Adventure racing may be the most addictive sport there is. Why? Lots of reasons. It involves mental and physical challenges. A variety of sports are involved. Teamwork creates stronger friendships. The elation of finding a flag in the middle of the woods is addictive. It has a laid-back vibe not common in many sports. Racing through beautiful forests and on scenic rivers and lakes is like no other sport. The list goes on and on.
Despite all the great things about adventure racing, it’s relatively unknown and fear of the unknown is common. We hope to make it easy for you to try out adventure racing and make the jump from an urban “sprint” race to a “wilderness” sprint race to possibly longer races. Or just do the shorter races with special challenges. That’s fine too!
A good start is to attend a clinic or click on one of the presentations below. Thanks to Michael Boks for sharing some content. Don’t hesitate to e-mail me if you have any questions.
For those of you attending an upcoming clinic, here is what you’ll want to print out or have on your phone or tablet. The presentation can be printed as full slides or two slides per notes page. Please also print and sign the Waiver.
101+201 Clinic (please print)
- Adventure Racing/Navigation 101+201 Clinic Presentation notes (PDF; okay to print in B&W but print this topographic map slide in color)
- Navigation 101/201 Orienteering Course Map – Robinettes south orchard
- Clinic waiver
- MI Backyard (now Michigan Adventure Club) race analysis. Cooper and Michelle Green and guest racers explain their logic for route selection from Michigan Adventure Races and other events. My #1 source for navigation tips.
- Mark Lattanzi’s Navigation Tips site. Another great resource for navigation education from an expert navigator.
- High Profile Adventure Camp. The longest running adventure camp in the U.S. gives aspiring first timers to experienced racers the skills and knowledge needed to participate and excel in adventure races. Camp Benson, IL, April 1-3, 2016 (go online to determine dates for 2017 and beyond.
- Search for “adventure racing” and “orienteering” on the web for additional information.