FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
What is Adventure Racing?
Adventure racing is typically a multi-disciplinary team sport involving navigation over an unmarked wilderness or park course with races extending anywhere from two hours up to two weeks in length. We try to combine some trekking (Walking or Running), Biking (usually mountain biking), paddling (SUP, inner tubes, canoes or kayaks), some fun challenges and of course some map reading. We will give you guidelines on how to get to different checkpoints during a race. Then it's you or your teams goals to get the different checkpoint and return to the finish line with as many checkpoints in the requires time period for you race. In most cases you don't know who the winner because racers get to pick their own routes to get to the different checkpoints. At the end of the race we add up each teams checkpoints to see who got the most points.
I’m new to adventure racing. What should I expect?
Adventure racing is primarily comprised of mountain biking, trekking, paddling and navigation. Teams complete each discipline together. The goal is to collect as many designated checkpoints as possible in the time limit given.
Do I have to provide my own mountain bike?
Yes, you are responsible for your own bike, helmet and any repair items for your bike such as spare tubes, etc. If you have bike repairs on course it will be your responsibility.
I wear clip-in pedals. Should I bring running/athletic shoes to swap into when we transition to the on-foot section?
In most cases, yes. You’ll either start in them or change into them after you finish the bike section.
I need a teammate. What is the best way to secure one?
Email us. Most likely we know of someone also looking and we can help match you up with someone.
Can we participate with a group? Can we work with other teams on the course?
You sure can. Feel free to buddy up with other teams if you’re looking to have fun with a group of friends. And, if you are lost on the course, it helps to join forces to get un-lost! Each team must complete their own special challenges if there are any and turn in their passport. You may not call, text or email other teams during the race.
What type of training is necessary for adventure racing?
It’s best to focus on basic mountain biking skills. It’s important to practice both uphill and downhill. You’ll want to be able to do basic repairs to your bike.
You’ll want to train so that you have a comfortable pace trekking with the mandatory gear. Additionally, spend some time kayaking, canoeing or rowing in your local gym. Depending on the amount of paddling in your event will determine how much time you should spend paddling. You will also want to work on very basic orienteering/navigation skills.
If I’ve never done anything like this before, how hard is it?
If you’re new to the sport you will most likely be out on the course for the duration of the race and you may not get all of the checkpoints.
Is it mandatory that team members stay together for the duration of the race?
The team must stay together at all times throughout the duration of the event.
How does the ranking of teams work?
The finish ranking is determined by the team who collects the most checkpoints in the fastest amount of time. For example, teams who get more checkpoints but finish later will be ranked ahead of those teams who collect less checkpoints and finish earlier.
Is there an age limit?
Racers generally must be at least 10 year old for any of our races that are a half day or more, although we may allow exceptions after talking with the parent of the youth. If you are racing in one of our Family or Sprint Race the age limit is 8 year old. At least one team member must be 18 years old. Racers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver during online registration.
Can we bring our own paddling gear?
In most races we allow races to bring their own paddling gear. However, we do provide all you paddling gear in most races unless otherwise specified.
What’s your advice with reading a map?
It is highly recommended that at least one member of your team be able to read and use a topographic map. Our maps are good and detailed enough, but having some general knowledge will help you and our team. You will need to determine distance’s on map’s, and use basic compass skills.
GPS units are not allowed at any point on the race course.