‘World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji’ Cast: Meet the 60 Teams Competing

Racers compete in the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure race in Fiji on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

Amazon Racers compete in the 2019 Eco-Challenge adventure race in Fiji on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

It has been 18 years since the last Eco-Challenge race took place, but in 2020, producer Mark Burnett and Amazon Video brought it back with the help of host Bear Grylls and 60+ teams from around the world.

The event spanned 11 days and was filmed back in September 2019, with teams traveling over 400 miles of brutal Fijian terrain as they raced to win the title and $100,000 for World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji.

The 10-episode season chronicling the race dropped on Friday, August 14 on Amazon Video. Here is a guide to all of the teams taking part in this grueling adventure race.


Team Outlab Argentina (Argentina)

Passionate about the health of the planet, Team Outlab Argentina loves the earth, water, sun and wind.

Competitors: Alejandro Eugenio Kuryluk (TC), Ignacio Raigoso, Silvina Bedecarras, Leonardo Yozzi, Fabian Cordiviola (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamOutlabArgentina


Team Tierra Viva (Argentina)

Team Tierra Viva is an Argentine team formed by two friends marriages including couples. They all work in activities related to mountain, tourism, and the organization of sporting events.

Competitors: Guri Aznarez (TC), Veronica Astete, Juan Diego Lotz, Soledad Ermosilla, Dr. Marcelo Parada (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTierraViva


Team 2nd Chance (Australia)

With a strong adventure racing background, Team 2nd Chance consists of Australian expedition racers and a husband and wife duo.

Competitors: Deanna Blegg (TC), Maria Plyashechko, Sergey Kurvo, Darren Clarke, Gavin Allen (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #Team2ndChance


Team Aussie Rescue (Australia)

A team made up of paramedics, firefighters, special ops & social impact entrepreneurs, Team Aussie Rescue will maintain their fun Aussie banter and uncomfortable honesty which will get them through the dark to the Eco-Challenge finish line.

Competitors: Samantha Gash (TC), Morgan Coull, Mark Wales, Jarrod Mitchell, Joshua Lynott (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamAussieRescue


Team Gippsland Adventure (Australia)

Team Gippsland Adventure is made up of experienced orienteers, runners and adventure racers. They have been friends for years, but this is the first time that they will all be racing together as one team.

Competitors: Rob Preston (TC), Kathryn Preston, Tim Boote, Aaron Prince, Patrick Howlett (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamGippslandAdventure


Team Mad Mayrs (Australia)

This family team consists of two brothers, one cousin and an honorary family member who were born and bred in Australia and have shared a lifetime of adventures together from around the world.

Competitors: Tyson Mayr (TC), Elijah Mayr, Nick Mayr, Courtney Home, Chris Dixon (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamMadMayrs


Team Thunderbolt AR (Australia)

Team Thunderbolt AR is a group of donut loving, joke telling, trash talking friends (and twin sisters) who have raced with or against each other for many years fighting for the top step of the podium in the Australian adventure racing scene.

Competitors: Dave Schloss (TC), Bernadette Dornom, Elizabeth Dornom, Leo Theoharis, Jan Leverton (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamThunderboltAR


Team To-Get-Ther (Belgium)

Team To-Get-Ther hails from Belgium and like to push themselves to the limit, whilst enjoying nature and each other no matter what.

Competitors: Ludo Kaethoven (TC), Debby Urkens, Katrien Aerts, Jurgen Frtizz De Grauwe, Roger Urkens (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTogether


Team Atenah Brasil (Brazil)

With a friendship spanning over 21 years, Team Atenah Brasil has traveled, lived and raced together in two Eco-Challenges, but unfortunately, one member fell ill and they had to exit the race. They are back in hopes to redeem themselves in Fiji.

Competitors: Shubi-Silvia Guimares (TC), Karina Bacha Lefevre, Nora Audre, Jose Caputo, Jose Pupo (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamAtenahBrasil


Team Vidaraid Adventure (Brazil)

Team Vidaraid Adventure is an international adventure racing team based in the USA, Spain and Brazil. Individually, they compete in mountain biking, ultra trail running, triathlons, kayaking and every type of orienteering race.

Competitors: Marco Amselem Rossini (TC), Urtiz Iglesias, Guilherme Pahl, Camila Nicolau, Artiz Bilbao Guerrero (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamVidaraidAdventure


Team Atlas (Canada)

Team Atlas hails from Canada and expedition racing is their way to discover the unique places they want to visit around the world.

