CHALLENGE THE SHIELD
MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURE RACE
Parry Sound, ON
SEPTEMBER 8, 2024
2023 RACE RESULTS
The Challenge the Shield Multi-Sport Adventure Race 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 checkpoint or segment 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. Each of the checkpoints or segments are assigned both a difficulty rating and either a trek, paddle, or bike discipline so teams can focus on their endurance sport strengths while also trying new challenges. Shred some wicked advanced black diamond MTB single track. Navigate to as many of the beginner and intermediate checkpoints as possible. Paddle and portage to a backcountry lake. You decide the adventure!
Challenge your friends. Challenge yourself. Challenge the Shield!
Nine Mile Lake Beach (near the Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre ~10km NE of Parry Sound, ON)
6-hour time limit. A total of 2,500 points are up for grabs. The race begins with a three-part mandatory segment challenge (525 points); a marked-route ~ 3.5 km run/trek, followed by an ~ 2 km paddle, and then an ~ 7 km bike. After completing the segment challenge, there are trek, paddle and bike checkpoint challenge sections (up to 625 points each) which can be taken in any order. Each checkpoint challenge section has 9 checkpoints of varying difficulty and points value (you can choose as many as you like in each discipline). The more checkpoints you get the more points you score. Total checkpoint challenge section distances are ~12 km for the trek, ~12 km for the paddle, and ~20 km for the bike. The race ends with an optional 100 point marked-route swim-run challenge. A penalty of 100 points for every minute (or part) over the 6-hour time limit will be deducted.
CHALLENGE STICKERS & AWARDS
Challenge yourself at Challenge the Shield!
We will have prizes for the first-place team in all categories and lots of draw prizes.
The Challenge the Shield is also about challenging yourself. Whatever your age or experience we would like to reward your achievements in this race. How many checkpoints can you find? How many points can your team get? Challenge the Shield Points Challenge Gold, Silver, and Bronze CTS stickers will be given to teams that get 2000, 1500, and 1000 points, respectively! All other teams will get a Challenge the Shield participation sticker!
Teams of 2.
Coed, Male, Female, Masters (total age >100), and U18 (ages between 13 and 18)
*age as of December 31, 2024.
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEE
Entry fee is for a team of two. Registration limited to a total of 70 teams.
Entry fee includes professional customized race maps for each team member, timing chip rental, host site day-use fees, customized CTS race swag (i.e., t-shirt, towel, socks) for all early and regular deadline team entries, CTS participation sticker, race insurance, and a yummy post-race pizza for each team. Entry fee does not include Zone-4 online transaction fee or canoes. Teams will need to arrange their own canoe or kayaks. See below for suggested canoe rental locations.
Entry deadlines (tentative):
Early until June 28, 2024; Regular until August 2, 2024; Late until August 18, 2023.
Registration closes August 30, 2024.
Adult team: Early $175; Regular $200; Late $225
Junior team: Early $90; Regular $100; Late $110 (ages 13-18)
Discounts: GNOAC OR GOPS members can email us for a discount code.
RACE GUIDE, RULES & REQUIRED GEAR
Our 2024 Race Guide will be posted in July, 2024 but you check out our complete 2023 Race Guide which includes race rules and required gear to get a better idea on how the race works. Our 2023 segment challenge marked routes are summarized here:
2023 Run SC: Strava GPX Map
2023 MTB SC: Strava GPX Map
2023 Paddle SC: Map
2023 Swim Run SC: Map
There are several canoe rental options in the Parry Sound and Muskoka region. The closest options are White Squall Paddling Centre or Oastler Provincial Park. Contact info for these locations (and several others) are at this link (see Muskoka/Algonquin/Haliburton//French River Area).
Saturday September 7th
1500-1700 Pre-race clinic (extra fee)
1600-1800 Race packet pick-up at Nine Mile Lake Beach
Sunday September 8th (Race Day)
0800-0915: Gear drop, gear check, and race packet pick-up at Nine Mile Lake Beach.
0945 Pre-race briefing
1000 Mass start
1615-1730 Post-race hot meal and awards
Wil Smith and Mike Waddington
ADVENTURE RACING ONTARIO SERIES
Challenge the Shield Multi-Sport Adventure Race is an official race in the Adventure Racing Ontario Series. For more information on other races in the Adventure Racing Ontario Series click the logo.