Additional race information can be found at https://tughilladventures.com/tug-hill-extreme-adventure/.
Tug Hill Outfitters is hosting the 3rd annual Tug Hill Extreme Adventure, a 12 hour adventure race, on Saturday June 1, 2024 in Redfield, NY, on the Tug Hill Plateau.
12 Hour Adventure Race
The 12 hour race is an Adventure Racing World Series, North America (ARWS-NA) points race, and a United State Adventure Racing Association (USARA) sanctioned points race. During the race, each team will receive one set of topographic maps with pre-plotted checkpoints that you will use to navigate the course with map and compass only, while trekking/running, mountain biking, & paddling. The team that finds the most checkpoints within the 12 hour time limit wins. If teams don't make it back before the time cut-off, they will lose 1 checkpoint for every minute they're late. Teams sizes can range from of 1-4 people. Approximated distances for each section of the course are still being finalized.
Racers are required to bring their own solo or tandem canoe/kayak, SUP, packraft, etc. Any non-motorized, non-pedal boats are allowed. A limited number of rental boats are available to reserve. See event page for details.) Mountain bikes are highly recommended and racers will be required to carry mandatory individual and team gear during the race (to be announced). There will be at least one opportunity to drop and access a gear bag during the race. All checkpoints are optional and your team can tackle as much or as little of the course as you're up for. This race has something for everyone, from newcomers, to competitive adventure racers who are looking for a fun challenge in a cool place! If you're into trail running, hiking, geocaching, treasure hunting, or have seen Eco Challenge Fiji on Amazon, this race and the sport of adventure racing are for you!
12 hours of awesome adventure racing
ARWS-NA and USARA points race
Live tracking system
1 set of race maps per team (option to purchase a second set)
Race passports (for punching checkpoints)
Post race food and drinks, including one craft beer or other NA beverage per person
Prizes for top finishers in each division
Option to camp on site ($20/person)
Provide your own boat (kayak, canoe, SUP, packraft, or rent one:
Racers must provide their own boats (canoes, kayaks, SUPs, packrafts), paddles, and PFDs, or rent one for the race. Due to the semi-remote location of the race, finding enough rental boats to provide one for all racers is challenging, so we highly encourage you to bring your own. There will be a limited number of first come, first serve rentals available. Rental prices will range between $30 to $80 per boat, depending on boat size and type, for example a 4-person canoe will cost more than a tandem or solo kayak. Paddling will be on a medium sized lake/body of water, which can get choppy in windy conditions. While a packraft will work for the race, a touring canoe, kayak, or SUP is ideal. Any non-motorized/non-pedal human powered boat will be allowed. 2-4 person teams may use multi-person canoes/kayaks or solo canoes/kayaks. We will be using the Tug Hill Outfitters fleet of kayaks/canoes first, then working with regional outfitting businesses to provide additional rental boats as needed. Please contact us (email@example.com, 315-807-3696) as soon as possible, if you need a rental boat. Racers will be required to drop boats off at a transition area located a short drive from the race start in the morning before the race. We will transport boats back to the start/finish. We will have volunteers at the site at all times to make sure your boats are safe. If you rent a boat for the race, we will transport it for you.
The Tug Hill Extreme Adventure is a USARA sanctioned race and membership in USARA is required for all participants. Participants who are not USARA members can purchase a single day membership during registration.
Event Schedule (Tentative):
Boat drop off: 4:30 - 6:00 AM
Registration: 5:00 - 6:15 AM (Maps distributed at check-in - at race head quarters, Osceola Ski & Sport Resort)
Pre-race briefing - 6:30 AM
Race Start - 7:00 AM
Race Finish - 7:00 PM
Post-race awards - 7:30 PM
Post-race refreshments - 6:00 PM - ?
Post Race Awards & Festivities:
Post race festivities will be at the Tug Hill Resort. There will be a post race meal and one craft beer or other NA beverage per racer. We'll have awards about 30 mins after the race finish with prizes for top finishers in each division.
On-Site Camping & Area Lodging: Race headquarters is located at the Tug Hill Resort, 100 Noble Shores Drive Redfield, New York. Primitive camping is available at the race start/finish area in their mowed fields. Camping facilities include access to porta potties, and a water bottle filling station. If you have a camper, there will not be electricity hook-ups available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. There will most likely be a tent available for race prep. We recommend bringing a table and camp chairs. Camping will be available on Friday night, May 31st, and Saturday night, June 1st. Camping is $20 per person, per night. The Tug Hill Resort has 8 rooms available to rent, which are located at the race start/finish. Other local lodging options are the hotel, Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY (20 mintues), and hotels in the Rome, Boonville, or Syracuse area (35 minutes to 1 hour).
$150 per person through March 31st
$165 per person from April 1 - May 28, 2023 (Registration closes on May 28th)
What costs are involved with putting on an adventure race?
- Performance race T-shirt
- Resort/Host fees
- Post race meal and 1 beer or drink of choice
- Live Tracking
- Water resistant maps & passports (1 set per team)
- Shared costs for insurance, prizes, state land use permits, advertising/event marketing, porta potties)
Race Team Categories:
Men's, Women's, Nonbinary Solo Racers
Men's, Women's, & Mixed Gender 2 person teams
Men's, Women's, Mixed Gender 3 or 4 person teams
Prizes for top finishers in each category
Kayak & Canoe Paddling Clinic (Beginner - Advanced/Racing) - Sunday, June 2nd (the morning after the race)
Come for the adventure race, and stay for the paddling clinic! While you may know Tug Hill Outfitters as being synonymous with adventure racing, our first love is paddling. We're experienced kayakers and canoers with lots of racing experience, and lots of hard core paddling friends. For this clinic, we'll be bringing in some of the best kayak and canoe paddlers in the country to help you with your paddling technique. We'll also have Stellar Kayaks, from recreational to racing for you to test paddle, as well as some high end recreational and racing canoes. Fun tidbit, Tug Hill Outfitters had the 2nd fastest paddling split at USARA Nationals this year (they even left a map behind at the TA and had to paddle back...oops!)
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