Questival Austin 2017 (Vegan + GF Style)

A couple of friends and I recently competed in Questival Austin 2017, a 24 hour adventure race sponsored by Cotopaxi. From 7pm on February 17th to 7pm on February 18th, we were racing around Austin to complete various challenges ranging anywhere from climbing the stairs at Mount Bonnell to performing a song “Carpool Karaoke” style.

As someone with dietary restrictions, events like this can be a little extra challenging. Here’s a look at how I survived Questival as vegan and gluten free eater!

Dinner around the campfire

One of the challenges we completed was “share a campsite with another team”. Our campsite friends brought corn, veggies, and skewers, which went perfectly with the sweet potatoes we brought.

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Breakfast on the go

After just 2.5 hours of sleep, we were up and out of the campsite. Luckily, I brought some organic bananas and Bearded Bros bars for the road. High Brew Coffee sponsored the race and handed out coffees at the kick off event, so we were able to stay caffeinated (and at times maybe too caffeinated) throughout the race.

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Lunch Break at Kebabalicious

By lunchtime, we were all feeling sluggish, so we popped into Kebabalicious for a quick pick-me-up. I had a Turk Salad with hummus.

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Snacks, snacks, and more snacks

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten more snacks in a day than I did during Questival. My favorite new finds were Bobo’s Bites (vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO). Bobo’s was handing out these delicious treats at various checkpoints, and I kept going back for more.

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My team ended up in 86th place out of 522 teams. Although we didn’t win, Questival was a lot of fun and a great way to get out and explore Austin.

If you’re interested in seeing more, check out this video I made with highlights from my experience!