Sore muscles and vivid memories are the only things that remain after NOLS employees, Katie Everson and Adam Swisher completed the Cameco Cowboy Tough race yesterday in Casper, WY. Finishing 4th in their category and 17th overall, Everson and Swisher jogged through the finish line with wet clothes and vibrant grins. For three and a half days, they ran, biked, canoed, rappelled and floated sections of a ~400 mile course that challenged some of the most experienced adventure racers around the country. The Casper Star-Tribune followed their progress throughout the race and published a great recap of the event entitled, Cowboy Tough: Three days on the trail with Wyoming's two adventure racing teams. The main photo of the story shows the pair hiking through a barren landscape holding zebra-print "parasols" over their heads for sun protection.
NOLS is extremely proud of the effort, skills and teamwork that Everson and Swisher showed as they represented both NOLS and the state of Wyoming during this event. It may take a few months for the team to forget some of the hardships they experienced along the way and feel excited about competing again, but don't be surprised if you see these two test their mettle in a similar race in the near future.