Friday, June 20, 2008

Adventure Racing Team Merrell/Zanfel Adventure Discovers Snow at Primal Quest

Merrell/Zanfel Adventure team members at Primal Quest Montana include, from left, John Jacoby, Robyn Benincasa, Travis Macy and Aaron Prince.

Robyn Benincasa, captain of adventure racing team Merrell/Zanfel Adventure, said she and teammates John Jacoby, Aaron Prince and Travis Macy are settling in well in Big Sky, Mont., headquarters for the Primal Quest expedition adventure race set to begin Monday morning.

Because some of the team live at sea level, they tried to choose pre-race accommodations as high up in Big Sky as possible. They ended up in a condo at an elevation of 7,500 feet, where there's still plenty of snow on the ground. Robyn said she can only imagine how much snow the team will encounter during the race, which is expected to reach elevations above 10,000 feet. Specifics of the course are traditionally kept secret until just before the start.

While the altitude difference will require acclamation, the team, which has not raced together before, appears to be in no need of a break-in period whatsoever, Robyn said.

"I can already tell we're going to have a good time," she said. "John Jacoby adds an element of fun to everything we do. This is gonna be great!"

Merrell/Zanfel Adventure will begin its check in process tomorrow, then continue to explore the region until the race begins Monday.

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