The largest 1 day adventure race in North America
Voted "Best Adventure Race" 2012-2015*
*Get Out There Magazine
Unleash your spirit for adventure with a non-stop, 6- 9 hr adventure race through the rugged Manitoban wilderness! Teams of three use a map and compass to navigate an unmarked course through the back country of eastern Manitoba.
RUN, PADDLE and BIKE to attempt to be the fastest team to reach all checkpoints before the 9 hour cut off and make it to the finish line where a spectacular awards ceremony, the legendary post race party and a meal fit for a Swamp Donkey awaits!
What to expect
The race will take between 6 hours and 9 hours depending on your rate of travel (the average team takes 7 to 8 hrs). Teams of three travel together throughout the race course. Your team will carry a passport that you will have stamped at each checkpoint.
Only maps supplied by race organizers are allowed. You will receive a 1:50 000 topographical map. You may also receive more detailed maps of one or more sections of the race. Knowledge of how to take a bearing with a compass and plot a 6 digit UTM is mandatory. You will also receive a set of written instructions to aid you in getting from one CP (Checkpoint) to the next. Please refer to them often!
Your feet will get wet - oh, and muddy... Most teams leave on their wet shoes and socks for the entire race. The trekking may be on trails, off trails, on roads or on side roads.
Biking terrain can include roads, secondary roads, double track trails and single track trails. The biking portion can range from easy to intermediate to quite technical. Depending on your skill, some sections may be better walked with your bike.
Paddling will be on flat lake water. You must wear your PFD at all times. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you bring some type of middle seat for the third person in your boat.
Through out the race course you may be given instructions to complete special tasks. No special skills will be required.
- The race package given to each team will include all maps required for the race, course instructions with the grid coordinates for all checkpoints and a 'passport'.
- The passport must be carried at all times by the competitors during the race. It must remain in good condition and dry as to allow it to be properly signed / stamped at checkpoints. Keeping a legible passport for finish line results is the responsibility of the team.
- The maps provided in the race package are the only maps permitted on the course. Protect your map and keep it in good condition.
- The course instructions will include brief descriptions of particular obstacles to watch for throughout the course and a list of all checkpoints on the course. Please insure you attend the pre-race briefing ON TIME.
- Teams must travel through all checkpoints in the order specified by race management on the instructions provided.\
- At the end of the race each team must give their passport to race management to verify that it has been signed at all checkpoints and that they were reached in the specified order. Any team that did not pass through all checkpoints in order will not be included in the official rankings.
- Each team is free to select the route they feel is most appropriate for the race, unless specific instructions are given to follow a particular route.
- The first team to have all members cross the finish line and have passed through all / the most checkpoints will be the winners. Teams must turn in their passport for verification that they reached all checkpoints in order.
- All team members must wear the race jersey provided at all times during the race. It must be worn as the outer layer with team # displayed (so it is in plain sight at all times). If you are a sponsored team, you may affix your sponsor’s logo on the jersey so as it does not cover official race sponsors or numbering.
- Teams are encouraged to help each other while on the course. No penalty will be incurred for receiving assistance from another team. Teams are required to assist any racer that is in need of medical assistance. The assisting team(s) will be given a time credit from race officials for the amount of time assisting.
- Weather conditions may restrict safe travel for certain sections of the course. Race management reserves the right to make changes to the course or restrict travel on certain sections due to weather conditions.
- Teams found traveling on restricted roads or areas designated by the race director as “out of bounds” will be disqualified, no exceptions.
- Mandatory gear must be carried at all times and racers may be subject to inspection at any point on the race course to ensure compliance. Racers not carrying all of the mandatory gear will be assessed with a time penalty or disqualified up to the discretion of race management. Safety equipment must be worn for each specified discipline (eg. PFD for paddling, bike helmet for biking, safety harness & helmet for climbing). Racers not wearing safety equipment will be disqualified.\
- Team members must travel together and not be separated by more than 50 meters unless specified other in the race rules.
- All event participants must act in an environmentally responsible manner at all times during the event. No litter, gear or any other object can be left on the racecourse, at the start line or host site except in designated disposal locations. It’s very important that we look after our environment. No food is to be left at transition drop off locations.
- If a competitor or team notices litter, gear or any other object left by another participant it is that team’s responsibility to pack it out to the next checkpoint to be left with the checkpoint staff.
- No team shall receive assistance from any persons outside of the race. If teams or solos are violating this rule they will be disqualified. I.E. Directions from helicopters, Rides in any vehicle, Communication via cell phone – etc…
- The maximum time allowed to complete the entire race course is 9 hours. Teams which miss cutoff times or are still on course after the 9 hours may be removed from the course.
Mandatory Gear - 9 HR Race
INDIVIDUAL GEAR (TO BE CARRIED BY EACH MEMBER AT ALL TIMES)
Click on items with links to see recommended examples from our sponsor Wilderness Supply Company
- 1 Whistle
- 1 Knife (min. 2" folding blade)
- 1 Liter minimum capacity, water bottle or hydration bladder
- 1 Emergency blanket
- 1 Headlamp and spare batteries
- 1 Lighter / matches (waterproof recommended)
- 1 Pair of race specific footwear (ie. Trail runners)
- 1 Pair of long pants or tights
- 1 Fleece or soft shell mid layer
- 1 Lightweight Rain Jacket
- 1 Toque or Buff
- 1 Pair of full finger gloves (bike gloves will suffice)
- 1 Safety glasses (clear / yellow lenses for bush crashing) Prescription glasses will suffice.
- 1 Race jersey (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)
Recommended (but not mandatory)
- 1 Pair of rain pants
- 1 Long sleeve synthetic shirt
- 1 Pair sunglasses
- 1 Hat
TEAM GEAR (TO BE CARRIED BY THE TEAM AT ALL TIMES)
- 2 Compasses (sighting mirror recommended)
- 1 Pen and/or pencil for marking maps
- 1 Watch
- 1 Waterproof map case
- 1 Water filter or water purification such as Aquatabs or Pristine (enough for 30 L)
- 1 Set of maps (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)
- 1 Passport (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)
- 1 FRS Radio (hand held family radio, doesn't need to be too fancy!) channel to be determined by race staff
- 1 First Aid Kit
- 1 Tweezers
- 6 Anti-inflammatory tablets
- 6 Anti-histamine tablets
- 1 Roll adhesive tape
- 1 Gauze roll
- 1 Tensor bandage
- 4 Closure (butterfly) bandages
- 5"x 5" blister pad (or equivalent moleskin, etc.)
MOUNTAIN BIKE: TO BE CARRIED DURING EACH BIKE SECTION
- 1 Mountain Bike
- 1 Bike Helmet (must be worn at all times)
- 1 Spare Tube
- 1 Pair of Bike Gloves
- 1 Tire Pump
- 1 Set of Tire levers
- Yellow Safety pinny (reflective vest)
Recommended (but not mandatory)
- 1 Inner tube patch kit
- 1 Chain repair tool
- 1 Set of allen keys / hex wrenches
- 1 Bike computer (highly recommended)
- 1 Water bottle on bike
- 1 rear blinking light
PADDLE: TO BE CARRIED DURING EACH PADDLE SECTION
- 1 Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with whistle attached - must be Canada Coast Guard approved (must be worn at all times)
- 1 Glow stick per team member
- 1 Canoe paddle or Kayak paddle
PROHIBITED FOR THE ENTIRE RACE
- GPS or electronic device (smart phone) or any device with GPS capabilities enabled
- Maps other than those supplied by the race organizers