Sport races are usually 3 hours in length though we do have select 4 & 5hr events. Great for the beginner, sport races also offer a challenging sprint for better athlete's & experienced navigators.
Join us shortly before the pre-race meeting for an “AR 101” class that covers basic navigation, using map and compass, and team strategy.
Teams use provided maps to recognize terrain features while navigating local trails & waterways.Teams of 2-4 people and solo racers can participate in the Sport division. Solo's do not qualify for awards though will be officially ranked on leader board.
Format: Teams draw marbles at check in to determine their starting discipline (Foot, Boat, or Bike). For Most Sport races, teams will return to the main transition area in between each discipline to exchange punchcards and prepare gear for the next portion.
Scoring: Teams will receive a punchcard before each disicpline. When they get to a Control Point (CP), they punch the proper place on the card to prove they were there. The team with the most CPs punched in the shortest amount of time is the winner. There is no penalty for missing a CP, you simply just don't rceive credit for it.
Distances vary as do local conditions at each venue. Usual targets are for teams to spend similar times in each discipline. Below outlines general 3hr Sport distances.
Paddle: 3k - 6k
Foot: 3k - 6k
Bike: 6k - 12k
Time penalties: with 1 point penalty per infraction.
-.01 second after time limit = 1 point
-10.01 minutes after time limit = 2 points
-20.01 minutes after time limit = 3 points
-30.01 minutes after time limit = OT (Over Time)
Additional Gear to consider:
-Waterproof dry bag for cell phone
-Food & nutrition to last event
-Bike tube, pump
-Duct tape can always be helpful. (Wrap 3 meters around small stick and throw in backpack)
-Back up compass
-Additional lights, batteries for nocturnal events