10th Annual Get Your Bearings Adventure Race
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Race Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Location: Kensington Metropark, Brighton, Michigan (Requires $10 vehicle day pass for park entry, or Annual Pass)
Length: 4 hour
Disciplines: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Paddling & Orienteering
5 Divisions:  4-person Coed, 2-person Open, 2-person First-Timer (at least 1 teammate new to AR), Solo and Family (No paddling in this division.  Parent/Child 8-14 year old..no charge for the kid!)
Who: Beginner to Experienced Adventurers!
Racer Check-In: 8:30am to 9:00am
Race Briefing: 9:15am
Race Start: 10:00am
Race Cutoff: 2:00pm
Post Race Food: 1:30-2:45 for grab-n-go only
Swag: T-Shirts (not guaranteed after 4/24/21)

Required Gear List (last updated 5/7/2021)
Registered Teams List
Final Team List (last updated 5/11/2021)
Racer Update #1 (sent 5/11/2021)
Racer Recap (sent 5/17/2021)
Facebook Photo Album

Event Cost: 

Reg. Registration
3/15/21 to 4/16/21
4-Person, 2-Person & Solo Divisions:
– $85.00 per person (+ small online registration fee)
Family Divisions:
– Team of 2, 1 adult and 1 child (8-14yr), $85 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 3, 1 adult and 2 children (8-14yr), $120 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 3, 2 adults and 1 child (8-14yr), $135 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (8-14yr), $170 per team (+small online registration fee).
Late Registration
4/17/21 to 5/1/21
4-Person, 2-Person & Solo Divisions:
– $95.00 per person (+ small online registration fee)
Family Divisions:
– Team of 2, 1 adult and 1 child (8-14yr), $95 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 3, 1 adult and 2 children (8-14yr), $130 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 3, 2 adults and 1 child (8-14yr), $155 per team (+small online registration fee).
– Team of 4, 2 adults and 2 children (8-14yr), $190 per team (+small online registration fee).

Entry Fees are non-refundable.
Entry fee includes canoe/kayak rental, swag, and post race food. Entry is limited to the team limits noted above.
*Shirts not guaranteed after 4/24/2021*

Supporting Sponsors:



COVID Response Plan

We will have the following restrictions / social distancing practices in place:

      • Race will be limited to the number of participants per the current MDHHS Epidemic Order.
      • Masks are required to be worn at the start/finish area, transition areas (TA) and anytime you are unable to maintain social distancing on the course.
      • Contactless check-in / check-out (bags with race swag/materials per team, drop box for passports)
      • Race Meeting Information provided in a racer update, short race briefing prior to the race.
      • Teams will be 6ft apart at the start of the race.
      • Grab-n-Go lunches immediately following the event.

Cancellation Plans (if needed):

      • In the event we have to cancel on or before Apr 16th, we will offer a full refund (minus credit card processing fees) or provide race credits for a future event (this will be the default refund option).
      • In the event we have to cancel after Apr 16th, we will offer a partial refund based on expenses at the time of cancellation. We understand this is not the ideal situation, but we also hope you understand the reasoning behind these decisions.
      • If we do have to cancel, for any reason or at any time, we plan to offer a virtual race option. More details to come on that if/when we have to go down that path.

Event Description:

 Trekking / Trail Running / Orienteering:
Teams will use provided maps, and their compasses, to find checkpoints (CP’s) scattered throughout the area.  Detailed Orienteering topographical maps will be provided pre-marked with checkpoints, as well as a DNR Recreation Area map.  The total trekking will be in the 6-8 mile range – 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!

Teams will be paddling approximately 2-4 miles.  Canoes/Kayaks are provided (Kayaks for Solo Racers only), personal boats are not permitted.  Paddles and PFDs will be provided also; however, you can use your own paddles and PFDs instead if you prefer.  Racers will need to sign a canoe/kayak rental waiver, which is done during the online registration process.  It is recommended that your team has canoeing/kayaking experience.  Practice with Heavner Canoe Rental,  offering a 10% discount on rentals to anyone planning on doing the race.  There is not a paddling section for Family teams.

Mountain Bike:
The mountain bike stage will total 10-15 miles in length as teams collect required checkpoints.  The course will include a mix of paved road, single track and off-road trails.


Get Your Bearings is designed to provide a challenging race for experienced adventure athletes, as well as a fun adventure for families or people new to the sport.  The 4-person Coed team is the highlighted division and the perfect way for a traditional team to prepare for longer races. The 2-person team divisions can be made up of any combination of women/men.  Family teams will race a shorter course more suitable to young kids and will not include paddling.

In an Adventure Race, all teammates work together to try and find the checkpoints (like a scavenger hunt!) and make it to the finish before the cut-off time. Teammates must stay within 50′ or eyesight of each other (whichever is closer). The complete team must finish the course in the allotted time to earn an official ranked finish. Teams that work their way to the finish line after the time limit, without a teammate, or without obtaining the required checkpoints will not be a ranked finisher. There will be a pre-race briefing before the 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. Often, teams can choose their own route to each checkpoint. Make sure at least 1 person on your team understands how to read a map and a compass (GPSs are not allowed!). Watch the “Get Your Bearings Adventure Race” facebook page for opportunities to learn or practice your navigation/orienteering skills prior to the race. The Southern Michigan Orienteering Club offers great events in the Spring and Fall to learn, practice, or race.

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.  The mandatory gear list will be provided in advance.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities Page or reach out to us by filling out the contact form on our Contact page.

Past Race Results

2020 Get Your Bearings
2019 Get Your Bearings
2018 Get Your Bearings
2017 Get Your Bearings
2016 Get Your Bearings
2015 Get Your Bearings
2014 Get Your Bearings