I know adventure race directors can be difficult to get information from at times, especially when it comes to upcoming races. The reason for this is not to punish the newbies, but rather to keep the sly veterans off the race course while it is being set up. If the race location was known ahead of time it would give the ‘locals’ a HUGE advantage. NSAR does it best to give racers a new territory to explore year after year, and after 10 years in the business, virgin land is getting more and more difficult to find, so when I do find it…..it is safeguarded.
All that is related to race specific information, we are more than happy to share gear tips, navigation tips, past race experiences, what you should pack, what you shouldn’t, what good foods are, where to find team mates…….and the list goes on.
One resource is Race Atlantic…..this is a group of Race Directors who have banded together to help each other and to grow the sport. Check em out at www.raceatlantic.com.
You can also ask us questions and we will add them to our FAQ page.
You will need one, it should be light and have good drainage holes in the bottom, it should also have a place to put a bladder.
I will update with more information, just setting this up for now.
I prefer Salomon shoes. Reason? They have GREAT drainage, and in this sport your feet will be wet a lot. I used to use traditional runners but I found that the water never really drained from my shoes and I had to contend with the constant ‘squish…squish’ noise. I know, not a big deal right? The noise, no. The blisters, yes. Wet feet very often lead to blisters.
Adventure Racing is a multiple discipline sport combining mountain biking, trekking, and canoeing all while using a map and compass to navigate to designated points.
What does that mean? On race day you get a map, you have your compass, and you must find your way to points (Checkpoints) by bike, foot, or boat.
Races can be anywhere from 4 hours in length to multiple days. Racers go non-stop, from start-to-finish. Pacing is key as is picking the best route to follow with your map and compass.