Knoxville, Tenn. — More than 150 of the best adventure racers in North America are set to compete for the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship in Knoxville, Tenn. Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Checkpoint Tracker is a multi-faceted adventure racing organization. It offers a national points series with its own rankings and championship, the largest online community of adventure racers in North America (10,000 active members), an interactive web application for racers, teams, promoters and sponsors and a new mobile app for fans.
The championship is slated to bring the most accomplished group of adventure race enthusiasts in North America to Knoxville. Those set to compete include Florida’s Hunter Leininger, the youngest adventure racer at 13 years old; top ranked Tecnu Adventure Racing from California, currently ranked #5 in the world; and Minnesota’s GearJunkie/WEDALI, the defending two-time Checkpoint Tracker Championship winners.
According to Peter Jolles, Checkpoint Tracker’s Course Director, adventure racing, commonly described as a long distance, endurance competition, traditionally involves the combination of two or more “human-powered” outdoor sporting disciplines, including but not limited to orienteering, trail running, trekking, mountain biking, white or flat-water paddling, rappelling/ascending, river boarding and swimming.
“The goal is for racers to complete a designated course in a pre-determined amount of time while transporting all of their gear, food and water with no outside assistance,” said Jolles. “The diversity of these activities and format make it fun and challenging for the competitors, but also shine a light on how important and difficult it is to find the right location for an adventure racing event.”
“Knoxville provides a compelling urban setting for a fun, high-energy, outdoor event,” explains Jolles. “By leveraging the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests, we’ve been able to design a championship-caliber course worthy of the best adventure racers on the North American continent.”
During Knoxville’s 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Championship, individuals, two-person and four-person, co-ed and same sex teams will be required to navigate a 100-mile, non-stop course by map and compass from checkpoint to checkpoint in under 30 hours, explains Jolles. Scheduled activities will include trekking, caving, orienteering, mountain biking, paddling, rappelling, ascending and a mystery challenge; the first team to the finish line with the most checkpoints will be declared winners of the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship.
“The presence of the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Championship in Knoxville further positions our area as an ideal location for outdoor adventure travel,” said Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. Knoxville’s Legacy Parks Foundation organized the event on the local level.
“Through this event, we’ve been able to reach some of the world’s premier adventure racers thus enabling them to experience the uniqueness of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and beyond.”
According to Evans, for less intense adventure racers, the championship weekend also includes the Tennessee Adventure Challenge which is a 20-30 mile course utilizing Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and designed to be completed in six hours or less. Scheduled activities for the Challenge include trail running, mountain biking, orienteering and paddling, and there will be a set course with no navigation skills or GPS required.
For more information, visit http://www.checkpointtracker.com.
About Checkpoint Tracker:
Checkpoint Tracker is a national adventure racing series offering rankings in six divisions and an annual championship. It includes the largest online community of adventure racers in North America, a web application for racers, teams and promoters and a mobile application for fans.
About Legacy Parks Foundation:
Legacy Parks Foundation is a Knoxville-based non-profit actively working to make East Tennessee a recreational destination of the Southeast. During the past five years, Legacy Parks Foundation has raised more than $3 million for parks, greenways and recreational venues, added more than 200 acres of parkland to Knox County and helped protect nearly 1,000 acres of farm and forestland in East Tennessee.