April 9, 2003
Canada’s Land Rover G4 Challenger injured
Bramalea, Ontario – Before day 9 of the Land Rover G4 Challenge competition began, organizers announcemed that leading competitor, Canadian Jim Kuhn had accepted the advice of the medical staff and withdrew from the Challenge. Kuhn’s wounds, sustained in a mountain bike accident yesterday, required thirty stitches and the doctors felt that the risk of infection was too great for him to continue. The popular Canadian was leading the event at the time of the accident.
“I did the best I could, and it pains me more to withdraw than my injuries pain me,” said Kuhn. “This has been the experience of a lifetime and I wish all the competitors the best of luck for the rest of the Challenge.”
Kitt Stringer, who finished second to Kuhn in the International Selections, is being flown out to join the Challenge and will inherit his compatriot’s score. Kuhn, meanwhile, has accepted the offer to stay with the Challenge and to work in the event Headquarters, where his skills as a computer software technician will be invaluable.
Stringer, from Victoria, British Columbia, is a wilderness guide and corporate teambuilding facilitator. He has studied and trained in navigation, basic auto repair, survival and driving. He has also competed in Raid the North.
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