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Lt. Col. Gregory Soderstrom, 47th Student Squadron commander, second to right, climbs over an obstacle during the run portion at the Adventure Race on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The Laughlin Adventure Race began in 2004 and has grown into a major event for the Del Rio and Laughlin communities. More than 5,000 people have competed in the race across Val Verde County. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Lt. Col. Gregory Soderstrom, 47th Student Squadron commander, second to right, climbs over an obstacle during the run portion at the Adventure Race on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The Laughlin Adventure Race began in 2004 and has grown into a major event for the Del Rio and Laughlin communities. More than 5,000 people have competed in the race across Val Verde County. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Capt. Carly Reimer, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight chief, climbs a six-foot-wall during Adventure Race XII, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The wall climb was one of three obstactles the runners encontered during the 28-mile race that involved running, biking and boating. Reimer placed 3rd overall in the “Insane” category, completing all activities alone in two hours, one minute and 56 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon May)

Capt. Carly Reimer, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight chief, climbs a six-foot-wall during Adventure Race XII, on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The wall climb was one of three obstactles the runners encontered during the 28-mile race that involved running, biking and boating. Reimer placed 3rd overall in the “Insane” category, completing all activities alone in two hours, one minute and 56 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon May)

A competitor at the 12th Annual Adventure Race low crawls through an obstacle on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The run portion of the race included mystery challenges along the route. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

A competitor at the 12th Annual Adventure Race low crawls through an obstacle on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. The run portion of the race included mystery challenges along the route. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

A competitor steps over a concrete barrier during Adventure Race XII at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. While participating in the run portion of the race, competitors participated in mystery challenges to include barrier hurdles, six-foot walls and a low-crawl. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

A competitor steps over a concrete barrier during Adventure Race XII at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. While participating in the run portion of the race, competitors participated in mystery challenges to include barrier hurdles, six-foot walls and a low-crawl. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

Airman 1st Class Omari Thomas, 47th Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, climbs over a hurdle during the run portion of the Adventure Race on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. Thomas competed individually in the “Insane” category, completing all activities alone in three hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Airman 1st Class Omari Thomas, 47th Comptroller Squadron financial services technician, climbs over a hurdle during the run portion of the Adventure Race on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 23, 2016. Thomas competed individually in the “Insane” category, completing all activities alone in three hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

A competitor bikes during Adventure Race XII in Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. The biking portion of the race was a 23-mile stretch from Laughlin AFB to the Laughlin Southwinds Marina off of Lake Amistad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

A competitor bikes during Adventure Race XII in Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. The biking portion of the race was a 23-mile stretch from Laughlin AFB to the Laughlin Southwinds Marina off of Lake Amistad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike)

A competitor smiles as he bikes during the Adventure Race XII in Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. The biking portion of the Adventure Race stretches 23 miles from Laughlin Air Force Base to the Laughlin Southwinds Marina off of Lake Amistad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

A competitor smiles as he bikes during the Adventure Race XII in Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. The biking portion of the Adventure Race stretches 23 miles from Laughlin Air Force Base to the Laughlin Southwinds Marina off of Lake Amistad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Maj. Willie Allen, front, 434th Flying Training Squadron director of operations, and his son David Allen, paddle in a raft during the 12th annual Adventure Race at the Laughlin Southwinds Marina near Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. Nearly 200 people from Val Verde County and surrounding cities participated in the Adventure Race, which included up to a 4-mile run with mystery challenges, a 23-mile bicycle ride and a mile-long water rafting portion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Maj. Willie Allen, front, 434th Flying Training Squadron director of operations, and his son David Allen, paddle in a raft during the 12th annual Adventure Race at the Laughlin Southwinds Marina near Del Rio, Texas, April 23, 2016. Nearly 200 people from Val Verde County and surrounding cities participated in the Adventure Race, which included up to a 4-mile run with mystery challenges, a 23-mile bicycle ride and a mile-long water rafting portion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ariel D. Partlow)

Onlookers watch Adventure Race XII participants finish the one-mile rafting portion of the race at Laughlin Southwinds Marina, Texas, April 23, 2016. Rafting was the final portion of the 28-mile race that was superseded by a 3-plus-mile run, six-foot tall wall climbs, a mud filled low-crawl, a concrete barrier hurdle and a 23- mile bike ride. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon May)

Onlookers watch Adventure Race XII participants finish the one-mile rafting portion of the race at Laughlin Southwinds Marina, Texas, April 23, 2016. Rafting was the final portion of the 28-mile race that was superseded by a 3-plus-mile run, six-foot tall wall climbs, a mud filled low-crawl, a concrete barrier hurdle and a 23- mile bike ride. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon May)

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas --

Team XL's 12th annual Adventure Race was held this past Saturday, April 23, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.

More than 180 competitors gathered at the starting line for the 28-mile challenge, with all racers crossing the finish line. 

This year’s race included a 3- to 4-mile run on Laughlin, a 23-mile bike ride, and a mile-long water rafting portion of the race at the Southwinds Marina. Participants encountered various physically challenging mystery events along the way.
The Adventure race tradition began in the summer of 2004 with a few motivated Airmen wanting to challenge themselves. The race developed into an adventure anyone with enough motivation could accomplish. For the past 10 years, the annual race has been an opportunity for Team XL and its neighbors to choose their teams and show what they are made of.

From its start, Adventure Race has been an event for Laughlin and Del Rio to look forward to each year and a tribute to how closely the two communities work together. Each year, the race gets more and more participants from across the state.

"The Adventure Race is always a good opportunity to bring the Laughlin and Del Rio communities together," said Joel Langton, 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs community and media relations section chief. "The Adventure Race is an event that Laughlin couldn't do without Del Rio and Del Rio wouldn't have without Laughlin. The only way it's successful is by us working together."