Competitors: Alexandre Provost (TC), Karine Corbell, Lars Bukkehave, Mark Sky, Tessa Jennison (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamAtlas


Team Canada Adventure (Canada)

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Here’s our team with the creator of the Eco-challenge @markburnett13, learning how to sail (on land) ⛵️ ⁣ The race started on water, and the first leg was supposed to be sailing the Fijian canoe Camakau out to another island and back. A few days before the race we got some dry training on how to operate the sails, which I was slightly nervous about given my lack of sailing experience (but totally looked forward to sailing at high speeds to the tunes of Moana playing in my head). ⁣ ⁣ Turns out we didn’t have to worry about our team’s lack of sailing experience at all; 22 hours of paddling later we paddled across the seas and back with absolutely no wind in our sails (we tried, and there wasn’t even enough wind to keep the sail from hitting our heads).⁣ ⁣ We never knew what the discipline of the next leg will be until we got to the check point. After 22 hours of paddling I was pretty sure it was time to hike or ride our bikes…. sure, but only after another 28km of SUPing. UP a river. ⁣ ⁣ Nine more hours of paddling, we weren’t even at the first camp yet and I’ve already paddled ten fold more hours than before in my whole life combined. And the watercraft journeys were still far from over. ⁣ ⁣ #ecochallengefiji #toughracetv #paddleforever #kamakau #adventureracing #expeditionadventurerace #beargrylls #fiji #teamcanadaadventure #spartanpro #ar #amazonprimevideo #toughracetv

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A group of mostly Canadian world-class ultra-endurance athletes & adventurers, the team includes an obstacle course racing legend, 4x Adventure Racing World Series Event Winner, a Spartan Pro Team member, and a mountain biker & orienteerer.

Competitors: Bob Miller (TC), Ryan Atkins, Scott Ford, Rea Kolbl, Wayne Leek (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCanadaAdventure


Team Peak Pursuit (Canada)

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7 days to go before the release of "World's Toughest Race: Ecochallenge Fiji". The team's dynamic is vital for success or failure. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive group! 1-Team Peak Pursuit #15 2- Elora van Jarrett 3- Ben Kwiatkowski, Team Captain 4- Laure Lejeune, Team Assistant Crew (TAC) 5- Thomas Hardy 6- Jasper Edge 7- River crossings 8- Hallucinating but happy 9- Unending cheers & support from the locals 10- TAC welcoming us into each camp Thanks to the talented @finestonephoto for documenting these memories! Follow @ToughRaceTV & @beargrylls on Instagram or join the World’s Toughest Race: Basecamp group on Facebook for more amazing content. . . #EcoChallengeFiji @kev_hodder @AmazonPrimeVideo #edgeexperiences #TeamPeakPursuit #WorldsToughestRace #primevideo

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Team Peak Pursuit is a group of wildland Firefighters from British Columbia, Canada. Having spent many seasons fighting wildfires together, they have formed an extremely tight group who have worked, lived, and played together.

Competitors: Benjamin Kwiatkowski (TC), Thomas Hardy, Elora Van Jarrett, Jasper Edge, Laura Lejune (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamPeakPursuit


Team True North (Canada)

Team True North is a father-daughter, father-son team from central Canada. Both fathers were part of the original True North squad that was the only Canadian team to finish Eco-Challenge Argentina in 1999.

Competitors: Alex Man (TC), Rebecca Man, Philip Roadley, Logan Roadley, Jason Gillespie (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTrueNorth


Team Costa Rica (Costa Rica)

Team Costa Rica is made up of 5 friends who share a profound connection with nature and an innate desire for exploring. Racing Eco-Challenge has been a lifelong dream for all of them.

