World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is the ultimate expedition race in which international teams of adventure athletes will race non-stop, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged backcountry terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans. Each team is comprised of a racing team of four competitors and must include at least one member of the opposite sex, plus one assistant crew member. The race will encompass a variety of non-motorized forms of transportation including outrigger paddling, mountain biking, rappelling, climbing, whitewater rafting, pack rafting and paddle boarding. Navigation must be done with map and compass only and teams will be required to use expedition problem-solving skills in their quest for the finish line.
The first team to complete the entire course and cross the finish line will be the winner. If a team loses a member along the way, whether due to injury, exhaustion or disagreement, they will be disqualified. Only teams that can work together under extreme stress and fatigue have any hope of reaching the finish.
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is true expedition racing, where adventure meets sport. As our host nation, Fiji will deliver stunning terrain including volcanic cliffs, remote villages and turquoise seas… but it will also provide seemingly impenetrable barriers of dense jungle, rushing rivers, narrow canyons and coral reefs. This will be a life changing experience and more than you could ever have expected!
World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is produced by MGM Television and will debut on Amazon Prime Video.
In Support Of
Working their way through combat disabilities, wounds and internal struggles, Team UNBROKEN is a team of veterans and civilians who are racing to remind themselves, and others that you may be wounded, but you remain unbroken.
In 2019, Gretchen Evans attended Dogtopia’s 100th store celebration in Illinois. Because the Dogtopia Foundation supports service dogs for veterans, she was asked to attend by an organization called America’s VetDogs – an organization near and dear to Gretchen’s heart and an ongoing funding recipient of the Dogtopia Foundation. After she presented the Dogtopia Foundation with a plaque for its generous support of service dogs for veterans, she was signing books and Dogtopia CEO Neil Gill stopped by to chat. During that conversation, Gretchen mentioned that she was training with a group of wounded/disabled veterans and civilians in the hope that they would be accepted for competition in "The World's Toughest Race".
Something in that 20-minute conversation touched Neil's heart and Dogtopia soon sent a check in the mail to support the team and became Team UNBROKEN’s first official sponsor. Although the check came from Dogtopia, the Foundation was at the heart of the sponsorship. Not only does the Foundation raise money to provide service dogs for veterans who need it, the ultimate goal is to give deserving veterans the ability to overcome any challenges in their way. This show is the epitome of that, particularly for Team UNBROKEN. As Gretchen says, “Perhaps it was our simple desire to take a team of broken people to compete in a race designed to bring elite athletes to their knees, proving that within each and all there is a spirit which allows us to overcome the challenges we face.”
Retired Command Sergeant Major Evans served in the United States Army for 27 years. She deployed several times to the Middle East with her final assignment as the Garrison Command Sergeant Major of Commander, Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan.
She earned numerous medals and awards to include the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation Medal, and Global War on Terrorism ribbons, six Meritorious Service Medals and numerous other awards. CSM Evans recently published her first book. She is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist and reader.
Anne is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Innovation Specialist at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. At the age of 24, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and has spent every day since then attempting to prove to the world that a diagnosis does not have to be a defeat.
She has a wide variety of background experiences and will notoriously say "yes" to almost anything once, which has gotten her into multiple off-road triathlons, a marathon, several half Ironman triathlons, more half marathons than should be mentioned, and now onto a team venturing to the beautiful country of Fiji for a 400-mile epic adventure. She has an affinity for coffee, reading and journaling, songwriting, adrenaline, mountains, and adventure sports... and can't wait to see what's up next!
During his second deployment to Iraq, Keith was wounded in an IED blast leaving him with extensive injuries to his right leg, as well as mild traumatic brain injury. Despite his wounds, this Purple Heart recipient has persevered and has since competed in various running events, as well as full marathons.
Keith's tremendous determination also extends to his academics. Upon returning home, he completed his Bachelor's degree in Criminology from the University of Nebraska.
In the Summer of 1990, Hal was tubing with his cousin behind a boat on a lake when they struck a dock. Initially, paralyzed from the waist down he struggled to recover over the next few weeks, when the doctors discovered he had ruptured 4 lower lumbar discs and had nerve damage in his right leg and spine.
As the civilian on this team, Hal is stoked and humbled to be chosen. He has lifelong friends and family members that are honored Veterans. Many civilians, like Hal, have found that it's not enough to say, "Thank you for your service." We want to do more. The Veterans on Hal's team have already proven they are capable of a race like this. As a civilian, Hal feels he has an extra challenge not to let his teammates down and an obligation to be an ambassador for other civilians. Hal believes we all need each other, and together we will remain: UNBROKEN.
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