are you ready for adventure?
race description, disciplines & distances
A six hour, women's only adventure race including paddling, mountain biking, trekking, navigation and special challenges.
Remember...Buff is a state of mind and our unique race format enables any reasonably fit and determined competitor to meet the challenge, finish the race, and most of all - have fun!
The Buff Betty adventure race is suitable for ALL athletic women, regardless of experience - skills clinic the day before will give you the confidence to blaze through the course to glory (or to at least not embarrass yourself too bad...) It is competitive, but in a very different way from races that are mostly guys. We think you'll like it no matter how well you do.
Teams may be composed of females only and can be from 2-4 women. Solos are welcome as well. Masters teams have an average age of 40 or greater. (For example, a 30 year old and a 51 yr old are a masters team, as are a 39 year old and a 41 yr old.) Mother/daughter teams are composed of at least one mother and up to three of her daughters. Two mother/daughter pairs may form a four woman team.
There is no minimum age for the race, but the Buff Betty will probably be a bit much for children under 16. All children under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian, and all girls under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (racing) woman.
If you would like to race as a team, but are having a hard time finding other women to race with, please contact the Race Director - we can usually do a pretty good job of matching you up with someone with a similar goals, fitness and experience level.
Several experienced female racers have volunteered to captain teams of newcomers, so if you want to race but are concerned about your lack of experience, we will be glad to find a spot for you on one of these teams, or assign a captain to an inexperienced team you have already formed.
prizes & awards
Of course there will be awards and prizes for the top finishers, but we also spread the love around with raffles and random prize-giving, so even if you don't finish as well as you had hoped, you can still have a chance to go home with a little something for your trouble
Although we strive to keep the list of required gear to a minimum, that doesn't mean that those items are all you should bring. You should carry whatever you need to feel safe and comfortable given the race description and potential weather conditions. This may include:
All types of non-motorized boats are allowed - either canoes or kayaks. We have plenty of boats for rent. Each comes supplied with paddles and PFD. For safety's sake - maximum of 3 racers/boat. There are a limited number of single kayaks for solos. Boat rental cost is $20/boat and you will be prompted for boat rental when you regsiter online.
No skills certifications are required for this race.
If this is your first race, or you would simply feel more confident with a little bit more training, be sure and attend the free skills clinics on Saturday before the race.
Maps will be of a variety of types and scales suitable for the adventure race. They are premarked with checkpoint locations and it will not be necessary to plot CP locations from UTMs.
The race will include 'real' navigation, and while not particularly 'tricky', you will need to be able to read a map and use a compass. If you are unsure of your navigation skills, be sure and join us for the navigation clinic the day before the race. It is, by far, our most popular clinic offering and you'll have lots of company.
Entries are discounted based on team size, so get some friends to join you - the more the merrier!
There is no race day registration. To properly prepare for your adventure, all participants must pre-register on or before October 19.
If you register** before September 23, you will receive a high-quality wicking event T-shirt. (otherwise $15)
downloads a .pdf form that you will need to print and send by mail.
Please read the refunds policy before registering.
Be sure and check the website about a week before the race for the latest detailed information
This race is for you if...
Our unique format makes this race suitable for all regardless of fitness or experience level.
You'll never know what you can do until you try.
This page last updated 08/02/2006 - copyright©2006 Ambush Adventure Sports Ltd - webmaster