VentureQuest Adventure Race

September 22, 2019
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VentureQuest Adventure Race

VQ is moving…after 11 VQ editions at Fountainhead…we are thrilled to bring VentureQuest back in 2019 to a new NEW VENUE on 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!

VentureQuest is a 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.  VentureQuest offers a 5-hour course and an 8-hour course.

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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 the option of competing in the up to 5 hour sport course, or the up to 8 hour elite course. Neither are easy, but both are doable. 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.


Sport Course (up to 5 hours)

Total Distance: 11-19 miles
Trekking: 3-5 miles
Mountain biking: 6-10 miles
Paddling: 2-4 miles

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

Elite Course (up to 8 hours)

Total Distance: 20-30 miles
Trekking: 7-12 miles
Mountain biking: 8-10 miles
Paddling: 5-8 miles

Navigation: Intermediate
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

Registration Fees

Sport Course (up to 5 Hours)

$90 – New year by 1/6/19
$100 – Early by 8/22/19
$110 – Regular by 9/18/19

2 Person Teams
$160 – New year by 1/6/19
$180 – Early by 8/22/19
$200 – Regular by 9/18/19

3 Person Teams
$240 – New year by 1/6/19
$270 – Early by 8/22/19
$300 – Regular by 9/18/19

Elite Course (up to 8 Hours)

$130 – New year by 1/6/19
$140 – Early by 8/22/19
$150 – Regular by 9/18/19

2 Person Teams
$240 – New year by 1/6/19
$260 – Early by 8/22/19
$280 – Regular by 9/18/19

3 Person Teams
$360 – New year by 1/6/18
$390 – Early by 8/22/19
$420 – Regular by 9/18/19

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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 21st
3:00pm to 5:00pm – Optional early check-in (bibs, shirts, etc. distributed…no maps)
4:00pm to 5:00pm – AR clinic, including a basic map and compass skills (optional)

Sunday September 22nd
6:30 – Check-in (Bibs, maps, and rules of travel distributed)
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.
2:30 –  Sport Course Awards/Prizes and Giveaways
5:30 – Elite Course Awards/Prizes and Giveaways

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.  Racers may use their own paddles and PFDs if they wish, but must transport them to and from the paddle portion of the race. **


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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