Adventure racing is an endurance sport which involves travel on foot (trekking or running), mountain bike and by water (canoe, kayak, raft, occasionally swimming).

What differentiates AR from other racing sports is the inclusion of wilderness navigation using a map, compass and common sense. There is no set race course; participants must find their own route from one checkpoint to the next. The checkpoints (CPs) are marked on maps which the racers receive shortly prior to or at the start of the race. AR also differs from other sports in that racers are part of a team of 2-4 people who travel together the entire time.

The races can last from several hours to many days and are unsupported, for the most part, which means that the racers carry what they will need (food, water, gear) in backpacks for the duration of the race.

To succeed, racers will need athletic endurance, navigation skills, mental toughness, good pre-race planning, strategic decision making as well as a strong and supportive "team" mentality.

Sound intimidating? While it's true that longer races can test even the toughest outdoor athletes, AR is a very open and inclusive sport. Beginning racers will feel welcome at nearly every event. Most races are organized so that anyone at any level of experience and fitness can participate. You can find a race near you on the calendar at the USARA website.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Exeter Trail Races Exeter NH 6/11/11

Acidotic Racing put on another excellent local (for us) trail run at Fort Rock.  Two mileage options again: 4.6 or 10.  Nick and Mason opted for the 4.6.  Rob, um, forgot about the race.

The course was the same as last year's, in the highly technical, now very wet, Henderson-Swasey town forest trails.  The only difference was that we ran the loop (loosely used) in the opposite direction this year.  There also seemed to be quite a few more entrants. We gave it our all and Nick grabbed 3rd and I got 4th out of the 34 racers in the 4.6 mi distance.  NH Trail Vets sent a man to the podium for the second straight year - Rob placed 3rd last year.

Comic relief was provided by Rob's post-race text wondering if anyone wanted to go for a run!!

Thanks to Acidotic Racing and GoLite footwear for a well-run race.

That's levitation, Holmes.

Nick, perfect form, as always.

Nick on podium about to receive his malty prize

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