Q. I'm not an Adventure Racer, but I've got a team that would like to race.. can we race?
A. YES! The goal of this event is to encourage first time racers to participate and experience the world of multi-sport. We welcome all racers.
Q. I don't get out much, and am not a super athlete is this too hard for me?
A. NO! Well probably not. The idea of adventure racing is to work together as a team - everyone works together as a team to accomplish the most difficult tasks. The race can be completed without ever running a step. This adventure race is more about perseverance though the various disciplines than it is about fitness.
Q. Do we need to carry our lifejackets for the entire race?
A. No. Your life jackets will only be carried for water sections of the course or where there is a safety concern regarding water.
Q. I've no experience with a map and compass for navigation. Can I participate in the Swamp Donkey Adventure Race?
A. You can sign up for navigation training online at Wilderness Supply. Courses are offered at various dates ahead of time and information regarding these courses can also be found at the website.
Q. I am borrowing my friend's mountain bike do I have to worry about it in transition areas?
A. The bike will be under supervision in the transition areas and for mountain bike events or triathlons this is a common procedure. There will be no shopping for bikes in the transition area!
Q. What is the Military and 911 category?
A. The Swamp Donkey Adventure Race encourages participation from all racers but if you are a member of the Canadian Forces or Emergency Services and would like to enter a team and compete against teams with similar backgrounds. Two of the three members must be in either the Emergency Services or Canadian Forces to enter into the 911 or Military catagories.
Q. What is an FRS radio?
A. FRS or Family Radios Service radios are compact, handheld, wireless 2-way radios that provide very good clarity over a relatively short range. FRS radios are similar to "walkie talkies" and operate on any of 14 dedicated channels (1-14) designated by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) expressly for FRS radio usage. They typically operate on AA or AAA batteries and are relatively inexpensive.
Q. Is a throw bag the same as a throw line?
A. A throw bag qualifies as a throw line. You do not necessarily need to buy a throw bag. The requirements for a throw line, is that the line/rope is 15 meters in length and that it floats. You can bring 15m of yellow polypropylene rope (which naturally floats), or 15 meters of any rope and attach a float to one end.