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Quick Start Guide 


Quick Start Guide





Here are some simple steps to help you get started.


1. Join your local AR community

( Local racers, Teams,  weekly activities (North;South), Newsletter, Facebook)


2. Orienteer ( BAOC, GCO, LAOC, SDO)


3. Volunteer   - Local events and races


4. Learn -Races, Clinics and Other fun events - (Event Map)


5. Try a sprint race - (Beginner races


What is Adventure Racing?


Adventure Racing (AR) today is comprised of three main disciplines, kayaking, mountain biking, and trekking (walking, hiking, running).  Most of these activities are done on trails, lakes, and sometimes on rivers and oceans. Basically, it sounds like a wilderness triathlon without the swimming, right? Not really.  What sets AR apart is the team aspect and the lack of a marked or set course.  Combining individual strengths with navigational skills will get a team to the finish line. 


What is Adventure Racing?(Video)


Watch local athletes discuss why they adventure race and help you understand what adventure racing is today.


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“How do I get started?”

If you are new to our sport, here is a simple guide to get you started

1. Find your local adventure racing community.  (Checkout this helpful guide to northern California AR.  We are also making one for southern California)
2. Find out what events and races are happening around you.  (Event Map)
3. Volunteer at these events  and races to get acquainted with the sport and the community
4. Join the weekly activities in your community (Southern California; Northern California)
5. Attend the free clinics we offer?
6. Do a sprint race and see how you like it.

If you are veteran of adventure racing, here are some ideas to help the new adventure racers


California ARA - Sprint Adventure Map


What happens when you combine the West Coast adventure calendar with Google Maps?

This map shows all the races, events and clinics that are great for beginners.

Zoom in and find the races near you.


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