WINTER 3-HOUR CHALLENGE
Parry Sound, ON
The Challenge the Shield 3-hour winter adventure race is an awe-inspiring wilderness endurance challenge on the rugged Canadian Shield. Teams of two have up to 3 hours to tackle as many of the 20 checkpoint or segment challenges amongst iconic windswept pines, frozen lakes and deep powder snow on the 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. Shred some wicked fat bike single track. Navigate to as many of the beginner and intermediate snowshoe checkpoints as possible. Carve some ski turns on the sweet powder downhills. You decide the adventure!
Challenge yourself. Challenge your friends. Challenge the Shield!
Granite Valley (Parry Sound, Ontario)
Teams of two will snowshoe, fat bike and/or XC ski up to a marathon in distance over a three-hour time limit. A total of 20 checkpoint or segment challenges totaling 1,250 points are up for grabs over the three race stages. A penalty of 100 points for every minute (or part) over the time limit. Stage 1 is an up to 2 km snowshoe run relay segment (250 points). Stage 2 is an up to 30 km XC ski and/or fat bike (up to 500 points). Stage 3 is an up to 10 km snowshoe trek with 10 checkpoints of varying difficulty of navigation totaling 500 points. The snowshoe trek and XC ski/fat bike sections of the course have been designed to have a similar time of completion by an experienced team. All teams must finish the race on the snowshoe trek but can customize their adventure by doing as much or as little of the race course as they wish.
Coed, Male, Female, Masters (average age >50), & Junior (average age <18)
*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 Winter 3-hour rules and carry required gear during the race. Download here.
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEE
Registration opens in October 2022. Early bird rates are in effect to December 31, 2022.
ADULT: Early: $130/team. Normal: $150/team
FAMILY: Early: $70/team. Normal: $80/team
JUNIOR: Early: $50/team. Normal: $60/team
*Entry fee includes race maps, post-event hot food, and event insurance. Entry fee does not include Zone-4 online transaction.
Online registration link (deadline: February 2, 2023 at noon)
Confirmed CTS-3 teams (will be shown here once registration opens)
EVENT DAY SCHEDULE
0930-1030 Packet and map pick-up
1000 Free navigation tips clinic
1030 Pre-race briefing
1100 Mass start
1430-1530 Post-race meal and awards.
RACE DAY INFO
Click here to view the racer information package (coming in December)
Click here to view the final racer update (coming in late January)
Wil Smith and Mike Waddington
ADVENTURE RACING ONTARIO
Challenge the Shield Winter 3-hour 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.