VentureQuest Adventure Race

In-Person 9/20 + On Your Own 9/21 - 9/27
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VentureQuest Adventure Race

VQ returns on Sunday September 20, 2020 to the Mason Neck Peninsula!!  VQ has challenged, rewarded, and inspired close to 3500 athletes in its 11 year history.  VQ is where is all began for EX2! In addition to the normal in-person race, we are having an “on your own” course option.  See the important information about these events between the two events below.

Pre-Race Email (In-Person Race)

Pre-Race Email (“On Your Own” Edition)

VentureQuest is a 5-hour sprint adventure race that is held in Fairfax County just 30 minutes south 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 Pohick Bay Regional Park. Solos and teams of two or three have up to 5 hours to complete the course. There are also plenty of surprises, twists, and decision making in this race, all of which will cost or save time for each team.

Team members must travel together the entire race.  VQ is not a relay.  That’s part of the fun!  You’re team is as fast as your slowest teammate!  The best teams will work together and help each other to go fast as a team.

This year’s normal race will have staggered start times between 7am and 10am on Sunday September 20th. Each start group will have approximately 30 people and start times will be every 30 minutes. We will be assigning start times based on team size, but you will have the opportunity to request a start time if you want to race along side friends on different teams.  Map distribution will occur Saturday (day before the race) in the afternoon between 2pm and 5pm.  It’s a good idea to get your map, bibs, shirt, etc. the day before, but not required.

Adventure racing is by its nature a socially distanced sport.  However, face coverings are required at all times when not racing (e.g., during check-in) and all athletes are required to carry a face covering and put it on when within 10 feet of other racers that are not on their team.  Hand sanitizer will be available during check-in and at the portajohns.

The “on your own” course can only be completed between Monday September 21st and Sunday September 27th.  We will mail you your maps, instructions, and swag.  Note:  boats will NOT be provided for the “on your own” course.  Boats can be rented from the park on Saturday and Sunday only, but you are welcome to use your own boat (SUP, kayak, canoe, etc. are all OK).  The paddle section of the course is optional.


Sport Course (up to 5 hours)

Total Distance: 13-21 miles
Trekking: 6-8 miles
Mountain biking: 6-10 miles
Paddling: 1-3 miles

Navigation: Beginner to intermediate
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

Registration Fees

Sport Course (up to 5 Hours)

Soloists and teams of 2 or 3 are allowed.

$80 per person – New year by 1/5/20
$90 per person – Early by 8/20/20
$100 per person – Regular by 9/16/20

“On Your Own” Course

$55 per person

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Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, boats, life jackets, paddles, 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 19th
2:00pm to 5:00pm – check-in and map distribution

Sunday September 20th
7:00am to 10:00am wave starts

“On Your Own” Edition
Race can be done any time during park hours from Monday September 21st to Sunday September 27th

Gear Information

Mandatory Gear for Each Racer

  • Bike (mountain bikes are highly 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)
  • 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 for in-person race.  Racers may use their own paddles and PFDs if they wish, but must transport them to and from the paddle portion of the race. For the “on your own” edition you can rent a boat from the park (Sat and Sun only), use your own boat (any non-motorized is fine), or skip the paddle.**


Pohick Bay Regional Park
6501 Pohick Bay Dr.
Lorton, VA 22079

From Interstate 95 North:

  • Take exit 161 to Lorton, Rt. 1 N.
  • Go about 1.8 miles to first stop light and turn right on to Gunston Rd.
  • Go about 3.2 miles on Gunston Rd to park entrance on left.
  • Follow the signs to race parking and check-in.

From Interstate 95 South:

  • From I95 S, exit 163 to Lorton.
  • Left onto Lorton Rd at the end of exit ramp.
  • Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. (You will see Shoppers Food Warehouse)
  • Go about 1.1 mile to traffic light at RT. 1.
  • Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go about 3.2 miles to park entrance on left.
  • Follow the signs to race parking and check-in.


Awards will be presented to the top five in all race categories.  Awards will be presented after the race at the awards ceremony.

Race Rules

  • Use of any GPS device that has a visual display of distance or map is forbidden.
  • Non-GPS bike computers are allowed on your bikes.
  • 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 90+)

3 Person Team Divisions include:
Co-ed, Female, Male, and Masters (team members any gender, combined team age of 135+)


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