Reservist Participates in VentureQuest Adventure Race

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LT Ryan Johnson (left) receives a congratulatory handshake from Jim Harman, Race Director and Owner (right).
LT Ryan Johnson (left) receives a congratulatory handshake from Jim Harman, Race Director and Owner (right).

LT Ryan Johnson contributed to this post

Last week, Lieutenant Ryan Johnson proudly represented the Coast Guard when he participated in the challenging VentureQuest Adventure Race in Fountainhead Regional Park in Virginia. The race consists of three to eight miles of canoe paddling, eight to 13 miles of trekking, and 10 to 16 miles of mountain biking resulting of an overall course of 28-35 miles. LT Johnson and his two teammates put their navigational skills to the test as they hunted for checkpoints, biked along the demanding single track of the Fountainhead Mountain Biking Trail System, plotted their way both on and off the path along the Bull Run-Occoquan trail system corridor, and paddled the slow moving waters of the Occoquan Reservoir.

According to LT Johnson, “The day before the race they provide a topographical map, however aside from using a compass there wasn’t much to be able to plot a fix since electronics were prohibited.” Despite the challenges, LT Johnson and his teammates finished the race together in eight hours and 41 minutes.

“Although I had been training for awhile in anticipation for this race, the course was definitely physically and mentally challenging. Having successfully completed this event, I feel I can accomplish anything now,” said LT Johnson. His next challenge, a 10 Mile Trail Run in December, won’t be quite as rigorous.

For those Guardians who are interested in entering races or getting involved in other sporting events, I suggest you check out the Coast Guard Sports Participation Grant program. It is a great program to help offset expenses and to encourage physical fitness.

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