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Moraine Adventure Dash this Saturday


Grassroots Racing’s Moraine Adventure Dash is this Saturday, and if you’re looking for a different type of adventure challenge, check it out. The MAD, held every year since 2006 at Moraine State Park, follows a fairly traditional off-road triathlon format, except the course is not marked and racers must use a map and compass to navigate their way to as many control points as they can within a given time frame. Frank and Bethann always manage to design challenging yet doable courses that test racers’ brains as well as their brawn, and this race has always been one of the most popular in their annual series.

There’s a 1 to 1.5-mile swim, 15-25 mile bike course partly on single track and partly on country roads and then a run, and navigation is required on the bike and the run. This isn’t a race where everything is laid out for you. You have to know your way around a map and compass. There’s a 3-hour and a 6-hour option, followed by food.

Anyone who wants to register and hasn’t yet still has time, and the fee has been reduced to $35 per racer but you must email to confirm ASAP and pay by cash or check on race day.

They are also looking for some more volunteers to help out on the swim patrol so for anyone who has a kayak or wants to get in the water, email them.

Race description on their website here:

= Registration rates increase by $10 on Thursday for the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on Nov. 9. Right now, registration is $50 plus a $4.63 sign-up fee.

= Here’s a link to the Battlefrog website

It’s an obstacle course/mud run at Mines & Meadows ATV resort in Wampum and there is a 5K and a 15K option. Prices listed are $106 for the 15k and $76 for the 5K, but I went here…..

and got a voucher for the 15K for $49. The 5K was only $30. It sounds like an interesting race…designed by U.S. Navy SEALs, the 15k course has 25 obstacles, the website says that SEALs will actually be on the course to coach you through some of the obstacles and that the race supports several charities related to the SEALs. Some friends and I did the Foam Fest 5K in June at the same place and it’s fun terrain that includes actually going through a mine. I admit I’m a little nervous since my only “training” the past month has been packing, moving and unpacking boxes at our new house, but at least now I have reason to get back out there and get ready for more cargo nets, wall climbs and the dreaded monkey bars.

= And finally, this list of 10 Must-do Marathons Around the World is on and some of them actually make me want to run a marathon. My favorite is the Marathon du Medoc. Here’s the description:

“A wine and food festival disguised as a marathon, the Marathon du Medoc held in the southwest of France near Bordeaux offers food stands and wine tastings along the entire course. Among the fine fare offered are oysters, cheese, meats and fruits, with the region’s world-famous wines to wash everything down.”

I’m guessing there aren’t a whole lot of PRs recorded at that one.


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