CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Organizers are making final course preparations for what they say is this year's toughest U.S. adventure race: An intense, sleep-deprived scramble by bike, foot, climbing gear and canoe across more than 300 miles of roads, trails, mountainsides and open water.
The first-ever Cowboy Tough race is set to begin Thursday at Curt Gowdy State Park west of Cheyenne -- Gov. Matt Mead will see the racers off -- and end Sunday in Casper. Eighty racers in 30 teams are signed up.
The goal of the two- and four-person teams is to reach all mandatory checkpoints and visit as many optional checkpoints as possible over three and a half days. Teams can focus just on finishing but winning will require covering as much ground as possible and getting very little sleep.