Sean Clancy


  Team role: Terminator
  Profession: Pharmaceutical Distributor Sales Director
  Currently resides: Woodland Hills, California
  Hometown: Long Beach, Indiana
  Year joined DART: 2006
  First Year Adventure Racing: 1997

Sean came to the sport  of Adventure Racing from the military world after getting his start in endurance sports as a teenage triathlete. Sean competed in his first Adventure Race in 1997, at the 12 hour "Dusk 2 Dawn", while serving in the US Navy in Hawai'i.  After competing in triathlon, duathlon and running races since age 14, Sean was introduced to Adventure Racing in 1995 while watching coverage of the Eco Challenge on television and reading about the Raid Gauloises in a magazine. He instantly found his calling...

The rest is history!  A life of adventure and so-called "impossible" team challenges in the world's harshest - and often most beautiful - environments. To steal a motto from his adventure racing "sensei" David Kelly, it's about doing "cool things with cool people in cool places".

Since 1997, Sean has competed in Adventure Races ranging from 12 hours to 6 days long in places like Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Mexico and all over the USA.

From 2006 to 2008 Sean won NINE adventure races in a row with Team DART-nuun, including the National Championship and North American Championship (Three day, coast to coast Baja Travesia in Mexico, a World Championship Qualifier)

Sean also competes in ultra-endurance mountain bike racing, road cycling, paddling, ultramarathons, practical pistol shooting/biathlon & occasional Ironman triathlons. He offers consulting services to athletes in the areas of mental game, goal-setting, training plans, strength training , strategy and race-day nutrition.

Sean has been in the sport of adventure racing since the mid-90s. 2013  is Sean's 17th year of adventure racing!

Sean keeps a blog at to keep his teammates, friends & sponsors abreast of his training and racing.

Favorite Gear

Favorite Electrolyte Drink: Banana  flavored Nuun
Favorite shoes: Vasque Pendulum
Favorite bike: Turner  Flux, size XL with full FSA and SRAM XX group
Favorite bike component: FSA Cranks with FSA Ceramic Bottom Bracket
Favorite wheels & tires: FSA XC-300 SL and Schwalbe Nobby Nic
Favorite bike suspension: Manitou R7 MRD Absolute 100
Favorite sunglasses: Rudy Project Ekynox with Blue lens or Clear Lens at night with NexStrap
Favorite backpack: Gregory Tempo with Hydrapak bladder and Flasks of Vitargo S2
Favorite bikelight: Light and Motion Stella 300 helmet/handlebar combo
Favorite sunscreen: KINeSYS Performance Moisturizer SPF 15
Favorite Paddle: Epic Mid Wing full carbon medium flex shaft paddle, or Small blade for Long paddles.
Favorite Heart Rate Monitor/Altimeter: Suunto T6c wristcomputer

Behind The Scene

Favorite race: At the 270 mile Odyssey Mega Dose in 2000, only one team finished the course (mine, fortunately!). Race Director Don Mann & his staff were at the finish line, jumping around and celebrating. We were incoherent after racing nonstop for 90hrs, but finishing something "impossible" was life-changing.
Best race moment: Surviving-and crossing the finish line (in 1st Place) at the 2008 Baja Travesia after enduring a nasty respiratory tract infection before and during the race. It took weeks to recover physically but it was a profoundly transcendental experience. Without my teammates I would never have made it..or even started.
Worst race moment: Losing a fellow competitor to a tragic rockfall accident in Primal Quest Washington 2004.
Favorite food: Breakfast Burritos from Ki's in Cardiff, California. Race fuel is always Vitargo S2 and nuun.
Why I race: To recalibrate my limits. To do the impossible. To deepen my pain groove. To share these experiences with great friends. To "do cool things in cool places with cool people" as David Kelly would say.
T.S. Eliot: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can go"
Race advice: Focus, but Smile. Co-operate and think ahead, but stay in the moment. "We are strengthened by life's harsh moments...especially those of our own choosing".
Vice(s) in life: Don't know if I would call it a VICE, per se, but I do like a nice hoppy IPA like Pliny the Elder.
Greatest challenge: Time Management. Juggling a demanding job, time with my wife Alla and training.
What do I do with my free time?  Besides train? I prioritize spending time with Alla and friends. I read, travel
and also enjoy improving my skills, either at the shooting range or in the kitchen.
My teammates know that: I've got their back.

