The race for me, personally, was a learning experience. I would do a lot of things differently, if/when I do it again. I discovered the 18-hour format needs a little different training and approach. I refuse to say I'm too old for this sport, so who knows for next year. I did turn down an epic mountain climb up Mt. Victoria (South Col) with some ACC buddies, unfortunately.
You and your team of organizers deserve a lot of credit. Many of the people are looking forward to next year.
Alec Sawitsky

Congratulations, Mike. You created an outstanding race from start to finish. Here are the highlights, that in my mind, have raised the bar for adventure racing to a whole new level:
1. Regular pre-race communication
2. Impeccable organization (we were particularly impressed with the CP 'binders' that did not slip the attention of the Type A
personalities on the team). Who is the amazing person who did ALL the laminating?
3. Huge volunteer involvement, who were always smiling and helpful, even while swatting a gazillion mosquitos
4. Local support - we really felt that the countless weekends you
spent out in the Golden community helped create a great atmosphere for the race
5. Unsupported nature of the race. The movement of bins and bikes and everything else was extremely efficient from our perspective. We still can't believe that you actually shuttled ~60 boats back to the lodge
6. Flexibility - well done on keeping calm when most of the western-traveling athletes were stuck on the highway late into Friday night.
7. The ropes course. Way to go out on a limb in order to create one of the most spectacular tyro-crossings I have ever seen. Unfortunately, we didn't get to do it but I'm still breathless just thinking about it. It was not contrived, and it was not for the faint-hearted. Even the bypass route was an enjoyable alternative.
8. Definite sections that allowed route choice (up to the ridge, and to the zip-line, the Moonraker trail system).
9. Limited heinous bush-wacking (it wouldn't be AR without at least a couple of hours of it)
10. Spectacular trekking. The kind of thing you would actually set a weekend aside to go do for fun. The views were some of best around up on that ridge.
11. TA2 on the top of a mountain. Absolutely brilliant. It was such a neat experience to hike for 6-7 hours to the very top of a mountain in order to claim your bikes for the AR downhill of the century!
12. The single track downhill section was exceptionally awesome.
Everyone I spoke to about it had a blast.
13. The biking section had everything - the knarly downhill, the
short bike-wack/bike-swamp-drag, the fast and super fun single track on the Moonraker trails, some wicked double track downhill, and the not-to-be-excluded 2-hour fire road uphill grind at the end.
14. An advanced course format that was well organized, explained and made sense. Personally, I think its perfect when it reserved for only a couple of the top teams.
15. Great breakfast
16. Media coverage - boats carrying cameramen, weird hovering cameras, video (very cool), slideshow.....it all adds to the excitement of racing.
I'm sure I've missed a ton of things, but this is what comes to mind just off the top of my head.
I came back from France this week, cutting my European summer short, just for this race. It was well worth it. It reminded me why I love adventure racing. I'm already looking forward to next year.
Anonymous

I would like to congratulate you on providing yet again the highest standard of Adventure Race I have participated in. As a 3 time RTR competitor I am totally impressed with your organisation both prior to and during the race, the stunning course selections, amazing volunteers and crew and great maps and instructions. I look forward to next years RTR already. Congratulations again on providing a first class event.
Anonymous

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Race the Rockies
Edmonton 2013

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Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Canoeing, biking, hiking, orienteering on a surprise course for up to 8 hrs. What a great way to get into adventure racing!

Race the Rockies Nordegg 2013

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Time to get your game on. Race the Rockies is putting together a mini-expedition race where teams will have to work together and work hard to complete the course. For two days and one night, teams will hike, bike, canoe, rappel, fixed line, and scramble across the landscape near Nordegg. Are you ready?!

Race the Rockies Calgary 2013

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The early season classis is ready to go again. Get your friends out for this action packed compact romp through the urban environment of Calgary.

Race the Rookies Edmonton 2012

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Get started in Adventure Racing close to home. A fun and challenging combination of events right in the Edmonton city limits.

Race the Rockies Calgary 2012

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Get started in Adventure Racing close to home. A fun and challenging combination of events right in the Calgary city limits.

Race the Rockies Edmonton 2011

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Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Canoeing, biking, hiking, orienteering on a surprise course for up to 8 hrs. What a great way to get into adventure racing!

Race the Rockies Golden 2011

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Experience the rocky mountains in this exciting event. See vistas, canyons, and wild places that are just too difficult for most people to get to. It's an experience that you'll never forget!

Race the Rockies Golden 2011 Prologue

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Fast paced orienteering on foot and on bicycle await competitors for this year's Race the Rockies. At stake pole position for the start heats on Saturday morning, bragging rights, and perhaps most important, a light sampling of the bushwhacking and terrain they'll meet during the main race.

Race the Rockies Calgary 2011

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Get started in Adventure Racing close to home. A fun and challenging combination of events right in the Calgary city limits.

Race the Rockies
Edmonton 2010

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Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Canoeing, biking, hiking, orienteering on a surprise course for up to 8 hrs. Top team with at least one person that has never done Adventure Racing before wins up to three free individual entries to Race the Rockies Golden race 2011. What a great way to get into adventure racing!

Family Adventure Race
Golden 2010

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Get your little 'uns out and ready to race in this fun, family oriented adventure race right on Kicking Horse Resort. Hiking/Running, Biking, Navigating and even a ropes challenge will keep them busy.

Race the Rockies
Golden 2010

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Dive into adventure and experience mountains and landscapes in unique and life changing ways. Race the Rockies brings you and your friends on a journey that will stay with you for a long time.

Race the Rockies
Calgary 2010

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Get started in Adventure Racing close to home. A fun and challenging combination of events right in the Calgary city limits.

Race the Rockies
Edmonton 2009

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Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Canoeing, biking, hiking, orienteering on a surprise course for up to 8 hrs. Top team with at least one person that has never done Adventure Racing before wins up to three free individual entries to Race the Rockies Golden 18 hr race 2010. What a great way to get into adventure racing!

Race the Rockies
Golden 2009

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Immerse yourself in the the grandeur and the beauty of the Canadian rockies while racing through a thrilling journey.

Race the Rockies
Edmonton 2008

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Looking to get started with a bang. Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Canoeing, biking, hiking, orienteering on a surprise course for up to 6 hrs. Top team with at least one person that has never done Adventure Racing before wins up to three free individual entries to Race the Rockies Golden 18 hr race 2009.

Race the Rockies
Golden 2008

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Experience the grandeur and the beauty of the Canadian rockies while racing through an exciting race course.

Race the Rookies
Edmonton 2007

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Looking to get started with a bang. Join in the fun for a year end party with the gang at Race the Rockies. Top team with at least one person that has never done Adventure Racing before wins up to three free individual entries to Race the Rockies Golden 2008.

Race the Rockies
Golden 2007

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Experience the grandeur and the beauty of the Canadian rockies while racing through an exciting race course.

Race The Rockies
Urban Adventure 2006

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A short fun race course designed with the beginner in mind. If you have a friend that has an interest in the outdoors, why not try this on for size.

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