About the Race

Getting the kayaks readyAdventure racing is by no means considered a mainstream sport. Idahoans who want to compete have often had to travel out of state to find the nearest event — until now.

In June 2009, Seventh Wave Productions and Idaho adventure racer Dave Adlard teamed up to produce Adventure Sports Week at Farragut State Park in North Idaho. A marquee event among the week's roster of endurance and extreme competitions is the two-day adventure race known as "The Crux" and "The Crucible." The stage race attracted both single competitors and co-ed teams of up to four racers from all over the country.

Course designers challenged participants to orienteer their way through the park's vast terrain and to endure: 63 miles of biking, 22 miles on foot, 19 miles of kayaking in Lake Pend Oreille, and a frigid swim across Button Hook Bay. Along the way, the athletes were required to find a series of "mandatory" checkpoints and were offered opportunities to gain extra points if they found "optional" controls. The goal of each competitor is to find the most checkpoints in the least amount of time. It's a game that requires teamwork, mental skills and physical endurance.

Lake Pend OreilleRace Director Dave Adlard knows he created a course that only a true adventure racer could love.

"There's a certain amount of sadism that goes into designing the course. Part of the thrill of it for the racers is finding a course that challenges you and pushes people to their limits," said Adlard.

For more information on adventure racing, visit the U.S. Adventure Racing Association's web site for official rules and race schedules.