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Ozark Greenways Hosts 10th Annual Adventure Race

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In May, athletes from all over the Ozarks have the chance to show their strength and endurance in an eight to 14 hour race. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

The 10th Annual Ozark Greenways “Adventure Race” will be on Saturday, May 16th, but registration for the event starts now.

The race will start at 7am at the Gasconade Hills outfitter near Lebanon.

Marla Calico is an Ozark Greenways board member and race volunteer.

She says the athletes will participate in several different events during the day.

“It is a multi-sport event that involves the disciplines of running, trekking or orienteering, some sort of paddling on water, and bicycling. And it’s a team event meaning that there are four people competing. It must be a co-ed team and it is situated generally in some beautiful locale in the Ozarks,” Calico said.

Calico says the exact location and distance of the race are kept a secret until the day of the race.

She says the first four finishers will receive a plaque, and this year there will be something special for everyone involved.

“This year in celebration of our 10th anniversary, every single person finishing the entire course, whether or not they finish as a complete team will receive a special finisher’s medal in honor of our 10th anniversary. But, more than anything else you do it for the sense of accomplishment that you can say ‘I have done this and we have done this as a team,’” Calico said.

Calico says the cost of the race is $105 dollars per person, and after May 1st the fee goes up to 130 per person.

She says all of the proceeds go to help Ozark Greenways build more trails in Springfield.

For more details about the “Adventure Race,” or to register, visit the race’s website: www.greenwayrace.org.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.