges..
...and of course up and over..
... all against the backdrop of mid-September color.