September 8, 2021

Adventure Racing: Taking Your Love of The Outdoors to The Next Level

If you haven’t heard of adventure racing, you’re probably living under a rock (and in some cases, they’re even climbing and biking over rock you’re under).

Adventure racing is a race composed of two or more endurance disciplines. The endurance disciplines include orienteering (if an orienteering map is used) and/or navigation (when non-orienteering maps are used,) mountain biking, paddling, and cross-country running. Climbing and rope-related skills are utilized in some races as well.


If you’ve been looking to up your game from your standard 5k, look no further. We’ve gathered six adventure races hitting northeast this fall:

  1. CNY Fall Adventure Challenge: Saturday, September 18, 2021

This three-hour, trekking only race challenges you and your team to find the most checkpoints in the least amount of time. You can expect a mixed terrain of woodlands, streams, swamps, and fields. If you’re interested, you can sign up until 11:59pm on September 17.

  1. Wildlands Adventure Challenge: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Wildlands is hosting two different challenges. One eight-hour race that will take you through a course by bike, foot, and kayak, and will be going through the terrain of the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. The three-hour race will allow you to have a more moderate experience by hiking and paddling the pond, allowing you to dip your toes in if this is your first adventure-type race. 

  1. The 20th Annual Greenway Challenge: Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Greenway Challenge will take you on a course of running, paddling, and biking through the Blackstone River Valley from Worcester, Massachusetts to Pawtucket, Rhode Island. You can sign up for the Greenway Challenge until Friday, September 17.

The Greenway Challenge supports the development of new programs, purchase of equipment, and facility renovations for the Whitin Community Center, who are committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley.

  1. Rat Race Source to City: Friday, October 1, 2021

This four-day, 300-mile race will take you on a 21-mile kayak through the Hudson Highlands, a 22-mile trek and mountain run, and 260 mile bike ride. You can expect rest stations, bike mechanic repairs, logistics support, kayak rental, and more to assist you with your journey. Waiting for you at the end of the race is a well-deserved Wrap Party, with food and drinks in Manhattan.

  1. The Hard Fall 24 Hour Adventure Race: Saturday, October 9, 2021

As the name suggests, this 24-hour race (yes, even in the dark,) will require you to paddle, bike, trek, and navigate over 100 miles and ascend around 10,000 feet. With this race, you can push yourself as hard as you want, with many points in lieu of a shortcut to complete the course to cut down on mileage and elevation. 

  1. Test Your Nettle 3 Hour Adventure Challenge: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Test Your Nettle’s three hour challenge takes you through scenic Vermont to test your navigation skills to find hidden checkpoints and overcome a variety of obstacles. You’ll be running and trekking, on and off trails, and paddling to complete the challenge. Once your nettle has been tested, you can expect a post-race meal and gathering. 



Are you running  in any of these adventure races or have you run adventure race before? We would love to hear about it in the comments!