Creator: Simon Donato Purpose: Promote & Grow AR in Canada, Insurance, Safety Standards, Environmental Charter… HISTORY…________ ________
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
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance: ~ 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
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
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
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Many think that fitness and endurance will determine your performance in an adventure race… WRONG !!!
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Teamwork
________ ________ The Elements
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Navigation & Route Selection Tremblant, QC 2001 CP8 CP9
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Preparation
________ ________ 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WHY? 15 – Time Constraints 6 – Breaks too long 6 – Navigation challenges 3 – Slow pace 10 – Hypothermia / Exposure 4 – Withdrawn due to injury CONCLUSION: Increase overall pace through minimizing downtime, improve navigation and route finding skills, better preparation for and dealing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.
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.
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Death around every corner
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Only for elite athletes
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ No time to enjoy the experience
Dispelling some Myths ________________ I CANT do this.
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 ________ ________
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!
Training 33% Mental / 33% Navigation / 33% Physical Fun, Social, and at your own pace Avg speed in expedition race = 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 ________ ________
Volunteer Experience adventure racing firsthand Atmosphere is electric & addictive! Meet potential teammates Give back to the sport – no volunteers = no sport! Getting Started ________ ________
…what are you waiting for? Your challenge awaits ________ ________ To get started, contact the Canadian Adventure Racing Association or visit All images and logos are copyright of the owners and are used for educational purposes only.