Race a new type of adventure for athletes

By: Matt Long
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Athletes braved the chilly weather for a bit of adventure at Folsom Lake in Granite Bay on Saturday. The fourth annual Folsom Lake Spring Adventure race drew nearly 90 participants, as the athletes ran, mountain biked and kayaked for more than two hours, competing to see who would cross the finish line first. Chris Freeman and Matt Sheehy of San Francisco were the first to do so, completing the race in 1 hour 51 minutes, nearly two minutes in front of Nick Pierce of Redwood City. Only four other teams finished the race in less than two hours, while most of the field crossed the finish line between two and three hours, though, there were a handful of teams that finished in the three-hour range. Bill and Mandy Kennedy of El Dorado Hills placed eighth overall, but were first in the two-person coed division, as they finished in 2 hours and 5 minutes. Despite the cooler than normal weather, the turnout for the fourth-annual event was better than previous years. “These are events that pretty much anyone can do,” Race Director Todd Jackson said of the popularity of adventure racing. “People like the adventure side of it and it’s fun to do with a friend. You get to race on foot, on bikes and in the water and plus, this is a cool area to explore.” Wayne Woo and his son, Kyle, of Loomis, participated in the race. It was Wayne’s third time, but Kyle’s first. “I just wanted to try something new,” Kyle said. “I’m an athletic person and this sounded like fun.” Wayne added, “I like the unknown aspect of it. It’s different every year and you get the instructions right before the race starts. This is my first year doing it with my son, so it’s a good bonding experience for us.” The Woos finished in 2 hours and 14 minutes.