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NMARC Sprint Race #1 - Albuquerque Adventure Race

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NMARC first sprint race of the year is designed to introduce new adventure racers to this exciting sport with a 5 hour course.  Don't let the length of the race intimidate you; adventure racing is a low intensity sport.  If you can cross the finish line of a 10k then you are plenty fit to complete a sprint distance adventure race.  Plus, 5 hours is just the maximum allowed time on the course.  If you are out there just for the experience you can choose to race for whatever time you feel comfortable and still receive an official finish.

Teams will be mountain biking, trekking, and paddling as they navigate with a map to find checkpoint locations.  You will not need any advanced navigation skills, just basic map reading ability.  The course format will be modified rogaine, which means teams have the freedom to choose the route they follow to find the checkpoints and what order to go after them.  Also, there will be far more CP's than any team can possibly acquire in the time allowed (i.e. nobody will be clearing the course).  This race format rewards strategy and route selection over speed and endurance.  Additionally, each CP will have a separate point value depending on its distance from the start location (generally the farther the distance the higher the point value).  Scoring will be based on the accumulated point values of the checkpoints found within the time allowed.  How your team chooses to put the pieces together will largely determine its outcome as there is no single best route to accumulate the most points.

The event will start and finish at Elliott's Bar & Grill in Corrales where we will be having a post-race buffet (included in race fee) and handing out lots of swag and t-shirts to all participants.

This event is limited to 50 racers and has sold out in the past so register early.

Schedule of events:

5:30 AM - Bike & boat drop areas opens

6:00 AM - Team check-in begins at Elliott’s Bar & Grill

6:45 AM - Pre-race safety briefing

7:30 AM - Shuttle to start location

8:00 AM - Race start

1:00 PM - Race Finish at Elliott’s
NOTE: If the Start is delayed, the event finish time will be set 5 hours later

1:00 – 2:30 PM - Post-race meal and awards ceremony at Elliott’s

Awards will be given to the winning team in each of the following categories:

3 or 4 Person Open

2 Person Coed

2 person Male

2 person Female

No soloists allowed for this race so find a teammate.

If you are looking for a teammate post your information below as there are likely others in the same situation.  There are also experienced racers willing to pair up if you are looking for someone to show you the ropes.

Race entry fee: $50/person

Your team will receive one custom map, race instructions, post-race meal, race insurance, swag, and a Dri-FIT moisture wicking t-shirt.

We are very pleased to continue to work with Quiet Waters Paddling and New Mexico Kayak Instruction as our boat providers.

Mike Hayes at[masked] or[masked]-FLOAT

Canoe Rental Fee: $33/person(plus tax) - you will get the canoe or 2 solo kayaks, 2 PFDs, 2 paddles and boat delivery/pickup from race locations included

Please fill out QWPA waiver and get it back to Mike prior to the race.


New Mexico Kayak Instruction

Kelly Gossett at[masked]


Kelly has 10-12 whitewater kayaks to rent out. Kelly requires minimum of 48 hours to rent a kayak. You will get a boat, PFD and paddle for your fee. You will also have to car-top your rental boat to the race and after the race is finished, return it to his shop.

As part of the use of the Rio Grande, New Mexico State Parks and the New Mexico Adventure Racing Club strongly urge participants to watch the Cold Water Boot camp video below as prerequisite for this race.

Race gear list(this will be revised as necessary)

Some items on this list have links to our favorite AR gear source: REI

The NMARC suggests that you pick up all your AR gear at REI

Mandatory Team Gear(1 item per 2-person team)

  • Fully charged Cell Phone
  • Emergency Medical Kit
  • Boat (rent canoes from Mike or kayaks from Kelly above)
  • Waterproof dry bag capable of holding all mandatory small items (no garbage bags)
  • Digital Camera (for capturing CP locations)

Mandatory Individual Gear

Recommended Gear






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  • Tracy P.

    Pics for the first race can be seen on the following link:

    June 3, 2013

  • KC R.

    Are pictures posted anywhere?

    May 30, 2013

  • Barbara

    The first race was awesome, thoroughly enjoyable and a great weekend event that made memories for years to come.

    May 21, 2013

  • Jeff H

    Awesome race on Saturday! Those of you who weren't there missed a great time! In no particular order - HUGE KUDOS to Jeff, Carlos, Tracy and Delores for working on this race since January and jumping through all the loopholes on course selection, course design, course presentation and course protection through the permitting process. Also huge thanks to ABQ Open Space, MRGCD, Quiet Waters Paddling, City of Los Ranchos, REI, TRUFIT, Elliot's Restaurant and the small army of volunteers and shuttle drivers who helped out on Saturday morning. Thanks to Steve, Anna, Keith and Kim for letting me tag along with their team on Saturday. I had a great time and the swag and post-race food was delish. It was great to see past friends and meet new ones. Congrats to David and Pete for 1st place!

    May 20, 2013

  • Nina P.

    Best race of the year so far!

    May 19, 2013

  • Pete A.

    Excellent course design. I really liked the format and the innovative way to collect check points. Thanks to Jeff and all the volunteers for putting on such a great race.

    May 19, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Amazing race. We were able to introduce our kids to adventure racing, and this race was perfect for it. Everyone enjoyed the challenge.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Steve

    Excellent job by Jeff and all who helped. Course was fun and challenging

    May 18, 2013

  • Jeff H

    I'm back baby! Ready to rock'm and sock'm

    May 17, 2013

  • Jeff E

    If you're not quite up for racing this time out but care to help out we are looking for volunteers on race day. Volunteers will get a race t-shirt. Contact me directly if you are interested.

    May 9, 2013

  • E.J. A.

    I don't have a team mate, but would really like to do this race... anybody interested in teaming up with me?

    May 9, 2013

  • Sarah S.

    still have Kiernan life jacket at my front door waiting to be returned to owner.

    April 30, 2013

  • Mark S B.

    Sorry I can't join you! Sounds like a heat race but we'll be in Durango then.

    April 30, 2013

  • Antonio B.

    Hey Kim, you have me listed as a part of team eat our dirt, but I'm a team member of Let's do this! Can you fix that please

    March 26, 2013

    • Jeff H

      Hi Antonio, That was my fault. I corrected that for you! Looking forward to see you and the Kiernan's this year! Thanks Jeff

      March 27, 2013

  • kim k.

    Team Elevate(Lawrence Herrera, Jay English, Jude Moulton, and Kim Kavasch)

    March 16, 2013

  • Perky

    I'm available for volunteer duties. I'll change my RSVP to no after I make contact :)

    January 14, 2013

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  • Jeff E
    Team Skandia, NMARC Board Member, Race Director
    Event Host
  • Jeff H
    NMARC Vice Pres, Race Director, Team Loco Lobos, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • New Mexico Adventure Racing C.
    Event Host
  • Carlos P.
    Team Pupule, NMARC Board Member, Race Director
    Event Host
  • kim k. +3
    NMARC President, Race Director, Team No Boundaries Fitness, Assistant Organizer
  • Antonio B.
    Team Let's Do This!
  • Roberto G. +1
    Team Eat Our Dirt
  • Keith J
    Team Red Or Green
  • Sarah S. +2
    Team Are We There Yet?
  • Brandon A. +1
    Team Eat Our Dirt
  • Barbara +1
    Team Let's Do This
  • Nina P.
    Treasurer, Team Gear'd 4 Beer
  • Pete A. +1
    Team Citizen Racer
  • Mark T.
    Team Kiva
  • Steve +1
    Team Red Or Green, Race Director, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +2 guests

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