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Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar Wins AR World Championship

Team Nike ACG/Balance Bar can add another big title to its championship belt. The American foursome of Michael Tobin, Mike Kloser, Danelle Ballengee and Ian Adamson won the 2004 Adventure Racing World Championship on Wednesday, August 4 by out-pedaling Team Cross Sportswear of Sweden to the finish line in Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, Canada. The Americans edged the Swedes by a mere 20 seconds to take home the $38,000 first-place check.

In 2004 Nike ACG/Balance Bar has numerous events, including Red Bull Divide & Conquer (Colorado), the World Rogaining Championship (Arizona), the GNC Adventure Race (Colorado), Extreme Adventure Hidalgo (Mexico), Balance Bar 24-Hour Adventure Race #1 (Colorado). That follows a strong 2003 that included wins at Subaru Primal Quest (Lake Tahoe, California), the U.S. X-adventure Raid Series Race (Idaho) and the 2003 Balance Bar 24-Hour Adventure Series title.

Nike ACG/Balance Bar covered the course in just under 18 hours. After runner-up Cross Sportswear, it was Merrell Zanfel Adventure (U.S./New Zealand) captained by Robyn Benincasa about two hours later. Nokia Adventure of Finland was fourth.

Several big adventure races with big prize purses remain in 2004, including Subaru Primal Quest ($250,000, September 19-24), the Outdoor Quest inMalaysian Borneo ($255,000, October 28-November 2), New Zealand©^s Southern Traverse ($50,000, November 15-20) and the Raid World Championship in Argentina ($230,000, November 29-December 3).

Read more about the World Championship in the October issue of Adventure Sports. Look for the September issue of ASM, which includes a preview of this year's Subaru Primal Quest.

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Adventure Sports® is published 10 times annually by RFA Media, LLC. Founded in 2002, and has quickly become North America's leading multi-sport and adventure racing magazine with 10 full-color, glossy issues distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Multi-sport racing and the adventure lifestyle represent two of the fastest-growing trends in the U.S. There are more than 500 multi-sport races planned in the U.S. in 2004, an increase of more than 250 percent since 2001.

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