2021 Fall Challenge 2-4-6 Adventure Race
October 2, 2021
Race Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Race Director: Mark W.
Location: Holly, MI (Holly Recreation Area, requires recreation passport, Prices Here)
Length: Three Races: 2-hour, 4-hour, and 6-hour Adventure Races
Disciplines: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Canoeing & Orienteering. New in 2021, 2-hour race will also include canoeing!
Three Divisions, each race: 4-Person Coed, 2-Person Open, Solo (18+ yrs old). 2-hour race only: Family Division (Parent/Child 8-14 year old)
Note: Ages 8+ can participate in any team division/length as long as at least one teammate is 15+ yrs old.
Who: Beginner to Advanced – See descriptions below to see which race is right for you
Three Races in One Day!!!
The three races will all have the same Start/Finish point, in Holly Recreation Area, and will be “nested”. The 6-hour race will start first and finish last. The 2-hour race will start last and finish first. With races starting, finishing, and transitioning during the day, there will be activity at the Start/Finish area throughout the morning and afternoon.
So you have never done an adventure race before, and neither has your friend (or spouse, sibling, neighbor, boyfriend/girlfriend…)? This race is for you! At only 2 hours, it is ultra-short and the navigating is not too difficult. New in 2021, there will be a paddle section! This race will be a great introduction to adventure racing for the newcomer! Experienced racers are discouraged from signing up for this race. The family division is available only for the 2-hour race.
Racer Check-In: 8:30am to 10:00am
Race Briefing: 10:00am
Race Start: 11:00am
Race Cutoff: 1:00pm
Post Race Food: 1:00pm
Announcement of Winners, Prizes & Giveaways: 1:30pm
Regular Registration: 5/1/21 to 8/28/21 = $40.00 per person
Late Registration: 8/29/21 to 9/18/21 = $50.00 per person
Please note; Registration Fees are non-refundable
This race is primarily for teams with little or no adventure racing experience, but we will not strictly enforce this. It will be a step up from the 2-hour race and includes all disciplines. If you couldn’t do “Get Your Bearings” in the Spring, this may be the right race for you!
Racer Check-In: 7:30am to 9:00am
Race Briefing: 9:00am
Race Start: 10:00am
Race Cutoff: 2:00pm
Post Race Food: 2:00pm
Announcement of Winners, Prizes & Giveaways: 2:30pm
Regular Registration: 5/1/21 to 8/28/21 = $60.00 per person
Late Registration: 8/29/21 to 9/18/21 = $75.00 per person
Please note; Registration Fees are non-refundable. Registrations for the 4hr event will be limited to 50 people.
This race is for experienced racers. It will have some of the same elements as the shorter races, with more control points, more challenging navigation, longer biking distances, longer trekking distances, and, of course, a paddle section (flat water). While a 6-hour race is still considered to be a “sprint” adventure race, this race will have elements that will challenge even the experienced adventure racer.
Racer Check-In: 7:00am to 8:00am
Race Briefing: 8:00am
Race Start: 9:00am
Race Cutoff: 3:00pm
Post Race Food: 3:00pm
Announcement of Winners, Prizes & Giveaways: 3:30pm
Regular Registration: 5/1/21 to 8/28/21 = $80.00 per person
Late Registration: 8/29/21 to 9/18/21 = $95.00 per person
Registration will close on September 18th (or when each race is sold out).
Please note; Registration Fees are non-refundable
Entry fee includes canoe rental, a race shirt (not guaranteed unless registered by Sept 11), and post-race food. Entry is limited to the team limits noted above. Registration Fees are non-refundable.
Racer Check In Information & Directions:
Racer check in location will be announced closer to race date.
Trekking / Trail Running / Orienteering:
Teams will use provided maps, and their compasses, to find checkpoints (CP’s) scattered throughout the area. Maps will be pre-marked with checkpoints. Various styles of maps will be used during the race: The total trekking will be approximately 2-4 miles (2-hour), 4-6 miles (4-hour), and 6-8 miles (6-hour) – depending on a your selected route and number of CP’s achieved. Not all checkpoints will be required to finish as an officially ranked team; however, the more checkpoints a team obtains, the higher they will rank in the overall standings. Teams can choose to trek on trails or bushwhack through the wilderness. You will encounter terrain that will vary from open land to open forests, dense brush, hills and swampy lowlands.
Teams will be paddling approximately 1 mile (2-hour race), 2 miles (4-hour race), or 3 miles (6-hour race) on flat water. Canoes, Paddles and PFDs will be provided. Racers will need to sign a canoe rental waiver which will be provided prior to registration. It is recommended that your team has canoeing experience.
The mountain biking will total 7-9 miles (2-hour), 10-15 miles (4-hour), and 20-25 miles (6-hour) as teams collect required checkpoints. The course will include a mix of dirt/paved roads, rail trails, single track, and off-road (real mountain bike) trails.
About the Venue
Holly Recreation Area has more than 8,000 acres of rolling woodlands and open fields. It has three lakes, two campgrounds, and mountain bike trails for all levels of mountain bikers. It is a great location for an adventure race!
About the Race
The 2-hour and 4-hour races are designed to be a fun introduction to Adventure Racing for people new, or relatively new, to the sport. The 6-hour race will be fun, fast, and just challenging enough for experienced adventure racers.
In an Adventure Race, all teammates work together to try and find the checkpoints and make it to the finish before the cut-off time. Teammates must stay within 50′ or eyesight of each other (whichever is closer). Teams must finish the course in the allotted time (or within a 5-minute “buffer”) to earn an official ranked finish. Teams that finish 1-5 minutes after the cutoff will be penalized 1-5 control points. Teams that finish after the 5-minute buffer, without a teammate, or without obtaining the required checkpoints, will not be ranked finishers.
There will be a pre-race briefing 1 hour before each race. At this briefing teams will learn details about the course. Race instructions and maps will be handed out. Teams will then have until the start for any last minute preparations or strategizing.
When the race starts, teams will be required to navigate each stage of the race using the provided pre-marked maps. Navigation difficulty will vary by checkpoint, but will be on the easy side for most points, but are more challenging for the longer races. Make sure at least 1 person on your team understands how to read a map and a compass (GPSs are not allowed!). The Southern Michigan Orienteering Club offers great events in the Spring and Fall to learn, practice, or race (smoc-runs.com).
Each team will be issued a ‘passport’ that will be punched at each checkpoint along the way. Make sure someone responsible on your team takes care of the passport! It must be turned in at the finish to prove that you found the checkpoints. If you don’t have it, you won’t earn an official finish!
Teams are required to carry certain gear for each section of the race. Race officials often do gear checks and assess time penalties as necessary during the race.
This is the fifth year for the Fall Challenge Adventure Race. After each race has started, we will be glad to give your supporters suggestions regarding where to go and cheer you on!
Past Race Results