While multi-sport races had been in existence for over 30 years, it was only in the early 80’s that multi-day, multi-discipline competitions evolved. It is no surprise that adventure racing, an infant sport, matured in New Zealand, a country well known for its adventure activities and mountainous, rugged terrain.
You’ve seen it on tv – popularised by the dramatic Eco Challenge shows. You’ve been reading the adventure racing calendar comment and listings in Runner’s World. Procrastinate no longer. Welcome to the realm of adventure racing, a dynamic multi-discipline off-road sport.
Cooking for adventure racers is easy. If it grows or moves, they’ll probably eat it. If you haven’t yet gotten the hang of sculpting a tomato into a rose, this is the place for you. For single day events everything you need can be pre-made at home, those over one or two days require slightly less logistics.
Supporting starts long before the race day and finishes long after the race ends. You have to be everything to everyone in your team, at the same time. Your budget is guaranteed to be limited, so plan in advance so that you have enough time to source equipment from friends and relations.
Team Gijima is presenting a 45km adventure race in February in the Cullinan area. The event invites teams of two and three to take on their course, which includes running, biking, a short swim (100m), an abseil and a surprise discipline. The entry fee is R150.00pp and entries can be done online.
Popularised by television coverage of Mark Burnett’s Eco Challenge events, adventure racing is no longer an obscure extreme sport. In a classical sense, adventure racing is a multi-discipline multi-day endurance sport where competitiors compete in teams of four, navigating from checkpoint to checkpoint to cover vast areas in a number of disciplines. Sprint and short course categories now exist, luring those hesitant adventurers out for a morning or day of gloriously dirty, off-road fun.
The race was meant to start 6 December. It has been postponed to 16 December (Wednesday). South African Peter van Kets will be rowing across the Atlantic solo.Visit Peter’s website at www.own-your-life.co.za to follow the event.