Mad Otter 6-Hour Adventure Race
The morning started with an early 45 minute drive for me, and I met Jeanette at the pavilion about an hour before the race began. Our team was "Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee" and we checked in early so we could study the maps and plan our strategy. There was a trail race and there were 3 orienteering courses. The trail race was worth a lot of points so we were definitely doing that (about 6 miles), and then we would do the mandatory orange course and see where we were before deciding what to do next.
|Racing flats, laid out the night before the race|
|Ordered some compasses for the big day! (And future days!)|
|Ready to race! Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.|
|Jeanette was in charge of running all the way to the checkpoints to check in|
We had trouble with checkpoint #4. On the orange course, you had to do the checkpoints in order and we spent a good 20+ minutes trying to find #4. Later, we learned that #4 had accidentally not been placed. We were glad we moved on - one of our goals was to find the slide in the woods!
|I had some childcare issues to resolve while running - since Mike was out of town and I had five different families helping me for the day so I could do this race.|
|Jeanette going down the slide in the woods. It only counts if you make noise!|
|Ah, to be a kid again! So fun!|
|Running to a chekpoint|
|Cooling off while crossing the creek|
|Looking for a checkpoint on the other side of the river (taken by race photographer); we never found this checkpoint, but I did get to experience stinging nettles for the first time! Ouch!|
|When do you get to run up a creek between a bunch of horses while on an adventure race? So cool!|
|At the end!|
This was a very fun race. Definitely the type of adventure that is up my alley, and I can't wait to do another one! I loved learning that Jeanette and I made such an awesome adventure team!