I'll be introducing some of the racers I meet, a couple per day, as the race progresses. Here's the 1st installment.
The youngest racer is 30 years old. That's Stephanie Case, who also happens to be the racer who had the least desirable commute to get here. Three days ago she got up at 0700 and went to work, and from there straight to the airport in Kuwait. Flight to Dubai. Flight to London. Flight to Dallas. Flight to Vegas. Shuttle to Kanab. Total flight time of 36 hours. Total travel time of 48 hours. Total time slept: 1 hour.
She has the pedigree and results to be considered the favourite in the women's field, but for one x-factor: Stuart Blieshke. That's her boyfriend from Sydney, Australia. They met at a stage race and have hardly had a chance to spend time together since. This will be their "vacation". As such, their stated goal is to enjoy themselves. If that means going at a slower pace, then that's what they'll do and the heck with winning the race.
Ahhh, young love.
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