Exciting 3 hr after-dark sprint adventure challenge including singletrack mountain biking, paddling and orienteering.
We have received special permission to use the 'Phase I' mountain bike trails which have been lovingly maintained by COMBO and will provide just the right level of challenge for both experts and novices.
The Central Ohio Orienteers have provided 'true' orienteering maps for the navigation element and although the course would be easy during the daylight hours, the darkness will make it just that much more exciting.
The whole affair is followed up with a late night picnic under the stars. Just the thing for a warm midsummer's eve.
Alum Creek State Park is only minutes from your location.
Solos are allowed, but we encourage you to find a teammate or two (or three) and team up to maximize your fun. Besides that...there are discounts for team entries - what more could you ask for!!!
Teams may be all one gender, coed, open (any age) or masters (avergae age 40 or greater). Children under 18 may particiapte with a parent's permisssion (although children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry, this race is really not suitable for children under about 14.)
prizes & awards
Since everyone finishes at the same time, we have the opportunity for a great picnic and awards presentation after the race. That's the best part for many folks and a good opportunity to meet other athletes to train or race with in the coming season. We will party into the wee hours of even as late as 1:00!!! am.!!!
The top three teams in each category will receive discounted race entries to other Ambush adventure races later this year. Trophies generally go three deep based on the following categories: open (overall winners), coed, all female, male masters, female master, coed masters. In addition, there may be special awards to recognize outstanding achievement (such as fastest splits, best foot-O score, etc.).
Mountain bike & helmet with white front and red rear lights
Canoe or kayak, PFD, paddle with white light visible for 360°
Reflective safety vest available at your local 'ChinaMart'
headlamp (We recommend our one of our sponsors, Princeton Tec)
Although we strive to keep the list of adventure racing gear to a minimum, that doesn't mean that a bike & helmet is all you should bring. You should carry whatever you need to feel safe and comfortable given the race description and potentially unstable weather conditions. This may include:
Hydration pack (ie. Camelbak) & plenty of water (or water purification kit)
bike repair kit, pump and spare tubes
compass & map case
Extra clothing, windbreaker, fleece
First aid kit, small knife, emergency space blanket, whistle
Energy bars, gel or snacks
There are NO skills certifications required for this race.
Some of the navigation may be 'advanced', but because of the race format, you will have the option of skipping anything you feel is beyond your ability level. Likewise with the riding - some of the trails are fairly technical, and in the past have been quite muddy and unrideable, but you always have the option of riding the gravel roads or visiting any of the checkpoints on foot if the conditions are beyond your skill level.
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. You will be issued your maps 60 minutes before the start (at 09:00) so you can plan your route.
Please register on or before June 8 to receive a high-quality wicking event T-shirt.
2 person team
3 person team
4 person team
To receive the discounted price for team entry you will need to have one person register ALL team members at the same time. Please have names, addresses and emails of all team members at hand before registering.