Team Everyday Adventure

Team Name: Team Everyday Adventure
Country: USA
Team Facebook page: Everyday Adventure/Southern Exposure


Name: Lena McKnight
Age: 42
Where were you born: Georgia
Hometown now: Natchez, Mississippi
Occupation: Personal Trainer and Kayak Guide
Other hobbies: Horses, racing, bikes, singing, running, kayaking and saving the world one animal at a time
Years racing: 2003
Racing achievements: La Ruta De Los Conquistadores 2010 and 2012, 24 hours of Clear Spring Mtn bike female champion, South East Regional CAT1 Mtn Bike Female 2010 and 2012, Colorado 100 All female tandem winner, Expedition Idaho, Florida Coast to Coast adventure race, Phatwater Kayak Racer, numerous adventure, mountain bike, half marathon, kayak and running races across Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, California and Arkansas.
Personal motto: I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should just go ahead and be one.
Strengths as a racer: Trekking and kayaking
Married/Single: Married
Children: 2 boys
Thoughts about, and goals for racing ExpAk: My main thought and goal is of a healthy finish while racing with my youngest son, Sterling!

Name: Tim McKnight
Age: 43
Where were you born: Shreveport, LA
Hometown now: Natchez, MS
Occupation: US Army, LA Army National Guard (Active) – Cavalry Reconnaissance Scout – Operations SGM
Other hobbies: Hunting, kayaking, riding horses, running, biking

Years racing: 3 years

Racing achievements:
Phatwater Kayak Race, Gator Bait Kayak Race, 2 Spartan Races, Rock N Roll New Orleans, 5K(s), 10K(s), Pelican Man Duathlon, Baton Rouge Urban Adventure

Personal Motto: 

“What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                “Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.” ~ Winston Churchill

Stregnths: Trekking

Married/Single: Married

Children: Yes;  2 Step-sons – Hunter Yarbrough and Sterling Yarbrough (Sterling – racing with team)

Thoughts about, and goals for racing ExpAk: First, I want to enjoy this epic adventure with my team, especially my wife Lena and my step-son Sterling. Sharing this adventure with them is the most important part of this race for me. To have these memories is immeasurable. Secondly, to take in all that I can and learn everything I can in my first truly “epic” adventure race. Additionally, I am excited to be able to visit Alaska, for the first time, and to see it in a way that most “visitors/tourist” never will. To see the beauty from a perspective that is more personal, a perspective that provides challenges that fit the lifestyle that Lena and I live and enjoy.

Name: Sterling Yarborough
Age: 14
Where were you born: Georgia
Hometown now: Natchez, Mississippi
Occupation: student
Other hobbies: football, basketball, running

Years racing: 1

Racing achievements: Baton rouge Urban adventure race, numerous 5Ks, Play Dirty Trail Run, mountain bike races

Personal motto: When you think about quitting, think about why you started.

Strengths as a racer: trekking

Married/Single: single

Thoughts about, and goals for racing ExpAk: Looking forward to seeing Alaska and completing this epic adventure.

Name: Julie Ardoin
Age: 50
Hometown now: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Lawyer
Other hobbies: Chasing Butterflies

Years racing: since 2001
Racing achievements: Primal Quest Utah, Primal Quest Montana, Raid the North, Gold Rush, Motherload,
Bull of Africa, Patagonia, Florida Coast to Coast, Tour De Teche, Sea to Sea, Atomic AR, Numerous 4-24
hour races in Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Florida. La Ruta De Los Conquistadores, numerous mountain
bike and triathlon races. Colorado 100 kayak race.
Personal motto: The difference between survival and adventure is preparation.

Strengths as a racer: kayaking

Married/Single: married

Children: 1 and 4 stepchildren

Thoughts about, and goals for racing ExpAk: Enjoy and incredible experience with close friends.