Greenhorn Adventure Race - Recap, Part 1

Let me start by saying how much fun I had competing in my FIRST Adventure Race. I emphasize the FIRST part because I plan on doing many more. Kevin and I had a blast doing this race together and are already planning our training for next year. Two words - HILL WORKOUTS.

Backing up a bit...Friday, Kevin and I drove out to Cumberland, MD - which is about two and a half hours west of Baltimore on Friday afternoon and had a great dinner in downtown Cumberland. We found this cute little Italian place, Ristorante Ottaviani, and were lucky enough to score a table by the window. What great, summer-like weather we had in this area over the weekend!

Fresh Italian bread was immediately brought to our table and served with olive oil and fresh parmesan for dipping.We started with a house salad served with a Romano Vinaigrette, which they were kind enough to split on two plates for us.The menu was extensive, so there was a good amount of time spent looking through all of the options.I decided on the Capesante con Pesto which was Pan seared scallops with a pesto and fresh tomatoes served over linguine.It was just OK and after eating all the scallops, I picked at the linguine because the sauce wasn't as flavorful as I had hoped.Afterwards, we walked over to City Creamery for homemade ice cream. I decided on a small cup of their flavor of the day - Take 5 - after the candy bar. It was scrumptious.

I forgot to mention that after reading about the race equipment required (on our drive out there) - we realized we both needed whistles. Our time would be penalized if we didn't have them for the race. We were lucky enough to find a dollar store downtown where we each got a whistle for a $1. These would come in handy later..


Check-in started at 7am the morning of the race, so we decided to grab breakfast in the hotel restaurant, which opened at 6:30am. No pictures, but I had a full breakfast, since the race didn't start until 10am. Egg and Cheese on a bagel, fresh fruit, and coffee.

The race took place in Rocky Gap State Park, which is home to the Rocky Gap Lodge & Resort. It is absolutely gorgeous there. The temperature was supposed to get up into the mid - upper 80s, so we knew we had to have plenty of water. We each planned to wear our camelback hydration packs for the entire race. After receiving the rules of the race, we headed to the transition area to rack our bikes and set up all of our gear: helmet, gloves, more water, change of socks, and cherry energy jelly beans.

About an hour later, we received our map, which laid out all of the checkpoints on the course. The entire race was going to be 14-16 miles total - running/trekking, mountain biking, and paddling.At this point, I felt overwhelmed and nervous. I mean - we had no idea where we were and had never been on these trails! We only had an hour and a half to map out our OWN course. Basically, each team was designing their own race!

The main rules:

  • You had to hit all 6 numbered checkpoints in numerical order.
  • You could visit colored checkpoints at any time, but must go to 6 out of 8 colored checkpoints.
  • Each of the numbered and colored checkpoints had rules associated with them. For example, you could only trek/run to Checkpoint 1 (CP1).
  • You didn't have to use the trails and could go off course to find shortcuts.
For the next hour or so, Kevin and I mapped out our course of attack. Once we got through this and had our course mapped out, I felt more confident and knew we would make it and were going to have a blast. Kevin carried the list above and our map the entire way in a ziploc bag attached to his camelback. Since I was our team navigator, I could easily grab it off his back when we needed to refer to the map.

Around 9am, I was hungry and ate a Lemon/Vanilla/Cashew Clif Nectar bar to make sure I had enough energy. At 9:50am, all of the teams headed to the start, but it was crazy to think that people were going to be headed off in all different directions!!

Before we knew it - it was 10am and we were OFF....

Part 2...will be coming as soon as the race pictures and results are posted. I really want to show you the pictures of the course as I talk about it. We didn't carry a camera, but I wish we had so I would have pictures to share now.

As a side note: My new job is going great, but I am very busy since I am new and trying to learn everything. The days are flying by and I am loving it, but it doesn't leave much downtime during the day.

I will be back as soon as the photos and results are posted!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend...


Balance, Joy and Delicias! April 27, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

it seems a fun race in a gorgeous place, I can't wait to see the pics! :)
Glad that your new job is going well!

Run Sarah April 27, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

Glad to hear your new job is going well. The adventure race sounds awesome -- cant wait to see more photos!

Erica April 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

Glad it went well! Can't wait to hear more and see the pictures!!!!!!!

kara April 27, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

I've never been to Cumberland, but now I really want to!

So glad that your run was good! Looking forward to pics :)

gina (fitnessista) April 27, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

i can't wait to see pics! sounds like so much fun and i'm so glad you're new job is going well!

RunningLaur April 27, 2009 at 10:51 PM  

What a beautiful location, I can't wait to see more pictures! The adventure racing thing sounds like the most fun exciting thing there is - pretty sure I'm going to have to start hinting to the fiancé. :)

I Run for Fun April 27, 2009 at 11:04 PM  

Sounds awesome. I was just thinking how great it would be to do an adventure race. Waiting for Part II!

Julie April 27, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

SO glad that your new job is working out well :) the race sounds so fun!!

K from ksgoodeats April 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

I'm excited to hear more!! Glad you had a great time and I'm glad your new job is going well!

nibblesandwiggles April 28, 2009 at 9:12 AM  

The suspense!!!!

Glad your job is going well! :)

Meghann April 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

Wow! Map your own course?? I am so bad with directions, I'm not sure I could have handled that part! lol

can't wait to hear the rest!!

Rose April 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

I've been wondering how your race went! Looking forward to part 2!!

ttfn300 April 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

that sounds like so much fun!! can't wait for part 2 :)

Erin April 28, 2009 at 4:34 PM  

You are such a stud!

Glad new job is going well.

Too bad about the scallops. It sucks when pesto ruins a dish.

Footprints and Fingertips April 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the new job. Also, Cumberland looks adorable! Who knew?!

sweetandfit April 28, 2009 at 11:08 PM  

that map our own course part sounds so neat!

you are missed! hope all is well with everything!

elise April 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

dude, that sounds CRAZY COOL. wow, ive never heard of anything like that before, what an amazing adventure...cant wait for part 2

Unemployment Benefits April 30, 2009 at 3:12 AM  

Well, when one wanted a REAL exercise and some workout then I guess joining this kind of race would do the trick. After all, you will be able to lose a lot of sweats with all those running going on.

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Paid Survey April 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

Indeed, it is truly a magnificent site, I wonder if I will get the privilege of being able to visit that location.

Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

Oh wow that sounds like fun! :)

Kristin April 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

Just found your blog!

I have also been thinking about doing an adventure race, I think my bf would enjoy it even though he's not a runner...

Looking forward to reading more!

Brooke (HomegirlCanEat) May 1, 2009 at 12:06 AM  

Hi! I haven't commented before (because I just started blogging yesterday) but have been reading yours for awhile and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it!! yaaaay for the race going well and Italiano food!

Lori May 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

What a great event! It sounds so exciting. I would love to try something like that sometime. Your photos are beautiful!

Tea May 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM  

Sounds awesome. I was just thinking how great it would be to do an adventure race. Waiting for Part II!

Sarah May 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

Lauren! I got my goodie basket. WOW!!! I love all the things you picked out, I sampled almost everything the minute I ripped the box open, lol. This makes me want to move to a state that has a TJ's. Thank you for the goodies!

Kate May 3, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

ooh! I'm so happy you like your job!!!

Nobel4Lit May 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

Great that your new job is good. I will watch out for part 2.

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