Cousins Russ and Val have been playing in the woods and making trouble outdoors together since their early childhood. They first channeled this into adventure racing in 2005 as Team Nerdquist and were thrilled to realize they could now justify their craziness in the name of a certified sport.
They’ve since competed in numerous adventure races, orienteering events, and expedition hikes, including hundreds of miles of the Appalachian Trail across 10 states, and more recently peak-bagging in the Catskills.
Team Nerdquist has been hardcore Grant Killian groupies since his early days as Hampton Roads Racing, through his Untamed Virginia days, following him overseas to Untamed Switzerland, and competed in the first three Untamed New England races in 08, 09, and 10.
Since their last expedition race in 2010, they had more children, worked a few days, gained 40 collective pounds, watched their hair turned 80% gray, contemplated retirement, and then foolishly decided to relive their glory days and give UntamedNE 2018 another run.