Harbin Clinic Cardiologist Earns Top Ten Finish in USARA Adventure Race National Championship

Harbin Clinic cardiologist Dr. Charlie Baggett and teammates Clay Colvin from Houston, Texas and Patrick Dillon from Charlottesville, Virginia competed in their first USARA Adventure Race National Championship on Friday, October 3 in McHenry, Maryland. The trio navigated through a series of checkpoints using only a map and compass as their guide while transitioning between trail running/trekking, mountain biking, paddling, and orienteering. Sponsored by Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome, the team finished ninth with a time of 28 hours, 48 minutes and 29 seconds in the Open Division among a fiercely competitive field of 16 teams.

“It is amazing what the human body is capable of, as adventure racing challenges even the most well-trained and fit individuals to push themselves both mentally and physically,” said Dr. Baggett. “The conditions were very tough, but we were able to withstand the 40 degree cold and rain to reach our goal thanks to the gear that was generously provided by Blue Sky Outfitter. We really appreciate their support.”

To participate in the national championship race, Dr. Baggett had to compete in one or more regional qualifying events, which were held across the United States earlier this year. On April 12, he teamed up with Harbin Clinic dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Pewitt and Zach Harter of Rome, Georgia, to qualify for Nationals at the Blue Ridge Adventure Race, finishing with a time of 7 hours and 45 minutes.

For more information about the 2014 race and results or to learn about the 2015 event, visit http://www.usaranationals.com/race_hq.aspx.