On the weekend, Casey expeditioners competed in the annual ‘KBA Challenge'. This event is held in memory of three Kenn Borek pilots who tragically lost their lives in Antarctica when their plane crashed in 2013. This has become an annual event and is staged by Davis and Casey station where the challenge is to determine which station can cover the most kilometres on a set day.
Competitors can compete in a number of different modes and can walk, ski, run, ride a bike or any other mechanism to rack up the kilometres. Every competitor is limited to ten kilometres, although many do considerably more.
This year at Casey the ‘KBA Challenge’ was combined with the half marathon where a number of runners wanted to test themselves against the 22 kilometre distance. As the Casey skiway is 12 kilometres from station on the Antarctic plateau, it was decided to stage the event from there. The half marathon runners would run from station to the skiway and return and the rest of the competitors would be taken to the skiway and walk, run, ride or ski back.
Like any such event a lot or organising and preparation took place with drink and food stations placed along the way, checkpoints created and support vehicles supplied. Forty-six Casey expeditioners entered the event and had a very memorable experience, and all for a good cause. Of course in any challenge there must be a winner and a loser and this article probably would not have been in the weekly news should Casey have lost. The result Casey 460 kms to Davis 282 kms.
Despite some sore bodies that night, Casey rocked the night away with the formal end of summer dinner and with the station band ‘The Meltdowns’ making their last appearance to a very appreciative audience. A very special day.