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December 9, 2006

McMurdo Cyclocross

Summer has arrived in the Antarctic (see the bottom of this page for current temps)! That means that outdoor sporting events are underway. Last weekend it was time for the third annual McMurdo Cyclocross. The race began with a 100 yard sprint to the bike rack then a bike ride around the station's many obstacles. The 6 to 12 minute course featured stairs, a push-up stop (10 push-ups or a 2 minute penalty), hills, and lots of mud. Helo-Tech Mark Oetzmann (that's him in the dress) came in first and pilot Paul Murphy (in the Lemur suit), second. Yes, I work with these clowns! Coming soon, the McMurdo Marathon, but for now its back to work!

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