|Warming up with coffee before heading out to field check.|
Are you going to BEAST, Union Bay-- a sprint adventure race?? It's the most fun you'll ever have on a weeknight. Don't let the phrase "adventure race" scare you away. Advanced navigation experience is not required! I can promise you that, as I've been busily course designing with a whole spectrum of participants in mind.
When designing any navigation course-- the goal is not to be tricky or sneaky. Even the most advanced courses should require skill, not luck, in order to find the checkpoint. Don't worry about shooting bearings (or even knowing what that means). At BEAST events, the navigation is at an intermediate level. You'll have to make some decisions to get between checkpoints. E.g., "let's ride down this street for 2 blocks, then turn uphill." If you've ever sat in the passenger seat of a car, thumbing a Google map and announcing which way to turn to the driver-- you can navigate at a BEAST race! If you're still terrified of maps, that's what friends are for! Adventure Races are, after all, traditionally done in teams.
Online registration is now closed for Thursday's BEAST Union Bay, but you can still register day-of! Don't forget- this BEAST race is also a fundraiser for the newly formed USA Mountain Bike Orienteering Team!
Hope to see you there! Go to www.BEASTRACE.com for more info! Also, check out the Beast Facebook page.