The Hard Fall Adventure Race

Teams of 2, 3 and 4
24 hours of Adventure - Hike, Bike, Paddle and Navigate!
October 9-10th, 2021, 9am start
St. Johnsbury, VT.

Description: The Hard Fall Adventure Race is a 24 hour multi-sport event for teams of two, three and four. The 2021 race will start Saturday, October 9th, at 9AM, and finish 9am on Sunday, the 10th. We’ll get your team out into the woods and on the water, doing different activities, navigating with a map, and going to places you never would have otherwise. You’ll have an incredible, unique experience with other teams there to do the same.

Disciplines: Include trekking, biking, and paddling – as well as requiring you to continually navigate. You’ll be doing this for up to 24 hours, managing your effort through an entire night and navigating in the dark. We are known for being able to really challenge experienced teams while providing a great race for the first-timers, and we expect this to hold true for our 24-hour events.

Categories: We will have categories for 2-4 person teams – male, female, and mixed. The 3-4 person mixed teams will be our “premier” category, with the top team taking home a $400 sponsorship to USARA nationals.

Course info: While we don’t like to reveal the exact details until closer to race start, we can tell you this – the full course will be a point to point race with about 100 miles to cover, and around 10,000ft to ascend. Yes those are some big numbers, we like to challenge the aspiring pros. For the rest of us, don’t worry, many checkpoints are optional, and there will be plenty of opportunities to skip points in lieu of a shortcut so you can complete the course, but with less mileage and elevation – it’s all about how hard you can/want to push yourself!

What’s included with registration:

  • Live tracking and leaderboard
  • Waterproof maps
  • Post race feast
  • Awesome prizes for top teams in each division plus a raffle for all racers
  • Boat rental fees
  • USARA qualifier
  • All permits, insurance and safety staff
  • T-shirt (for racers registered by Sept 15th)


The 2021 race will feature the following disciplines:

  • Navigation with topographical map and compass
  • Mountain Biking (Singletrack, fireroads, etc, nothing SUPER Technical, but definitely some awesome riding)
  • Hiking / Trekking (Primarily off trail travel, some limited sections of trails, practice that Nav!)
  • Paddling (Scenic Flatwater)
  • Other surprises as announced

Keep in mind that these disciplines can occur in any order, and you could have multiple sections in the course for each activity. We’ll sometimes surprise you with other disciplines too – but nothing you wouldn’t be prepared for.


This race will be taking place in the Concord, Vermont area. More details coming soon on the official base of operations for check in, race finish etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a good race for a team new to adventure racing?
One thing we do really well is providing a enjoyable experience for the new teams. Make no mistake – 24 hours is a long time. However, if you want to put in the time to learn and get ready, you will have a unique and memorable experience!

Can team members split up and go do different sections of the race? All team members must stay together at all times during the race, so no.

How are teams ranked? Teams are ranked by the number of checkpoints they successfully find. In the event of a tie, the team which did it faster is ranked higher.

So you’re saying I should stay out in the woods till I find all the checkpoints, no matter how long it takes? We’d really rather not have to send out a search party, plus you lose one checkpoint for every minute you’re late.

Are maps provided or do we have to bring our own? All maps will be provided, and will be pre-marked with the secret checkpoint locations.

Will we be plotting UTM coordinates?
No. We use pre-plotted maps. We made the decision as an organization that in a race of this length it made more sense considering the number of new teams we see. Never fear – the navigation will be challenging enough without this extra step.

Will water be available at transition areas? Yes, we plan to have a limited supply of water available for you in transition areas.

Will we have access to gear we leave in our vehicles after the race starts? Nope. Plan to bring everything you think you may need for the duration of the race.

Can we leave personal gear we don’t need behind, such as our PFD when not on the paddle section or bike helmet when not on the bike section?
With the exception of paddle gear, assume the answer is no. We will be transporting 1 paddle bag per team, but beyond that your best bet is to practice carrying everything and adjust based on the specifics of the course. You can leave water bottles attached to your bike, but you can’t leave your helmet and shoes behind unless specifically told otherwise. 

Do I need a real mountain bike for this race?
Our courses typically feature all sorts of terrain, including technical trails, forest roads, paved roads, and even hike-a-bike sections. We always recommend a real mountain bike with front suspension. No road or cyclocross bikes allowed.

Can we add a team member to our team after we register? Probably! Please email us and we’ll edit the team registration.

I’d love to do this race, but I’m having trouble finding teammates, can you help? We’re happy to try and connect individual racers. Email us your name and what your experience level is. We also recommend posting the request on our facebook group page.

I’m new to adventure racing, where can I get more information about this sport? We recommend checking out the United States Adventure Racing Association website for all things AR, and the “New to AR” page specifically for tips on getting into the sport.


Please take a moment to review the required gear list.

Mandatory Gear List

There are a number of other documents and policies you can review ahead of time:

Any racers under age 18 on race day will need a parent or guardian to sign waivers for them - in that case, we'll reach out with specifics.


Due to the nature of the sport, you must be punctual. All race activities will start on time whether your team is there or not. Set multiple clocks, hire a wakeup service, buy a rooster, do whatever you have to do to get up and be on time.


Friday, October 8th 5:00PM-9:00PM
Maps Distributed:
Saturday, October 9th 7:00AM
Race Start:
Saturday, October 9th 9:00AM
Race Finish:
Sunday, October 10th 9:00AM
Post Race Feast/Awards
Sunday, October 10th 9:30AM


Here's the latest news about this race:


Team # Division NameRacers
54CStrong Machine Development SquadKatarzyna Wegrzyn, TBD, TBD, TBD
124CNYARAChris Rice, John Courain, Aaron Courain, Vanessa Peck
23CVERTMatt Cymanski, Alyssa Godesky, Will Luppino
33CAirline Cycles ARGreg Kolvoord, David Boudreau, Melissa Kubicki
43C4050 AdventureShari Hymes, Jim Mernin, Brian Gatens
73CUphill Both WaysFrances Hiscox, Todd Sunko, TBD
93CMercatorsScott Cocks, TBD, TBD
103MDDG Expeditionary Strike GroupJustin Davis, Joey Dorwart, Seth Grant
82FWhy Not?Amy Tipple, Megan Moir
62MRugged roadThorin Markison, TBD
112MFueled by Little DebbieGerben Scherpbier, Turner Shaw

Totals: 2F:1, 2M:2, 3C:5, 3M:1, 4C:2


Registration is open! Choose a team name, let us know how many people are coming, and we'll get names and email addresses on the next page.

We'll expect you to pay for the whole team up front. (Team members added later will have to pay the going rate at that time.)

We may be limited on the number of boats we can get, so if you’re interested in that $400 USARA sponsorship for the top 3-4 person coed team, don’t wait to sign up!

If you’re not sure who your teammates are, you can still lock in the current rates and reserve a spot by registering today.

Rates for this year:
  • May 23 - May 31: $225 per racer.
  • Jun 01 - Jun 30: $240 per racer.
  • Jul 01 - Jul 31: $255 per racer.
  • Aug 01 - Aug 31: $270 per racer.
Curious about our refund policy or where your money goes?
Along with the usual items, this year's fees include t-shirts, canoe/kayak rental, USARA membership and qualifier fees, live tracking.
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