When he's not assisting faculty members to secure funding for their academic research activities, associate director of corporate and foundation relations Christopher Tassava pursues his passion for bicycling all year long. It's his almost-obsessive dedication to the sport that inspired Tassava to recently attempt the infamous Arrowhead 135, a grueling 135-mile race from International Falls, Minn. (one of the coldest spots in the United States) to Tower, Minn.
Participants run, ski or bike on a groomed snowmobile trail. The annual race is so challenging that it's considered a major achievement to even finish, let alone place in the top 20. (Of the 141 participants this year, only 47 completed the course). This was Tassava's first attempt at conquering the Arrowhead 135 and, he not only finished the race (in 29 hours and 9 minutes), but placed 6th in the men's division and 7th overall.
In a series of blog posts, Tassava shares his incredible (and, shall we say crazy?!?) fat-bike journey through the frozen woods of northern Minnesota: