Team Ruff Wear Dirty Dawgs took 9th place (of 53 teams) in the Business/Service category in the Pole, Pedal, Paddle last Saturday. For those of you who don’t live in Bend, it’s a super fun, multi-sport race that begins at Mt. Bachelor and finishes in the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR.

Here’s how our race played out: The race starts with a 200 foot sprint uphill to your skis. Chelsea, our downhill skier, flew down the Leeway run at mach 5. At the West Village lodge, Chelsea tags off to the XC skier (me). I got to skate ski in the slush for about 8k, with the last 2.5k all up hill. I finished at the Nordic lodge and ran, skis in hand, to Jesse who jumped on his bike. Jesse rode 22 mostly downhill miles back to town. At the next exchange, our runner, Rocco, took off for a 5 mile run along the Deschutes River. Rocco handed off to Will, who after being dumped in the river (oops!), kayaked a 2k out-and-back course. After his paddle, Will tagged off to Rocco, who sprinted (in under 3 minutes) to the finish line. We finished in just under 2 1/2 hours! Afterwards, we kicked back at one of the biggest parties in Bend, for well deserved beverages.

What a fun day for all!