Endurance athletes looking for a new challenge have an interesting new event to add to their calendar. On September 8th the team behind the Untamed New England adventure race will produce the North Country Endurance Challenge, a multi-sport race through the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.
The race, which features two different courses to choose from, is essentially an adventure triathlon mixing paddling, mountain biking and trail running into a single day event for relay teams or solo competitors. Racers will kayak the Connecticut River, run narrow back woods trails and take on challenging and technical singletrack as they climb up mountain passes and bomb down the other side.
The Premiere Course is 65 miles in length, and is estimated to take about 10-12 hours to complete. But if you’re interesting in something a bit less daunting there is also an option to run the “Sprint” course, which is a mere 31 miles in length with a finish time of approximately 5-6 hours.
As mentioned, the race is open to solo racers who want to tackle the entire course themselves or relay teams consisting of anywhere from 2 to 10 racers. Relay teams are allowed to select which of their athletes do each individual leg of the race which means they can put their best paddlers on the water, runners on the trail sections and mountain bikers on the bike. It also helps to divvy up the work load on what could be a very long day.
Registration for the North Country Endurance Challenge is now open. Solo racers can sign up for the Premiere or Sprint courses for $175 and $100 respectively. Relay teams pay $100/racer for the Premiere course and $60/racer for the Sprint. Looks like it should be a fun day of racing in September. Find out more about the race at the official website.
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