Team GOALS ARA
Hometown: Philadelphia Area
Team GOALS ARA is a group of experienced ultra-endurance athletes from a variety of backgrounds. Over the past several years, our combined experiences include numerous adventure races 24 hours or longer in length, marathons, ultra-running events, triathlons and Ironman events as well as numerous traditional road and mountain bike races, and running and orienteering events.
We are professionals who work full time and compete at the highest level of our sport. Our core team members include Jason Brown, Becca Weiman, Mark Weiman, Ann Lombardi, Bruce Wong, Chris Bartges, Derek Lawrence, Jonathan Neely.??Adventure racing combines the use of map and compass, orienteering, trail running, mountain biking, paddling, and rappelling to create a sport of teamwork and challenge. We enjoy working together and competing in a variety of events from local to international levels.
Team members have participated in over 20 expedition adventure races including: Primal Quest (Tahoe NV, San Juan Islands WA, Moab UT and Big Sky MT), Eco Challenge North American Championships, Appalachian Extreme Maine, Raid the North Extreme (New Found Land and Yukon), Endorphin Fix, PHEAR, Untamed New England, Beast of the East Expedition, Adventure Racing World Championships (Newfoundland, New Zealand, and Scotland), the Costa Rica Adventure Race, XPD Australia, the Maya Mountain Challenge, Expedition Alaska.
Over the past decade, the team has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 adventure racing teams in the country by the United States Adventure Racing Association.
Favorite Sawyer Product and Why:
As a team, we all agree that the Sawyer Mini-Filter is awesome! It accomplishes every adventure racer’s gear goal: lightweight, portable, and easy to use. With Sawyer filters, we can quickly and efficiently refill our reservoirs, carry less weight, and drink immediately.
Favorite Outdoor Location:
We’ve been to many places, but one of the greatest things about adventure racing is when a course designer puts a checkpoint in a location that brings you to a spectacular view. After you’ve been trekking, biking, and paddling through all sorts of terrain and conditions, there is nothing more reviving than to come across that beautiful vista. It recharges you to keep going.
One Piece of Advice or Something You've Learned Spending So Much Time Outdoors:
Always plan for the unexpected. Before you go out on any outdoor excursion, be sure to be prepared with the basic survival essentials. Even the most experienced person isn’t invincible.