Usery Mountain Adventure Race 2013
Results and a link to photos will be posted at the bottom of the page after the race

Sunday, Dec 8th
8:00 am Long Course Start
8:30 am Short Course Start

Usery Mountain Recreation Area
3939 Usery Pass Road Mesa, AZ 85207
(Click here for directions)
 The Transition Area/Check-In will be at the Trailhead Staging Area, 1.4 miles into the park from the fee station

PLEASE NOTE: Usery Mountain Park charges a $6 per vehicle fee that you will need to pay at the park entrance when you arrive on race day

Disciplines: Mountain Biking, Trekking, Orienteering and a couple mystery events thrown in for fun

Team setup:  Teams of two - comprised of coed or same sex

Distance: Long course 22-25k
Short course 15-17k


Earlybird pricing - $90 per team thru 10/12

10/13 thru 11/23 - $100 per team

$120 from 11/24 thru race day
***Participants registering after 11/23 are not guaranteed their requested shirt size 

Earlybird pricing - $80 per team thru 10/12

10/13 thru 11/23 - $90 per team

$110 from 11/24 thru race day
***Participants registering after 11/23 are not guaranteed their requested shirt size 


Refunds will not be given for any reason unless we are forced to cancel the race. However, in extreme circumstances, the entry fee is transferable to a future race. Please understand this rule is in effect as arrangements and payments for medical staff, insurance, location fees, permits, etc.
must be made in advance. 

All participants will receive a super cool t-shirt

Medals will be presented to the top three teams overall for short course and for long course


What is adventure racing?  Read about it here.

Registration and Transition Area open at 6:30 am
Mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:45 am
Long course starts promptly at 8:00 am
Short course starts at 8:30 am

This race involves Mountain Biking, Trekking/Trail Running and Orienteering
using a single transition area.  There will be a long course consisting of 22-25k and a short course that will be 15-17k in length.

You will be given a pre-marked topographical map that you'll use to make your way to checkpoints scattered about the Usery Mountain Regional Park. You will also be plotting checkpoints at some point during the race.  If you are new to this, don't worry!  It's easy to learn and execute.  There are some great tutorials HERE.
The Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club also has some great beginner clinics and practice courses.  Check out their schedule HERE.

 In addition, you will have to complete a couple "Mystery Events" along the way. What is a Mystery Event, you ask? They are team challenges in which you'll have to work together to strategize on how to best complete the task. Examples of past Mystery Events: blindfolded puzzles, plank walks, climbing walls, etc

We will have a transition area where you can stow your gear when not in use.  For example, you don't need to carry your helmet on the trek.  You will be looping back through the Transition Area.


  1. A hydration bladder or bottles capable of carrying at least 70 oz of water
  2. A bandana
  3. Pens/Pencils/Highlighters for marking your map
  4. A mountain bike and helmet
  5. UTM plotting tool (You can buy them at REI or for $5 HERE)
  6. First aid kit THAT INCLUDES TWEEZERS for whatever you may encounter during the race. Don't skimp!  It's your health! (One kit per team is ok)  There are a ton of cholla out there...we can't stress the need for tweezers enough!
  7. One gallon of water to be left with your gear in the transition area


  1. Waterproof map case or a large ziplock bag to keep your map dry
  2. Cell phone in case of emergency (MUST be turned off during the race)
  3. Gels, energy bars, electrolyte capsules for the trails
  4. Juice, Gatorade, bananas, salty snacks for the transition area
  5. Hat, sunblock

GPS units are not allowed.
If you are found using one, you will be disqualified.

Are you new to the sport or do you want to brush up on your skills?  Check out the Greater Phoenix Orienteering Club's event page.  They offer many different orienteering events as well as some great beginners clinics and practice courses.  Click below for more info!

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