FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race a Springboard to National Championships
Registration now open for September 27 six- and 12-hour adventure races
on Orcas Island, WA.
BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 3, 2014—Recreation Northwest invites outdoors enthusiasts and adventure racers to compete in the San Juan Island Quest Adventure Race, taking place Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Moran State Park on Orcas Island, WA.
The San Juan Island Quest race director is Brent Molsberry, a member of the Quest Adventure Race Team. Molsberry and his teammates, Emily Morehouse and Dusty Caseria, will compete in the U.S. Adventure Racing Association’s National Championships, to be held in Maryland in October. The three Bellingham residents recently celebrated a first-place finish in the 2014 Cle Elum 24-Hour Adventure Race, where they were the only team to complete the entire course.
“Last year, we qualified for the National Championships at the San Juan Island Quest, so it’s special to us,” said Morehouse. “We had a blast and encourage everyone to come to Orcas Island and race, whether it’s your first adventure race or you’re a seasoned veteran!”
“The San Juan Island Quest will challenge you physically and mentally,” said Caseria. “You rely on your own power, a map, and your teammates to get from start to finish, through the woods and the water. The scenery is beautiful and the experience is unforgettable.”
The San Juan Island Quest is organized into two divisions: the four- to six-hour Recreation course and the eight- to 12-hour Expert course. Participants can choose to compete as soloists, or in teams of two, three or four.
The race will test participants’ skills in map reading, mountain biking, trekking and kayaking in Orcas Island’s woods and surrounding waters. Teams and individual racers use their maps and navigational skills to make their way from one checkpoint to the next. Racers do not receive the course until a half hour before the race starts, and GPS devices are not allowed. Participants may complete the series of checkpoints however they wish, but they must complete the race as a unit.
San Juan Island Quest registration is open. To learn more, visit http://www.SanJuanIslandQuest.com. To learn more about the USARA Adventure Race National Championship, visithttp://www.usaranationals.com/. To learn more about Recreation Northwest, visithttp://www.recreationnorthwest.org or call 360-739-8458.
Dusty Caseria (360-483-9357) and Emily Morehouse (541-660-9962) are available for media interviews.
About Recreation Northwest
Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more atrecreationnorthwest.org.
As Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth promotes outdoor recreation and brings community together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. His decades of extensive event production, marketing and writing experience propel this passion. You might bump into him and his daughter Violet while they’re biking, hiking, paddling or skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.