Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Definition of Awesome

You need to wake up early in the morning, grab your glider, and say to yourself: "Today I will walk thirty miles to those mountains I see on the horizon, hike up them, and do my best to fly home. If I cannot fly home, I will walk home." If this routine becomes too simple, try repeating it several days in a row.

~ Honza Rejmanek

Honza Rejmanek and Dave Hanning will be representing the US for the third time in the 2011 Red Bull X-Alps. They placed 9th in 2007 and 3rd in 2009. The Red Bull X-Alps is held once every two years, and is a 864 kilometer cross-country paragliding race from Salzburg to Monaco.

The first race, held in 2003, was won by Kaspar Henny, a 35 year-old Swiss, who grabbed an early lead and held onto it for the 11 days and 23 hours it took him to complete the course.