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Sammy Linebaugh ReportingAfter six days and nights trekking through Utah's backcountry Four Winds Adventure Racers are nearing the finish line hiking, climbing, paddling and parachuting their way to a nice warm bed.
Fourteen teams set out to conquer the 400 mile course last Thursday morning and tonight only a few teams remain.
Competitor: "We're at Strawberry Reservoir with one of only five teams remaining in the race. They've just come off an eight hour kayak ride…Our team captain has bronchitis but he's still gonna move on so…"
Competitor: "I started the race a little hoarse and it's just gotten worse over the course of the race, and yesterday they pulled me out to go talk to the doctor and sure enough I've got bronchitis so they put me on pain meds and some other medication so I can get over it hopefully.
Reporter: “The obvious question here, is why are you still out here?” “Probably because I've invested a lot of time and these guys are my team and I can't give up on them and this race is our rubicon. We're here to accomplish what we set out to accomplish."
Despite the setbacks and health issues, the competitors push on.