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The Gazette's own Gear Junkie, Stephen Regenold, and the rest of his four-member media team is still hanging in there at the super-tough Primal Quest Utahadventure race.

Five days and 290 miles into the race, Regenold's Team Bulleit (which, by the way, is sponsored by a bourbon maker), was in 52nd place. That's not bad considering that 18 of the 89 teams participating have already dropped out, and that Team Bulleit had no time to train together.

About halfway through the race, Nike's Power Blast team is in first place, and so far has logged 385 miles.

Team Bulleit leader John Dorn, of Backpacker Magazine, is doing daily podcasts from the race. In addition, there are a ton of video clips and photos posted online at the Primal Quest Web site. Some of the rope sections the competitors have to complete provide some incredible photos and video.

Tuning in is a great way to get some adventure, even if you are shut inside in the air conditioning. I've got to admit to feeling pretty lucky being out of the heat after listening to some of Dorn's dehydrated comments.

The folks down at MyTopo.com in Billings, who provided maps for all race participants as well as crew and rescuers, have been following the daily successes and mishaps of the race online.

MyTopo founder Kevin Toohill said his company got a great reception at the race's starting line. "It's a neat product we produce and people place a lot of value on us," especially considering that the maps are key to the competitors navigating to the next checkpoint.

DirtWorld.com has a good daily overview of the competition if you're looking for some general idea of how the race is going.

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