Even if you're an experienced triathlete, runner, mountain biker or kayaker—if you're new to adventure racing—your biggest challenge will undoubtedly be: "How do I get started?"
But if you are new to the sport, there are a few simple steps you can take to make it easy and not so intimidating to get your feet wet, so to speak. So familiarize yourself, do a little footwork and you'll soon immerse yourself in the exciting world of adventure racing.
1. Find your local adventure racing community. Do some research, reach out and ask questions. Get to know the other people involved—they'll become great friends and resources.
2. Find out what events and races are happening around you—or what events you may want to take a special trip to. It will allow you to keep a running calendar, which you can organize and hone as you go.
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3. Volunteer at these events and races, at first, to get acquainted with the sport and the community. There's no better way to familiarize yourself than by taking some time to feel the world out, somewhat on the sidelines, before diving in.
4. Join the weekly activities in your community. Racing teams, local outdoor shops and other sponsors often coordinate to organize (mostly) free activities that encourage skill building, community building, training opportunities and that are an all around good time.
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5. Attend free clinics. Many adventure race organizations also offer free clinics. Capitalize on that.
6. Do a sprint race and see how you like it. These races are usually about 4 hours for newbies (or 2, for the fastest teams) and are considered entry level for adventure racing. You can expect to be riding for 1.5 hours, trekking for an hour, and kayaking for 30 minutes.