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course is part of the experience, and ingenuity plays an important role. The careful study of provided topographical maps and course instructions prior to heading out for the day also is beneficial. Evenings at Rancho del Rio are a time for relaxation and recovery. As the sun sets and the air cools, evenings provide athletes an opportunity to review experiences, and preview the following day. Around the group campfire, most athletes get to know their fellow TEAM > INDIVIDUAL athletes. Campfire friendships can lead to alliances to work together on the course, where teams can assist in technical repairs, or provide tips in directions or techniques. The Challenge receives each year helpful assistance from caring organizations and corporations. Generous financial support by participating athletes who raise funds through personal requests to friends, families, and colleagues also helps cover costs. Through this support, athletes enjoy comfortable camping at Rancho, top-quality meals, and an immensely satisfying weekend. Military veterans, corporate employees, adventure-seekers, and outdoor enthusiasts participate each year at the Challenge. Held annually since 2007, the 2018 Challenge included nine teams from across the United States. Many of these adaptive and able- bodied athletes will return in upcoming years to help mentor a new group of novice adventurers. 13