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.
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
PLEASE NOTE- THERE ARE MANY GOATHEAD THORNS IN THIS AREA - YOU MUST HAVE A THORN PROOF TIRE/TUBE COMBINATION OTHERWISE YOU WILL WALK ALL OF THE MOUNTAIN BIKE PORTION OF THE RACE. GO TO REI AND HAVE THEM THORNPROOF YOUR BIKE TIRES.
Meet other local Adventure Racing Enthusiasts. Adventure Racing is a diverse sport with well-known races, such as Primal Quest, Untamed New England, Cowboy Tough AR, Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon and the XStream/Gravity Play AR race series up in Colorado. We are not obstacle racing.
Anyone who loves mountain biking, trail running, navigation, kayaking, canoeing, rock ascending, rappelling and getting outdoors and seeing new places and meeting new friends can do adventure racing. The ability to push through the night in a 24 hour race and feel the sun bathe your face as it rises in the morning is one of the many pleasures that puts life into perspective.
Your friends in the New Mexico Adventure Racing Club