Mountaineer Tenderfoot AR

May 21, 2017


There’s no better place for a beginner adventure race! ACE Adventure Resort is opening up its 1,500 acres in beautiful and rugged West Virginia for our inaugural Mountaineer Tenderfoot AR. You and your team will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as you can by trekking and mountain biking in the awesome New River Gorge area before racing back to the finish line.


​We offer two "types" of Tenderfoot categories: Family and Adventure Class. The Family team (with 2- or 3-person teams) must have at least one member younger than age 16 and participates in a shorter, easier version of the Adventure Class course. (It's still an achievement for teams but not meltdown inducing.) The Adventure Class (soloist or 2- or 3-person teams) offers a longer, more challenging course with a lot of optional opportunities to really have an adventure and hone those navigation and trail skills. (Note: We have found that if the youngest team member is 13 or older, Adventure Class is a better choice, offering more of a challenge.)


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.



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 the regular 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.

  • Soloist (Female, Male)

  • 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.


Total Distance: ~6+ miles
Trekking 3-5 miles

MTB 5-8 miles


Registration fee is per team member.


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

  • Super Early Registration is $70 until 2/28/17

  • Early Registration is $80 3/31/17

  • Regular Registration is $90 until 4/30/17

  • Late Registration is $100 until 5/16/17 at noon



  • Super Early Registration is $80 until 2/28/17

  • Early Registration is $90 until 3/31/17

  • Regular Registration is $100 until 4/30/17

  • Late Registration is $110 until until 5/16/17 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 2/28/17

  • Early Registration is $55 until 3/31/17

  • Regular Registration is $65 until 4/30/17

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


An additional $10 per participant race day fee is required by NAARS and can be paid on race day.  Participants younger than age 16 do not need to pay for the NAARS membership but they still need to complete the NAARS waiver.

Schedule and Packet Pickup

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at ACE Adventure Resort

7:45 am-8:45 am: Bike drop (Ace Adventure Resort race parking lot)

8:00 am-9:15 am: Packet pickup

9:15 am-9:45: Pre-race brief (mandatory for all team captains) 

10:00 am: Race starts

1:00 pm: Racers must be off the course

1:30 pm: Awards ceremony


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.

Who Is Racing

Coming soon! 


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.


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

Tracking and Results

Friends and family will have opportunities to watch and cheer you along throughout the course. We will identify key areas for viewing during the pre-race brief. Updates and pictures of the race will be posted online at our Facebook site, on Instagram, and on Twitter. We have staff dedicated to posting updates and providing information on the race throughout the entire event.

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 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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