Intro to Adventure Racing  ________ ________
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ … it’s Wilderness-based ________
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Team
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Multi-Sport
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Strategy
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Physical & Mental Challenge
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Checkpoints & Transition Areas
What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … and it’s  very  REWARDING !!!
HISTORY 1990 1995 2000 2005 Creator:  Gerard Fusil, France Format:  Expedition Teams:  Coed 5’s Length:  10 - 14 days Life...
Creator:  Mark Burnett, USA/UK Format:  Expedition Teams:  Coed 4’s Length:  8 - 12 days Life:  1995 – 2001 Location Highl...
Creator:  Dean Payne, CDN Format:  Staged Teams:  Solo, Duo, 4’s Length:  1-3 days Life:  1996 – present Location Highligh...
Creator:  Dave Zietsma, CDN Format:  Multi-Day Teams:  Coed 4’s Length:  24-36 Hours Life:  1998 – present Location Highli...
Creator:  Steve Menzie, CDN Format:  Sprint Teams: Mixed  3’s Length:  5 - 8 Hours Life:  1999 – present Location Highligh...
Creator:  Dave Zietsma, CDN Format:  Expedition Teams:  Coed 4’s Length:  4 - 6 Days Life:  1999 – present Location Highli...
Creator:  Geoff Hunt, NZ Format:  Expedition Teams:  Coed 4’s Length:  4 - 6 Days Life:  2001 – present Location Highlight...
Creator:  Simon Donato Purpose:  Promote & Grow AR in Canada, Insurance, Safety Standards, Environmental Charter… 1990 199...
HISTORY… ________ ________ Adventure Racing in Canada, 2007 Formats:  Sprint to Expedition Teams:  Singles to Coed 4’s Len...
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Multi-Day Staged SPRINT Expedition
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance:  ~ 30 – 50 km / 5 – 14 hrs Disciplines:  Trek, Bike, Paddle Cost:   ~$130 / perso...
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance:  ~ 100 - 250 km / 24 hrs – 2.5 days Disciplines:  Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes...
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance:  ~ 75 km / day, 2 – 3 days Disciplines:  Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes Cost:   ...
RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Distance:  250 km +, 3 days + Disciplines:  Trek, Bike, Paddle, Fixed Ropes & more… Cost:  ...
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Many think that fitness and endurance will determine your performance in a...
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Teamwork
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ The Elements
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Navigation & Route Selection Tremblant, QC 2001 CP8 CP9
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Preparation
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams fail? <ul><li>Event : Raid the North, Fort Coulonge,...
What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams succeed? <ul><li>Event : Salomon Adventure Challenge...
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ “ Death” around every corner
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Only for elite athletes
Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ No time to enjoy the experience
I CAN’T do this. Dispelling some Myths ________ ________
<ul><li>WHERE do you find them? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet ‘Team Finders’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer first <...
Gear Getting Started ________ ________ <ul><li>NEED </li></ul><ul><li>Compass </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Cl...
Training <ul><li>33% Mental / 33% Navigation / 33% Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Fun, Social, and at your own pace </li></ul>...
Volunteer <ul><li>Experience adventure racing firsthand </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere is electric & addictive! </li></ul><u...
… what are you waiting for? Your challenge awaits ________ ________ To get started, contact the Canadian Adventure Racing ...
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A great overview of the sport of Adventure Racing, focused on Canada. Adventure Racing is a wilderness, multisport race, typically for teams, involving navigation through an unmarked racecourse in spectacular wilderness locations.

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  • Your reward may be a podium finish, just crossing the finish line, meeting and overcoming a challenge, or just learning something about yourself. First or last, you will be better for the experience.
  • - Working together is absolutely critical – everyone has low points - helping teammates through their low point and letting teammates help you through yours makes the team SIGNIFICANTLY faster – no low point = not working to full potential in the team – tow, take weight, talk, lose ego when you’re too slow – feel good? = go faster – your team is only as fast as you are ALL willing to work.
  • - Weather plays a significant role – finish rate in longer races = high if good weather – higher rank if your team can deal with elements safely and strategically – teams that drop are discouraged by tough conditions – preparation for keeping warm and ‘dry’ keep racers happier – fast &amp; light = freeze at night – the more you move, the warmer you are; stopping = cold!
  • - Importance of navigation increases as race length increases (short races = can’t get lost) – racecourses are unmarked, chose route and use map and compass to stay on it – traveling fast the wrong way = low probability of reaching goals – practice makes perfect / make your mistakes while practicing – orienteering = great learning – another reason why older teams do well as they are pragmatic in their decisions
  • - more prepared = more fun, better chance of fulfilling goals – choosing and packing gear carefully – knowing what to expect on raceday / read competitor newsletters – ask others about their experiences / pitfalls
  • - Weather plays a significant role – finish rate in longer races = high if good weather – higher rank if your team can deal with elements safely and strategically – teams that drop are discouraged by tough conditions – preparation for keeping warm and ‘dry’ keep racers happier – fast &amp; light = freeze at night – the more you move, the warmer you are; stopping = cold!
  • Safety net, never put in position of peril / against will, walk around ropes, expert rope / water / medical crews, CARA safety guidelines, radio usage
  • Go at your own pace – going to places that humans don’t typically go – take camera – to intense = no fun, poor teamwork, poor results – different cultures in foreign races
  • Yes you can!
  • Introduction To Adventure Racing

