Downeast Adventure Race is an entry level multi-sport
event that consists of mountain biking, white
water canoeing, sea kayaking, running, and orientering. This 21 mile race is designed for
1st time racers and experienced racers alike.
race rules are as follows:
must consist of four (4) members - three
(3) racers plus one (1) support person.
Teams must consist of five (5) members -
four (4) racers plus one (1) support person.
in the Individual category must provide
a support person.
- Support Personnel MUST cross the finish line with their team/individual racers. The race clock for each entry will stop with the last person to cross the finish line.
one team member withdraws or is disqualified,
the team may not continue competing.
may rely on human-powered travel only.
bibs must be worn by all racers at all times,
on the outside of clothing. Support personnel
do not need to wear a race bib.
must complete the whole course, passing
through each checkpoint in order.
- This year's course will include an orienteering component. This will be on during the mountain biking leg. Racers will ride into the Navigation Check-in Station (labelled on the course map) where they will dismount their bikes and pick up a punch card and an orienteering map showing two control points that they must find ON FOOT. Each control point will contain a unique punch that racers will use to punch a punch card. After both control points are located, racers will navigate back to the Navigation Check-in Station, present their punch card to a race official for verification, and then continue on with the mountain bike section of the race. If the racers have not punched their card with the correct punch, they will choose to either head back out to find the correct control point, or accept a 30 minute penalty.
kayaks must have some form of internal flotation.
registered as a TEAM must wear a wetsuit (minimum requirement
for wetsuits is 3 mil farmer john, shorties
are allowed) and an approved Coast Guard
Type III PFD while in any boat on the course. For all other racers, a Type III PFD is required and a 3 mil farmer john wetsuit is required while in a sea kayak, and recommended while in a canoe.
bicycle helmets must be worn at all times
paddling helmets must be worn at all times
while canoeing. Helmets are available for rent along with other gear. See registration form for details.
in - carry out. Please do not litter- Littering
will lead to disqualification.
of GPS is not allowed.
of cellular phone is for emergencies only
and should be carried in a waterproof bag.
Dial 911 if your team needs immediate help.
adventure racers must show good sportsmanship
to fellow racers, volunteers, spectators,
you come upon an injured racer, you must
stop and offer assistance. Failure to do
so will disqualify your team. Patrols will
be monitoring the course or help can be
found by sending a team member to the nearest
may not receive outside assistance from
Race Officials or anyone other than the
team's designated support person.
want to do this race again, please respect
all property over which you travel.
organizers reserve the right to decide whether
or not a person or team may continue for
health, safety, or other reasons (e.g. inadequate
time to finish the race).
of any of these rules will likely lead to
disqualification at the discretion of the
Specific Rules for Entrants in the Team Category:
3 racers must complete all sections of the
racers must be within 50 feet of each other
at all times.
adventure racers on a team must cross the
finish line together.
must use one canoe for the whitewater canoeing
section (3 people in 1 boat).
- Teams may carry and use only two (2) canoe paddles during the canoeing section of the race. Kayak paddles are not acceptable.
must use one single kayak and one double kayak
for the sea kayak component.
reserve the right to change the rules or
the course at any time.