Race Management Team

Geoff Langford - Race Director and Course DesignerGeoff Langford

Race Director & Course Designer

An avid adventure racer since 1999, co-creator and race director of the Inner Limits Urban Adventure Race in Calgary in 2001, and the owner and Race Director of Frontier Adventure Sports since 2002, Geoff has seen adventure racing from all sides. He has raced nearly everything in Canada, from sprints to expeditions, and international races including the Southern Traverse (NZ), Africa Quest (South Africa), and Desafio de los Volcanes (Chile & Argentina). Geoff has observed competitors in every high and low, seen the tricks and errors, gained an in-depth understanding of landscape and its affect on competitors, and watched teamwork (or lack of) both save the day and decimate teams.

Chris Collard - HQ / Logistics CoordinatorChris Collard

HQ / Logistics Coordinator

Chris spent his childhood growing up all over Canada, living at least 6 months in every province except PEI and NFLD. He was with the Canadian Forces for 16 years in the infantry as a Sergeant and trained as a sniper and mortar fire controller. He was a competitive shooter throughout his military career, winning titles in competitions involving pistols, sub machine guns, machine guns, rifles and sniper rifles. In 1989 he won the Canadian machine gun championship competing against Canadian, American, British and other NATO forces.

He has resided in BC since 1994 with all but one year in Vernon. Prior to joining Clarica in 2002, he was the sales and marketing rep for Salomon Canada Sports in the BC Interior. His career in the financial services industry over the last 10 years has resulted in several industry credentials including CFP, EPC and RHU. He is currently working on his CLU.

Chris has been a volunteer with Frontier Adventure Racing for many years, helping to organize adventure races throughout Canada. He also volunteers heavily with Minor Hockey in the Greater Vernon Area.

Chris is a licensed private pilot. Chris and his lovely wife, Janine, have two sons, Jaxxon 8 and Jace 5.

Maddalena Acconci - Crew ChiefMaddalena Acconci (MA)

Crew Chief and Volunteer Coordinator

This is MA's twelfth expedition-length (Canada, US and NZ) adventure race where she's done everything from loading canoes to protecting 300 bikes from rabid raccoons and almost being trampled to death by a herd of deer because she unwittingly pitched her tent on their path, to race-coordinating for S2S and medical coordinating for Frontier. Her favourite race to date is RTNX Atikokan. She met Geoff when she was Alternate TA8 Captain at Southern Traverse in New Zealand (2002) and he was captaining the lone Canadian team in the race, and she has been hanging around AR ever since......oh, and she's pretty good at footcare, too.

Brad Baumber - Director of Emergency OperationsBrad Baumber, EMT

Director of Emergency Operations

Brad is an Advance Care Paramedic in Guelph, ON, and a volunteer Fire Fighter in Centre Wellington. His passion for providing emergency services led him to complete courses in high angle rescue, swift water rescue, and ice rescue, as well as additional training in Emergency Management.

Brad's involvement in Adventure Racing started in 2005. He's been part of the medical team at 23 races to date, filling the role of Medical Director at 20 of those 23 races.


Beth Crowther - Public and Media Relations DirectorBeth Crowther

Public & Media Relations Director

Press releases, blogs, Facebook postings, videos, and Tweets - oh my! Through conventional, web and social media outlets, Beth ensures that Atmosphere RTNX followers, supporters and friends stay connected and immersed in all the race week action and beyond. Simply put, Beth is the Atmosphere Raid The North Extreme evangelist!

When she's not at RTNX chasing down teams for spontaneous TA interviews or tweeting the latest leader-board change, Beth is a freelance writer/editor, instructional designer, and PR/social media geek with clients in a variety of industries, including adventure sports. In a past life she was a technical writer/trainer and instructional designer in the world of high tech. And in another past life she spent seven years as a police officer.

To stay balanced and to nurture her deep passion for all things outdoors, you'll usually find Beth running, riding, hiking, skiing or paddling through life. Beth has whet her appetite for epic pursuits through shorter Adventure Races, multi-day stage mountain bike races, and 5hr sessions on her bike trainer on rainy winter days. (That last one made her question her sanity, but she's ok.)

William Young - IT CoordinatorWilliam Young

IT Coordinator


Iris Neher - Competitor Liason and Base Camp CoordinatorIris Neher

Competitor Liason & Base Camp Coordinator

Iris comes to Adventure Racing through her love for the outdoors, and first volunteered with Frontier 6 years ago. Having covered countless checkpoints, transition areas and logistical assignments on the race course, Iris has become a part of the core planning team for our events and has managed Base Camp and Competitor Relations for the last 3 years.

John Reed - Partnerships CoordinatorJohn Reed

Partnerships Coordinator

John is a passionate adventurer who prefers outside to inside, challenge and exploration over day to day routine. John has several years spent in the outdoor business in different locales working with great people.

Chris Armstrong - Safety, Search and Rescue CoordinatorChris Armstrong

Safety, Search & Rescue Coordinator

Chris will be leading Nelson Search and Rescue's coordination of the RTNX ropes sites, water safety, and SAR response.

Chris has been an avid outdoorsman all of his life, having guided countless river rafting, backpacking and mountaineering expeditions over the last 20 years. Chris is a Master Instructor of swiftwater, ice and technical rope rescue for Rescue Canada Resource Group Inc.

He is trained in Ground Search and Rescue, Medical Response, Mountain Rescue, and is a Team Leader in the disciplines of Swiftwater Rescue, Rope Rescue and Organized Avalanche Response. Chris volunteers with Nelson Search and Rescue, Beasley Rescue Society and is a Regional Director for the BC Search and Rescue Association in the West Kootenay Region of BC. Visit Chris' Blog.