CHALLENGE THE SHIELD
Parry Sound, ON
MAY 5, 2024
The 2nd annual Challenge the Shield Adventure Run is an awe-inspiring 2-hour or 6-hour wilderness endurance challenge on the rugged Canadian Shield. Teams of two run or trek to as many of the 35 checkpoint challenges amongst the iconic windswept pines, pristine lakes and granite rock barrens as they choose. Each checkpoint is assigned a difficulty rating and points value and teams decide how many checkpoints they want to tackle. 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. You decide the adventure! Challenge your friends. Challenge the Shield!
Georgian Nordic Outdoor Activity Centre (Parry Sound, Ontario)
ADVENTURE RUN FORMATS
6-hour Adventure Run
~35 checkpoints. Up to ~35 km in distance. Maximum points: 2,500.
2-hour Adventure Run
~15 checkpoints. Up to ~10 km in distance. Maximum points: 1,000.
6-hour: Coed, Male, Female, Masters (average age >50)
2-hour: Open, U18 (ages 12-18)
*age as of December 31, 2024.
CHALLENGE STICKERS & AWARDS
Challenge yourself at Challenge the Shield!
The overall (coed) winning team will take home our Challenge the Shield mascot Squirrelly George for the year (George as in Georgian Nordic and squirrelly because you gotta be a little bit squirrelly to do a race like this right!).
There will also be prizes for the first-place team in all categories (6-hour: Coed, Male, Female, Masters; 2-hour: Open, U18).
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!
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEE
Entry fee is for a team of two. Registration limited to a total of 75 teams.
Entry fee includes professional customized race maps for each team member, host site day-use fees, customized CTS race swag (i.e., t-shirt, towel, socks) for all early or regular deadline team entries, CTS participation sticker, race insurance, and a post-race pizza for each team. Entry fee does not include Zone-4 online transaction fee.
Entry deadlines: Early until March 1, 2024; Regular until April 5, 2024; Late until April 26, 2024.
Registration closes April 26, 2024.
6-hour race fees:
Early $159; Regular $179; Late $199
2-hour race fees:
Early $139; Normal $159; Late $179
Discounts: U18 teams take 50% off race fees by using our 50U18 discount code. GNOAC members can email us for a discount code.
Register Here! (registration opens December, 2023)
List of confirmed teams (will be posted here after registration opens)
Refund Policy (coming December, 2023)
RACE GUIDE, RULES & REQUIRED GEAR
Challenge the Shield Adventure Run rules and required gear.
Download our 2023 Race Guide for more details on how the race works, race day schedule, and more. Our 2024 Race Guide will be available for download on March 1, 2024.
2023 Race Results
Wil Smith and Mike Waddington
ADVENTURE RACING ONTARIO
The Challenge the Shield 6-hour Adventure Run is an official race in the 2024 Adventure Racing Ontario Series. For more information on the Adventure Racing Ontario Series click the logo below.