Four centuries ago, the Powhatan tribes lived in the area of Virginia where the first conflicts between Native Americans and English colonists took place. Jamestown was colonized and as history tells, the two peoples failed to understand each other.
In the same lands where two civilizations came face to face and challenged by each others’ traditions, the North Face Endurance Challenge takes place in Algonkian Park, a reference to the shared language between the tribes that lived from Virginia up through Massachusetts.
This year’s edition was really an Endurance Challenge. Unnatural climatic conditions on a spring day; intermittent hail, wind and cold, but many people achieved and conquered.
The winners of the 50 mile race: Kyle Pietari won the men’s category with a time of 6 hours and 54 minutes and Helene Michaux broke the tape for the women at 8 hours and one minute.
We spoke with Erhan Endaz, the manager of the North Face store in Washington DC.
The Eastern Tribe is conduced by Neisa Condemaita, sponsored by and produced by Andrew Arbuckle. Neisa Condemaita is a journalist, certified trainer of the Road Runners Club of America and Local Ambassador of The North Face and, of course, TrailRunner. Andrew Arbuckle is director-producer and ultramarathoner.
Are you ready for the next challenge? Don’t miss out on April 30 at Bear Mountain, in the majestic mountains of the Hudson valley in New York.
The Endurance Challenge series continues throughout 2016. Take 15% off of your registration fee for any of the following races: Ontario (Canada) [July 16 – 17, 2016], Utah [September 24 – 25, 2016] or Wisconsin [September 17 – 18, 2016].