Ouachita Adventure Race!


The Ouachita Adventure Race is coming up! The race is this Saturday and race headquarters are Mountain Harbor Resort in Mount Ida.
Here is a quick race update from race director Brandon Butler: ‘The Ouachita Adventure Race will be a challenging event with plenty of tough terrain and some great surprises. Racing in this part of Lake Ouachita is definitely challenging. Expect tough hills, creek crossings and plenty of paddling. Bring plenty of bug repellent, the bugs are out there and waiting.
The temperature will be in the mid 70s to 80s and prepare for some rain; the race will go on regardless of weather. If weather is a problem (ie: lighting) the race start may be delayed or started on another section. Even if it is raining or there are cooler temperatures make sure you plan on carrying water with you anyway. Dehydration can happen at any temperature.’

The course will be a mix of trails, forest roads, ATV trails and bushwhacking while the paddling section will be on the open lake.

The 12 hour race consist of 6-8 miles of trekking, 15-25 miles of mountain biking, a 6-10 mile paddling section,  and a skills test that is determined by race staff prior to the event. Examples are rappelling, rock climbing or team building tests. Racers will navigate through the course using a map and compass, while collecting checkpoints along the course. Racers plot a course using a UTM reader and coordinates, and navigate terrain on a 1:24K topographic map. No Electronic devices other than an
altimeter may be used.
There will also be a Sprint Race Division. Sprint Course racers will be challenged with a route consisting of running, mountain biking, and paddling while collecting checkpoints throughout a marked course. All Sprint racers will have map and compass navigation throughout the course. Sprint racers will have ‘hints’ places throughout the course to aid in navigation and carry a passport to punch the appropriate checkpoints throughout the course. The sprint course is around 4-6 hours of racing. Dena Woerner,  our communications manager, will be doing her first adventure race in this division. They are Team Loco Rojo. Good luck to all teams this weekend! For more details visit www.ouachitaadventurerace.com.


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