You can do an adventure race! Our Tenderfoot Adventure Race is basically an off-road, all-terrain, high-octane scavenger hunt. It's perfect for beginner adventure racers and families of all ages--you can choose how far and how hard you race. And after this event, you're sure to be hooked! The Tenderfoot AR 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 you 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 (when applicable, depending on the race), or mountain biking. Teams will have 3-4 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. The highest point accumulation in the shortest amount of time will determine ranking. Once the teams have found all of the required checkpoints, they sprint back to cross 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. Families will have 3 hours and Adventure Class participants will have 4 hours to complete the race. (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.)
You can race in as many of the Tenderfoot races you'd like! We've lowered the price so you can afford to race a lot. In fact, choose the Tenderfoot-a-Palooza and race all 4 for an amazing price! (No other discounts apply.) Once you've tried a race or a few in this series, join us at the Shenandoah Tenderfoot on April 15...it's our classic Tenderfoot!
Sky Meadows State Park, March 10, 2018
Click here for the participant email for the Sky Meadows Tenderfoot.
This adventure race at Sky Meadows State Park, in a valley nestled between foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will have you exploring amazing Virginia history and beauty just an hour from DC, half an hour from NoVA, and right around the corner from local wineries. You’ll take on the park via woodlands, rolling pastures, historic farmland, meadows, and forests. Please note that the Tenderfoot race at Sky Meadows has a later start and end time than the other races in this series (see "Schedule").
Conway Robinson State Forest, April 8 [new date], 2018
This event has been rescheduled to April 8th due to snow and trail conditions. Click here for the email.
Race around the woods on your bike, find your way around the woods with your friends and tackle the team challenge on a beautiful spring morning in suburbia. Minutes from Manassas National Battlefield and Route 29, this 444-acre forest in Gainesville is a fabulous forest of pine and old growth hardwood with miles of fast and smooth multi-use trails…perfect for an adventure!
Pocahontas State Park, April 1, 2018
Click here for the participant email with race-day info sent Wednesday, March 28. We can't wait to see you!
Who's up for an EXTREME Easter egg hunt? This adventure race will have you paddling on the 225-acre lake, enjoying mountain biking for all skill levels, and exploring the epic trails--all with a seasonal egg hunt twist! Just 20 miles from Richmond, the state capitol, Pocahontas is Virginia's most popular state park for a great reason! Come explore it with us in a whole new way.