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Friday, February 27, 2009

Wyo native competes for country in nature's most grueling sport

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile -- Kayaking more than 100 miles against 75 mph winds and 15-foot swells, slogging another 100 miles by foot through wetlands, fjords and glaciers and climbing thousands of feet by mountain bike.

And don't forget to add 30 pounds of gear and a battle with sleep deprivation.

Pinedale native Sara Percy is ready for all those challenges, which the 31-year-old starts facing with the American team in the Wenger Patagonia Expedition Race on Tuesday on the southern tip of Chile.

The four-member Americans -- Percy is the only female -- will attempt to cover approximately 400 miles of brutal terrain in Southern Patagonia while competing in what some call the last, truly-wild race in the world. If they hope to win this ultimate title, they'll need to navigate all of it in seven days. read more...

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