What is the Event:
2013 is the sixth year for The Great Adventure Challenge at Pleasant Mountain. It is a unique triathlon that encompasses three disciplines. It involves approximately 2.5 miles of kayaking or canoeing over a closed course of 2.5 miles, followed by approximately 16+ miles of designated trails of mountain biking, followed by a 2 mile run/hike/trek up and down Shawnee Peak which has an elevation change of 1300 ft. The Challenge can be done by either individuals or by teams. Whether you are a hardened expert or first-timer, the course is the same; the Challenge is the same; an even playing field. This event is not considered an overly extreme event, nor is it for the faint of heart.
The kayaking/canoeing course will be visible for your supporters from Rt. 302 on the causeway of Moose Pond. There are several areas of the bike course that are particularly interesting. One of the more dramatic locations is at Pratt's Hill, a truly challenging 700 ft. long uphill dirt section with a 125 ft elevation change; the bike portion ends with competitors coming down one of the ski slope, in full view, to the running transition area. The run/hike/trek up and down Shawnee Peak is visible from the staging area at the mountain next to the finish line and affords viewing of much of the run.
The Great Adventure Challenge at Pleasant Mountain will take place on Saturday, August 17th, 2013. Final Registration Time ends at 8:30am August 17th, 2013 at Shawnee Peak. The Challenge will start at 9:00a.m. in Moose Pond, in your kayak or canoe. You will be required to set up your bike equipment in the transition area by 8:15a.m. that morning. There will be a mandatory Pre-Challenge briefing. The time and location of the briefing will be announced at the sign-in table.
The Great Adventure Challenge at Pleasant Mountain will take place in the Lake Region of Bridgton, Maine at the Shawnee Peak Ski area and the surrounding area. Shawnee Peak is located approximately 40 miles northwest of Portland, Maine on Rt. 302. Coming from New Hampshire, you will come 17 miles southeast of No. Conway, NH. on Rt. 302.
On Challenge Day, men's and women's changing rooms are available. Toilet facilities are available within the Lodge. At present, we have no hot shower facilities. There are a number of bed & breakfast lodgings and several motels in the area found on the Chamber of Commerce website. We highly recommend The Pleasant View, Too for your accommodation needs. August is a busy month in this area, so book early. After the Challenge, there will be free food and drink for each competitor and one designate of a competitor. Other supporters will be charged a nominal fee for food and drinks.
Individuals (singles) and teams are both encouraged to enter. Singles must be 17 years or older. (Proof of age may be required). Teams can consist of 2 or 3 members (all 17 years or older, any gender combination). The individual legs of the Challenge cannot be divided up. Each leg of the Challenge must be completed, in it's entirety, by a single team member. If the team has only two members, obviously, one member will complete any two legs of their choice. An official Race Medallions will be provided to each single and to each team captain. Teams must switch the medallion from member to member at transition areas. This medallion will be punched at each transition area as well as the turn-post at the top of Shawnee Peak during the run. Upon competition of the Challenge, each medallion will have three separate and distinct holes to indicate total completion of the course.
Divisions and Awards:
Every competitor will receive a free Tee Shirt. Awards will be for overall times. Singles will be divided into two age groups: (17-34, 35 and above) for both male and female. Awards will be given for overall fastest 1st-2nd-3rd in all four Single Divisions. Teams will compete with other teams within the Team Division regardless of makeup. Awards will be given for 1st-2nd-3rd for the overall fastest teams by division.. There will be an Award for First Overall to complete the Challenge course. It is our intent to time all legs as well as overall time.Bragging Rights are all you get for winning an individual leg.(See Record Holders)
Each competitor will be responsible for providing the following minimum gear: A mountain bike, helmet (must be ANSI or Snell certified), running gear, a canoe or kayak and paddles (get info on kayak rental/purchase), a life jacket (a Coast Guard approved PFD type I, II, II or V ) . Repairs to bikes on course will be the responsibility of the individual competitors, so carry what you think you might need. There will be water stations; however, we suggest you carry water. First Aid will be available as will First Responders. Matching team shirts are encouraged but not required.
Registration fee is $60.00 for singles and $150.00 for teams (2 or 3 members)Registration fee is non-refundable after August 14th. (See registration for details) TEAM ROSTERS NEED NOT BE FINALIZED UNTIL RACE DAY AT THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION. All proceeds go to support Good Neighbor Inc. Fundraising Committee for the purpose of providing opportunities to adults with mental retardation and Autism.