Race Results

  • Spartan BEAST Monterey
  • Bulldog 50k, Malibu Canyon, CA
  • Run 2 Top of Mt Baldy (10,000') (Mt San Antonio aka Mt Baldy)
  • 2nd Place: Central Coast Challenge 12 Hour Adventure Race, San Luis Obispo, California

Adventure Racing:

  • NorCal Whiskeytown 24hr Adventure Race, Whiskeytown, California


  • SoCal Cyclocross Series: Los Olivos, California

Obstacle Racing:
  • Tough Mudder Beaver Creek, Colorado (Top 2% finisher/10,000 entrants. Qualified for World's Toughest Mudder)
  • Tough Mudder Squaw Valley, California

CrossFit Coaching Certifications:

  • Level 1 Trainer, CF Endurance with Brian MacKenzie/Doug Katona, CF Mobility with Dr. Kelly Starrett, and CF Goal Setting with Greg Amundson
Adventure Racing: 
  • 2nd Place: North Georgia 30 Hour Adventure Race, Elijay, Georgia
  • 2nd Place: Gold Rush 24 Hour Adventure Race, Yosemite Area, California
  • 1st Place: TRIOBA 24 Hour Adventure Race, Chelan, Washington
  • 2nd Place: USARA 24 Hour Adventure Race National Championship, Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania
  • 5th Place: CheckpointTracker 24 Hour National Championship, Moab, Utah
  • Fiesta Island Time Trial (January): 1st
  • Vision Quest 56 mile (11,600' elevation gain): 6:40, top 25
  • Finisher Breckenridge 100 Mile MTB Ultra (10,000-12,000' altitude)


         ***2009 USA Triathlon "All American" for Male Age Group 30-34"

  • 4:41: IRONMAN 70.3 California - 4:40 (Qualified for 2009 Ironman 70.3 World Championships)
  • 9:51: IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene - 54th overall out of 2,500
  • 3rd AG: Santa Barbara Long Course - 3:09, 9th fastest bike split out of 780.
  • 2nd AG, 15th OA: XTERRA Lake Tahoe - 2nd Age Group, 15th Overall
  • 3rd: Santiago Canyon Time Trial, Orange County, California (March race)
  • 10th: Sea Otter Classic Circuit Race (Laguna Seca Race Track) - Monterrey, California
  • 3rd: Fiesta Island Time Trial, San Diego, California
  • 1st: Santiago Canyon Time Trial, Orange County, California (October race)
  • 1st AG: Playa del Swim Huntington Beach Mile Ocean Swim: 20:26
  • Finisher: Huntington Beach Pier Swim Race
  • Finisher: Surf Festival Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach 2+ Mile Pier to Pier Ocean Race
  • Finisher: Surf Monkey 1 Mile Ocean Swim Race, Oceanside, California.
Adventure Races:      ***Undefeated in 8 Races for 2008, Inclding USA 24hr National Championships***
  • 1st Place:  USARA 24 Hour Adventure Racing National Championships - Blue Ridge, GA
  • 1st Place:  Adventure XStream Expedition Adventure Race, 72hrs  - Moab, Utah
  • 1st Place:  Kit Carson Big Blue 24 Hour Adventure Race - Lake Tahoe, Nevada 
  • 1st Place:  Wicked AR Gorge Games 24 Hour Adventure Race - Hood River, Oregon
  • 1st Place:  Desert Winds 24 Hour Adventure Race - Lake Mead, Arizona
  • 1st Place:  Scout Adventure Race - Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles, California
  • 1st Place:  Baja Travesia Expedition Adventure Race - 72hrs, San Felipe to Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
  • 1st Place:  Desert Rage 24hr Adventure Race - Temecula, California
Mountain Bike Races:
  • 5th Place: 12 Hours of Temecula Mountain Bike Race (Solo/Open/Pro) - Temecula, CA
  • Finisher:  Warrior's Society Vision Quest 56 Mile Mountain Bike Race: 7:08


  • IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman Triathlon - Sonoma, California:  4:52
  • 4th: Noble Canyon 50k+ Ultramarathon - San Diego, California:  4th
Adventure Racing:
  • 1st Place:  Baja Extreme 24 Hour Adventure Race - Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
  • 3rd Place:  Scout Adventure Race - Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, California
Adventure Racing:
  •  Finisher: Primal Quest Adventure Race, 6 Days - Cascade Mountains, Washington                   
  •  Finisher: Salomon Raid Series X-Adventure 2-Day - Bend, Oregon
  •  Finisher: Sound Rowers Great Cross-Sound Paddle Race - W. Seattle/Bainbridge Island, WA
  •  Finisher: IRONMAN Wisonsin - 10:50
  •  Finisher: Pacific Crest Half Ironman Regional USA Triathlon Championships, Bend, Oregon - Top 3 AG
Adventure Racing:
  • 1st Place:  Cal Eco Adventure 24hr Adventure Race -  Eagle Mountain, California
  •  Finisher:   Salomon X-Adventure Raid Series 2-Day - Kitsbuhel, Tirol, Austria to Rupholding, Germany
  •  Finisher:   Salomon X-Adventure Raid Series 2-Day - Kirkwood, California
  •  Top 3:        Mountain Bike Orienteering Meet - China Camp, California
Ocean Swim Race:
  •  Finisher:   Oceanside Pier Swim, One Mile Ocean Swim
Adventure Racing:                
  • Discovery Channel Adventure Racing World Championships - 6 Day race, St. Moritz to Zermatt Switzerland, race across Swiss Alps
  • Subaru Gorge Games 24hr Adventure Race - Hood River, Oregon
  • 5th Place: Cal Eco 24hr Adventure Race - Eagle Mountain, California
  • Finisher:  Salomon X-Adventure Race 2-Day - Park City, Utah
  • 1st Place, 20-29 AG     Coyote Point Summer Biathlon, South San Francisco  (Run/Shoot)
Adventure Racing: 
  • 1st Place     Odyssey Mega Dose 275 mile Adventure Race, 88hrs nonstop - Natural Bridge, Virginia
  •  IRONMAN Florida Triathlon, Panama City, Florida: 11:15
  •  10th Overall: Peachmon Duathlon - Atlanta, Georgia (1st Age Group)
  •  Top 15 Overall: Chattanooga Triathlon, Tennessee
Adventure Racing:
  • 1st Place:  4 Winds Desert Adventure Race - Lake Roosevelt, Arizona
  •  Finisher:    Honolulu Marathon: 3:31
  •  Finisher:    Kailua Half Marathon: 1:31
  •  Finisher:    Barber's Point Triathlon - O'ahu, Hawai'i
Adventure Racing:
  • 5th Place:  Dusk2Dawn 12 Hour Adventure Race - O'ahu, Hawai'i
  • Finisher:     Ride Around Oahu 134 Mile Bike Race (MTB) - O'ahu, Hawai'i
  • Finisher:     Pearl Harbor 10k - Hawai'i
  • Finisher:     Kualoa Ranch Cross Country Race Series - North Shore, Hawai'i
  • Finisher:     Kapiolani Park 5K Series - Waikiki, Hawai'i
  • Finisher:     Honolulu Marathon: 3:41
  • Many Triathlons, Duathlons, and Running races in Indiana, California, & Hawai'i.

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