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+ WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE RACE?
Adventure Racing is typically a multi-disciplinary team sport involving navigation over an unmarked course with races extending anywhere from two hours up to two weeks in length. Adventure Racing incorporates many different disciplines but most popular ones are mountain biking, paddling, climbing, running, horse riding, trekking, skiing, and white water rafting. Some races offer solo competition as well, but most teams vary in gender and in size from two to five competitors, however the premier format is considered to be mixed gender teams of four racers. There is typically no suspension of the clock during races, length is relative; competition time runs concurrently with real time, and competitors must choose if or when to rest.
+ HOW DOES THE RANCH'S ADVENTURE RACE COMPARE TO OTHER ADVENTURE RACES?
This is The Ranch's fourth Annual Adventure Race on Angel Island.
This Adventure Race is a two or four person combined 12K (Junior Division), 12K (Family Division) or 15K (Adult Adult). Competitors will have to complete between five and ten obstacles / challenges on their own or as a team. One bike is allotted per team of two and two bikes are allotted per team of four. Any teammate can ride at any point, so choose wisely as to who rides where and does what. Teams will not know the course or challenges until the day of the race. Tactics can be planned on the Ferry ride over.
The goal of the race is to complete all challenges and obstacles and race back to the Start / Finish line.
+ WHAT IS A COMBINED 12K and 15K?
Overall, Adult Division participants will each do a minimum of 8K (5 miles), depending on how their team prepares. If teams do not communicate well or have a difficult time completing challenges, they may each end up running / biking upwards of 12K (7.4 miles). Each Adult team will have 8-10 obstacles / challenges to complete, and teams can choose who bikes / runs where.
Same goes for the 12K. Split that number in half and that is your average total distance each partcipant will cover. Don't forget one person will be running, while the other is biking!
+ WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES / CHALLENGES?
Each team will have 5-10 obstacles / challenges to complete. There is no order to completing obstacles / challenges, but teams should work together to formulate a plan of attack once they receive the race map. Some obstacles require both teammates to be present, while others only require a single teammate. No team will know any of the obstacles / challenges before race day (except the one described below).
"Super Sling Shot" - This 2 person challenge will take place at Camp Reynolds. Partner 1 will wear a Kangaroo marsupium (or pouch) and be standing about 50 feet from the sling shot; Partner 2 will be in charge of flinging brightly colored rubber Joey's (ruber chickens) from the sling shot trying to get a total of 5 in their partners basket.
+ HOW HILLY IS HILLY?
Angel Islands roads are farily hilly. Lots of ups and downs, but no more than 100 - 150 vertail feet gained on the premiter road in 1.5 miles. The elevation gain from Ayala Cove (Start line) to Mt. Livermore (Probably an obstacle for adults) is 781 feet. Cycling is not allowed on the trails, but is allowed on the fire roads leading up to the trails.
+ HOW DO I GET TO ANGEL ISLAND? DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A FERRY TICKET?
Participants will have to purchase a ticket to ride the ferry from Tiburon and SF to Angel Island. We will depart at the scheduled ferry times. Tiburon - 10am; SF - 9:45am. Please be at the Ferry for check in at least 30 - 45 minutes early for packet pick up.
+ CAN I TAKE THE FERRY FROM SF OR THE EAST BAY?
We are currently working on getting shuttle service to and from SF and the East Bay.
+ DO I NEED MY OWN BIKE?
Yes you need your own bike. We do not provide bikes. And any bike will work! No electric bikes and no tandem bikes
+ WHERE DO I PARK?
There are 5 parking lots located in Tiburon for day use parking. Each lot is between $4-5 per day. This fee is not
included in regristration. For more details about driving directions or a map of parking lots please visit here
+ WHAT TYPE OF SUPPLIES DO I NEED?
We will provide a couple of hydration stations / re-fueling stations, but it would be a good idea to have at least 1 backpack per team, layered clothing (Angel Island is windy!), water bottle, bike helmet (mandatory), watch, and permanant marker.
+ WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A PARTNER?
Finding the right partner is important. Both need to be someone who can support each other and communicate well. Partners should be at similar fitness levels and should have similar goals they'd like to achieve. If you are looking for a partner, email email@example.com.
+ DO SPECTATORS HAVE TO PAY FOR THE FERRY TO WATCH ME RACE?
Yes, spectators will have to buy a full price ticket for $15. Spectators may also choose to ride the scheduled ferries from Tiburon or SF.
+ WHAT IF MY KIDS ARE TOO YOUNG TO PARTICIPATE? CAN I STILL ATTEND THE RACE?
If your child doesn't fit within the age parameters, but you beleive they have the ability to do this race, shoot firstname.lastname@example.org an email and chat about some options.
We will be offering complimentary drop in child care on the day of the race. Our youth staff professionals will spend the day playing games and activities with your kids and cheer on racers as they cross the finish line!
+DRINKS AND FOOD ARE INCLUDED?
Yes, you get one ice cold beverage (beer, cider, or soda) for completing the race, then you may purchase addititonal beverages for $3.00 each. With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner we are working on getting various mexican foods to end our day with a kick!.
+ MORE QUESTIONS?
Contact email@example.com to get the imporant answers you need to know to register!