Author(s): Mikael Lindnord
This is the story of Arthur, who walked out of the jungle one day and didn't stop walking until he found a home. The Adventure World Championship is a 430-mile race through the Amazon rainforest; one of the most gruelling endurance events on the planet. As Mikael Lindnord and his team collapsed one night, exhausted and starving, he noticed a scruffy but stoical stray dog out of the corner of his eye. Impressed by his bearing, Mikael threw the dog a meatball and thought nothing more of it. But when they left the next day, the dog came with them. Crossing rivers, climbing rocks, battling illness and injury, the team and the dog walked together towards the finish line, where Mikael decided he would keep Arthur (named after King Arthur) and take him back to his young family in Sweden, whatever it took. Their story is a testament to the remarkable lengths both humans and animals will go to: for success, for hope, and for love.
Mikael Lindnord is the founder member of Team Peak Performance. He fell in love with the sport almost by accident. 'I had wanted to be a hockey player like so many boys in Sweden. But then I did military service, and there discovered that I had a strength not many people have: the capacity to cope with pain and sleep deprivation and to keep going when other people quit. I also discovered how rewarding it is to be part of a team - such an essential part of Adventure Racing.' He has been travelling the world and racing in the AR World Series ever since. When not racing, he lives in Sweden with his wife, children and dog, Arthur.