Competitors: Eduardo Baldioceda (TC), Sergio Sanchez, Gerhard Linner, Veronica Bravo, Eric Cano (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCostaRica


Team Czech (Czech Republic)

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Tohle je Team Czech, se kterým jsme bojovali na Fiji! Zbývá pár dní, než Amazon Prime Video vypustí zbrusu novou sérii ze závodu Eco Challenge Fiji. Postupně se mi velmi živě vrací vzpomínky na tuhle drsnou cestu přes tichomořský ostrov… 🔸671 kilometrů v neznámém prostředí 🔸Non-stop závodění 🔸66 týmů z celého světa 🔸4 výzvy: hory, řeky, oceán a džungle 🔸Souboj s přírodou, týmy i sám se sebou #worldstouhlestrace #ecochallengefiji #teamczech 🇬🇧 This is Team Czech! In few days Amazon Prime video release brand new show from world toughest race Eco Challenge Fiji. My memories from this journey are coming clearly back… 🔸671 km in unknown surrounding 🔸Non-stop racing 🔸66 teams from all over the world 🔸4 challenges: mountains, rivers, ocean and jungle

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Team Czech is a team of adventure-addicted outdoor lovers who are happiest when they are racing through the unknown and undiscovered. They know their strong friendship will help them overcome any obstacles on the course and across the finish line.

Competitors: Jan Cisar (TC), Pavel Paloncy, Tereza Rudolfova, Jan Obuskevic, Libor Kriz (TAC)

TeamHashtag: #TeamCzech


Team Eco DXB (Dubai)

Team Eco DXB Competitors have a combined strong level of experience and skill set that is perfectly geared to compete on an extreme level.

Competitors: Emma Taylor (TC), Khalifa Algharfi, Ali Monguno, Ivana Kolaric, Peter Langley (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEcoDXB


Team Epic Ecuador (Ecuador)

An unlikely mix of ages, backgrounds and experience make up this team: two professional mountaineers, one triathlete and one very determined housewife. Epic Ecuador teammates share the belief that teamwork, perseverance and a sense of humor will pull them through just about any obstacle.

Competitors: Amber Laree de Freire (TC), Oswaldo (Ossy) Freire, Diana Artete, Pablo Sandoval, Paul Guerra (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEpicEcuador


Team Estonian ACE (Estonia)

Team Estonian ACE is a team who all have strong navigation backgrounds. Trekking over pathless terrain is their preferred type of adventure racing.

Competitors: Silver Eensaar (TC), Timmo Tammemae, Reeda Tuula-Fjodorov, Rain Eensaar, Arthur Raichmann (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEstonianACE


Team Namako (Fiji)

Team Namako encompasses Fijian locals and one Australian who are all current/former athletes and have the hometown advantage by having this amazing adventure hosted in their backyard.

Competitors: Alivate Logavatu (TC), Petero Manoa, Eroni Takape, Kim Beckinsale, Courtney Nicole Kruse (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamNamako


Team Tabu Soro (Fiji)

Team Tabu Soro loosely translates to “Never Give Up” and this is what they must find within each other and as a team in order to cross the finish line while pushing themselves to their physical and mental limits.

Competitors: Uri Kurop (TC), Adam Wade, William Simpson, Anna Cowley, Semiti Tuitoga (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTabuSoro


Team France Expenature (France)

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Made up of four experienced adventure racers, Team France Expenature is made up of three experienced adventure guides including a trekking expert, a veteran of Eco-Challenge, and a member who has raced across the globe.

Competitors: Romy “Romulad” Viale (TC), Daphne Derouch, Calais Jean Baptiste, Benjamin Midena, Philippe Marchegay (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamFranceExpenature


Team Hombres D’Maiz (Guatemala)

Team Hombres D’Maiz was formed in 1999 and has since competed all over the world in sprint, stage and expedition length adventure races after being inspired to start adventure racing from the first Eco-Challenge.

Competitors: Netzer Quan (TC), Andres Duante, Gabriela Molina, Sebastian Lancho, Leopoldo Bolanes (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamHombresDMaiz


Team Khukuri Warriors (India)

Team Khukuri Warriors (India) Team Khukuri Warriors is the first team from India to join Eco-Challenge.Led by twin sisters from Dehradun (India), who by 23 years of age defied gender stereotypes to reach the world’s highest and farthest points – Mt Everest, the North Pole and the South Pole – and became the first twins to climb Everest, as well as the Seven Summits. They will be joined by a mountain climbing, skiing and rafting expert, doctor and their father, who was a former Colonel in the Indian Army.

Competitors: Tashi Malik (TC), Nungshi Malik, Brandon Fisher, Praveen Singh Rangar, Col VS Malik (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamKhukuriWarriors


Team Ireland AR (Ireland)

A team of endurance athletes from Ireland and the United States who came together after they heard the legend of Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 was back.

