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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!


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The race is located in Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Registration occurs in the town site the night before the race and more details will follow prior to the race as to exact locations


The race will take between 6 hours and 9 hours depending on your rate of travel (the average team takes 7 to 8 hrs)and cover approx. 50-60 km. 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.

special tasks

Through out the race course you may be given instructions to complete special tasks. No special skills will be required.


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  1. 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'.
  2. 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.
  3. The maps provided in the race package are the only maps permitted on the course. Protect your map and keep it in good condition.
  4. 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.
  5. Teams must travel through all checkpoints in the order specified by race management on the instructions provided.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Teams found traveling on restricted roads or areas designated by the race director as “out of bounds” will be disqualified, no exceptions.
  13. 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 and helmet for climbing). Racers not wearing safety equipment will be disqualified.
  14. Team members must travel together and not be separated by more than 50 meters unless specified other in the race rules.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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…
  18. 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.


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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


  • 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.)



  • 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





  • GPS or electronic device (smart phone) or any device with GPS capabilities enabled
  • Maps other than those supplied by the race organizers


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4:30 - 9:00 PM - Canoe and Bike drop at Transition Area TBA

5:00 - 9:30 PM - Registration at Falcon Nest Restaurant in Falcon Townsite. Dinner available for purchase

Racer Paperwork - please print and bring completed to registration


6:00 AM - 6:45 AM Racers may pick up race instructions and coordinates at the Whiteshell Community Club

6:00 AM - 6:45 AM Last minute registration at the Whiteshell Community Club

7:00 AM - Racers must be at Whiteshell Community Club for Racer meeting

8:45 AM - Racers must be at START LINE for roll call

9:00 AM - Race Start

5:00 PM - Dinner begins for early finishers

6:00 PM - End of race cut off time

7:00 PM - Dinner at Whiteshell Community Club starts being served for early finishers

7:45 PM - Race Awards / Prizes and Congratulations

8:30 PM - After party FUN!!

11:00 PM - Get some sleep you crazy donkeys!


9:00 - 11:00 AM - Falcon Nest Adventure Hangover breakfast


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Before July 20 - $435.00
After July 20 - $525.00

All fees are per team of 3 + GST
Registration opens May 15


Race T Shirt (MUST register prior to August 15)
Team Numbered Swamp Donkey Souvenir Bike Plate
Online posting of race photos by KellyMortonPhotography
Fantastic Post race dinner
Draw prizing at post race ceremony
Post race party - dance until you drop!
Safety and EMS Service Fees


50% Refund prior to July 15
25% Refund between July 15 and August 15

No Refund after August 15

NOTE: Registration is fully transferable - Log in to your customer account - find "edit registration" - update info and submit (available until the Weds before race day at 12 noon CST)


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Where is the race located?

The race is located in Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Registration occurs in the town site the night before the race and more details will follow prior to the race as to exact locations

I'm not an Adventure Racer, but I've got a team that would like to race.. can we?

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.

I don't get out much, and am not a super athlete. Is this too hard for me?

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.

I'm not sure that I really understand adventure racing, how do I get started?

Easy! Read up on the race details above, check our registration page for more details or contact us with your questions.

Is it mandatory to wear a helmet on the bike and PFD on the paddle section?

Yes. Did you really need to ask?

I have no experience with a map and compass for navigation. Can I participate in the Swamp Donkey Adventure Race?

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 on their website.

I am borrowing my friend's mountain bike. Do I have to worry about it in transition areas?

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!

What is an FRS Radio?

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.

What kind of canoe should I bring?

One that floats! Seriously though, just make sure that your boat floats high enough above the water and is stable to paddle when you have 3 people in there with your gear for that portion of the course.

Is a throw bag the same as a throw line?

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.

I haven't gotten an update about race details. What's up?

Patience Grasshopper, the racer updates are sent to all team captains and racers during the week before the race. All questions are answered on the website, grab a coffee, relax and go "surfing" (the website that is). Last minute details will be sent just before the event.

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

Yes, you must be 16 years of age on race day in order to participate

How do I edit my registration details or transfer participants?

Go to: Wilderness Supply Account Enter your username and password. You will find a link to edit your registration. Please update all necessary info and submit the registration form


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Want to watch and support friends and family who are racing? Thinking about competing someday? Want to be part of an exhilarating experience? Join us as a volunteer!

Volunteer positions include:

Check Points (CP's)
Transition areas (TA's)
Marshalling Points (MP's)
Base Camp
Gear / Bike or Canoe Transport

If you have an area that you would prefer to work please let us know, and we will try our best to accommodate you. Without the help of our volunteers the race would not exist! Come be a part of it!

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