Bartram Wildwood Strong Adventure Race

Presented by Columbia County, Georgia

October 16, 2016, 9 am


Being Bartram Strong means something different to every participant. Maybe you're feeling Strong because you're ready to nail the navigation, or it's your first 12-hour AR, or you love riding trails but want to take it up a notch. Maybe it's your first solo race, or perhaps you've assembled a dream team. Whatever your reason to prove you're Strong, we get it and we're ready to make it happen at the Bartram Wildwood Strong on October 16. 

You'll be racing where William Bartram, America's first native-born explorer and naturalist, started his 220-mile journey in the 1770s to record the region's animal and plant life. It's kinda cool to follow his exploratory lead 220 years later. Especially with the bonus of Goretex, Body Glide, and Gatorade.


Be ready to paddle on the lake, mountain bike on some sweet trails and fire roads, and trek through gorgeous pine forests using basic navigation skills. This peach of a race on some of the best trails in Georgia is perfect for anyone who can read a trail map and wants to experience some excellent outdoor activities on a crisp fall day.

Thanks to Columbia County, Georgia for their generous support of the 2016 Wildwood Adventure Weekend, including the USARA National Championship and Bartram Wildwood Strong and Tenderfoot!


Watch this space post-race! Updates and pictures of the race will be posted online primarily on our Facebook site and also on Instagram and on Twitter. We have staff dedicated to posting updates and providing information on the race throughout the entire event. Friends and family will have a lot of opportunities to cheer you along throughout the course. We will identify good areas during the pre-race brief.


Click to view pictures from the 2015 event.


Wildwood Park

3780 Dogwood Lane
Appling, GA 30802

See Who Is Racing

Coming soon.


  • Soloist (Male & Female)

  • Two-person teams (Female, Male, and Co-ed)

  • Three person teams (Female, Male, and Co-ed)


 Trekking - 5K

Paddling - 10K

Mountain Biking - 20K

Biking on road - 10K

Mountain Biking (Optional) - 9K
Total distance= ~50K


  • Super early registration is $100.00 per team member & $120 for soloists until June 8, 2016

  • Early registration is $110.00 per team member & $130 for soloists until August 9, 2016

  • Regular registration is $120.00 per team member & $140 for soloists until September 8, 2016

  • Late registration is $130.00 per team member & $150 for soloists until close (October 9. 2016)

    This race is part of the USARA series. An additional $8 race day fee or proof of USARA membership is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration.
    You can reserve a watercraft when you pay for the race online or click this link to reserve and pay for your watercraft separately. (Alternatively, racers may bring their own kayaks or canoes, paddles, and PFD.) 

Race-Day Schedule

Sunday, October 16, 7:00 am — Packet pickup/check in at race start area

Sunday, October 16, 9:00 am — Race starts

Sunday, October 16, 7:00 pm — Race finishes

Sunday, October 16, 7:15 pm — Awards


The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering, we'd love to have you join the fun!  We have options for individuals, groups and families.  Donations to charities  are available.  Looking to complete service hours?  We can help you out with that too.


Click here to sign up to volunteer.


Supplied Gear: Race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel, boats .Racers may bring their own kayaks or canoes, paddles, and PFD. 

Mandatory Gear: Mandatory gear will not be checked during check-in. Random checks on gear will be performed during the race. Penalty points will be assessed for any missing items. These items are not all inclusive of items you will need to complete the race. At all times during the race each racer must have in their possession the following equipment unless otherwise stated in the rules of travel:

  • Pack or method to carry gear
  • Enough food for replenishment
  • Hydration system (hydration pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)
  • 2-inch knife (Epic & Strong Race Only)
  • Headlamp or light that can last up to 12 hours (Epic Race Only)
  • Whistle
  • 1 long-sleeve wool blend or other type of insulated top (no cotton) (Epic & Strong Race Only)
  • Waterproof jacket (Strong and Epic Race Only)
  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entire race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)
  • First Aid Kit (Strong & Epic Race Only)

While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike
  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
  • Rear-mounted red light (Strong & Epic Race Only)
  • Front white light (Strong & Epic Race Only)

While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III (PFDs will be provided by Rev3 Adventure if you rent a watercraft for the Strong or Epic Race. for the Tenderfoot race, all paddle boards and PFDs will be provided by Rev3 Adventure.)
  • If you need to rent a watercraft for the (Epic & Strong Race) please pay a $15.00 rental fee at check-out for each racer and Rev3 Adventure will provide a kayaks or a canoe for each team or soloist.  If you provide your own watercraft, then no fees is necessary during the checkout process and we will have a staging area for you to drop your canoe during race check-in.

Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Rev3 Adventure)
  • Race maps (Provided by Rev3 Adventure)
  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Rev3 Adventure)
  • General Race Rules (Provided by Rev3 Adventure)
  • Fully charged cell phone in watertight bag
  • Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube


Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Maps will be at various scales. Mandatory checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.

Bike Section

Road and cyclo cross bikes are not permitted. Racers must use the same bike throughout the entire race. In the event of mechanical failures, replacement parts can be used but they must be provided by the team, other racers, or an event official. No outside assistance is allowed. Bikes will not be checked for mechanical worthiness, but we recommend your bike be in good working order; you are going to put some miles on it.

Paddle Section

Racers can bring their own canoes and kayaks. If a team does not have access to a canoe or kayak, Rev3 Adventure will be able to provide canoes for each team. Two-person and three-person teams will get one canoe. Soloists will get a kayak. Canoes will get single-blade paddles. Kayaks will get double-blade paddles. Outside paddles and PFDs are permitted. Personal PFDs must be class III (non-inflatable). Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be located at the canoe put in. You will not need to carry paddles or PFDs. If you bring your own PFD and paddle you will need to transport them to the canoe put in at the beginning of the race. Once you exit the canoe section you must leave your own paddle equipment in the transition area. You will not need to portage the canoe for any great distance. 


All divisions will receive prizes generously donated by our sponsors. Awards will go three deep.



All racers will be required to purchase a race-day USARA membership for $8.00, show proof of having a valid USARA membership, or purchase a year membership ($35). Please bring exact change or check.


For local hotels: Comfort Inn (4071 Jimmie Dyess Pkwy, Grovetown, 30909) 706.496.3579


Other Hotel Options - Click Here

Camping and RVs: - Click Here

Wildwood Park:  3780 Dogwood Lane, Appling, GA 30802, (706) 541-0586

Mistletoe State Park: 3725 Mistletoe Road, Appling, GA 30802, Columbia County (706) 541-0321

Petersburg Campground: 3998 Petersburg Road, Appling, GA 30802 (706) 541-9464

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Click here for information.


We have posted an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Adventure Enablers web site. Please check this page if you have any questions regarding the race. If you don’t find the answer or need clarification, feel free to email

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