Competitors: Rob Heffernan (TC), Jason Black, Mark Lattanzi, Rachel Nolan, Ivan Park (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamIrelandAR


Team Israel (Israel)

Team Israel is back 18 years after competing in Eco-Challenge New Zealand. The team consists of a world champion sailor and Olympic coach of the Israel sailing team, a long distance swimmer, runner and Ironman athlete, mountaineer, explorer, adventurer and Eco-Challenge veteran, and a long-time ultra-endurance athlete.

Competitors: Elad Benjamin (TC), Daniel Keren, Ben Enosh, Linur Krigel Tsarfati, Amit Weiner (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamIsrael


Team Freemind Italia (Italy)

Team Freemind Italia is a mix of friends and family with an unbeatable combination of experience and enthusiasm whose goal is leaving Eco-Challenge full of new experiences, knowledge, and memories.

Competitors: Marco Ponteri (TC), Clelia Ponteri, Beppe Scotti, Telemaco Murgia, Tiziano Murgia (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamFreemindItalia


Team East Wind (Japan)

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ラフティング,ハイドロスピード,キャニオニング,スノーシュー,バックカントリー,エアーボードなどを群馬県みなかみ町(旧水上町)で提供している カッパCLUB にて アドベンチャーレースチームの チームイーストウィンド @teameastwind さんへ、ニューハレ テーピング講習をしてきました! 4月にレソトで開催のExpedition Africa Lesotho に出場するチームのメンバーです。 エマージェンシーテープを使った応急処置や、そもそもニューハレ を筋肉に沿わせて貼るとなぜ良いか?などもりだくさんでした。 みなさんも応援よろしくお願いします!! #ニューハレ #newhale #イーストウィンド #teameastwind #adventurerace #テーピング講座 #新テーピングの基本

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Team East Wind has been racing since 1996 and won the special spirit award at Eco-Challenge 1998.

Competitors: Masato Tanaka (TC), Machiko Nishii, Koki Yasuda, Akira Yonemoto, Masayuki Takahata (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEastWind


Team Teenek Mexico (Mexico)

Team Teenek Mexico is an adventure racing team founded 8 year ago in Hidalgo, Mexico to compete in the AR World Series.

Competitors: Jorge Mendiola (TC), Ulises Gonzalez, Tomas Perez, Kathryn Morland, Fransico Mendiola (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTeenekMexico


Team Tollocan Mexico (Mexico)

Team Tollocan Mexico is always hungry for a challenging adventure and are looking forward to experiencing Eco-Challenge first-hand.

Competitors: Alejandro Carretero (TC), Yara Borbon, Fernando Villicana, Jorge Pavon, Adolfo Vela (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTollocanMexico


Team Checkpoint Hunters (Netherlands)

Team Checkpoint Hunters are out to seek the ultimate adventure, get a bit crazy, and play outside.

Competitors: Tom Oude Nijhuis (TC), Nienke Veenman, Wouter Neven, Rene Wolkorte, Tim Teutelink (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCheckpointHunters


Team New Zealand (New Zealand)

Team New Zealand is a group of friends looking forward to adventuring through Fiji.

Competitors: Nathan Fa’avee (TC) , Sophie Hart, Stuart Lynch, Chris Forne, Mark Rayward (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamNewZealand


Team Tiki Tour (New Zealand)

Team Tiki Tour is a group of Kiwi’s that take on ‘Tiki Tours’ in rugged alpine terrain and although the alps are vastly different to the terrain they will experience in the Fijian tropics, they are up for the challenge.

Competitors: Tom Lucas (TC), Micheal Kelly, Joanna Williams, George Lucas, Jeremy Warnock (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTikiTour


Team Science Winning (Russia)

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Древнегреческий философоф Эпикур говорил: Если судьба благосклонна к человеку, если она хочет одарить его величайшим счастьем на свете – она даст ему верных друзей. . Наша турбокоманда #TeamScienceWinning на кануне старта гонки #WorldsToughestRace. . @edhalilov @jene4ka_jenechka @cherkasov_va @obraztsov.v @viktor.photos . @World’sToughestRace . The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus said: If fate is favorable to a person, if it wants to give him the greatest happiness in the world, it will give him true friends. … Our turbo team #TeamScienceWinning on the eve of the start of the #WorldsToughestRace race. . . #WorldsToughestRace #EcoChallengeFiji #наукапобеждать

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Eco-Challenge’s first team from Russia is Team Science Winning. The team is a group of friends that consists of a husband and wife duo, a professional photographer, ultra-runner and world traveler.

