Age: Don’t ask, just keep up!
BIO (if interested)
- Mark Montague hails from northern Ohio but has lived, trained and raced all over the USA. Throughout school he was a 4 sport athlete earning many athletic awards. Leaving school he joined the Army and started a long running career of 5K, 10Ks and half marathons placing high in many of these.
- After the Army in college, Mark had a very serious motorcycle accident putting him in a wheelchair for months. After 1 year’s rehab he tried a Triathlon as a rehab goal and beat over half the entrants in his first race. He was hooked!
- Over the next 15 years, many different states and 100 Triathlons later,
including many half Ironmans and the Inaugural Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon, he started doing Off-road Triathlons and Xterras. Mark always placed well up in his age class including winning a few age groups at these.
- During a few Odyssey Adventure Xterras, he was introduced to Adventure Racing by Don Mann. Mark volunteered at the “Beast of the East” and was hooked again. Over the last 16 years, Mark has competed in over 90 Adventure Races from Sprints to many one and two day AR and even some Expedition length races
- He has competed as a soloist, two-man team, three person co-ed and full four person co-ed. In 2005, as a soloist, he was the 2nd place soloist finisher in the 30 hr OAR Endorphin Fix. As Capt of Team Three’s Company he led them to first place in the HR Adventure TASC AR. In 2006, he led Team Fantastic Four to First Place in the 1st HR Adventure 18 hr STORM Stage AR and 1st place in the 60-hr PHEAR Expedition AR. As a member of Team Sutliff Hummer, they finished 39th out of 90 teams in the 2006 Primal Quest Utah. He has competed in New Balance AR, OAR AR, Balance Bar Series, Hytec, RaceDay Inc., Set-up Inc and many other series races
- Recent years has had him teaching Navigation and AR Clinics, teaching Navigation at Seal Adventure Challenge, Designing “Diet” AR practice courses for new racers to practice on as well as actual AR courses for HRA, Boy Scouts and Soggy Bottom Boys Racing. With much help from many of you fellow volunteers out there, he puts on annual Scouting Orienteering Navigation and Adventure Races. Add in to all this racing in multiple team formats in local and regional AR races and Navigation Rogaines. Mark loves volunteering and sharing all he has learned with anyone looking to learn. He also loves racing with 1st time AR racers to help them make that 1st big step.
- Nuff about me, let’s go out there and play!
Age: It’s just a number! What’s YOUR number?
BIO (if interested)
Chuck Conley has been racing surf skis, K-1s, sea kayaks, marathon canoes, and outrigger canoes since 1997. One of his favorite things is
- racing with people who are new to paddle racing.
He is an American Canoe Association certified Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor and also an ACA Surf Kayak Instructor Trainer. Chuck can teach any aspect of paddling kayaks, but his specialties include forward stroke clinics, boat control, rescue, and race strategies
After teaching the paddling portion of an adventure race clinic for Mark Montague, he was asked to join a team and did his first adventure race. It instantly became his new favorite sport. He freely admits he likes adventure races with very long paddles though
When he’s not in a boat, Chuck can be found at his day job teaching biology, math, and vocational education to incarcerated youth. His current passion is racing with his own two children, Logan and Sarah.