11. NorCal Odyssey


11. NorCal Odyssey

Country: United States


Team Members: Tim Kuenster (C), Wendy Welling, Mark Lattanzi, Peter Spagnoli

Average Age: 50

    The teams NorCal Adventure Racing and Odyssey USA, which have both participated in multiple past-editions of the Patagonian Expedition Race, merged for the 2016 edition to combine their experience and leadership in an attempt to finally reach the podium. All four members have previous PER experience, with Tim Kuenster, who participated in 2010, 2011, and 2012, captaining the newly-formed NorCal Odyssey. He will be accompanied by fellow 2012-teammate Wendy Welling, who also participated in 2013 as well. Previous Odyssey USA captain, Mark Lattanzi, who competed against Tim and Wendy in 2012, has participated three times, including 2009 and 2011, where he competed alongside of the team’s fourth member, Peter Spagnoli. As both teams have yet to reach the podium as separate entities, the joined forces may have finally found the last missing piece of the puzzle to be among those competing for a top-three finish.

Name: Tim Kuenster (Captain)

Age: 47

Hometown: San Rafael, California, United States

Nationality: United States

Occupation: Software Engineer

PER Experience: 2010 (9th), 2011 (6th), 2012 (12th)

Name: Wendy Welling

Age: 48

Hometown: San Rafael, California, United States

Nationality: United States

Occupation: Marketing Director

PER Experience: 2012 (12th), 2013 (5th)

Name: Mark Lattanzi

Age: 49

Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Nationality: United States

Occupation: Computer / IT

PER Experience: 2009 (4th), 2011 (8th), 2012 (10th)

Name: Peter Spagnoli

Age: 56

Hometown: Sag Harbour, New York, Untied States

Nationality: United States

PER Experience: 2011 (8th)

Team Dancing Pandas 2011Team NorCal Kayak 2012
Team NorCal Tim PER Bike
NorCal Team PER 2013
NorCal Team Mark PER
NorCal Team Mark PERNorCal Team Mark PER
NorCal Team Mark PER
NorCal Team Wendy and Tim PER 2012
NorCal Team Mark PER 2012

Patagonian Expedition Race Experience

Year Team Place Time Members
2013 NorCal 5th PC – 06 Wendy Welling
Thomas Bastis
Jim Easterbrook
Susan Bower
2012 NorCal Adventure Racing 12th PC 17 Tim Kuenster
Wendy Welling
Thomas Bastis
Susan Bower
2012 Dancing Pandas 10th 8 Days, 9 Hours, 15 Minutes Mark Lattanzi
Masha Gainville
JD Eskelson
Noel Duffy
2011 Dancing Pandas 8th PC – 08 Mark Lattanzi
Peter Spagnoli
Masha Glanville
Noel Duffy
2011 Perdido en el turbal 6th 7 Days, 2 Hours, 11 Minutes Tim Kuenster
Jason Urckfitz
Melissa Griffiths
Peter Jolles
2010 Almost Famous 9th PC – 10 Tim Kuenster
Brian Chontosh
Melissa Griffiths
Tom Thomas
2009 Calleva 4th PC – 06 Mark Lattanzi
Valentin Chapa
Druce Anthony Finlay
Sara Percy
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