Last year, we joined forces with Brent Molsberry, Founder/Race Director/Cool Guy, to host the San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race. The response from the teams and synergy of the group is leading us to expand the fun “ashore”.
In 2014, we’ll be launching a new event, Kulshan Quest, out of Fairhaven, WA (aka Bellingham) as a means to bring the challenge to “the mainland”. In the first year, the course will be based out of the Historic Fairhaven area of South Bellingham with the Race HQ at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.
The easily accessible network of trails for running, mountain biking and the open water of Bellingham Bay make for a logical location to launch the first venue for Kulshan Quest. There will be both a 6-hour race and a 12-hour race.
Quest Adventure Races
Saturday, June 21st – Kulshan Quest ~ Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Bellingham, WA
Saturday, September 27th – San Juan Island Quest ~ Moran State Park, Orcas Island, WA
Want to see how much fun was had last year? Check us out on Facebook.com/SanJuanIslandQuest.
New to the sport? Read what Texas Adventure Racing has to say:
What is Adventure Racing?
1 a : an undertaking usually involving unknown risks
b : the encountering of risks
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience
Inflected Form(s): raced; rac·ing
1 : to compete in a race
2 : to go or move at top speed or out of control
The above definitions give a sense of what adventure racing is all about. Sound interesting? Read on…
Adventure Racing (often referred to as “AR”) is a multi-sport team activity usually involving trail running, mountain biking, paddling and orienteering. Races often include other “Mystery Events” that are unveiled mid-race. The sport is meant to test participants both physically and mentally in multiple activities over varied lengths of time – from a few hours to many days. Teams usually consist of two, three or four members whether male, female or coed. Unlike other endurance sports, teamwork plays an important role as team members must travel together at all times throughout the race. Team dynamics often affect the performance of each team.
Adventure Racing is many things to many people. Ask five adventure racers what Adventure Racing is to them, and you’ll get five different answers. Here’s an example of what you might hear:
Adventure Racing is Escape. Leaving the humming of computers, the ghost-pale glow of fluorescent lights and the constant buzzing of cell phones and instead feeling my heart pound in my chest while planning the strategy of our next event makes me feel on the edge, if only for a day.
Adventure Racing is Competition in Perspective. I compete, I race hard and I even snarl once in a while, but I will stop and help an injured or disabled team, even if it means the difference between winning and losing. Have you ever seen that in a triathlon? How about track and field? No? Well, you’ll see it in any given adventure race from any given team, regardless of position.
Adventure Racing is Finding My Limit, and Leaving it Behind. In almost every race I’ve completed, I have thought to myself “I can’t go any further or any faster” only to realize that there are two more events left or another hour of racing ahead of us. Teammates make each other stronger. Whether by words of encouragement or fear of disappointing them, they help us hurdle our mental, physical and emotional obstacles.
Adventure Racing is Adventure. Every race is different, every time you race it.
Adventure Racing is Fun. I’ve participated in several different multi-sport events – triathlons, duathlons and such, and none of those have the feeling of adventure races. Everyone talks to each other pre-race like they are out camping or something. During the race, people exchange smiles, “How you doin’s?” and “Keep it ups!” I didn’t realize that competition could be so much fun.
Adventure Racing is many things to many people, and after your first you will no doubt have a definition of your own.
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.