When Dawn asked me to add "Extreme Heat Adventure Race" into her training schedule, I was skeptical. Really? Extreme Heat? But Dawn assured me the race was just a fun day with a good friend. Turns out Dawn and Andi had a great adventure in the desert near the Salt River. Here is her race recap.
After the first three check points we had to head back to the start and complete an obstacle where one person wears a blind fold and the other tells them where to step making sure not to hit any of the cones. After that we were back orienteering for another 5 check points.
Once we completed the "trek/run" portion of the race we had to head back again to the start and do another obstacle. This time we got one Dixie cup and one 20-ounce big red cup and we had to fill the Dixie cup with water from the river and bring it back to a picnic table and fill the big red cup. I stayed down by the river and Andi ran back and forth between the river and the table. Once that was done we were told to grab our rafts and continue following the map. We had to run for a little over a mile with our raft, paddles and PFDs and hit another obstacle along the way. This time we needed to balance a Wiffle ball between two strings and get the ball to sit on top of a pole (super easy).
Once we finished that we headed to the river and put in where the tube rentals are. This was the hilarious part! We are both avid kayakers and did not think anything of paddling a raft down the river…little did we know the raft is so light trying to paddle and stay in the right direction is very challenging. I spent most of the time in the back cracking up watching Andi paddle with her life jacket, tutu and bandana! It was such a comical sight.