Adventure racing combines outdoor sports such as rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and hiking. Any outdoor adventure sport can be included in an adventure race, with navigation being a theme throughout the events. Teams of 3-women navigate through a series of stages and disciplines, connecting a series of checkpoints. Teams navigate using only maps and compasses.
There are three main categories, these are known as the 3, 6 and 9-hour events. As a guide, that translates to beginner, intermediate and advanced. The numbers are the winning times for each category, the course is open for 18-hours, from 6am to midnight on the event day. The majority of the teams complete their challenges in daylight, but some of the 9-hour teams can be racing into the night to reach the finish line. Spring Challenge caters for all abilities, from first time adventure racers through to the world’s elite female athletes.