Marathons and triathlons are mere gateway drugs to the world of adventure racing. The fast-growing sport combines the standard disciplines of cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling, orienteering, climbing and rope skills with curveballs such as hang gliding or even camel riding. With races typically spanning 12 to 24 hours and sometimes stretching across multiple days, the sport markets itself to the hardcore athletes who crave a wicked "bonk" (i.e., hitting the wall from exhaustion). This weekend's Sunflower 24-Hour Race
in Lawrence is the creation of Bonk Hard Racing, a Prairie Village company that's kicking off its third season. Last year's Lawrence event had competitors rappelling down the side of a retirement home. It's too late to register for this weekend's event, but wannabe adventurers can check out today's action by picking up a spectator package at Clinton Lake Campgrounds Area 3 after 7 a.m. See bonkhardracing .com for more information.
Fri., March 28, 7 a.m., 2008