Team Profile: Midwest Mayhem

Race Team Bio

Midwest Mayhem

Midwest Mayhem (Team #18)

  •  ShelterBox ShelterBox Fundraising: ?

  • From: Michigan

  • Category: Premier Division

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  • Scouting Report:
    We don't know too much about this team, but from their high energy bio photos and positive attitudes expressed in their write-ups, we're eager to get to meet them in person. It looks like Brenda is into river-stomping with big maps, Eric likes to overhead press his bike, Barbara has raced Wilderness Traverse so she's cool, and Richard is all business. Sounds like a winning combo!

Midwest Mayhem Team Members

Barbara Niess May (Captain)

Brenda Carlson-Brown

Eric Olsen

Richard Lee Sparks

Race team details

Goals for the race

Our goal is to complete the full race course.

Previous Untamed New England Highlights

This is our first Untamed New England race.

Team Inspiration

As a new team formation, one thing has become abundantly clear: we draw inspiration from each other. Every member of our team has a unique skill set that informs and energizes the team as a whole unit. We’re looking forward to combining our superpowers to tackle the challenges that Untamed New England has to offer, and to be a competitive force out on the course.


We are a self-funded team looking to be competitive.

Team Bio Notes

Individual Team Bios

Barbara may be a first timer to UNE, but she has years of adventure racing experience making her an integral component to any team.  She’s determined to be a top performer at UNE and finds her inspiration through the strengths of her teammates. Her leadership and organizational abilities will lead team Midwest Mayhem.

UNE will be Brenda’s fourth expedition race.  Feeling recharged and ready for another expedition race, her experience and insight into multiple days of racing will provide steady guidance for her teammates.  She can’t wait to just ‘get out there’ and find those ‘elusive moose’.

The love of a good challenge and the draw of unfamiliar territory has lured Eric to UNE.  He is looking forward to the navigational challenges of the northeast part of the country.  This will be Eric’s eighth expedition race. His racing experience combined with his athleticism will provide invaluable strength and focus in all team disciplines.

Inspired by the Barkley Marathons, Richard is looking forward to his first multiple day race at UNE.  Richard draws on 20 years of mountain biking and running experience to carry the weight of the team. He’s looking forward to being ‘the mule’ and learning from the experience of his teammates to complement his Barkley training.

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