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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event held?
Why won't you tell us the exact location of the event?
Am I fit enough to race this event?
What are the approximate distances?
Can I race solo?
What is the minimum age requirement for this event?
What should I wear?
What time does the event start?
What services are at the event centre?
What should I take with me during the race?
Something has come up, can I get a refund?
Can I change my entry details during registration?
Could the event be cancelled under any particular circumstances?

Where is the event held?

The events are held within 1¼ hours of the CBD.

Why won't you tell us the exact location of the event?

This is our most common question, and one that we're more than happy to answer!

When Adventure Racing first kicked off in Australia in the early 2000's, competitors were never told the exact location of the event until a week or two beforehand. This adds to the adventurous aspect of the race, the unknown, the element of surprise, and it ensures that teams cannot 'scope' the area to gain an unfair advantage.

In recent years, Adventure races have become, well, unadventurous. Events use the same location year after year, race after race. Competitors may as well compete in an offroad multisport event, as using the same, known location effectively takes out the vital discipline (and skill) of navigation.

Our most important aim is to add the ADVENTURE back into Adventure Racing. We love it at the end of our events when competitors come up and say "Wow, I never knew that trail/forest existed" or "I never thought there was so much around here... I'll be back to do some more exploring".

Life is an Adventure, please don't ask us for an exact location. Does it matter that it's 5 minutes from home? Get out, explore, and Live the Adventure!

Am I fit enough to race this event?

You should be of reasonable physical fitness before attempting any type of sporting event.

In saying that, these short adventure racers are perfect for beginners of average fitness, because while the fast guys will complete the event in around 2½ to 3 hours, you will have up to 8 hours to complete the event, before we send out a search party. What a great way to have fun and get lost with your best mate?

What are the approximate distances?

The race length varies from event to event, depending on the terrain, the space that we have to work with, and other factors. Approximate race distances for our sprint lengths events can range from -

  • Mountain Biking - 12 to 20km.
  • Running - 6 to 12km.
  • Kayaking - 3 to 7km.

Remember, you will do multiple legs of each discipline, so the typical adventure race may end up looking a little like this:

  • Orienteering run - 3.5km.
  • Mountain bike - 6km.
  • Kayak - 2km.
  • Rogaine run - 4km.
  • Mountain bike - 3km.
  • Kayak - 3km.
  • Mountain bike - 5km.
  • Finish.

Can I race solo?

Yes - in selected events.

Although Adventure Racing is traditionally a team sport, and the core of our events will always be aimed at the team element of the sport, we have decided to add a Solo category to selected events, to allow those that prefer to race solo a chance to test themselves in an Adventure Race format.

What is the minimum age requirement for this event?

There is no official minimum age for this event. Nor is there a maximum age for that matter.

Kids 17 and under may race if their parent or legal guardian believes that they can competently achieve the disciplines and finish the race. All children 17 and below must have their Release and Indemnity form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

We've had 8 year olds finish our events, and we've had people pushing 80 finish our events. If you think you're fit enough, then you can most probably do it. It's easier than it looks!

What should I wear?

You should wear clothes that are comfortable to run, ride and kayak in, while they are wet.

Try to avoid cotton, as some serious chaffing occurs when you get wet.

Cool-dry fabrics and specific cycling or adventure racing shorts, such as the iRule Motus, are perfect for the rigors of Adventure Racing.

A good pair of fingerless gloves, and occasionally, a set of hiking gaitors can come in very handy.

Bring a comfortable pair of runners, but keep in mind they will most likely get wet and muddy, so leave that brand new pair at home.

What time does the event start?

Generally the events kick off at 7am with registration, with a start sometime between 8 and 8:30am.

Please check the Event Information Pack that is emailed to competitors and posted on the website approx. 1 week before each event.

Occasionally there may be a requirement to drop your mountain bikes at another location BEFORE coming to registration/event centre. If so, these details will be clearly defined in the Event Information Pack.

What services are at the event centre?

Toilet facilities will always be at the event centre. Generally, we also ensure that a coffee van is onsite to cater to your caffeine requirement, before and after the event. We provide a small BBQ meal following the event while you wait for presentations to commence. Cold drinks are generally available for you to purchase from the BBQ provider.

What should I take with me during the race?

Check the Mandatory Equipment list.

    Something has come up, can I get a refund?

    Please refer to our Cancellation, transfers and changes policy, here...

    Can I change my entry details during registration?

    Yes.

    Could the event be cancelled under any particular circumstances?

    Weather conditions, fires, flooding or a number of other factors may effect our ability to deliver our competitors a suitable event. In the event of a cancellation, we will endeavour to reschedule the event.

     

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