Copper Mountain hosts adventure race with top-secret course Sunday
It’s a race, but there are no course markers. It’s not that event organizers were lazy; that’s just part of the challenge in this weekend’s Adventure Xstream Series race at Copper Mountain Resort on Sunday.
Inspired by reality TV producer Mark Burnett’s “Eco-Challenge,” the multi-sport adventure racing series returns to Summit County this weekend. Previously based in Frisco, Copper Mountain will host the start and finish for the first time in conjunction with its Guitar Town and Beer Festival.
Part kayaking, biking, hiking, running and orienteering, the event will give aspiring explorers a chance to test themselves on 25-, 30- or 60-mile sprint- and sport-length courses.
“You’re doing it the old-fashioned way,” said race director Jenny Newcomer. “You have to navigate; it’s an unmarked course.”
She suggests bringing a compass. Racers have to find a number of checkpoints along the course using a topographic map that will be provided. But if that’s not challenging enough, competitors won’t know the course until the night before, giving them only a few hours to plan their attack.
“We don’t disclose the racecourse ahead of time. It’s kind of a mystery to racers,” Newcomer said.
Competitors can compete as individuals or in teams of two. People can form larger groups but results are based on pairs or individuals participating.
Newcomer calls it “less of a competition and more of an adventure.”
The secretive nature of the course continued with the order of events. She said that other events in the series often go from biking, to kayaking, to running/hiking, then back to biking, but she was unable to confirm the order for Sunday’s competition. She did say that the kayaking portion of the course will be on the Dillon Reservoir, the rest of the course will not be revealed until Saturday.
Newcomer also said that “several thousand feet of elevation gain can be expected” on the 60-mile sport course.
Competitors can typically finish the shorter sprint course in three to six hours. Newcomer said the longer sport course takes the fastest competitors around six hours, and most finish within eight hours. There is a 12-hour cutoff for the competition.
The event is geared to competitors age 13 and up. “One of our oldest participants is in his early 70s,” Newcomer said.
Registration to compete in the Adventure Xstream race closes today, Aug. 8.
More information can be found at http://www.gravityplay.com
Also this weekend
Hunky Dory Half Marathon
Breckenridge will host its third annual Hunky Dory Half Marathon trail race on Saturday. The 13.1-mile course features a number of trails around the Breckenridge area. Runners will pass by historic mine sites and enjoy views of the Tenmile Range. Registration is ongoing and day-of registration will be available. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and is capped at 200 runners. $65 pre-registration, $75 day-of registration.
Course maps and registration information are available at http://www.townofbreckenridge.com
The Frisco Duathlon returns for its second installment Saturday. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. on the Frisco peninsula. The race offers two course options: the long course, with an 8K trail run, 15k mountain bike ride and 7K trail run, and the short course, with an 8K run, 6K bike ride and 5K run. Competitors can compete individually or as relay teams. The event will be capped at 250 racers.
$45 individual or $85 team registration fee, additional $10 day-of fee.
More information is available at http://www.townoffrisco.com
Serious mountain bikers will challenge themselves in the 20th Leadville 100 MTB Saturday. The 100-mile course starts at 10,152 feet and reaches an elevation of over 12,000 feet. The race kicks off early at 6:30 a.m. Registration is closed.
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