Kentucky

Red River Gorge race tests participants' stamina, skills for 12-plus hours

A Red River Gorge American Classic team paddles the Red River Saturday November 3, 2012. The race, known as the "Race for the Fig", after legendary U.S. Forest Ranger Don Fig, was a 12-hour endurance trial that featured biking, running, paddling and testing navigation skills. There were no signs used to mark the route and participants weren't allowed to talk to onlookers. Photo by John Flavell
A Red River Gorge American Classic team paddles the Red River Saturday November 3, 2012. The race, known as the "Race for the Fig", after legendary U.S. Forest Ranger Don Fig, was a 12-hour endurance trial that featured biking, running, paddling and testing navigation skills. There were no signs used to mark the route and participants weren't allowed to talk to onlookers. Photo by John Flavell The Herald-Leader

More than 100 racers from seven states competed Saturday in the Red River Gorge American Classic, a 12-hour endurance race that included mountain biking, hiking, paddling and tests of navigation skills.

The race of 147 participants was the fourth and last in a series of races in Kentucky state parks. The races were called the Unbridled Adventure Race Series.

A Tennessee team called Inner Strength was the overall winner Saturday and the only team to clear all 20 checkpoints in 11:35, said Stephanie Ross, race director for organizer Flying Squirrel Adventures. The team of two, Jonathan Schmidt and Cody Goodwin, has won three of the four races in the series.

John Farless of Indiana was second overall and first-place male solo winner, Ross said. He completed 18 of 20 checkpoints in 11:42.

About one-third of the 147 racers were from Kentucky.

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