CHALLENGE THE SHIELD
2-hour and 6-hour ADVENTURE RUN
Parry Sound, ON
MAY 7, 2023
The Challenge the Shield Ultra Adventure Run is an awe-inspiring wilderness endurance challenge on the rugged Canadian Shield. Teams of two have up to 6 hours to tackle as many of the 30-40 checkpoint challenges amongst the iconic windswept pines, pristine lakes and granite rock barrens as they choose. The "choose-your-own-adventure" points-based course design is both beginner-friendly and an epic challenge of strategy and adventure for even the most experienced teams. Top teams will need to trek and run over a marathon in distance to get all the checkpoints. Each of the checkpoints or segments is assigned both a difficulty rating and teams decide what difficulty and as many checkpoints as they want to tackle. You decide the adventure!
Challenge your friends. Challenge the Shield!
Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre
ADVENTURE RUN FORMATS
2-hour Adventure Run: Teams of two will have up to 2-hours to run, hike or trek to as many of the 15-20 checkpoint or segment challenges as possible. Total distance to get all checkpoints is approximately 10 km.
6-hour Ultra Adventure Run: Teams of two will begin with a 10-20km point-to-point series of 10-12 checkpoints (checkpoints must be taken in order). After completing that stage of the race they can tackle as many of the remaining checkpoints or segments (35-40 in total) in any order in the 6-hour time limit.
CHECKPOINT AND SEGMENT CHALLENGES
A checkpoint is a feature in the landscape that a team must navigate to using the race map while a segment is a marked route on a trail that teams must follow. These challenges are marked on race maps like this:
The colour-shape difficulty rating system is used to indicate the physical and technical difficulty of the challenges:
6-hour: 30-40 checkpoints/segments, 2000 points (breakdown of checkpoint/segment difficulty TBD)
2-hour: 20 checkpoints or segments points (breakdown of checkpoint/segment difficulty TBD)
Coed, Male, Female, Masters (average age >50), Junior (average age <18), and Family (one adult, one child <16)
*age as of December 31, 2023.
AWARDS & PRIZES
Awards will be given to the first place team in all categories and to the top 3 teams in all categories with at least 10 entries. We also hope to have some draw prizes from our sponsors.
RULES & REQUIRED GEAR
All participants are required to review the Challenge the Shield Adventure Run rules and carry required gear during the race. Coming spring 2023.
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEE
Tentative fees (6-hour)
ADULT: Early: $175/team. Normal: $200/team
JUNIOR: Early: $75/team. Normal: $100/team
Tentative fees (2-hour)
ADULT: Early: $125/team. Normal: $150/team
JUNIOR: Early: $50/team. Normal: $75/team
FAMILY: Early: $100/team. Normal: $125/team
*Entry fee includes race maps, post-event hot food, and event insurance. Entry fee does not include Zone-4 online transaction.
Registration opens in October, 2022.
EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
0700-0815: 6-hour Ultra gear check and race packet and map pick-up
0830 6-hour Ultra pre-race briefing
0900 6-hour Ultra pre-race mass start
0915-1030 2-hour race gear check and race packet and map pick-up
1015 Free navigation tips clinic
1030 2-hour pre-race briefing
1100 2-hour race mass start
1300 2-hour race finish
1500 6-hour race finish
1330-1630 Post-race meal and awards
Wil Smith and Mike Waddington
ADVENTURE RACING ONTARIO
Challenge the Shield 6-hour Ultra Adventure Run has applied to be an event in the 2023 Adventure Racing Ontario Race series. For more information on Adventure Racing in Ontario click the logo.