Competitors: Eduard Khalilov (TC), Evgeniya Khalilov, Viktor Sherstiuk, Valeriy Cherkasov, Vyacheslav Obrazstov (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamScienceWinning


Team Meridianoraid Spain (Spain)

A group of friends that have been heavily involved in the world of adventure racing for decades by both competing and organizing races.

Competitors: Antonio de la Rosa Suarez (TC), Jesus Bermejo, Pablo Samper, Lucia Funes Mendez, Luis Cabrera (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamMeridianoraidSpain


Team Summit (Spain)

Team Summit is made up of a group of people who have a broad experience in expedition races. This will be the first time Team Summit races together as a team in 10 years.

Competitors: Emma Roca (TC), Jukka Pinola, Fran Lopez Costoya, Albert Roca Velazquez, David Rovira Roqueta (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamSummit


Team Cyanosis (South Africa)

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Notes from @vasbyter organizers: On Sat 05h45 @team_cyanosis crossed the bridge on a farm in Louterwater and finished the first @vasbyter 100 in first place 71hrs 25min after starting off in Natures Valley. "I loved that we were left to make our own choices. Not directed where to go and what to do. It was our choice to go up or around or through things. Clutching on to a rock on a cliff, I wondered if I was feeling scared and realised I felt alive." Said Clinton Mac @mac.clinton "Well I'm glad you didn't let on that you guys were also poeping yourselves!" Said Tracey Campbell @traceyannecampbell "That was epic. Tough." Darren Berry popped his own Red Bridge Brewing Co beers for everyone while they warmed with homemade soup and burgers, and then asked for a refill of his flask. Nicholas Mulder exhausted from his brilliant but taxing navigation throughout, nodded off at the head of the table. Incredible performance from a top team, proving what is possible. Massive congratulations from all of us. 🙌🏼 #adventurerace #ar #orienteering #vasbyt #team #mtb #trek #mountains #teamcyanosis #unstoppablespirit #aboveandbeyond #iamspecialized_mtb

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Team Cyanosis is a team that has truly stood the test of time. Two of the members have been racing together for over 16 years and will be joined by two other very experienced and highly capable adventure racers.

Competitors: Clinton Mackintosh (TC), Nicholas Mulder, Sarah Fairmaid Clarke, Darren Barry, Steven Burnett (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCyanosis


Team Swedeforce (Sweden)

All connected by the Swedish Army, Team Swedeforce’s goal is to bring military tactics and strategies onto Eco-Challenge because they are racing for soldiers and officers that will be watching proudly as they compete under the Swedish flag.

Competitors: John Karlsson (TC) , Malin Hjalmarsson, Emil Dahlqvist, Oskar Svärd, Johan Lilja (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamSwedeforce


Team Turk (Turkey)

Team Turk includes a mix of past Eco-Challenge Competitors. The team includes brothers, a 3x Eco-Challenge veteran, a football player & national wrestling champion, and former fitness instructor who loves the mountains.

Runners: Serdar KIlic (TC), Kenan Saran, Mike Saran, Eliska Hudcova, Andac Guven (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamTurk


Team UK Adventurers (United Kingdom)

Inspired by the first season of Eco-Challenge, Team UK Adventurers has lots of racing experience and wants to find out if Eco-Challenge is as tough as it gets and hopefully will inspire others to join the world of adventure racing.

Competitors: Kevin Stephens (TC), Joseph Selby, Nathalie Long, Tim Stephens, Gill Watson (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamUKAdventurers


Team Chips Adventure (Uruguay)

Team Chips Adventure all met working in computer science. From the computer point of view, a chip is an integrated circuit, specially designed to fulfill a specific job. Like a chip, each member of the team “works” supports and helps others to achieve a common goal together.

Competitors: Nicolas Davyt (TC), Luis Enrique Gomez, David Vega, Alejandra Isabella, Ernesto Parra (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamChipsAdventure


Team Uruguay Natural (Uruguay)

Uruguay Natural has been racing together for almost 21 years and has competed in 2 Eco-Challenges. The team is racing because in their opinion adventure racing is the best feeling a person can have, surrounded by wild nature and powerful rival teams.

