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Race sends athletes paddling, portaging through Minneapolis

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Red Bull Urban Portage
Competitors portage a canoe during the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. The race sent entrants on a 10-mile course winding from Cedar Lake to Wirth Park, with six miles of paddling and four miles of portages.
Photo courtesy Red Bull

By canoe, kayak and paddleboard, by land and lake, 65 competitors took part in a unique race Saturday on and around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.

The Red Bull Urban Portage adventure race sent entrants on a 10-mile course winding from Cedar Lake to Wirth Park, with six miles of paddling and four miles of portages.

Red Bull Urban Portage
Competitors paddle during the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
Photo courtesy Red Bull

The race had five divisions; the winners were:

  1.  Solo male: Erik Hendrickson, Minneapolis

  2.  Solo female: Anna Yurchenko, Minneapolis

  3.  Tandem male: Mike Brumbaug and Jon Sanborn, Minneapolis

  4.  Tandem female: Kate Ellis and Maria Schilling, Minneapolis

  5.  Tandem male/female: Josie Nelson and Ryan Peterson, Medicine Lake

    Red Bull Urban Portage
    The team of Josie Nelson and Ryan Peterson from Medicine Lake, Minn., finish first overall at the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
    Photo courtesy Red Bull

    Nelson and Peterson had the top overall time, completing the course in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 9 seconds. Complete results can be found here.

    The race — the first of its kind for Red Bull, and the first of its kind in Minneapolis — was held in collaboration with the Loppet Foundation.

    Red Bull Urban Portage
    Competitors transition between portaging and paddling during the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
    Photo courtesy Red Bull
    Red Bull Urban Portage
    Competitors portage a canoe down a trail during the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
    Photo courtesy Red Bull
    Red Bull Urban Portage
    Competitors paddle during the Red Bull Urban Portage race in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
    Photo courtesy Red Bull