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The Inaugural Summer Solstice Adventure Challenge will take place on June 19th, 2021. This 4 hour race will be exploring Allatoona Creek Park.  It is designed with a shorter, 4-hour cutoff; less complex navigation; and reduced gear list that will allow an introductory taste of AR. The course will challenge beginner as well as seasoned adventure racers by incorporating navigation through hundreds of acres within the beautiful Allatoona Creek Park.

 

The park offers challenging terrain with gravel roads, single track and double track trails as well as rock outcroppings and creek crossings. Participants will navigate with a provided explorer app & course map.  Participants will be part of two, three and four person teams.  Participants will run, bike and hike on this challenging yet beginner friendly challenge.

WHAT IS The Allatoona Creek ADVENTURE CHALLENGE?

The Allatoona Creek Adventure Challenge event offers first timers a chance to see what it's all about. A shorter, 4-hour cutoff; less complex navigation; and reduced gear list allow an introductory taste of AR. Allatoona Creek Adventure Challenge participants can usually get by with understanding a park map and general understanding of the provided course map. The course will also challenge seasoned adventure racers by incorporating navigating through hundreds of acres within the beautiful Cobb County Allatoona Creek Park. The park offers challenging terrain with gravel roads, single track and double track trails as well as rock outcroppings and creek crossings. Water crossings will be done on the trek / bike portions of the course. Bikes are not required and we are taking bets to see who will set the course record; runners, trekkers, mountain bikers or a combination of approaches? Field limit is limited to a total of 100 teams.

 

Adventure racing is an amazing challenge of the body, mind, spirit. Team dynamics and strategy also play key roles in success. During an adventure race, participants travel with teammates on foot and/ or mountain bike. There may also be other activities, such as ropes events or team challenges. There are typically no marked courses - the team must choose its own route using a map and explorer app provided at registration. The goal is to reach "checkpoints", which may be stations manned by race staff or unmanned markers in the woods with a coded paper punch. Often there are multiple valid routes from checkpoint to checkpoint - for example: a long, flat, gravel route; a short but steep bush-wack through thorns; or an in-between distance winding trail. There will be many areas including open water, swamps, private property that will be considered out of bounds. These boundaries will be clearly marked on the race day map. Any team or team mate crossing into out of bounds areas will result in the entire team being disqualified. Paved roads are off limits.

 

Participants will travel by foot and/ or bicycle, in teams, using map and ELM markers to find checkpoints. Each team must stay together the entire race. Along the way, they will encounter various natural and manmade challenges that test physical and mental ability and creativity. There will be 6 checkpoints plus 1 bonus, non-forfeitable checkpoint on course. The team whom accumulates the most checkpoints before noon (4 Hours) wins. Any team missing the noon cutoff will be penalized by forfeiting 1 checkpoint for every 5 minutes past cutoff. (ex… 4:40 minutes past cutoff cost 1 checkpoint, 6:00 minutes past cutoff costs 2 checkpoints, etc…) Each course is designed to keep most participants going until the race cutoff time, creating a dramatic finish line setting where family and friends can cheer for their team at the end. 

 

Adventure racing is historically a team sport and two, three or four person teams can register for a chance to win cash prizes as well as other SWAG. Waivers will be required by each participant at registration.