Team Semper Fi is competing in 2008 in honor of Maj. Douglas Zembiec USMC and to raise money for the Veterans of Valor Organization, a group that supports service members wounded in the field of duty. Team Semper Fi’s experienced team is ready to take on the myriad challenges that this 8-10 day, 500-600 mile expedition race throws at them. The team finished the 2007 race in 44th place out of 90 teams (with 55 teams finishing), and was the first all-military team to cross the finish line. As a result of its 2007 efforts, the team received two distinctive honors — the Media Personality Award and the Eco Friendly Award.
Co-ed teams of four experienced backcountry adventure athletes journey across rugged miles of terrain using only a map, a compass and their team members’ combined skills. The members of the team must travel together at all times and must finish together in order to be officially ranked. Additionally, in accordance with the Adventure Racing Ecological Standards publication from the United States Adventure Racing ssociation, all teams must follow environmental guidelines — this includes only traveling where permitted, not building campfires and strictly adhering to the “pack it in, pack it out” rule.