I really want us to participate in an Adventure Race. The fun part is that it is a team event — we could get your brothers, their girlfriends (shorthand, Anna). I even bet your parents would love it. Lets look into this more. The website is http://www.usara.com
I added the site to the blogroll on the left.
From the website: The sport of Adventure Racing is sweeping the nation at a phenomenal rate. The new challenges presented to adventure racers have caused the sport to grow by leaps and bounds daily in popularity. Adventure Racing is one of the few sports where just completing a race is often considered a victory. Another driving factor in Adventure racing is the emphasis that is placed on teamwork, rather than individual achievement.
Adventure Racing offers an easy crossover for cyclist, runners and water sport enthusiasts just to mention a few. Adventure races can vary anywhere from 2-5 person teams, with some events now offering solo categories. The disciplines can also vary from race to race. Adventure racing can include shredding through tight single track on a mountain bike or orienteering and hiking through a dense forest. Adventure racers may find themselves ripping down rapids in a canoe and then rappelling off a 100 foot rock face. The races can last a few hours or several days and can cover 10 – 100 miles or more!
The USARA membership entitles you to all of this and a whole lot more! Joining the USARA gives you a one year license that allows you to race in any USARA Sanctioned event in the nation. USARA members will also receive Trail Runner Magazine. Trail Runner Magazine is jam packed with exciting race news and training tips. So climb on board, get your USARA racing license, and dive into the exciting new challenges of Adventure Racing.
I was also impressed with the code of ethics:
SARA Adventure Racer Code of Ethics
- I will practice minimum impact traveling.
- I will respect the land and inhabitants in which I travel.
- I will not litter.
- I will practice good sportsmanship.
- I will lend aid to those in need during competition.
Anyway, we could start with a small one … and lead up to a multi-day out west. I love this stuff!!!!
Obviously, tri training comes first. So maybe we’ll look into something small this year, and save any real races for next year.