The Adventure Racing World Championship is a grueling endurance race held every year across some of the toughest terrains on the planet.

Taking in disciplines such as kayaking, mountain biking, climbing and orienteering, the Adventure Racing World Championship offers extreme endurance athletes the chance to test their bodies to the limit.

The Championships have been running since 2001. In 2014, the event was held in Ecuador in South America. That year a team of four from Sweden entered the race. By the time they had finished, that team had swelled to five members. This is the story of what made that race so special, and what happened afterwards …

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The 2014 Adventure Racing World Championships was a grueling 430-mile trek through some of the most challenging jungle terrain on the planet.

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One of the teams to enter that year was Peak Performance, an elite group of experienced endurance athletes from Sweden.

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One day, Peak Performance sat down in a clearing to take some food and drink on board before embarking on a grueling twenty-mile trek through dense Ecuadorian jungle. As he opened up his ration pack of Swedish meatballs, team leader Mikael Lindnord noticed something was looking at him out of the corner of his eye.

It was a scruffy, miserable-looking stray dog. Mikael took pity on this pathetic-looking creature and tossed it a meatball. The dog wolfed it down.