first_imgYough Xtreme Adventure RaceOhiopyle, Penn., April 26Set in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, this adventure race is comprised of four disciplines: paddling, running, mountain biking, and rappelling. In under 10 hours, solo racers or teams will be expected to, in total, run 20 miles  in between sections, peddle 25+ miles of steep singletrack and fire roads, paddle 9 miles of the classs III section from Ramcat to the Middle Yough River takeout, and descend a 140-foot rappel (just for good measure). americanadventuresports.comOdyssey Wild, Wonderful 24-Hour Adventure RaceOak Hill, W. Va., May 17Ever wanted to do an adventure race but didn’t know how to do one of the sports? If it’s kayaking you don’t know, this wild and wonderful race just might have the solution you’re looking far. Go solo or as part of a 2-,3-, or 4-person team. Expect to trek through the woods with only map and compass as your guide, shred the recently developed singletrack, and hop on board an experienced guide’s raft as they help you navigate the class IV+ New River Gorge. Sierra Nevada SilverbackSaluda, N.C., SeptemberEven for the most seasoned adventure racer, the Silverback is one of the most difficult multi-sport events in the world. A solo-competitor event, this adventure race starts off with whitewater kayaking on the Green River, an 8-mile course that includes the world-class Narrows section of whitewater. From there competitors will don mountain bikes and cruise for another 8 miles through a challenging loop in the Green River Gamelands. Finally, the race ends by trail running that same 8-mile loop. Needless to say, finishing this thing will surely put some hair on your chest. greenrivergames.comKing of the Smokies TriathlonLake Junaluska, N.C., AugustSince launching the race four years ago, race director Bill Wilkins has sought to continue providing triathletes with a challenging yet well-organized event every year. Wilkins has worked diligently to establish a training program for local athletes who want to get serious about tris, citing the King of the Smokies motto “courage, commitment, challenge” as the tools for success. The triathlon itself attracts beginners and professionals alike and includes both sprint and international distance courses with an open-water swim, a back road bike ride, and a run around Lake Junaluska. kingofthesmokies.comRed River Gorge American ClassicSlade, Ky., November 1Known as The Fig XI, this adventure race is the last in Kentucky’s Unbridled Adventure series, three adventure races that are hosted by Flying Squirrel Adventures and Kentucky State Parks. The Fig is not recommended for inexperienced racers or racing teams, as it requires competitors to run, pedal, paddle, and scramble their way through some of the steepest terrain in and around the Red River Gorge. flyingsquirreladventures.comBest of the RestDUATHLONSJerry’s BaddleSaluda, N.C., April • jerrysbaddle.orgAmphibious DuathlonCharlotte, N.C., August 2 • usnwc.orgRussell Fork BaddlunElkhorn City, Ky., October 11-12 • rfbaddlun.blogspot.comTRIATHLONSWinter Challenge XI Off-Road TriathlonSpringfield, S.C., February 15 • winterchallenge.netGreat Greenbrier River RaceMarlinton, W.Va., April 26 • wordpress.greenbrierrivertrail.comInaugural Laurel Lake Half Ironman TriathlonLondon, Ky., July 12 • laurellaketri.comNew River Trail Challenge TriathlonFoster Falls, Va., September 20 • dcr.virginia.govADVENTURE RACESPalmetto Swamp Fox Adventure RaceCharleston, S.C., March 15 • kandoadventures.comREV3 Shenandoah Epic Adventure RaceLuray, Va., April 26 • rev3adventure.comSpecial Operations Adventure RaceHighlands, N.C., June 21 • soarhighlands.orgMUD RUNS & OBSTACLE COURSESMad Anthony Mud RunWaynesboro, Va., February 22 • runthevalley.comCarolinas Spartan SprintCharlotte, N.C., March 22 • spartanrace.comSuperhero ScrambleUnion Point, Ga., April 26 • superheroscramble.comWarrior DashMechanicsville, Md., May 10 • warriordash.comMad Mountain Mud RunHendersonville, N.C., May 31 • madmountainmudrun.comTough MudderDoswell, Va., June 14-15 • toughmudder.com_______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img

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