Adventure racing thrives at grassroots |

Adventure racing thrives at grassroots

Bryan GobleTeam Adventure Sports Magazine SEAtlanta

RE: Adventure Racing shows signs of fatigue, SDN March 26The article was an interesting read. No doubt the “professional” level adventure racing scene may be suffering domestically this year with a lack of high-profile, high-purse events. No doubt the lack of Primal Quest and the Balance Bar Series’ exposure won’t help growth, but I can’t help but feel like the sport, in general, is still growing strong – especially at a grassroots level.I don’t have my finger on the pulse of adventure racing nationally, but regionally speaking, the Southeast seems to be offering more repeat races every year and both race directors and racers are developing their skills and talents with each race.Whereas in the past we’ve been starved for well-established events, now there are several reputable races (some offering modest prize purses) within driving distance, from Florida to North Carolina – many of which sell out several months in advance. Teams are forming, maturing and are becoming more competitive than ever. It’s a pretty exciting environment to be around.So, has adventure racing taken a hit because of the hiatus of higher profile events? Sure … but is the sport dwindling? Doesn’t look like it around here.

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