Arizona Adventure Racing March 6, 2008Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Racing.
Tags: Adventure Racing, AR, Arizona, Gilmore Adventure Race
The sport of Adventure Racing has introduced me to a really wonderful group of people. Back in 2001 when we opened the Gilmore Adventure Race up to the public, I got my first taste of who and what Adventure Racers are really about.Now 7 years later, I can tell you that being both a racer and a race director has allowed me the privilege of becoming a member of the Arizona Adventure Racing Family. I say “Family,” because that’s what it feels like, both out on the course in the heat an event, and any other time that I am around other Adventure Racers.
I have never seen another sport where your direct competitors cheer you on or even help you during the event! It is amazing how you can be running up a rockstrewn canyon in the middle of nowhere when another team passes you, and as they do, they say, “Good job!, Keep it up!” Don’t get me wrong, teams are competitive, but never it seems, so competitive that they would ever wish bad luck on their opponents.
Another great thing about this adopted family of mine, is that without exception, every location I have ever either raced, or hosted a race, has been picked up and left cleaner than before the event took place. Adventure Racers don’t wait for someone else to clean up after them, in fact, they take the initiative and clean up after both themselves, and those other users of our great outdoors that seem to throw things anywhere they want to.
I am very proud of my Arizona Adventure Racing Family.