VentureQuest Adventure Race

September 30, 2018

 

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VentureQuest Adventure Race

After a 4 year hiatus, we are thrilled to bring back VentureQuest in 2018, a sprint adventure race which has challenged, rewarded, and inspired close to 3500 athletes in its 11 year history.

VentureQuest is held in Western Fairfax County at Fountainhead Regional Park and is only 30 minutes west of Washington DC.  The terrain is gorgeous and has a truly remote feel for being so close to a major metro area. Racers love the fact that they can compete in a challenging adventure race so close to home.

Race Format

VentureQuest is a sprint adventure race where competitors are tasked with navigating to find a series of checkpoints, all while trekking, biking, and paddling the beautiful areas in and around Fountainhead Regional Park. Solos and teams of two or three have the option of competing in the up to 4 hour sport course, perfect for less-experienced racers, or the up to 8 hour elite course, designed for more experienced athletes. There are also plenty of surprises, twists, and decision making in this race, all of which will cost or save time for each team.

The VentureQuest course remains a mystery until race weekend but competitors can expect to cover the most mileage on their mountain bikes, followed by trekking, and then paddling.

Sport Course (up to 4 hours)

Distance: 16-20 miles
Time limit: 4 hours
Navigation: Beginner to intermediate
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

Elite Course (up to 8 hours)

Distance: 28-35 miles
Time limit: 8 hours
Navigation: Intermediate to advanced
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

Registration Fees

Sport Course (up to 4 Hours)

Soloists
$90 – New year by 1/7/18
$100 – Early by 8/30/18
$110 – Regular by 9/26/18

2 Person Teams
$160 – New year by 1/7/18
$180 – Early by 8/30/18
$200 – Regular by 9/26/18

3 Person Teams
$240 – New year by 1/7/18
$270 – Early by 8/30/18
$300 – Regular by 9/26/18

Elite Course (up to 8 Hours)

Soloists
$130 – New year by 1/7/18
$140 – Early by 8/30/18
$150 – Regular by 9/26/18

2 Person Teams
$240 – New year by 1/7/18
$260 – Early by 8/30/18
$280 – Regular by 9/26/18

3 Person Teams
$360 – New year by 1/7/18
$390 – Early by 8/30/18
$420 – Regular by 9/26/18

Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, all paddling equipment, awesome maps, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, medical support, plentiful post-race food, electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday September 29th
4:00pm to 5:00pm – AR clinic, including a basic map and compass skills (optional)

Sunday September 30th
6:30 – Check-in
8:15 – Pre-race briefing (mandatory)
8:50 – Racers assemble at starting line
9:00 – Race starts
9:00 – 6:00 – Music, food for race finishers, etc.
1:30 –  Sport Course Awards/Prizes and Giveaways
5:30 – Elite Course Awards/Prizes and Giveaways

Gear Information

Mandatory Gear for Each Racer

  • Bike (mountain bike recommended)
  • Bike helmet
  • Way to carry enough food and water for the length of the event

Mandatory Gear for Each Team

  • Race map (provided at check-in)
  • Race rules of travel (provided at check-in)
  • Race passport (provided at check-in)
  • Basic bike repair kit (spare tube, a way to inflate a tube, bike multi-tool)
  • Watch
  • Cell phone (fully charged)
  • Small dry bag for your cell phone (either a few zip locks or a store bought dry bag)
  • Space blanket
  • Whistle

Recommended Gear

  • Waterproof map case (this can be as simple as a zip lock bag or a fancy store bought case)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather that day
  • Compass

** All paddling gear (canoe, kayak, PFDs, and paddles) will be provided.  Racers may NOT use their own paddling equipment. **

Backyard Burn at Laurel Hill

9601 Ox Rd
Lorton, VA 22079

Directions

Fountainhead Regional Park
10875 Hampton Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

From Interstate 66:

  • Take I-66 to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway – formerly Rt 7100). * Exit at 55A SOUTH toward Springfield.
  • Travel south on Rt. 286 for approx. 6 miles.
  • Exit onto Rt. 123 SOUTH (Ox Rd.) for approx. 3 miles.
  • Right onto Henderson Rd.
  • Left on Hampton Rd.
  • Right into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to parking and check-in.

From Interstate 95:

  • Exit I95 and take Rt. 123 NORTH for approx. 4.5 miles.
  • Left on Hampton Rd. for approx. 3 miles.
  • Left into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to parking and check-in.

Awards

Awards will be presented to the top five solo male and female, and top five in all age group categories.  Awards will be presented after the race at the awards ceremony.

Race Rules

  • Team members must stay within 100 ft of each other at all times (unless otherwise instructed).
  • All team members must follow all official race rules provided during check-in.
  • Portable music players or any device requiring earphones are not permitted.
  • Pets are not allowed on the course.
  • Respect other racers, volunteers, race staff, and the environment. No littering.
  • Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
  • Racers must notify race officials if they drop out of the race.

Age Groups

Solo Divisions
Male, female

2 Person Team Divisions include:
Duo Co-ed, Duo Female, Duo Male, and Duo Co-Ed Masters (combined team age of 80+)

3 Person Team Divisions include:
Co-ed, Female, Male, and Masters (team members any gender, combined team age of 120+)

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