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Adventure racer on podium

Jen Segger looks to World Championships in September

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The final leg of the competition was a trek of more than 30 km. With a burst of energy and some shrewd navigation they passed two teams in the woods, and headed to the finish line solidly in third place.

Team Go Big!’s final time was 27 hours and six minutes, 2:14 back of second place and 3:11 back of the leaders.

"When we were in first our goal was to be behind one of the teams we knew was good, and we did that," said Segger. "It was pretty incredible to be in third against all of those teams and to stay with the leaders the whole time. That’s a good experience to have as we head into the worlds in Newfoundland in August."

The world championships this year are the Raid the North Extreme race, which runs from Aug. 1 to 8. The race covers 500 km over six days and includes trail running, trekking, rope work, orienteering, mountain biking, river kayaking, sea kayaking and canoeing.

Segger had hoped to qualify for the worlds last fall when she raced in the New Zealand Southern Traverse, but missed out when one of the racers on that team suffered a knee injury.

At last she made it in through the wildcard draw, and has been focusing her training for the race ever since.

"I think our goal will be to be one of the top Canadian teams there," said Segger. "It’s going to be a really highlight for me. I know the course is going to be challenging, but I’ve wanted this for almost a year now and I can see by our results in Sundre that we’re ready."

Her other goals for the summer include the 67 km Test of Metal this weekend, the 24 Hours of Adrenaline in Whistler as a solo racer and, in the fall, the seven day Marathon de Sable across the Sahara desert.

Chloe Lanthier, a fitness trainer and endurance athlete, has completed the Marathon de Sable twice and is helping Segger train for the trek across the desert.

Her age is a plus in adventure racing and distance races, says Segger, who is still relatively new to the sport.

"I’m generally the youngest at these comps, which I think gives me an edge because I’m at their level and they’re in their 30s, which is their prime for endurance racing," said Segger.

For more information on the World Championships, visit www.raidthenorth.com. For more information on Team Go Big, visit www.teamgobig.org.