Mountaineer Strong Adventure Race

May 20, 2017



Join us in Almost Heaven--West Virginia--and flex those mountaineer muscles. For the inaugural Mountaineer Strong, racers will whitewater raft with a guide on Class III-V rapids down the New River, mountain bike on amazing trails in the New River Gorge, and trek through the beautiful ACE Adventure Resort property. This Appalachian state, covered with rugged mountains and river valleys, has long been known for its epic outdoor pursuits. Once you finish this race, we hope you’ll have a deeper understanding of WV’s state motto: Montani Semper Liberi (“Mountaineers are always free”).

Looking for a shorter version of adventure racing that is family friendly?  Check out our Tenderfoot Adventure Race at ACE Adventure Resort taking place on Sunday May 21st, 2017


Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief/Race Start/Finish: 
ACE Adventure Resort, 1 Concho Road, Minden, WV 25879

The start and finish area will be in the lower parking lot at the registration building parking area on the right hand side as you enter the ACE Adventure Resort.


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


30+ miles total

Trekking: ~7-12 miles

Paddle: ~5 miles

MTB: ~12-20 miles


  • Super early registration is $115.00 per team member & $130 for soloists until February 28, 2017
  • Early registration is $130 per team member & $145 for soloists until March 31, 2017
  • Regular registration is $145.00 per team member & $160 for soloists until April 30, 2017
  • Late registration is $160.00 per team member & $175 for soloists until close at noon on May 16, 2017

An additional $10 per participant race day fee is required by NAARS and can be paid on race day.


Friday, May 19, 2017: 6:30PM - 8:00PM Packet pickup at ACE Adventure Resort, 1 Concho Road, Minden, WV 25879

Friday, May 19, 2017: 8:30-9:00 PM Prerace meeting 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at ACE Adventure Resort

6:15 am-7:30 am: Mandatory bike drop and transition setup

7:45 am: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains)
8:00 am: Ace River briefing

9:00 am: Transport to race start 

10:00 am: Race start

7:00 pm: Racers must be off the course

7:30 pm: Awards ceremony

Packet Pickup (Friday evening)

Packet pickup: Friday, May 19, 6:30PM - 8:00PM at ACE Adventure Resort, 1 Concho Road, Minden, WV 25879


During packet pickup the team captain must be present, all forms must be completed for every team member, and fees must be paid for NAARS 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. NAARS fees of $10 for a one-day race membership or proof of NAARS membership are required and can be paid at packet pickup. Participants younger than age 16 do not need to pay for the NAARS membership but they still need to complete the NAARS waiver.

Please bring your bike and gear to packet pickup; we will give you a map for the bike drop location to stage your bike and gear.


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 as a volunteer.


Supplied Gear Rafts, 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 12 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

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

  • Emergency blanket or bag (Strong only)

  • Headlamp or Flashlight

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

While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike (mandatory for Strong) or any bike that has two (or three) wheels for our Family Adventure. 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)

  • Bike lights front and red blinking rear (Strong only)

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 water tight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course

  • Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (cell phone) dry in the event of bad weather and during the canoe section

  • 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.

Whitewater Section

All whitewater equipment will be provided including watercraft, PFD, paddle, and river guide. You do not need to bring any personal paddle equipment.


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.

Tracking and Results

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. Results will be posted here once available.

See Who Is Racing


ACE Adventure Resort has a variety of lodging options from tent spots, rustic bunk houses, to cozy cabins with fireplace heating and air conditioning. The resort also offers a full-service restaurant and bar on site for post-race food and entertainment.

Click here to view lodging options.


Click here for dining info.

Post-Race and Family Activities

ACE Adventure Resort has a ton of other activities for racers and families members coming for the weekend. You can explore their more than 36 miles of hiking trails, white water rafting trips, disc golf course, zip lining, a water park, and more. Click here to see all their other activities. This is a race weekend the whole family can enjoy.  

Prizes & Awards

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


  • Liability waiver and photo release (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)

  • NAARS one-day membership and release form (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)

All racers will be required to purchase a race-day NAARS membership for $10.00. Please bring exact change or check.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Click here for information.


We have posted an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Adventure Enabler web site. Please check this page if you have any questions regarding the race. If you don’t find the answer or need clarification, please post the question on our Facebook page so that everyone has the benefit of seeing the answers.

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