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3682 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2008 7:30 PM by BillieJamison
saraallent Active.com Staff 1,094 posts since
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May 5, 2008 7:35 PM

Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

I was reading an article about Adventure Races and am really curious to hear if anyone has done one before. I am a big fan of tv shows like The Amazing Race so feel like this sort of event might be right up my alley.

  • Jeanne Lynam Amateur 20 posts since
    Apr 17, 2008
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    1. May 5, 2008 8:31 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

    I have yet to do one but there is a great blog about a group that did. It includes their training. Good stuff!

     

     

     

     

     

    http://community.active.com/blogs/teamJoseph

     

     

     

     

     

    Anyone else do one or know anything about adventure racing?

  • mtreed Expert 43 posts since
    Sep 28, 2007
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    2. May 6, 2008 3:43 AM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

     

    Hello,

     

     

    I recommend doing an Adventure race.  Once you compete in one of these it makes other "standard" events almost boring.   check out goalsara.org

     

     

    They put on some prety good events in the PA area.  Also some good races in  Florida.  http://www.talonrace.com/   anyway many of them require some orientering or navigation skills so make sure you can read a topo map and use a compass.  I also enjoy them becasue its away from the urban areas and I can usually do them with friends as a team.    I promise you will enjoy!   Go for it!     This is not an adventure race but is an off road event that most of the cometitirs do run.  Great scenery and camping as well.    http://www.ultrahike.com/home.htm

     

     

    cheers!

     

     

  • BillieJamison Amateur 4 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    3. May 6, 2008 8:27 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

     

    Sara,

     

     

      As  you've seen in my blog, I love adventure racing.  I only get to do a couple a year and most likely only 1 this year with all the tri-s, but it's a really fun, intense, exhausting experience.  I tend to do ones in the woods, but there are also "urban" ones that can be done around a city.  Sometimes they include rollerblading or scooters.  The woodys (i think i just made up this word) ones tend to have orienteering (plotting points on a topo map and using a compass to get around), mountain biking (on and off-road), canoeing/kayaking, hiking/running.  Our navigator (Kyle) got a one-on-one lesson about orienteering and that helped us a ton.  We were really horrible at the beginning.  Even though we aren't a top competitive team, it's an awesome event.  We really enjoy them.  here's a link to ARs around the country...[ar calender|http://www.onlineeventcalendar.com/Adventure_Racing/Calendar.asp

     

     

  • gogordon1 Amateur 15 posts since
    Oct 24, 2007
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    5. May 8, 2008 8:42 AM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

     

    I have yet to do one, but I would love to try it.

     

     

    Occasionally I like to look at the Trailblazers website.

     

     

    http://www.trailblazerar.com/

     

     

    Oh, and I've been trying to talk a friend into doing the Muddy Buddy race. It's not really an AR, but kind of a similar idea.

     

     

    http://www.muddybuddy.com/

     

     

  • mvalenti Community Moderator 84 posts since
    Jul 11, 2007
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    7. May 9, 2008 2:20 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

     

    I did 2 of the Balance Bar 24 hour races in Santa Monica when that series was

    still running. It was a blast! Training never got old or boring because

    I was always doing something different. I agree with mtreed..after an adventure race, other races seem boring!

     

     

    Some highlights include seeing my sister cheer me on at one of the checkpoints at 2 in the morning; the sensation of mountain biking 20 hours into a race; hallucinations-- my partner saw mice...lots of mice...running across the trail, and I saw lots of suitcases just sitting out in the fields; getting lost; doing a tyrolean traverse across a canyon in the pitch dark; rappelling down a cliff as a helicopter rose me on the other side (unfortunately it was a medical helicopter for another racer that ran into problems on top of that cliff).

     

     

    Needless to say, it really is a blast. Unfortunately my team has not raced since 2004...I have to get my teammates motivated again!

     

     

    I have never done an urban race before but the High Trek series looks pretty fun: http://www.active.com/outdoors/Articles/Amazing_Race__Home_Edition.htm

     

     

     

     

     

  • BillieJamison Amateur 4 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    8. May 13, 2008 7:30 PM (in response to saraallent)
    Re: Has anyone done an Adventure Race?

    For each race so far, it's always been myself and 1 other guy and then the third teammate has changed each time.

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