If the thought of running around in the woods with your friends makes you giddy…
If you squeal with delight at the prospect of fueling on peanut m&m’s and poptarts…
If you’re ready to expand your horizons and tackle new challenges…
This giveaway is for you!!
GOALS ARA – the premiere adventure racing organization in the Philadelphia area – is offering a free team entry to one of their 2011 sprint adventure races.
GOALS races are designed for seasoned racers and beginners alike, and offer the ideal introduction to the sport.
As GOALS Founder Bill Gibbons (he put the G in GOALS) says, “Once you experience the thrill that comes from adventure racing, you’ll be hooked. We guarantee it.”
The winner of this giveaway will receive free entry for a coed or single-gender team of two or three to either The Savage Adventure Race on April 16, 2011, or The Edge Adventure Race, tentatively scheduled for October 16, 2011. Both races will take place in state parks in the Philadelphia region.
Individual race entry ordinarily costs $75 per person – this is up to a $225 value!
Each race will be made up of running, biking, canoeing, and map-and-compass navigation. And, as is GOALS’ trademark, there will also be special team challenges.
The distance generally breaks down to roughly (emphasis on ‘roughly’) 5 miles on foot, 5 miles on the water, and 10 miles on bike. Mountain bikes are recommended, but hybrids and cyclocross bikes will suffice.
Teams will have up to six hours to complete as much of the course as they can.
Are you excited yet???
Prizes are awarded to the top three teams in single-gender and coed 2- and 3-person categories. All racers receive technical t-shirts and post-race refreshments.
Over the next several weeks, keep an eye out here for training tips from some of the best racers around, as well as guest posts from novices and pros alike, waxing poetic about the wonders of adventure racing.
As someone who once said she could never do anything like this and this past summer completed her first multi-day race, trust me when I tell you that anyone can complete an adventure race.
So what are you waiting for?
Get ready to make your way to Philadelphia and take to the trails!!
(1) Leave a comment below with your proposed team name (seriously, these things are important).
(2) For a second entry, spread the word about the giveaway on facebook, twitter, or on your own blog. Link back or let me know in a separate comment.
(3) For a third entry, like G.O.A.L.S. Adventure Racing Association on facebook.
(4) To maximize your chances, get your prospective teammates to enter as well.
Entries will be accepted until March 15, at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced the following morning.
This giveaway is only open to people who have never competed in a GOALS race before.