Shelley O’Neill has already competed in the Master of the Mountains Adventure Race/Relay twice, but life kind of got in the way of her training this year.
So she’s decided on the next best thing: sharing the fun with her family, who live near Cimarron. While she concentrates on her favorite event, cycling, her husband Tim O’Neill will do the run, their 13-year-old son Cullen will kayak and 10-year-old Cameron will handle the rifle stage.
“We got such a kick out of helping her, we came up with the idea of doing this as a family,” Tim O’Neill said. “The youngest one is quite the shooter. He was sort of a fit for the shooting component. She’s the bicyclist and she likes that. And me doing the running is natural because I run. And Cameron ended up doing the kayaking. It sort of all has fallen into place. It’s a real celebration. It’s a neat competition.”
And while New Mexico is already well known for the winter Mount Taylor Quadrathlon, Raton officials are hoping its unique Master of the Mountains summer competition on Sept. 12 will soon gain similar notoriety.