The Dark Zone 31: Flash Episode – Team Peak Pursuit Straight From Their Finish at Expedition Oregon

Ben, Tom, and Jasper of Team Peak Pursuit join the show just hours after their finish at Expedition Oregon. In this Flash Episode, they recount their journey, how their preparation, teamwork, and communication helped along the way, and how much they have grown to love adventure racing. How did they do in the race? Give a listen to find out.

Thank you to Adventure Addicts Racing ( for sponsoring this episode of The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast. Adventure Addicts offers a wide variety of events in Maryland and Virginia. Keep an eye out for information about their next race, The Buff Betty, coming this September 24, 2022.

The Dark Zone 30 – Team Fear Youth – Godzone Finishers, Teenage Fonts of Wisdom, and Overall Great Racers

New Zealanders Molly and Fynn join the show to talk about their recent Godzone experience, their preparation for such a long and ambitious course, and what they learned during the race. All of this is delivered in that wonderful and positive New Zealand way that will have you looking at flights to the island nation. Special thanks to Team Bend Racing’s Jason Magness for joining the episode.

Thank you to The New York Adventure Racing Association ( for sponsoring today’s episode. NYARA offers a variety of races and other events in and around the New York and New Jersey area. Special mention goes to their premier race “The Longest Day” – a 24-hour race and a USARA Regional Championship.


The Dark Zone 29 – Eric Caravella of Packrafting Adventures – Small Boats, Big Adventures and the Growth of a New(ish) AR Discipline

Eric Caravella of Packrafting Adventures joins the show today to talk packrafts, their use in adventure racing, and the journey that brought him to be the founder of Packrafting Adventures. Thank you to the United States Adventure Racing Association for partnering with The Dark Zone to offer a playlist of companion videos.

Link to the companion video playlist – USARA Packrafting Video


Packrafting Adventures

The United States Adventure Racing Association

Eastern Mountain Wilderness Challenge

Aquabound paddles

Werner Paddles

Alpacka Rafts

Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Astral PFDs

EEZYCUT Cutting Tools

Northwest River Supplies (NRS)

American Canoe Association

Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

Grant Killian

Dick Griffith

Luc Mehl

Roman Dial

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The Dark Zone 28: Flash Episode – Rootstock Racing Fresh Off Their Win at the Shenandoah Epic

Today we are joined by Rootstock Racing’s Karyn DuLaney, Joel Ford, and Paul Miller for a Flash Episode of the Dark Zone. They are fresh off their win at this past weekend’s Shenandoah Epic 24-hour Adventure Race. Their highs, lows, strategy, nutrition, and accidentally paddle to the side of a teammate’s head are all covered during this podcast. Thank you to them for joining us on short notice.

The Dark Zone 27: Jesse Tubb – Adventure Racer, Active Duty U.S. Soldier, and Founder of G.R.I.T. Adventures

Today’s guest is Jesse Tubb. Alongside being an experienced and well-traveled adventure racer (as well as a big fan of a Big Mac in transition), Jesse is also the founder of G.R.I.T. Adventures which strives to bring AR to younger racers. This is the longest TDZ to date, and be sure to stick around for the post-podcast bonus content.

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The Dark Zone 26: Donovan Sims – South African Rugby Player Turned Adventure Racer, Cancer Survivor, and an Oracle of Adventure Racing Wisdom

Today’s guest is South African Adventure Racer Donovan Sims. A longtime racer (and former rugby player), Don shares his experience and wisdom gleaned from his many races. Navigation, nutrition, sleep strategy, and how to be a good teammate are discussed. Most importantly, he goes deep on his diagnosis and recovery from leukemia.

The Dark Zone 25: Heidi Muller – Adventure Racing World Series CEO, Adventure Racer, RD, and the Most Positive Person on the Planet

Today’s guest is ARWS CEO Heidi Muller. Longtime Race Director, Adventure Racer, and now CEO of the ARWS, Heidi shares her journey from racer to RD, and how the ARWS is working to support aspiring race directors. Be sure to follow the 10th Anniversary of Expedition Africa: Lesotho coming April 2022.


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The Dark Zone 24: Jen Segger – They Call Her Seegs: Coach, Racer, and Experienced AR Veteran.

Today’s guest is Jen ‘Seegs” Segger. Longtime AR racer, coach, and all-around font of knowledge and wisdom. Today’s episode goes deep on the finer points for the newer racer including training, foot care, sleep strategy, and how not to sleep in the jungle. (Spoiler Alert – Don’t lay on the ground).

TDZ listeners can visit and enter the code DARKZONE for a listener-only discount. Thank you to Jen for making that available to the fans of TDZ.

The Dark Zone 23: Flash Edition: Jason Magness & Darren Steinbach of Team Bend Racing Live from the Finish of AR Panama

Today’s guests are Jason Magness and Darren Steinbach of Team Bend Racing

As listeners will remember from episode #22, recorded just three days ago on February 22, 2022, Team Bend Racing’s Darren Steinbach, who is providing support for the team, called in live from AR Panama to give a mid-race update. Today’s episode is a follow-up and has both Darren and Bend Racing’s Jason Magness. At the time of this recording, the team finished the race just a few hours early, but Jason is able to pull it all together and give us a great overview of the race and Bend’s experience.

The race was a wild time for everyone and thank you to Darren and Jason for joining The Dark Zone.


Darren Steinbach Instagram – @TravelingDarren

The Dark Zone 22 (2/22/22!) Flash Edition: Darren Steinbach Live From Panama AR with an On The Course Live Update

Today’s guest is Darren Steinbach of Team Bend Racing live from Panama AR. Darren is providing race and media support for Team Bend Racing, and he spends some time sharing the team’s experience so far, the unique events of the race, and an on-the-course overview of how it is going so far for all the competitors.

You can follow Darren’s updates via his Instagram feed – @TravelingDarren – as well as all the Team Bend Racing Social Media Channels.

Thank you for being a listener!