Adventure racing can be an intimidating undertaking for a first
time competitor. There are many things to learn and prepare for.
Not only do you have to acquire the right skills for the race you
have chosen and get in the right physical condition for it, you
must also plan what gear to carry, what to eat, what to wear, and
of course, who to race with. Just deciding what footwear to use
can be a source of countless hours of discussion. Wait till you
see the rest of the gear list.
Many racers have learned about adventure racing the hard way - show
up at their first race horribly under-prepared and overwhelmed by
it and then pick up lessons by dissecting their mistakes after the
event. After competing in enough races to make all the necessary
mistakes, they have learned all of the important lessons and become
successful adventure racers.
With the growth in popularity of the sport there has also been an
increase in ways to learn about adventure racing through OTHER people's
mistakes rather than your own. Taking advantage of any one of the
following sources of information about the sport can speed your
development as a racer and increase your chances of finishing a
1) Do Your Own Research - The growth in popularity of adventure
racing has brought about a growth in the amount of information available
to the first-timer on how to get started. There are information
Web sites, chat groups and even books about adventure racing and
how to succeed. For the more studious, reading up on what it takes
is a good start to learning about the sport. Although it can never
replace the benefits of getting out there and seeing a race or talking
with experienced competitors, it is a good beginning.
Check out www.sleepmonsters.ca
and www.CheckPointZero.com for more information about getting started, including the availability
of books on the subject.
2) Join an Adventure Racing Club - There are many new adventure
racing clubs being created across North America. Some are strictly
Internet based information sources while others get out and do regular
training and learning together. With a little research you can find
out of there is an adventure racing club in your area. Getting out
to meet and train with active competitors in adventure racing, or
even just read information posting from experienced racers is an
excellent way to get perspective on the sport. It is also a great
way to meet potential teammates.
3) Volunteer at an Adventure Race - Witnessing a race first-hand,
seeing how it unfolds and watching why teams fail or succeed is
an excellent way to gain perspective on what you need to do to get
ready for your first race. In some ways, a volunteer can learn more
than a competitor in the race as volunteers can see the successes
and pitfalls of all the teams in the race. A first time competitor
languishing near the back of the pack will only learn through rumours
what the lead teams did differently to be so far ahead. Also, for
those that do not know many people interested in adventure racing,
becoming a volunteer can throw you into an entire community of active
and would-be adventure racers making the search for teammates that
Click here for information on volunteering
for any of our events.