On July 5, most of us are going to be nursing some serious hamburger hangovers from our Independence Day festivities.
Unless, of course, you happen to one of the four U.S. athletes embarking on one of the toughest adventure races in the world, running and paragliding across six countries, 645 miles and Europe's tallest mountains.
The seventh edition of the Red Bull X-Alps pits 33 competitors from around the world against each other for a multi-day race across Europe, from the historic city of Salzburg, Austria, to the Mediterranean Sea of Monaco. Athletes must hike or fly 645 miles across the Alps in the fastest time possible (to date, the record of six days, 23 hours and 40 minutes was set in 2013). The seven countries sending athletes to make the traverse are Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Monaco and the United States.
On Team USA? National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Gavin McClurg, 43, a meteorologist and four-time X-Alps vet who always trains with his young son on his back, as well as Honza Rejmanek, 40, a paragliding instructor; 50-time El Capitan climber Dave Turner, 33; and Dawn Westrum, 37, a former U.S. soldier and the second woman ever to compete in X-Alps.
Live tracking of the race starts July 2 with a one-day prologue at redbullxalps.com.
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