The course of the Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race changes from year to year. Disciplines used in the past are mountain biking, running/trekking, kayaking, canoeing, rappelling, orienteering, wet river crossings and climbing, as well as "mystery challenges. " The Elite course is approximately 46 miles, designed for a finish time between six to ten hours. The course utilizes the trail system of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Portions of the Benton MacKaye Trail, the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Aska Adventure Area have been used in the past. For water events, courses have included portions the Toccoa River, Lake Blue Ridge, Cohutta Wildlife area and Ocoee Whitewater Center.
Events begin on Friday night with registration and packet pick-up at Fannin County High School, in Blue Ridge. Registration begins at 5 p.m. A mandatory pre-race briefing takes place at 7 p.m. The race start time will be between 7 and 8 o'clock on Saturday morning. Start location changes from year to year. The start time and location will be announced on Friday night at the pre-race briefing. The race finish line is at a new surprise location this year.
The winner will be the fastest team with the most check points.
Trophies will be presented to first, second and third place 3-person coed teams, and to first, second and third place Masters teams. Trophies will be presented to all team members and support. Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure Race trophies are commissioned from local artists and are one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Other award categories may be added and announced later. Teams must choose a division no later than Friday night at team registration, i.e. Masters teams will not qualify for trophies unless they register as Masters teams. No duplication of awards.
$300 per team for 3-person teams and $200 for 2-person teams includes the post-race dinner for racers and one support person and a deluxe racer incentive package for each team member. To register, simply download the application and send it with your check to the address included on the form or register online. Cancellation policy: no refund after April 1. Prior to April 1, $100 processing fee will be held and $200 returned.
All participants must be members of the USARA and provide their USARA card. Participants can sign up for a one-time or yearly USARA membership at the pre-race dinner at an additional charge.