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Published August 30, 2011, 06:57 PM

Local adventure racers reflect on weekend trek

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a race unlike any other in the region, a heart-pounding adventure through tough terrain.

It's a race unlike any other in the region, a heart-pounding adventure through tough terrain. Last week, we told you about two local teams competing in a North Dakota Adventure Race. Now, a behind-the-scenes look of exactly what they went through.

NDSU student Grant Mehring says he's still feeling the burn.

Grant Mehring – Finished Race: "We've had a lot of fun texting each other what parts of the body are the sorest, the ankles, the calves."

Fargo Police Lieutenant Joel Vettel is too.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Finished Rae: "Extremely wiped out both physically and mentally bruised and battered."

Both competed in Sunday's Adventure Race in Northeast North Dakota. They treked through Pembina Gorge, a total of twenty four hours of intense hiking, biking, rafting, and bushwacking.

Grant Mehring: "We were completely self-sufficient for 24 hours, we saw all kinda of wildlife, we had bats flying over our heads."

Carrying all their own gear and meals, Mehring joined forces with three others, including his wife and younger brother.

Grant Mehring: "We know each other strengths and weaknesses, when to go hard and when to let off and let them be on their own."

Vettel paddled with a friend.

Vettel: "We did really well physically, but our orienteering was not what we wanted it to be but that we can improve on."

Covering more than sixty miles was a full, brutal day of battling both physical and mental exhaustion.

Grant Mehring: "Really pushed us to our limit of how to endure a grim, suffering-filled time."

The two trekked with different teams, but were together in the fight to make it to the finish. Mehring placed fourth overall. Vettel is happy to say he finished.

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