Race Rules and Gear



Participants will be required to navigate to waypoints and challenges to retrieve important artifacts. To acquire these artifacts, an action will have to be performed. Participants will be limited to right of way and public properties unless otherwise stated. If we catch you running through lawns (and our residents will) you will be penalized.

Participants will be issued a map with the waypoints marked. It is up to the participants to decide the best way to complete the course. No cue sheets will be issued. No markings will be placed on course. The course will be open to traffic and citizens. Participants will be required to be within two seconds of each other regardless of transit. If you’re on a team and running you should be able to touch, you will both be in the same boat, and if you’re cycling you should be able to draft. Choose your exit buddy well. All finishers will receive an award for finishing before the cutoff.

Team Adventurers will be provided a map.

If you need a boat, you may rent equipment from the Friends of the Kaw Reservation Page or Paradise Outfitters’ Reservations. Both organizations will include a life vest, paddles, and bring your boat to the Wakarusa Boat Ramp and pick it up from the top of the Riverfest Park boat ramp.

Orienteering Adventurers will be provided a map. IMPORTANT – Orienteers will not complete the river or bike leg of the event.

You will be sharing the road during the bike and running portion of the events. Use appropriate caution.

This is a “Leave No Trace” event. You bring it, you leave with it. There will be a post-race celebration at the finish area at 9th and Main in Eudora, Kansas will include food from various local vendors, beverages (adult and otherwise) and music. Please plan on staying for the fun after the race – and invite friends, the post-race celebration is open to the public!


Bicycle – participants need to provide their own bicycle or a tandem bicycle to ride together.

Bicycle Helmet

Red flashing light for rear of bike

Tire pump

Repair Tool/flat kit

Spare tube

Watercraft – participants need to provide their own canoe, kayak or tandem canoe/kayak


Life vest

Bag to carry trash

Photo ID

Compass for navigation

A way to carry 32 ounces of water (the river segment is long and there isn’t anywhere to pull over)

A way to carry artifacts back to the finish for scoring (remember frisbees are unwieldy)

Safety whistle

Energy bars or snacks

Bug spray/sunscreen

Waterproof map case (like a ziploc baggie)

Waterproof writing utensil

First Aid

Phone capable of sending text pictures to Scorekeeper and safety


Participant check-in will be at Barbwire Barbeque Friday, September 30th from 5pm to 7 pm. Your gift bag, map, and T-Shirt will be available then. You must check-in and sign your USARA waiver prior to participating in the race.


Bike and watercraft drop off will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Riverfest Park in Desoto for Bicycles and The Wakarusa Boat Ramp for watercraft. Participants are asked to park at the Wakarusa Boat Ramp. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GETTING YOUR BIKE and BOAT TO THE CORRECT LOCATION.  Valets will ensure the safety of the bicycles and boats. Gear may be positioned at transitions but it WILL NOT be moved by officials or volunteers. You bring it, you carry it. Participants have course options for the cycling leg of low to medium traffic pavement and low traffic gravel roads, navigate to your comfort.


The Adventure Race begins at 9:30 a.m. in Eudora.

The Orienteering Race begins at 9:35 a.m. in Eudora.

The race will end in Eudora at 5 PM for all classes.

Awards will be presented at 2:30 PM. The last participants will receive their prizes as soon as they finish or 5PM, whichever is first.

Be a good sport or we’ll disqualify you. Wear your race number at all times. Wear your life jacket at all times on the river. Wear your helmet at all times when in contact with your bicycle. You are responsible for keeping all required passports, items, or artifacts collected somewhat organized, clean, dry, and conveyed to the scoring official. All minors must participate with an adult.

Maximum time on the course is 8 hours. Your finishing time will be based on when all team members place their documents on the finishing table.

If stopped by a train, note the time you stop and when you start moving again. Delays will be adjusted from the overall time.

The team that completes the most (preferably all) waypoints with the best time (total course time adjusted with penalties and bonuses) will be the first place winner. Adventure participants must collect at least six challenges. Orienteers must collect at least four challenges.

For every missed or lost checkpoint, 30 minutes will be added to the team’s overall time. You are responsible for the safe return of any and all artifacts.

GeoCache Bonus –  10 min per geocache subtracted from your finish time. Your team will need to photograph the geocaches and turn the photos into the scorekeeper)

River Trash Bonus – 3 min per piece subtracted from your finish time. Adventure racer counts will be relayed to the score keeper by the volunteer at the DeSoto boat ramp. Orienteers will bring their trash article to the scorekeeper at finish.

Tire Bonus – subtract 15 min per tire subtracted from your finish time. Relayed to the scorekeeper by the boat ramp volunteer.

All results will be provided to USARA for national ranking purposes.

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