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Adventure racing is an amazing sport that is truly all about the journey. There are adventure races for everyone from sprint races that last a few hours to expedition races which can last several days. It does not matter which length of race you choose; all adventure races have exploration at their core. Exploration of the environment where you are racing, exploration of your inner fortitude and exploration of your team's ability to adapt and overcome whatever is thrown your way – relishing the experience together.

In adventure racing your team will travel together while competing in the core disciplines of mountain biking, trail running, trekking and paddling through the course. Longer events will have navigation where you use a map and compass to navigate to check points on the course. Other disciplines such as ropes and team challenges can also be part of the adventure. There is no set order or set disciplines and often teams will not know the next discipline until they get to it on the course. One of the best things about adventure racing is that every course is different with different distances and different challenges making adaptation and teamwork an essential skill for success.

The adventure racing community is truly one big extended family. You will find experienced adventure racers encouraging beginners on the course and giving helpful advice to beginners to ensure their success. Racers often become good friends with the other racers in their area as the camaraderie in adventure racing is unmatched.

So, what are you waiting for? Go find a teammate and come experience one of the greatest adventures around by competing in an adventure race!

Our goal in producing a sprint adventure race is to introduce as many new racers to the sport as possible. If you can walk or jog 2-3 miles and bike 7-10 miles you can complete the sprint adventure race. It is the perfect race for a beginner or family team but will also be fun for a more experienced racer.

The 6-hour course is designed to be more of a challenge, with longer distances, and the inclusion of a navigational component (map & compass). However, the 6-hour race is still appropriate for the beginner racer since the navigation check points (CPs) are optional, and racers will still be official finishers if they are not able to complete the navigation section. The 6-hour race is a perfect event for a team that is looking to try their navigation skills in a safe and manageable environment. Estimated distances for the 6-hour race are 7-12 miles of hiking/running, 15-25 miles of biking and 2-4 miles of paddling (if the race has paddling) plus some possible team challenges.

All you need is a mountain bike, a biking helmet, a way to carry water (water bottles or camelbak) and some running shoes. If you are competing in a race with navigation, you will need a compass and a UTM ruler.

Other equipment that is not required but should be considered is coolmax clothing (dries quickly and helps prevent rashes), wool socks, hat, rain gear, jacket, tights, sunglasses, sun screen, insect repellent, first aid kit, waterproof map case, spare bike tubes, patch kit, cycle computer, whistle and our best friend duct tape.

GPS devices (including smart phones) that show your position, display maps, distance traveled, etc are prohibited. SPOT trackers and other GPS devices that record your route on a device to be accessed after the race are allowed.

Distance measuring devices for walking such as foot pod accelerometers and pedometers are prohibited. Cycle computers and Fitbits are permitted.

Radios and other communications or internet access devices are prohibited. Mobile phones are permitted for safety reasons, but must not be turned on during the race except for emergency calls and are often required to be placed in a sealed bag during the race.

You will move from one discipline to the next and may repeat some disciplines. For example you might have a trail run, then a mountain biking section followed by a second trail run and then a paddle.

There is usually a mix of single track, dirt road and pavement on the course.  We try and keep away from super technical single track sections and always advise riders that if you are not comfortable with riding a section, just jump off and walk through that section.

The 2-hour sprint race is completely marked so you should not get lost.

The 6- hour race is partially marked but has some sections that must be navigated using a map and compass, so getting lost is a possibility. Recovering from getting lost is a big part of adventure racing and we have all been there. These courses are on self-contained ranches that have fences to prevent you from getting off the ranch. There are lots of roads and trails which make it fairly easy to find your way back to a known place on the map or the transition area if you get lost while navigating.

You will leave your bikes and gear in the transition areas during the race. There will be staff around the transition areas which will reduce the risk of a non-racer wandering into the area and helping themselves to your gear, however, it is difficult for our volunteers to regulate which teams access which gear. While we do our best to keep an eye on things, we cannot guarantee that nothing is going to go missing. Our recommendation is to label all of your gear, lock up or take any gear that you are concerned about losing and do not leave any high value or tempting items laying in the open.

For the 2 hour sprint, you can leave your bike and biking gear (shoes, helmet, camelback), extra food & water and extra clothes. You will have a small area for the sprint race which will be plenty big enough for all of your gear.

For the 6-hour race, you may want to set up a 10x10 quick up tent or lay out a tarp for all of your gear. Teams typically eat several energy bars and salty snacks throughout the race, along with water and drinks supplemented with electrolytes. It’s important to keep your body fueled - no bonking!

We encourage all teams to carry enough food & water to supply themselves independently from the start of the race. There is usually water available at the starting area, but teams should fill their water bladders and bottles before arriving at the race start.

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