Thursday, August 4, 2011

Moose Knuckles AR 2011

When was the last 24 hour adventure race in Nova Scotia? I can't remember either! Better host one!

Date: October 22nd / 23rd
Location: Eastern Shore, NS (Full details TBA)
Duration: 24 hrs
Disciplines: Mountain biking (approx. 100 km), river paddling (approx. 45 km), trekking (approx. 35 km)
Team Format: Teams of 3 or 4
Cost: $240 (team of 3) or $320 (team of 4)
Prizes: Not many
Contact: Andrew (

Registration: Available online, or by contacting Andrew

Schedule: TBA, expect a ~10:00 a.m. start on Saturday Oct. 22nd, with registration the night before / early morning.

Accommodations: Race HQ will be Spry Bay Campground. They are expecting us. I'll allow teams to make their own camping arrangements in our block since local teams with support crews may not require it. Contact me if you have any questions about when you'll need the accommodations.

Required Gear:
At all times:
- Compass
- Matches or lighter
- Knife
- Whistle
- Cell phone (one per team)

Bike section(s):
- CSA approved bike helmet
- Mountain bike
- Front white light
- Rear red light

Paddling section(s):
- Canoe, one per team*
- ULC approved PFD
- Buoyant throw line
- Bailer
- Paddle

*Teams of four must provide canoe specifications to confirm recommended weight limits are not exceeded by the team.

Gear Bins: Each team will be permitted one gear bin no larger than 190 L. A secondary paddling stash / bundle will be accepted provided it only contains required paddling gear.

Support Crews: If you have friends or family interested in support crewing for you it would make my job infinitely easier. More importantly, it would be advantageous to you! Support crews are not only welcomed, but encouraged. If you're unable to source a support crew we'll be sure we can accommodate you. Be sure to let Andrew know of your plans for support.

Course Notes: I'll update this as things fall into place. Right now there is a lot of biking! Much of it will be very fast though, so don't let the listed distances scare you. The paddling will exhibit one of Nova Scotia's finest rivers. Racers should expect some action on the river depending on water levels. The Trek will be another highlight through technical and challenging foot trails. Of course the Trek wouldn't be complete without some bushwhacks that will leave the most grizzled veteran racers in tears!

Final Note: I'd like to advise against doing a google image search for 'Moose Knuckles.'

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