and I am freaking excited for it.
What is Adventure Racing?
Multi-sport team event in which racers navigate their way through an open course using a map, compass and route strategy within a set time length. It is usually a wilderness event but it can also be an urban race.
- Mountain biking
- Orienteering (using a map and compass to get from one point to another)
- Trekking/Trail running
- Swimming (possible)
Why Adventure Race?
- Multi-sport: Allows your body to handle much longer races than if you were just running or biking
- Blend of Smarts and Speed: Navigation, orienteering, map reading can help slower teams compete with more athletic teams
- Wilderness Experience: Compete on rivers, lakes and forests
- Teamwork: Teammates must work together, make decisions together, encourage each other.
- Challenge and Self Discovery: Allows you to push yourself and find your limits. Takes you out of your comfort zone by putting you in unfamiliar surroundings while testing your physical limits.
- Act like a kid: Finding hidden checkpoints is like an adult Easter egg hunt. There are 30+ moments of elation in every race.
What to expect
- Pre-race briefing: Explain the course, rules and hand out maps and passports
- Passport: Must get punched at every checkpoint
- Checkpoints: All teams must locate CPs. Some may have additional challenges at specific CPs.
- Transition areas: Where teams change disciplines and have a chance to replenish supplies
- Gear check: Most races have random locations throughout the course to check if the team and individuals have all mandatory gear.
- Finish: Your performance is based on how many checkpoints you get within a set time limit. If you get 30 checkpoints in 3 hours by another team gets 31 checkpoints in 3:59, they finish above you.
This is what is what is involved for the g.r. urban adventure race:
Bike in and around downtown Grand Rapids
through woods and buildings, conquer challenges
hills, stairs and walls
for hidden checkpoints with a map and clues
Length: 4 hours (8-12 miles biking, mostly paved; 3-5 miles on foot)
My husband got out some of his Army wilderness navigation resources and his compass. He gave me a quick tutorial on how to use a compass and topographical maps.
This is gonna be fun!
- Have you ever done an adventure race?
- Do you know how to use a compass?