Greenies Train for Grueling Race

Greenies Train for Grueling Race

Adventure Sports team prepares for 10-hour race

Patrick Shea '20 pushes his boundaries in the Adventure Sports program.

"I would say that's the biggest thing I get from it, the faith in myself," Patrick said. "I have a lot more faith in my body and what I'm capable of. I know I can run long distances if I have to. I'm excited because of all the work I've put in."

Patrick and five other Christ School boys canoe, mountain bike, trail run, and fine-tune their orienteering skills every day after classes dismiss, all in preparation for an ultimate test: the October 21 Pisgah 10-Hour Adventure Race in Brevard, N.C. The Greenies will call on their physical and mental faculties next month as they try get through a 45-mile course in 10 hours. Brevard is about a 30-minute drive from Christ School.

The Adventure Sports team is led by History teacher Matt Chisholm and Engineering/Computer Science teacher Marcel Duhaime.

"These guys train and work hard every day," Chisholm said. "This race will be a very intense escalation. I am proud of each of them for taking it on."

Christ School's 500-acre campus provides a suitable training ground for Patrick Shea '20, Christian Blanks '19, Finn Bridgeford '18, Sheldon Clements '22, Sutton de Kraftt '18, and Sawyer Duhaime '18. However, the boys also get off campus a few times a week to such recreational hotspots in western North Carolina as the DuPont State Recreation Forest, Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and Pisgah National Forest.

Christ School furnishes all the equipment, including Trek X-Caliber 7 mountain bikes, unless a boy chooses to use his own bike.