DisciplinesWe're working on the 2013 course but you can expect it will include most of the following disciplines:
Navigation - You will need to use your maps and compass to make proper decisions while on the course. We strive to make navigation the most challenging aspect of the courses we design. If you're new to this discipline, we recommend that you get a navigation lesson from some experienced racers or your local orienteering club. We do offer a navigation clinic the night before the race, that new racers are encouraged to attend, but we recommend you practice in the woods prior to the event if possible.
Trekking - Expect to be off the trail more than you're on it, both gaining and losing elevation. Again, good navigation will make or break you. This is less about running and more about making good time through challenging, beautiful terrain.
Swimming - You will be required to wear your PFD for the swim, so even poor swimmers will be able to safely handle this portion of the race.
Mountain biking - You'll be on various terrain on the biking leg(s) of the race, primarily trails and gravel/dirt roads. Strong technical skills will certainly help, but those without them should just plan on picking up their bike more often. That being said, you could have a section of the race that you're required to carry your bike for a portion, or you may decide to take a route straight through some woods. Good times!
Paddling - Three-person teams will be paddling canoes. Two-person teams will be paddling tandem kayaks. Paddles will be provided. If you would like to use your own paddle, you will be carrying it through the entire race.