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A cure for A.D.D.

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A competitor in the2010 Adventure Xstream Series race in Glenwood Springs rappels near Glenwood Caverns. Adventure races like the AXS series (in Frisco July 25) combine biking and running with outdoors skills, like orienteering, route-finding and climbing. But they're slowly losing ground to high-octane obstacle races like the Tough Mudder and Spartan Race.
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The Gravity Play Sports website touts its Adventure Xstream Series as a cure for “adventure deficit disorder.” That catchphrase pretty much fits the bill.

The Adventure Xstream Series, an annual adventure race series, will make its second stop in Glenwood Springs this Saturday, challenging participants to engage in a medley of outdoor activities – running, cycling, kayaking, rappelling, cave trekking and river boarding among them.

And, with 25- and 50-mile course options, they’ll spend quite a bit of time on each activity.

The series made a successful debut in Glenwood last September, successful enough that event organizers kept it on the 2011 schedule.

“We had such a great response from participants with how spectacular the course was,” said Will Newcomer, founder of Durango-based Gravity Play Sports. “In terms of an adventure race course, it kind of has highlights of all disciplines – single-track mountain biking, caving and river boarding. For that adventure seeker, it was a hit.”

Precise course details for Saturday’s race are kept secret until race day.

Glenwood is the series’ final 2011 stop. Races have already been staged in Moab, Buena Vista and Summit County.

Newcomer and his wife, Jenny, founded Gravity Play Sports in 2001 and its adventure race series has exploded in popularity since. With legions of loyal participants who compete in race after race, the company’s grown to the point where it’s the couple’s full-time job.

“When we started it, I quite my job and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make a go of putting on adventure races,'” said Will, who previously toiled as marketing director for Dean Titanium Bicycles. “It started off with three events that first year. Slowly, we grew the company and added more events.”

Glenwood entered the fray in 2010, and the city looks to remain in the mix for years to come. A Glenwood stop is already on the 2012 Adventure Xstream Series calendar, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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