Thank you for a great race, and for bringing Race the Rockies back this year. You all did an excellent job, and stepped it up a notch!
Some of my thoughts:
The Columbia River valley is not only a beautiful spot to paddle, it also provides a great route for those who want to test how fast they can race it.
RTR is getting a reputation for treks along big ridges with killer views, and this year continued to deliver! The trek was huge, it was great! And there were some nice bushwacking options in there, if you wanted to go for them (it adds to the adventure feel of it all - who doesn't love crashing through the bush like a kid?!).
The biking... Oh don't get me started about the biking! I can't remember having this much great riding in an adventure race! Aren't adventure races supposed to be long slogs of endless logging/fire roads?.... ;-) The route down Kicking Horse Resort was great, the singletrack trails on the advanced section were a real highlight, and after that, the bit of inevitable gravel road was actually a welcome relief from the more technical stuff. I'm not used to doing so much technical riding in an adventure race! Those singletrack trails are worth a trip back to Golden, and I've gotta try that downhill run again on a downhill bike!
The ropes section was massive! Even though you didn't get to scare the hell out of us with the flying fox you were hoping for, the traverse of that huge canyon was enough to make you question what you were doing and how much you trusted your harness and carabiner... there were moments of telling yourself not to think about it, and just keep moving. The view from the middle of the rope during the inevitable rest stops on the traverse was mind-blowing!
And the unsupported format was great! Not having to hunt down a support team made it easier. The volunteers did an amazing job of having everything in place, and even hauling boats back up to the resort and shuttling racers back to their vehicles. Nicely planned. I'm now a big fan of this format.
I can't wait to see what happens with all of the media coverage - it seems like there were cameras in so many places. I see that there are already some photos up on the RTR website - hopefully there are even more to come!
Well done to everyone that competed or helped out!
Mike Brown

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the race last weekend. I know it didn't turn out quite as planned, but your race is still one that i look forward to every year. My condolences have gone out to the family and I will be looking forward to next year and hope that we can again experience the amazing views and challenging course that make Race the Rockies so epic.
Anonymous

I want you to know, Mike, that I think you handled this whole situation with a lot of class and professionalism. It was a very unfortunate accident that will leave it's mark on all of us and how it was handled went a long way in limiting the potential damage. I hope that you will continue to be involved in this great sport that we all love!
Anonymous

You and the crew did an excellent job! The course was phenomenal - which is better than awesome, I think. I'd like to do another race, somewhere, sometime. If not a race, I'll help your organization where I can.
Anonymous

Past Races

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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