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EX2 Greenhorn Adventure Race

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Rocky Gap State Park - Flintstone, MD

  • Short Sprint Adventure Race (Beginner Level),
    12-16 miles, 2-4 hours
  • Segments: trekking, paddling (canoes), mountain biking, navigation
  • Teams of Two or Three
  • 2 Person Divisions: Duo Co-Ed, Duo Female, Duo Male, Duo Co-Ed Masters (combined team age of 80+)
  • 3 Person Divisions: Co-Ed, Female, Male, Masters (combined team age of 120+)
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Welcome to Adventure Racing! The seventh annual Greenhorn AR was created to offer competitors a gateway into the sport of adventure racing. This 2-4 hour sprint adventure race was designed with the beginner in mind. While there is significant challenge built in, this event is fun and highly achievable for the novice racer. The navigation is straight forward, the trails are well marked, and the maps that we provide are excellent. The mountain biking takes racers over mostly non-technical fire roads and pavement but there are some semi-technical singletrack trails to provide an extra challenge. Finally, the paddling takes place on a clear and calm mountain lake.

See Who's RacingFor the past several years, the Greenhorn AR has SOLD OUT months before race day. So, save the date, call your friends, register, and get excited for a great day of adventure racing action. Are you up for the challenge?

Race Format. Teams of two or three will be tasked with finding 7-15 checkpoints dispersed throughout beautiful Rocky Gap State Park in Western Maryland. These checkpoints must be found on bike, foot, or in a canoe. The exact order and distance of each segment is kept a secret until race day but we can tell you that the course will include the most mileage of biking, followed by trail running, and then paddling (a canoe). There are also plenty of surprises, twists, and decision making in this race, all of which will cost or save your team time.

Is the Greenhorn right for you?

The Greenhorn has been specifically designed for those without significant adventure racing experience. While we are not restricting registration, we ask that you please use the following as a barometer as to whether this competition is appropriate for you.

Register for the Greenhorn:

  • If you have never competed in an adventure race.
  • If it has been a while since you have competed in an adventure race and you are feeling out-of-practice or rusty.
  • If you are generally more of a ‘back of the pack’ adventure racer as opposed to a front runner.
  • If you are an experienced adventure racer who will register on a team with at least one other novice racer.

For those highly experienced racers that still want to participate, please come volunteer and help support new racers just getting into the sport.

If you are still unsure as to whether you should register for this event or if you have any other questions about the Greenhorn AR, please contact us.

About Rocky Gap State Park. Rocky Gap has tons to do and is just a 2.5 hour drive from the Washington and Baltimore metro areas. With camping, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, awesome beaches, miles of trails, and fishing – your whole family will love it! Or you can make it a romantic getaway – there is a fancy lodge on site and plenty of bed and breakfasts located right in Cumberland.

The Greenhorn AR is sponsored by:

The Bike Lane IFP
Baird Automotive DrinkMore Water
Positively Chiropractic Pow-Her



Thank you for visiting EX2 Adventures.
Since the year 2000, EX2 Adventures has produced quality outdoor adventure experiences for the greater Washington DC metropolitan community. We encourage you to browse our site and join us at our events. Whether as a competitor, volunteer, or sponsor you are sure to have an excellent experience!