    1. 1. Intro to Adventure Racing ________ ________
    2. 2. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ … it’s Wilderness-based ________
    3. 3. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Team
    4. 4. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Multi-Sport
    5. 5. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Strategy
    6. 6. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Physical & Mental Challenge
    7. 7. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … it’s Checkpoints & Transition Areas
    8. 8. What is Adventure Racing ? ________ ________ … and it’s very REWARDING !!!
    9. 9. HISTORY 1990 1995 2000 2005 Creator: Gerard Fusil, France Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 5’s Length: 10 - 14 days Life: 1989 – 2006 Location Highlights: Equador, Madagascar, Nepal, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan… ________ ________
    10. 10. Creator: Mark Burnett, USA/UK Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4’s Length: 8 - 12 days Life: 1995 – 2001 Location Highlights: Australia, British Columbia, Patagonia, Morocco, Fiji, Borneo… 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    11. 11. Creator: Dean Payne, CDN Format: Staged Teams: Solo, Duo, 4’s Length: 1-3 days Life: 1996 – present Location Highlights: Whistler, Panorama, Mont Ste. Marie… 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    12. 12. Creator: Dave Zietsma, CDN Format: Multi-Day Teams: Coed 4’s Length: 24-36 Hours Life: 1998 – present Location Highlights: Digby NS, Elliot Lake ON, Revelstoke BC, Tremblant QC, Fort Coulonge QC 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    13. 13. Creator: Steve Menzie, CDN Format: Sprint Teams: Mixed 3’s Length: 5 - 8 Hours Life: 1999 – present Location Highlights: Haliburton ON, Muskoka ON, Collingwood ON 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    14. 14. Creator: Dave Zietsma, CDN Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4’s Length: 4 - 6 Days Life: 1999 – present Location Highlights: Whitehorse YK, Revelstoke BC, Cornerbrook NF, Elliot Lake ON, Atikokan ON 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    15. 15. Creator: Geoff Hunt, NZ Format: Expedition Teams: Coed 4’s Length: 4 - 6 Days Life: 2001 – present Location Highlights: Switzerland, Newfoundland, New Zealand… 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    16. 16. Creator: Simon Donato Purpose: Promote & Grow AR in Canada, Insurance, Safety Standards, Environmental Charter… 1990 1995 2000 2005 HISTORY… ________ ________
    17. 17. HISTORY… ________ ________ Adventure Racing in Canada, 2007 Formats: Sprint to Expedition Teams: Singles to Coed 4’s Length: 3 hours to 7 days Life: 1995 to present Location Highlights: Canada’s wilderness from coast to coast to coast
    18. 18. RACE FORMATS ________ ________ Multi-Day Staged SPRINT Expedition
    19. 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. 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. 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. 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. 23. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Many think that fitness and endurance will determine your performance in an adventure race… WRONG !!!
    24. 24. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Teamwork
    25. 25. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ The Elements
    26. 26. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Navigation & Route Selection Tremblant, QC 2001 CP8 CP9
    27. 27. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Preparation
    28. 28. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams fail? <ul><li>Event : Raid the North, Fort Coulonge, 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>START = 39 teams vs. FINISH = 10 teams </li></ul><ul><li>WHY? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 – Time Constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 – Breaks too long </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 – Navigation challenges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3 – Slow pace </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 – Hypothermia / Exposure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 – Withdrawn due to injury </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CONCLUSION : Increase overall pace through minimizing downtime, </li></ul><ul><li>improve navigation and route finding skills, better preparation for </li></ul><ul><li>and dealing with elements, and teamwork. </li></ul>
    29. 29. What are the main challenges? ________ ________ Case Study: Why teams succeed? <ul><li>Event : Salomon Adventure Challenge, Marmora, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>START = 50 teams vs. FINISH = 50 teams </li></ul><ul><li>WHY? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12 km hiking; 27 km mountain biking; 7 km paddle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winning team finish time: 3:24 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Last Place team finish time: 8:39 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average team time: 5:49 minutes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ “ Death” around every corner
    31. 31. Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ Only for elite athletes
    32. 32. Dispelling some Myths ________ ________ No time to enjoy the experience
    33. 33. I CAN’T do this. Dispelling some Myths ________ ________
    34. 34. <ul><li>WHERE do you find them? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet ‘Team Finders’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Race Director </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose teammates with similar goals </li></ul><ul><li>Train together before you race together </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to share in preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of strengths and weaknesses </li></ul>Teammates Getting Started ________ ________
    35. 35. Gear Getting Started ________ ________ <ul><li>NEED </li></ul><ul><li>Compass </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>hat/buff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gloves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>synthetic clothes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pack </li></ul><ul><li>Mountain Bike </li></ul><ul><li>PFD </li></ul><ul><li>First Aid Kit </li></ul><ul><li>SUGGESTED </li></ul><ul><li>Clear glasses </li></ul><ul><li>Kayak paddle vs. Canoe paddle </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Lubrication </li></ul><ul><li>Map case </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical tubing </li></ul><ul><li>Beg…Borrow…Steal! </li></ul>
    36. 36. Training <ul><li>33% Mental / 33% Navigation / 33% Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Fun, Social, and at your own pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avg speed in expedition race = 4 - 6 km/h </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General fitness > technical prowess </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hopping a log on a mtn. bike won’t get you to the finish line </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Navigation & Route Finding practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orienteering events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On your own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn from mistakes in the field </li></ul></ul>Getting Started ________ ________
    37. 37. Volunteer <ul><li>Experience adventure racing firsthand </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere is electric & addictive! </li></ul><ul><li>Meet potential teammates </li></ul><ul><li>Give back to the sport – no volunteers = no sport! </li></ul>Getting Started ________ ________
    38. 38. … what are you waiting for? Your challenge awaits ________ ________ To get started, contact the Canadian Adventure Racing Association or visit www.canadianara.com

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