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1 Intro to Adventure Racing ________ ________

2 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ …its Wilderness-based ________

3 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …its Team

4 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …its Multi-Sport

5 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …its Strategy

6 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …its Physical & Mental Challenge

7 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …its Checkpoints & Transition Areas

8 What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ …and its very REWARDING !!!

9 HISTORY1990199520002005 Creator: Gerard Fusil, France Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 5s Length: 10 - 14 days Life: 1989 – 2006 Location Highlights: Equador, Madagascar, Nepal, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan… ________ ________

10 Creator: Mark Burnett, USA/UK Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4s Length: 8 - 12 days Life: 1995 – 2001 Location Highlights: Australia, British Columbia, Patagonia, Morocco, Fiji, Borneo… 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

11 Creator: Dean Payne, CDN Format: Staged Teams: Solo, Duo, 4s Length: 1-3 days Life: 1996 – present Location Highlights: Whistler, Panorama, Mont Ste. Marie… 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

12 Creator: Dave Zietsma, CDN Format: Multi-Day Teams: Coed 4s Length: 24-36 Hours Life: 1998 – present Location Highlights: Digby NS, Elliot Lake ON, Revelstoke BC, Tremblant QC, Fort Coulonge QC 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

13 Creator: Steve Menzie, CDN Format: Sprint Teams: Mixed 3s Length: 5 - 8 Hours Life: 1999 – present Location Highlights: Haliburton ON, Muskoka ON, Collingwood ON 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

14 Creator: Dave Zietsma, CDN Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4s Length: 4 - 6 Days Life: 1999 – present Location Highlights: Whitehorse YK, Revelstoke BC, Cornerbrook NF, Elliot Lake ON, Atikokan ON 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

15 Creator: Geoff Hunt, NZ Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4s Length: 4 - 6 Days Life: 2001 – present Location Highlights: Switzerland, Newfoundland, New Zealand… 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

16 Creator: Simon Donato Purpose: Promote & Grow AR in Canada, Insurance, Safety Standards, Environmental Charter… 1990199520002005HISTORY…________ ________

17 HISTORY…________ ________ Adventure Racing in Canada, 2007 Formats: Sprint to Expedition Teams: Singles to Coed 4s Length: 3 hours to 7 days Life: 1995 to present Location Highlights: Canadas wilderness from coast to coast to coast

18 SPRINT Expedition RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Multi-Day Staged

19 RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance: ~ 30 – 50 km / 5 – 14 hrs Disciplines: Trek, Bike, Paddle Cost: ~$130 / person Technical Requirements: Low Focus: Participation, Fun, Experience SPRINT

20 RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance: ~ 100 - 250 km / 24 hrs – 2.5 days Disciplines: Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes Cost: ~$400 - $700 / person Technical Requirements: Medium Focus: Strategy, Teamwork, Mental Test, Navigation, Lasting Wilderness Experience Multi-Day

21 RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance: ~ 75 km / day, 2 – 3 days Disciplines: Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes Cost: ~$300 - $500 / person Technical Requirements: Low - Medium Focus: Fun, Thrilling, Speed, Sleep at Night! Staged

22 RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance: 250 km +, 3 days + Disciplines: Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes & more… Cost: $500 - $2,000 / person Technical Requirements: Medium - High Focus: Teamwork, Strategy (Sleep, Nutrition…), Navigation, Mental Challenge, Commitment, Cultural Experience Expedition

23 What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Many think that fitness and endurance will determine your performance in an adventure race… WRONG !!!

24 What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Teamwork

25 ________ ________ The Elements

26 What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Navigation & Route Selection Tremblant, QC 2001 CP8 CP9

27 What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Preparation

28 ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams fail? Event: Raid the North, Fort Coulonge, 1999 START = 39 teams vs. FINISH = 10 teams WHY? 15 – Time Constraints 6 – Breaks too long 6 – Navigation challenges 3 – Slow pace 10 – Hypothermia / Exposure 4 – Withdrawn due to injury CONCLUSION: Increase overall pace through minimizing downtime, improve navigation and route finding skills, better preparation for and dealing with elements, and teamwork.

29 What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams succeed? Event: Salomon Adventure Challenge, Marmora, 2004 START = 42 teams vs. FINISH = 38 teams WHY? 12 km hiking; 27 km mountain biking; 7 km paddle Winning team finish time: 4:20 minutes Last Place team finish time: 6:53 minutes Average team time: 5:36 minutes CONCLUSION: A sprint-length race can provide an authentic adventure challenge for everyone, with elite teams competing for podium finishes and recreational teams meeting the challenge of the course.

30 Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Death around every corner

31 Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Only for elite athletes

32 Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ No time to enjoy the experience

33 Dispelling some Myths ________________ I CANT do this.

34 WHERE do you find them? Internet Team Finders Volunteer first Contact Race Director Choose teammates with similar goals Train together before you race together Willingness to share in preparation Knowledge of strengths and weaknesses Teammates Getting Started ________ ________

35 Gear ________ ________ NEED Compass Shoes Clothing hat/buff gloves synthetic clothes Pack Mountain Bike PFD First Aid Kit SUGGESTED Clear glasses Kayak paddle vs. Canoe paddle Lighting Lubrication Map case Surgical tubing Beg…Borrow…Steal!

36 Training 33% Mental / 33% Navigation / 33% Physical Fun, Social, and at your own pace Avg speed in expedition race = 4 - 6 km/h General fitness > technical prowess Hopping a log on a mtn. bike wont get you to the finish line Navigation & Route Finding practice Orienteering events On your own Learn from mistakes in the field Getting Started ________ ________

37 Volunteer Experience adventure racing firsthand Atmosphere is electric & addictive! Meet potential teammates Give back to the sport – no volunteers = no sport! Getting Started ________ ________

38 …what are you waiting for? Your challenge awaits ________ ________ To get started, contact the Canadian Adventure Racing Association or visit www.canadianara.com All images and logos are copyright of the owners and are used for educational purposes only.


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