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【冰3】Self Reflection – Ice Race Ol’khonskiy Rayon

2019年03月12日

                   

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Marco Chen

#OneTeamHKUST



Coming from Arizona, I never would have imagined that I would live, work, and also study an MBA in Asia.  Equally surprising is that I’m able to participate in the Yasha Series of exotic races such as the Desert Race, and Ice Race. These races allowed me to test my physical and mental abilities/strength while giving me a chance to represent my school (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) and make life-long friends with my classmates and students from other schools.


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The Ice Race is very close to my heart.


In 2018, I attempted the 42KM Ice Race in Siberia. At -16 Celsius, I injured my knee and limped to the end point coming in last place out of 350+ competitors.   When I arrived at the 42KM mark, the organizers had already removed the finish line.  I felt emptiness and dissatisfaction.


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One year later in 2019, with support from my classmates, I returned to Siberia better equipped, 10 times more aggressive, and infinitely more determined.  I ran the full 42km decisively completing the race without injury and this time I finished in 24th place! 


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I’ve made tremendous improvements and this experience taught me the value of setting a goal, committing, and not ever give up no matter how long it takes. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to experience this journey of learning and persistence - with ideal results.   Our 2019 Ice Race Team is also very grateful to win the Seal Team Award! Training together matters!


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Thank you to both the 2018 and 2019 Ice Race Teams for going through this with me! The next step is training with HKUST’s 2019 Forest Race Team, another opportunity to represent our school and run with our friends in June 2019. Our goal is to take home the team award!


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Finally, I want to give my best wishes to HKUST’s 2019 Dessert Race Team who will travel to The Tengger Desert in May! They are the biggest team in the history of our school at 42 participants and they are well trained. The Sand Gull Team Award is very likely!


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Together, our three teams target to win all 3 team awards (desert, ice, forest) in 2019! We can do it because our teams train together, and we believe in each other!


How many teams?


One Team!


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