Bartram Wildwood Tenderfoot Adventure Race

Presented by Columbia County, Georgia
October 16, 2016, 9 am


So you're ready to try adventure racing... Great! We've been waiting for you to stop by. You've found the perfect race for beginner adventure racers of all ages. Or, if you've competed in an AR before but want to team up with friends or you're ready to try being the navigator for the first time, this is the right race for you.


At the Bartram Wildwood Tenderfoot AR teams of 2 or 3 will follow a map (with plotted points) to find checkpoints by foot, bike, or boat on the Bartram Trail and throughout Wildwood Park. You also get to do a fun challenge or two along the way! Estimated time to complete the race is 3 hours for more experienced racers or up to 4 hours for families or those newer to adventure racing. 


The Tenderfoot AR is basically an off-road, all-terrain, high-octane scavenger hunt. It's perfect for families and for beginner adventure racers--you can choose how far and how hard you race. After you experience the fun and satisfaction that comes with adventure racing, we are pretty sure it will be the first of many such adventures for you!

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.


Trekking: ~5K
Paddling: ~1K
Biking: ~8K
Total distance: ~14K


  • Two-person team (Female, Male, or Co-ed)

  • Three-person team (Female, Male, or Co-ed)

  • Family Team (2 person, 3 person) To qualify as a family team at least one team member must be younger than 16 years old and one team member must be older than 18 years old.


Registration fee is per team member.


2- and 3-Person Teams (non-family)

  • Super Early Registration is $60 until 6/8

  • Early Registration is $70 until 8/9

  • Regular Registration is $80 9/8

  • Late Registration is $90 until registration closes or sells out



Family, 2- and 3-person teams (At least one team member must be between the ages of 8 and 15, and at least one team member must be age 18 or older.) 

  • Super Early Registration is $30 until 6/8

  • Early Registration is $40 until 8/9

  • Regular Registration is $50 until 9/8

  • Late Registration is $60 until registration closes (10/9)

An additional $8 race day fee is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration. USARA fees are not required for participants 15 and younger.

Race-Day Schedule

Sunday, October 16, 2016
   7:00 am: Packet pickup/racer check-in

9:00 am: Race starts

12:00 pm: Race finishes

1:00 pm: Awards


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


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

Canoes or SUP will be provided. Two-person and three-person teams will get one canoe or SUP. Canoes will get single-blade paddles. PFDs will also be supplied. Outside canoes or kayaks are permitted. Outside paddles and PFDs are permitted. 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. Personal PFDs must be class III (non-inflatable).


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.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

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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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