The Equinox Traverse Adventure Race is a 46-hour race in the beautiful Laurel Highlands located in Western Pennsylvania. This extreme adventure race includes mountain biking, trail running, white water rafting, kayaking and orienteering for over 200 combined miles through more than 75,000 new acres in the Laurel Highlands Region. This race is suitable for intermediate and advanced adventure racers and promises you the thrill of a lifetime.
Race Check-In: Thursday, July 9th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Wilderness Voyageurs
Race Starts: Friday, July 10th, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Race Ends: Sunday, July 12th, 2015 - 8:00 AM
Post Race Buffet (Included in Race Fee): Sunday, July 12th, 2015- 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Awards: Sunday, July 12th, 2015 - 11:00 AM at Wilderness Voyageurs
Distance: 200+ miles
Disciplines: Trekking, Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Kayak Paddling, White Water Rafting, Rappelling (Rappelling is optional and should only be attempted by racers with the proper skill set and training)
Categories: Solo; 2-person, 3-person, 4-person (male, female, or coed)
Included: Maps, clue sheets, race shirts, kayaks, paddles, PFDs, ropes for the rappel, awards, SWAG, post-race celebration, post-race breakfast buffet; one of the best endorphin fixes of your life.
USARA Membership: Since this race is sanctioned by USARA all racers must either be current members of USARA (with proof of membership and membership #) or pay for a one day license ($8) at registration/check in.
Provided: Kayaks, paddles, PFDs, topographical map, race passport, clue sheet, race t-shirt, ropes for the rappel.
Mandatory Gear Individual (1 Per Person): Rescue whistle, emergency space blanket, knife with 3” blade, mountain bike helmet, waterproof breathable jacket (gortex or nylon), backpack (minimum 12L capacity), hands-free headlamp, front-mounted bike light, rear-mounted red flashing bike light (ALL lights must have enough burn time to complete race); For the optional rappel: UIAA certified mountaineering helmet, UIAA certified mountaineering harness, auto-locking D, ATC. Click here for printable mandatory gear checklist
Mandatory Team/Solo Gear (1 Per Team): Waterproof map case, compass, fully-charged cellular phone in waterproof case, bike repair kit, first aid kit**, 50’ rescue line/throw line, duct tape (minimum of 10’), aqua strobe flashing rescue light, snake bite kit. Click here for printable mandatory gear checklist
Recommended Gear: Sunscreen, sunglasses, waterproof bags, waterproof document protector, Vaseline, foot powder, tow line, cash, outside maps are authorized, waterproof bladder (at least 70 oz. recommended).
**First aid kit must contain at least: 10 Motrin or Advil, 10 iodine water purification tablets, one roll of 3-inch sterile gauze (minimum of 6’ in the wrapper), one roll of ace bandage (width 2” wide, minimum of 10’ in the wrapper), one small tube of Neosporin or other antibacterial application, 2 XL bandages (3/4” x 4”), 2 joint/knuckle bandages, 2 finger bandages (7/8” x 3”).
Also recommended for first aid kit: Eye drops, tweezers, Tecnu Extreme poison ivy treatment.
If you are missing mandatory gear or would like to purchase recommended gear please visit our online store. Use the code RACEAAS at checkout to save 10% off your purchase.
You can also register by printing out THIS FORM and emailing or mailing it to:
American Adventure Sports 125 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Greensburg PA 15601
Payment can be made by calling 724.205.6450 or mailing a check with your registration.
We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any race or event at all times. There are no refunds due to severe weather, including hurricane, tornado, earthquake, any other natural weather effect. This also includes flooding, forest fires or unseen occurrence that would deem the conduct of the race to be unsafe.
Prizes & Qualification
The Equinox Traverse Adventure Race is sanctioned as a prestige race in The North American Adventure Racing Series (NAARS). All participants are eligible to register for the NAARS Championship, The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge in San Ignacio, Belize. The race will boast $5,000 worth of SWAG to be distributed to winners in each category from The North American Adventure Racing Series Sponsors.
Both 3 person coed and 4 person coed elite categories are eligible to qualify for the USARA National Championship. The winning 3 person or 4 person coed team will receive $400.00 toward there entry fee to USARA Nationals from American Adventure Sports, as well as USARA Merrell Regional Championship Jackets from USARA and Merrell race jackets. The 2nd and 3rd place coed elite teams also qualify for USARA Nationals.