Competitors: Ruben Mandure (TC), Fredrica Frontini, Gonzalo Smaldone, Thiago Bonini, Laura Moratorio (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamUruguayNatural


Team Able Abels (USA)

Team Able Abels consists of an Eco-Challenge Fiji 2002 veteran who is returning 17 years later, with his two daughters, an experienced navigator, and his wife as the Team Assistant Crew.

Competitors: Dan Abel (TC), Ashley Abel, Lauren Abel, Fletcher Hammel, Allison Abel (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamAbleAbels


Team AR Georgia (USA)

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Holy crap it’s finally here … the time has come for @hunter_leininger and his dad to board a plane that will ultimately bring them to Fiji to meet the rest of their team (AR Georgia !!) for the start of one of the baddest, hardest, kick ass races of their life!!! 🌏 19 plus years ago watching this crazy tv show called @ecochallengemgm I would have never guessed I’d have a son that would be racing in a far way exotic location for the first year of the comeback of this amazing show !!! 💪 Words can’t express all the emotions I feel.. I’m so damn proud of all the hard work my son has put in to his racing to get to this point .. I’m so freaking excited to hear about all the craziness he will experience … I’m nervous as hell because this is the first time I can’t track him during his race and 10 days is a long time , and I can’t lie but I’m a little sad I won’t get to be there with him to experience this dream come true .. but knowing he is racing with his dad and an amazing team helps ease my mind and heart .. and I know even if I’m not physically there with him , he knows I’m there in his heart !! 💙 I love you so much Hunter Bunter and go show them how this Florida boy does things!!! 😍 #ecochallenge2019 #worldstoughestrace #fiji #beargrylls #markburnett #amazonprimevideo #teamargeorgia #adventurerace #adventureracing #youngestracer #hehasbeenwaitingforthisopportunitysincehewasborn #ecochallengefiji @toughracetv @beargrylls @amazonprimevideo

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Team AR Georgia consists of a father & son duo, experienced adventure racers AND the world’s youngest expedition racer and three-time World Record holder.

Competitors: Thomas Ambrose (TC), Katie Ferrington, Jeff Leininger, Hunter Leininger, Jeni Mcneal (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamARGeorgia


Team Bend Racing (USA)

Team Bend Racing is an eclectic mix of circus acrobats, yoga teachers, and helicopter pilots but all have recently embarked on the greatest “adventure” of them all – parenthood.

Competitors: Jason Magness (TC), Melissa Coombes, Stephen Thomas, Daniel Staudigel, Darren Steinbach (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamBendRacing


Team Bones Adventure (USA)

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Lots of boys grow up thinking of their dad as “Superman.” I still do. My dad, Mace, is the toughest, nicest, hardest-working, most enthusiastic, and sincerest person I’ll ever know. Dad finished the Eco-Challenge adventure race eight times while working as a lawyer and setting an example of what it means to be a present and dedicated father and husband. He donated a kidney last year and hasn’t let Alzheimer’s slow him down. Dad and I are stoked to toe the line next month at #EcoChallengeFiji on #TeamEndure with our friends and teammates, Danelle Ballengee, Shane Sigle, and @speers29. We’re training hard here in #evergreencolorado to prepare for #WorldsToughestRace, which will show in a series on @amazonprimevideo in 2020. Stoked to see you there, @mikekloser @marshall.ulrich @josiahmiddaugh @emmaroca1 @rovirs @rob_preston @gabijimolina #TeamEastWind #TeamBonesAdventure #TeamOnyx #TeamUnbroken @toughracetv @beargrylls

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Bones Adventure consists of two amazing female athletes, and two veteran male racers. All four placed 9th at Eco-Challenge Fiji 2002 and the team is looking to improve (and survive again) this year.

Competitors: Roy Malone (TC), Mari Chandlar, Charles Triponez, Jen Segger, David Egbert (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamBonesAdventure


Team Canyoneros (USA)

Team Canyoneros is made up of 4 passionate video game makers and an animal lover who, after racing for the last seven years, are still looked at as the underdogs everyone loves to root for.

