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Expedition racing is booming, and it's no longer just for male jocks

Bashing through the undergrowth, canoeing for miles and biking up trails most people couldn't even walk may not be everyone's idea of a fun weekend. But expedition racing, a multi-discipline endurance test for the whole family, has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. More than 300 races have been scheduled this year, up from 50 last year; twice as many are being planned for 2004. Long a favorite of sportsmen in Australia and New Zealand, expedition racing was popularized in the U.S. by Eco-Challenge, the reality-TV contest produced by Survivor creator Mark Burnett. (The next one, Eco-Challenge Fiji,...

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