Curt Gowdy Tenderfoot AR

August 5, 2017


Join us in the foothills of the Laramie Mountains at Curt Gowdy State Park in Cheyenne, WY, for the Curt Gowdy Tenderfoot Adventure Race. At this beginner AR you and your teammates will trek among towering granite, rocky soil, and timbered hills; mountain bike along some of the newest and best MTB trails around; and paddle on one its three reservoirs (save the epic fishing for another time!). 


This race is designed for a beginner--a Tenderfoot--and will be simple enough to learn and enjoy but challenging enough to be considered an adventure race!


The morning of the race, we'll give your team a map with checkpoints and a list of "Rules of Travel." This gives you clues to checkpoints and tells you how you'll get to them--by trekking, paddling, or mountain biking. 


Teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. Each checkpoint and challenge will be given different point values, so strategy is vital. The highest point accumulation in the shortest amount of time will determine ranking. We will have several challenges set up on the course, each involving lots of teamwork. Once the teams have found all of the required checkpoints, they sprint back to cross the finish line.


The Tenderfoot AR is basically an off-road, all-terrain, high-octane scavenger hunt. It's perfect for beginner adventure racers or those who want to practice their navigation skills--you can choose how far and how hard you race. And after this event, you're sure to be hooked!


Photos and Results

Click here for race-day shots from Randy Ericksen. You looked great out there! 
Results can be found here. Awesome job!

Who Is Racing

Coming soon! 


Curt Gowdy State Park

1319 Happy Jack Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009

The start and finish area is actually located just inside Curt Gowdy State Park at the North Causeway Campground.  Let the person manning the toll booth know you are racing and you will not have to pay the park entry fee.

Race Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief: The North Causeway Campground

Bike Drop: Bike drop location revealed at pre-race meeting.

Race Start/Finish: The North Causeway Campground


If you have friends and family along for the adventure, or if you're looking for something to do or a place to eat while you're in town, check out Visit Cheyenne - Things To Do.



The Tenderfoot is designed for beginner adventure racers and for families. Those who register as a Family will face a shorter/easier course than those who register in Adventure Class category. If you have only one participant on your team who is aged 13 or older, you may want to consider tackling the Adventure Class rather than register in the Family category.

  • Two-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)

  • Three-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)

  • Family Teams (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.


~3-6 miles trekking

~8-15 miles mountain biking

~1 mile paddling


Registration fee is per team member.


2- and 3-Person Teams (Adventure Class, adults, non-family)

  • Super Early Registration is $60 until 12/31/16

  • Early Registration is $70 until 6/5/17

  • Regular Registration is $80 7/5/17

  • Late Registration is $90 until 8/2/17 at noon



  • Super Early Registration is $70 until 12/31/16

  • Early Registration is $80 until 6/5/17

  • Regular Registration is $90 until 7/5/17

  • Late Registration is $100 until 8/2/17 at noon


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 $45 until 12/31/16

  • Early Registration is $55 until 6/5/17

  • Regular Registration is $65 until 7/5/17

  • Late Registration is $75 until registration 8/2/17 at noon


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.


1319 Happy Jack Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009


Curt Gowdy State Park is in Albany and Laramie Counties, Wyoming, halfway between Cheyenne and Laramie on Wyoming Highway 210.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Curt Gowdy State Park

1319 Happy Jack Road

Cheyenne, WY 82009

8:45 am-9:45 am: Race packet pickup and transition set-up

10:00 am: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains)

10:30 am: Race start

1:30 pm: Racers must be off the course

2:30 pm: Awards ceremony

Paddle Section

All paddle equipment will be provided including watercraft, PFD, and paddle.  You do not need to brinig any personal paddle equipment.

Packet Pickup

Race-day packet pickup will be held from 7:30 am-8:30 am at the race start area at Curt Gowdy State Park.


During packet pickup the team captain must be present, all forms must be completed for every team member, and fees must be paid for USARA membership. If you do not have all the forms for all team members, we will not give you your race packet until we have them in hand. During packet pickup you will receive T-shirts, sponsor giveaways, maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race numbers.  USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership, $35 for yearly membership, or proof of USARA membership are required and can be paid at packet pickup. Participants younger than age 16 years do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.


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 on here to sign up as a volunteer.


Supplied Gear

Watercraft, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, Rules of Travel.


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. You will be out in the elements for up to 5 hours. Bring other equipment as appropriate to get through the event.   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 to carry gear

  • Enough food for replenishment

  • Hydraton system (hydraton pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entire race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)

While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike or any bike that has two (or three) wheels. The terrain will not be paved so just make sure your bike can go on hard-packed dirt trails and gravel roads.

  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certfied)

  While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)

  Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Fully charged cell phone in watertight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course.

  • Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (such as your cell phone) dry 

  • Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube

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.


Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.


Coming Soon

Prizes & Awards

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


All forms must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team.

All racers will be required to purchase a race-day USARA membership for $8.00, already have a valid USARA membership, or purchase a 1-year membership ($35). Please bring exact change or check.Participants younger than age 16 years do not need to pay for the USARA membership, but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.

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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