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Team Gear Junkie/Wedali Wins Two National Championships

First-ever double national championship wins in adventure racing

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For the first time in the sport of adventure racing, a team has won both U.S. National Championship races.

Each autumn, the United States Adventure Racing Association and
Checkpoint Tracker, the two domestic adventure-racing leagues, each
host a National Championship race. This year, the Minnesota-based Team GearJunkie/WEDALI won first place overall in both of the National Championship events.

“Winning both National Championships is unprecedented,” said
Stephen Regenold, founder and editor of Regenold, also a racer, competed with Team GearJunkie/WEDALI in the Checkpoint
Tracker Championship Race in West Virginia.

More than 50 teams from around the country competed in the
end-of-season events, held in late September and early October in West Virginia’s New River Gorge and the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.

Challenges on the wilderness courses included trail running,
mountain biking, paddling, riverboarding, and navigation with map and compass. Both events required more than 24 hours of constant racing and more than 100 miles of human-powered travel through the

For the championship events, GearJunkie/WEDALI beat many of the
nation’s top teams — twice. Said Regenold, “Some of our team members have been involved in the sport of adventure racing for nearly a decade. The dual National Championship win is truly the result of years of training and racing around the country and the world.”

Team GearJunkie/WEDALI is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its
sponsors include Wenger North America, Fenix Lighting, and Platypus

On, the team has a dedicated micro-site
( where it publishes race reports, videos, gear
reviews, and athlete interviews from the 20+ events it competes in
each year. Team GearJunkie/WEDALI is comprised of 10 athletes who rotate to race in various events, from “sprint” adventure races that last six hours to the 24-hour+ events.

Team Captain Justin Bakken leads the squad. Bakken raced in both
the USARA and the Checkpoint Tracker championships this year, and he
has also captained teams to victories in these races in years past,
though never winning both in one year.

For the USARA championship race, the team was comprised of Justin Bakken, Scott Erlandson and Molly Moilanen. For the Checkpoint Tracker championship race it was Bakken, Editor/Founder of, Stephen Regenold, and athletes Kelly Brinkman and Thomas Puzak.

Beyond the Nationals wins, the team had a successful season,
including victories around the country in regional events. The squad
also finished in First Place in the cumulative Checkpoint Tracker
Season Rankings, beating more than 200 teams.

GearJunkie/WEDALI would like to thank its fans, supporters, and
sponsors. “We are so psyched and happy with the race season this
year!” Regenold said. “Truly unbelievable to come away with these

ABOUT GEARJUNKIE.COM, launched in 2006, is regarded as a top blog and online publication for product reviews and news in the outdoors world. The site contains thousands of pages of content — gear reviews, news, travel and adventure stories, a video section, photo galleries, and giveaway contests. Gear Junkie, owned and operated by Monopoint Media LLC, covers the sport of adventure racing on a channel ( along with climbing, camping, skiing, cycling, hiking, trail running, paddling, and other outdoor sports.