Racing in Alaska

Alaska Disptach had a new article revolving around myself. And the longest toughest handcycle race in the world. Being my first race I’m excited and nervous all at the same time! I cannot be more excited to be competing. Especially in my home state

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Longest, Toughest, Hancycle Race In The World

Follow the link below for a article on my recent upcoming and first handcycle race. 

Sponsored by NetCracker Technology

Sports Spotlight: Alaska Challenge racer Andrew Kurka.

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Longest Toughest Race

The Alaska Challenge is on its way, today the 20th of July marks the start. My arms are still sore from training and my nerves are reminding me I’m alive. After a 24 hour break I feel i’ll be perfectly ready. This year the longest toughest handcycle race in the world will span from Fairbanks AK to Palmer Ak with mountain passes and roads traveling right through the tundra. An excess of 200miles and 3 days worth of straight biking. This race will be my first Hand-Cycle race and I cannot be more excited. The support I have received from my sponsors and from Challenge Alaska rise my anticipation for this great event. I hope to do well, and if not do well. Then learn how to do better.  

   

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Adaptive Waterskiing! 

Going big and having fun with the #highfivesfoundation in Mississippi! A great trip with great heat and great humidity. It’s trips like these that help me realize how important new experiences are. After all, how do you measure life?

    
 

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Olympic Center Training

The US Alpine Paralympic team just finished our summer training camp. I must say it was a fun time! Up every morning exercising with fun activities to follow. In the scheme of the situation watching people who have such adversity and difficulty in everyday life come together was certainly fun. Especially to challenge each other in things people wouldn’t see everyday. Like paralympians, rock climbing, or taking over a gym to play basketball. It certainly was a great time! As well as a great reminder to stay fit, we have another tough year with tough competition on the way. Our daily dry land schedule is set, and team USA will certainly be another tough contender this coming year! 

But in the mean time, cycling is my girlfriend and lifting is my significant other. But summertime fishing will always be my mistress ;-) The countdown to NewZealand begins! Only two more months to go before the team is back on snow! 
   
         

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Summertime cycling

As the ski racing season comes to an end, the cycling season starts picking up. Up early every morning training and cycling. The back trails of Alaska and sheer beauty remind me why this untamed wilderness has such majesty. Why I spend so many days outdoors and why I love it when I return. 

As I take time off from skiing I am reminded that it’s the little moments that keep me going and the memories from a home sweet home. A place I belong, the summer weeks are filled with motivational speeches and events at schools where I show up and cycle with kids and pass out reflectors. All to support health and a future generation. Could not be more blessed.

   

     

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20 years remarkable 

1.6 million dollars raised and a great time at an amazing event. SkiTam, one of the largest cable industry events is in the books, which makes for another successful year raising funds for the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Could not be more excited to be sponsored by such a great team #Netcracker and have so many supporters that truly care for the athletic success of adaptive athletes. 

       

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