Anyone in good physical condition and aged 16 or over with a
strong spirit of adventure can compete in the Raid the North Series.
Although the course will be very challenging for anyone, it is not
designed to be only for the elite athletes. As with most adventure
races, the lead teams will set a very demanding and physically trying
pace. The race at the front of the pack is expected to be hot and
the winners will probably be decided by who makes the fewest mistakes,
as strategy and tactics are just as critical as physical condition.
Behind the lead pack, though, there will be many teams competing,
not with each other, but with the clock, the course and their own
mental demons that tell them to quit. These teams will consist of
men and women of very different ages, backgrounds, physical conditioning
and wilderness experience. Each of these teams, although all in
the same race, will be tackling their own individual challenges
and many teams will end up helping each other reach the finish line.
Adventure racing is just as much about this type of challenge, as
it is about the lead teams battling it out for first place. In fact,
when all is said and done, it is usually the teams behind the lead
pack that end up getting the most out of the race.
Not all teams will complete the entire course.
If finishing the race were a given, we think many people would miss
the point of adventure racing - to test your limits. The courses
are far from impossible, but it will take true commitment and perseverance
to make it through as a complete team. That's what makes adventure
racing so intoxicating. You don't have to win the race to feel you
accomplished something big. You just have to finish it.
In many ways, the Raid the North Series is set
up with first-timers in mind. The courses are as tough as any 36-hour
race out there, but we provide a thorough safety net - an ideal
environment for learning. As well, we provide training and preparation
tips to all registered teams in the months leading up to the race.
We work to ensure that all teams arrive well prepared and in tune
with what they are about to take on. As a first-time team you may
not finish the race (less than 20% of first-time teams reach the
finish line), but you will definitely learn all you need to get
hooked on adventure racing.