DMSE recently sent a small (and lucky!) team to sunny southern California to direct the Ethos Challenge in Temecula, located 50 miles east of San Diego.
Working with a new client, the event included the Ethos Grand Prix Swim/Run/Swim/Run and an 8K SEAL Adventure Race, with both courses set up in and around beautiful Vail Lake, California’s largest private lake.
It was a great concept to bring back the roots of triathlon in southern California where triathlon was born. The Grand Prix included a 400-meter swim, two-mile run, followed by another 400-meter swim and two-mile run – a format not commonly seen in endurance sports. The competitors enjoyed the challenge of running and then jumping back into the water before completing another run.
For the 8K challenge course, the Christine Bowen-led DMSE crew worked with Navy Special Warfare and Army Ranger specialists to create an obstacle course featuring stacks of hay bales, chicken wire, dirt mounds, pools of water and plenty of mud. View this video from the event.  
The Ethos Challenge was an incredible and enjoyable weekend of competition, camaraderie, music and great weather – 75 and sunny, of course. Plus, DMSE had the opportunity to work with endurance legends Bob Babbitt and Mike Plant.
In addition to Bowen, the DMSE team included Matt West, Tom O'Brien, Tom Donovan, Ryan McGillivray, Roger Boyle, Mike Boyle and Bill Lapsley. We enjoyed collaborating with our new client and working with some of the best from our nation’s military. A special thanks to all involved.