Competitors: HIen Nguyen (TC), Greg Watson, Nathan Whitaker, Lena Mcknight, Steven Geer (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCanyoneros


Team Checkpoint Zero (USA)

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The next person I’m introducing for Team Checkpoint Zero is the quiet/humble type with more stitches in her knees then a baseball. She has been known to swear occasionally like a Marine and truly lets her accomplishments speak for her. She started competitive sports at the ripe young age of 8 playing soccer/basketball then continuing through High School into a successful college career playing Division I basketball. After her basketball career was over, her competitive drive wasn’t!! Being bored she bought a road bike, a wetsuit almost as many running shoes as Shane Hageman and got into the Triathlon World for 6 years. But needing a bigger rush she hopped into the Mountain Biking Racing Circuit honing her skills on the epic trails in Asheville, NC earning a frequent podium visit’s. Still needing more, she found the wonderful sport of Adventure Racing in 1998 and has continued on this journey that has found her swatting the mosquitoes in Northern Maine, paddling with Alligators in Florida, mountain biking the rolling hills of Wyoming, trekking the rain forests of New Zealand and navigating the wilds of Africa. Her racing resume is way long to list but a few include. Beast of the East, Endorphin Fix(5x), Michigan Exp AR(2x), Untamed New England(3X), Florida Sea to Sea(5x), Raid the North, Godzone, Expedition Africa and many more! These years of racing has earned her a reputation of being one of the top Female Adventure Racers in the USA and with consistent podium finishes with teams she races with. Who is this person you ask or should I continue on? Say hello to Teammate Michele Hobson Adventure Racer, who on her down time still pounds the trails of Asheville with her friends and works as a Physical Therapist with patients with orthopedic injuries at Emerge Ortho. @amazonprimevideo @teamcheckpointzero #teamcheckpointzero @toughracetv #worldstoughestrace

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Team Checkpoint Zero are close friends who have been racing together for over six years, love to push their physical limits, and hail from Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan.

Competitors: Shane Hagerman (TC), Christopher Von Ins, Peter Jolles, Michele Hobson, Micheal Seroczynski (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCheckpointZero


Team Curl (USA)

A beach volleyball player and a professional soccer player team up with a teacher, an ultra-runner, and a paramedic to inspire others, especially curly haired folks, to challenge themselves and explore the world.

Competitors: Jennifer Hemmen (TC), Justin Smith, Brett Gravlin, Steven Lenhart, Jeff Failers (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamCurl


Team Eagle Scouts (USA)

Boy Scouts of America’s Team Eagle Scouts is made up of 5 individuals, 5 different life stories, decades of leadership and outdoor experience with the same connection: a life in Scouting and all achieving the highest award in their respective Scouting program. The team includes a polar expedition guide, mountain climber, professional snowboarder, an ultramarathon runner and outdoor educator & conservationist.

Competitors: Eric Lillistorm (TC), Matthew Moniz, Katie Hancock, Corey Mullins, Charley Walton (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEagleScouts


Team Endure (USA)

Team Endure toes the line at Eco-Challenge Fiji 2002 to celebrate living fully, persevering in the face of adversity, and the foundational importance of friends and family. They are experienced adventure racers with past finishes at Eco-Challenge and similar events.

Competitors: Travis Macy (TC), Mark Macy, Danelle Ballengee, Shane Sigle, Andrew Speers (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamEndure


Team Flying J (USA)

Since participating in Eco-Challenge Fiji 2002 adventure has remained a huge part of this teams lives. The team is racing in memory of Dianette’s son: Johnny Strange.

Competitors: Dianette Wells , Guy LaRocque, Harald Zundel, Blain Reeves, Brian Johnson (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamFlyingJ


Team Iron Cowboy (USA)

Team Iron Cowboy means sacrifice, persistence, and resilience — a team forged by friendship with a thirst for fun and adventure. This team is grateful to be competing against the best in the world and you won’t be able to wipe the smile off their faces.

Competitors: Sonja Wieck (TC), James Lawrence, Shaun Christian, Aaron Hopkinson, Joe Morton (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamIronCowboy


Team Nika (USA)

Team Nika is made up of CrossFit and Jiu-Jitsu fanatics which includes: CrossFit and ultramarathon athletes, a gym owner, a firefighter, a spartan racer and football coach. They are racing in memory of their close friend Brad Strickland.

