Team Nike comes from behind for yet another win
FORT WILLIAM, Scotland – After nearly five days of racing through constant rain and low temperatures, Team Nike crossed the finish line at Fort William just after 6 a.m. Friday to win the 2007 Adventure Racing World Championship.The four athletes that are billed as “The Winningest Team” lived up to their reputation and successfully defended their title, forging powerfully ahead of all challengers and winning by a comfortable margin. Their official race time was 4 days, 22 hours, 7 minutes, 43 seconds.”The trekking was the hardest,” said team captain and Vail resident Mike Kloser. “But through the week each stage seemed to get harder and harder. It was one tough course.”Kloser had an additional level of suffering due to a compound dislocation of a finger after a fall during a training run just days before the start of the event. Kloser’s wife, Emily, said her husband has an incredible ability to block out pain, something he relied on heavily throughout the event. Two screws, reattached tendons and a bandage held everything in place during the event.New Zealand’s Chris Forne is the newest member of the team, stepping in when former captain Ian Adamson retired.”My feet were doing their usual thing and not enjoying themselves so much.” Forne said. The second female member of the team, Sari Anderson, is on maternity leave. Mike Tobin said he could hardly stay awake. “My eyes feel like they are glued shut,” he said. “Mona (Monique Merrill) is a great motivator for us all. She has a great laugh.”
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