Urban Adventure Race to Raise Money for Trail Project

: Adventure teams look over instructions before setting out in last year’s Urban Adventure Race in North Platte.

Adventure teams look over instructions before setting out in last year’s Urban Adventure Race in North Platte.

People from across the state are invited to become adventurous in support of the Lake Maloney Trail Project. The trail is in its first phase of the project, which will start this spring. The cement trail will be on the south side of the lake and can be used for walking, jogging or bicycling.

This is the second year for the event in North Platte directed by Toni Guthrie. The event last year exceeded her expectations raising nearly $2000 for the trail project.

Adventure races are exciting – they are for any age and ability and help promote fitness as well as being a fundraiser. “Adventure races have become popular nation-wide. I have had a team in the Kearney race and thought it would be fun to have one in North Platte where we have a growing, active community,” Guthrie said.

Teams do not know in advance what the course will involve. Just prior to the start of the event teams are given a packet with instructions, a map, punch card and other items.

Racers have three hours to complete the course, which consist of gathering team points, not speed. Adventure racing promotes team work, strategizing, reading maps, and other skills adding to the excitement level of the race.

“This event is fun for friends and families to do together,“ Guthrie said. “The element of surprise adds to the fun and challenge of the race.”

The course may have North Platte business addresses that will punch the team’s card or teams will have a challenge to execute at a location. Each punch is worth points as are the different challenges. Teams can do as much or as little of the course as they want as long as they check in by the three hour time limit.

A bicycle and helmet is required to enter the competition – participants will bike in certain areas, and run or walk in others as they collect their points.

On March 28 at 7 p.m. there will be an Adventurous Race 101 class at the North Platte Recreation Center where people can learn more about the event and how to make bicycle repairs.

Deadline to register for the event is midnight, March 24. The race starts at noon March 29, with a check-in of 10 a.m. A Mandatory pre-race meeting is at 11:30 a.m.

Teams of up to three people can enter with a fee or $35 per person. The fee includes a chili feed after the race and a T-shirt. Prizes are given to the top three teams in the male, female and co-ed divisions.

For more information about the race visit platteriverfitness.com or view their Facebook page at NP Urban Adventure Race.