Aaron Rinn


 XPD Portugal 2009                                               
  Team role: Workhorse and embedded photographer
  Profession: Mechanical engineer
  Currently resides: Seattle, WA
  Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  Year joined DART: 2005

Aaron started racing mountain bikes in 1998, and fell in love with endurance athletic competition. He tried out a sprint adventure race two years later, because AR gave him the chance to branch out into running. His races kept getting longer and longer, and in 2003 he did his first expedition race: Primal Quest, Tahoe. That year, his team (Saga) took third in the 2003 Cal Eco Adventure Racing series behind Earthlink (now Merrell/Zanfel) and Epinephrine (now Sole).

Aaron moved to Seattle the following year and met DART at a local TRIOBA race. His first race with the team was a 24-hour Explore the West adventure race in early 2005. This went well, so later that year Cyril asked Aaron to race Ecomotion, Brazil. Without missing a beat Aaron answered, "Yes! I should probably do that." The team had a great race together in Brazil, which was staged in the Serra Gaúcha that year, and the race solidied Aaron's place on the team. Aaron feels lucky to have fallen in with such a great team of dedicated athletes.

Favorite Gear

Favorite drink: Orange ginger nuun
Favorite shoes: Vasque Blur SL with Sole’s regular Softec insoles
Favorite bike: Turner Flux
Favorite bike components: Carbon reinforced plastic (CFRP) FSA K-Force Light crankset, Crank Brother’s Eater Beater 11 pedals
Favorite wheels & tires: FSA XC-300 SL wheelset and Schwalbe Nobby Nic tires
Favorite sunglasses: Rudy Project Zyon and Suncreek
Favorite cycling gear: Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers
Favorite shell: Arc’Teryx Alpha LT Proshell -- only 12.9oz!
Favorite socks: Teko EcoMerino Wool MiniCrew
Favorite backpack: Gregory Miwok with 100 oz Hydrapak bladder
Favorite bike light: Light and Motion Stella 300
Favorite sunscreen: KINeSYS SPF 30 Sunscreen
Favorite kayaking gear: Kokatat GORE-TEX® Meridian Dry Suit with Relief Zip (for winter paddling in the Northwest)
Favorite training and racing aid: Suunto T6c altimeter

Behind The Scene

Favorite race: EcoMotion/Pro expedition adventure race - Brazil is a stunning and amazing country.
Worst race moment: It's a tie between getting stuck in a hole while riverboarding the swollen Gallatin River during Primal Quest Montana and capsizing in huge Pacific seas miles from shore during the Baja Travesia 2007 kayaking leg.
Best race moment: Getting to shore after either of the above. Climing the dune at Jericoacoara, the finish line for the 2008 World AR Championships, in 6th place.
Favorite racing food: Sharkies, any kind of burritos, salty peanuts, soup.
Why I race: Racing is a lifestyle. It gives a purpose to my training. The races themselves are about immersing yourself in nature, working through difficulty as a team, covering a large amount of ground, and challenging yourself both physically and mentally.
Race advice: Get yourself to a race and give it a shot. As the race gets challenging, reach beyond yourself and help your teammates. If you feel like throwing up, force yourself to eat something, drink, and take electrolytes.
Vice in life: Coffee with creamer.
Greatest challenge: Keeping my gear clean.
Greatest strength: Being able to sleep anywhere at any time.
Least favorite part of adventure racing: Fighting sleep monsters.
What do I do with my free time: Hang gliding and mountaineering.

Race Results

  • 3rd place: Gold Rush Mother Lode expedition race - World Championship Qualifier - Sierra Nevada, CA
  • 3rd place: Raid The North Extreme expedition race - World Championship Qualifier- BC, Canada

  • Team Challenge Hang Gliding Competition
  • Chelan Cross Country Classic Hang Gliding Competition - Chelan, WA

  • Primal Quest Badlands - Rapid City, SD - 8th
  • Portugal XPD World AR Championship - Sintra, Portugal

  • Ecomotion/Pro World AR Championship - Piauí, Maranhão, and Ceará Brazil - 6th
  • Primal Quest Montana - Lone Mountain, MT - 4th
  • Desert Winds 24 hour race - Lake Mead, Arizona - 1st
  • Baja Travesia expedtion race and world championship qualifier - Baja, Mexico - 1st

  • Raid the North Extreme expedition race - Prince Rupert, Canada - 2nd
  • XPD expedition adventure race - Queensland, Australia - 4th
  • Sea Otter Classic sprint adventure race - Monterey, California - 2nd
  • Baja Travesia expedition race - Baja, Mexico - 1st
  • 4th Dimension winter adventure race - Snoqualmie, Washington - 1st

  • Pacific Northwest Adventure Racing Champions 2006
  • Wicked Adventure Racing Series Champions
  • Cal Eco 24 hour race - Auburn, California - 2nd
  • Desafio de los Volcanes expedition adventure race - Chile and Argentina - 11th
  • U.S. Rogaining Championships - Antelope, Oregon - 1st
  • Primal Quest expedition adventure race - Moab, Utah (racing with Team Sole) - 7th
  • Wicked Sunsweet 24hr race - Oakridge, Oregon - 1st
  • Michigan Coast to Coast expedition race (racing with Team Sole) - 1st
  • Mighty Mo Expedition adventure race - Eastern Ozarks, Missouri - 4th 
  • Ecomotion Pro expedition race - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (DNF - team member injury)

  • Explore the West 24-hour adventure race - Kirkwood, California - 2nd
  • Raid the North - Nelson, British Columbia - 2nd
  • TRIOBA 24-hour adventure race - Ellensburg, Washington - 1st
  • EcoMotion/Pro expedition adventure race - Gramado, Brazil - 5th

  • West Coast Adventure Race Series Champions
  • West Coast Adventure Race - Temecula, California - 1st
  • West Coast Adventure Race - Big Bear Lake, California - 2nd
  • West Coast Adventure Race - Orange County, California - 2nd
  • Trioba 24-hour Adventure Race, Leavenworth, Washington

  • Cal Eco Adventure Race Series - 3rd
  • Cal Eco 36 hour finals - Kernville, California - 3rd
  • Cal Eco 24 hour race #4 -Yosemite, California - 2nd
  • Cal Eco 24 hour race #3 - Fort Bragg, California - 5th
  • Cal Eco 24 hour race #2 - Santa Barbara, California - 4th
  • Cal Eco 24 hour race #1 - Lake San Antonio, California
  • Subaru Primal Quest expedition adventure race - Lake Tahoe, California - 16th
  • Balance Bar 24 hour advenuture race, Los Angeles, California

  • Underground Scramble sprint adventure race - Santa Monica Mountains, California - 1st
  • Pumpkin Scramble 12 hour adventure race - Santa Monica Mountains, California - 1st

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