Competitors: Jeffery Bates (TC), Kara Haun, Ashley Andrews, John Bender, Keira Galan (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamNika


Team Onyx (USA)

Team Onyx will be the first entirely African-American adventure racing team to compete on the global stage. The team features a mixture of gay and straight athletes made up of seasoned adventure racer and former Marine, former Navy SEAL and Crossfit gym owner, a record holding ultra-marathoner, skilled ultra endurance mountain biker and a filmmaker and former basketball player.

Competitors: Clifton Lyles (TC), Corree Aussem-Woltering, Samantha Scipio, Chirss Smith, Mikayla Lyless (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamOnyx


Team Out There (USA)

Team Out There is a team of endurance sport junkies and experienced adventure racers, with a combined total of 5 Eco-Challenge wins.

Competitors: Mike Kloser (TC), Josiah Middaugh, Gretchen Reeves, Gordon Townsend, Neil Jones (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamOutThere


Team Peak Traverse (USA)

Team Peak Traverse is a ragtag group of survivors, marathoners and trekkers whose combined experience will take them far in the race.

Competitors: Ryan Opray (TC), Tim Cannard, Mikayla Wingle, Daniel Bussius, Stephen Morrow (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamPeakTraverse


Team Regulators (USA)

Team Regulators, from Northern California, is comprised of members with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Their respective communities have been through a lot in recent years including a fire that devastated their community. From fire to ice, they have endured it all, and will continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild and come back stronger than before.

Competitors: Steven Bell (TC), Joshua Watkins, Heather Gustafson, Crista Jorgensen, Jason Hull (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamRegulators


Team Stray Dogs (USA)

With an average age of almost 66 years old, and a combined 26 Eco-Challenge races, the Stray Dogs are the oldest team, and one of the most experienced.

Competitors: Marshall Ulrich (TC), Adrian Crane, Bob Haugh, Nancy Bristow, Heather Ulrich (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamStrayDogs


Team Strong Machine (USA)

With a goal to get to the finish line with closer family bonds than when they started, Team Strong Machine is composed of a father, son, wife and friends.

Competitors: Cliff White (TC), Kate White, Starker White, Micheal Garrison, John McInnes (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamStrongMachine


Team Sundance Kids (USA)

Team Sundance Kids are family-first people with the irrational expectation that their adventures in the mountains, snow and deserts of Utah have adequately prepared them for the humid jungles and salty oceans of Fiji.

Competitors: Chase McMillian (TC), Scott Ward, Sylvia Greer, Aaron Smith, Jason Serman (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamSundanceKids


Team Super Fighters (USA)

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Go Team SuperFighters!! Our very own Heather Flebbe, owner of Kaia FIT Santa Clarita was a competitor in The World's Toughest Race that is set to air on Amazon Prime August 14th. Watch the trailer here: World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji – Official Trailer https://ecs.page.link/HeZxr Team SuperFighters: "We raced to raise awareness that you can overcome cancer and its long-lasting effects. Cary Flebbe and Sean Martin both battled cancer. We also raced to show that women are capable of anything!" Being a SuperFighter means overcoming any obstacle in your way, fighting to be stronger than cancer or anything in your way. Being Super means being a hero who goes above and beyond the call of duty (We had 2 firefighters and a deputy sheriff on the team). #teamsuperfighters #worldstoughestrace @teamsuperfighters @ToughRaceTV @amazonprimevideo @kaiafitsantaclarita #kaiafit #kaiafitsantaclarita

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Team Super Fighters are racing together as best friends but adventure racing unknowingly prepared them to face physical obstacles that could have claimed their lives but were no match for them.

Competitors: Heather Flebb (TC), Cary Flebbe, Sean Martin, Micheal Nicolaides, Danny Trudeau (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamSuperFighters


Team Unbroken (USA)

Working their way through combat disabilities, wounds and internal struggles, Team Unbroken is a team of veterans and civilians who are racing to remind themselves, and others that you may be wounded, but you remain unbroken.

Competitors: Hal Riley (TC), Gretchen Evans, Dr. Anne Bailey, Keith Mitchell Knoop, Cale Yarborough (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamUnbroken


Team US Military (USA)

With decades of combined military and adventure racing experience, Team US Military has been dreaming about the possibility of competing in Eco-Challenge since the first season.

Competitors: Joshua Forester (TC), Caitlin Thorn, Jesse Tubb, Jesse Sprangler, Kevin Howser (TAC)

Team Hashtag: #TeamUSMilitary

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fjii is out now on Amazon Video.