It was rumored that in years past, the final stage was easy – more of a victory march than anything. For 2018, that would not be the case. 67km and 2000 meters of climbing lay ahead.
But after making it this far, now more than ever the Trail Squad was determined to finish. Episode 4 ended with Kaysee and Serena so sick and depleted after a rough Stage 6, no one was sure if they would be able to start on the final day. Pale, mere shadows of the force they had been on Stages 4 and 5, the pro team would start.
Each Squad member that started Stage 7 crossed the finish line in Val de Vie, to triumphant cheers and joy-filled tears. Though Sandra and Olivia did not get to cross the finish line, they were there to usher their teammates across the line, to give hugs, and share the moment. By the end of the journey, Cape Epic had become more than a race. It was a test of spirit.
As Serena said, “My heart is softer, my spirit less guarded, my drive solidified, my vulnerabilities revealed. I am more real, more raw and more myself.”
For all who began this journey, they have left changed.