No Frills Just Chills
4 Hr Adventure Race
Race Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Location: Bishop Lake Unit, Brighton Rec Area. (7050 Bishop Lake Rd, Brighton, MI 48116, requires Recreation Passport, Prices HERE)
Length: 4 hour
Maps: Lidar based O-maps (per person)
Disciplines: Trail Running, Mountain Biking & Orienteering.
Divisions: Solo Male, Solo Female, 2-Person Coed, 2-Person Male, 2-Person Female, 3/4-Person Coed, 3/4-Person Male, 3/4-Person Female
Who: Beginner to Experienced Adventurers!
Race Start: 11:00-11:30am
Race Cutoff: 3:30pm
Regular Registration: 10/23/2023 to 11/26/2023 = $30 per person (+ small online registration fee)
Late Registration: 11/27/2023 to 12/1/2023 @ 8pm = $40 per person (+ small online registration fee)
Registration will open on 10/23/2023 and remain open until 12/1/2023, or until we reach capacity.
Entry Fees are non-refundable.
Make a weekend of it!! Join us in Southeast Michigan for the weekend and participate in the SMOC Meet at Waterloo Recreation Area on Sunday, Dec 3rd!
Additional Race Details
About the Race
We are bringing you a great course design without the fluff! No SWAG, no food, no prizes, and no awards, but will share the results! This is an opportunity to get outside and compete against your fellow racers for bragging rights in the month of December. Use it as a training opportunity to practice cold weather gear, prep for a longer event, or just for the fun of it. All the traditional rules will apply, all teammates work together to try and find the checkpoints and make it to the finish before the cut-off time.
The race will not be a mass start, racers will be able to check in, plan and then start at the time of their choosing, but you are limited to 4 hours and/or the race cutoff time. The race will feature 2 bike and 3 trek sections, where teams will need to alternate sections in any combination, returning to the central TA each time to start the next section.
When racers start, you will be required to navigate each stage of the race using the provided maps. Navigation difficulty will vary by checkpoint. Make sure at least 1 person on your team understands how to read a map and a compass (GPSs are not allowed to be used during the event, they can only be used for route analysis after the race.).
Each team will be issued at least one ‘passport’ that will be punched (code recorded) 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. Teams are required to carry certain gear for each section of the race, please take note of the required gear list above. Race staff may do gear checks and assess penalties as necessary during the race.
Trekking / Trail Running / Orienteering:
Teams will use provided maps, and your own compasses, to find checkpoints (CP’s) scattered throughout the area. The total trekking will be approximately 6-8 miles – 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 must only be aware of and avoid out of bounds/private property as noted on the maps.
This race will feature 3 trek sections; a point to point section, where you must follow the CPs in order, a score O section, where you may gain CPs in any order, and finally a clue only section, where you find locate CPs without circles on the map using some ingenuity!
The mountain biking will total up to 12 miles, between 2 sections, as teams collect required checkpoints. The course will include a mix of dirt/paved roads, multi-use trails, and single-track mountain biking trails. The single-track sections will include a shorter, easy section and a longer, intermediate section. At least one section of biking is required to be a ranked team.
Past Race Results