Knoxville,Tenn.— Today, officials with Legacy Parks Foundation, the City of Knoxville and Knox County Government announced that up to 200 of the best adventure racers in North America will come together in Knoxville on Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12 to compete for the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Championship. Checkpoint Tracker is the nation’s largest competitive adventure racing series with sanctioned events and six divisions across the country and includes the annual season-ending Checkpoint Tracker Championship.
Checkpoint Tracker boasts the largest online community of active adventure racers inNorth Americawith more than 10,000 active members. The championship is slated to bring the most accomplished group of adventure race enthusiasts toKnoxville.
According to Peter Jolles, course director of Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing, adventure racing, commonly described as a long distance, endurance competition traditionally involves the combination of two or more “human-powered” outdoor sporting disciplines, including but not limited to orienteering, trail running, trekking, mountain biking, white or flat-water paddling, rappelling/ascending, river boarding and swimming.
“The goal is for racers to complete a designated course in a pre-determined amount of time while transporting all of their gear, food and water with no outside assistance,” said Jolles. “The diversity of these activities and format make it fun and challenging for the competitors, but also shine a light on how important and difficult it is to find the right location for an adventure racing event.”
“When we met with Legacy Parks Foundation, the State of Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Ackermann PR and therefore saw what Knoxville had to offer, we knew we’d found exactly what we were looking for as the ideal host city for our 2013 championship,” said Paul Angell, president of Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing. “Knoxvilleoffers the amenities, accommodations and quick access to the terrain that we need, and provides a compelling urban setting for a fun, high-energy, outdoor event. By leveraging the surrounding mountains, rivers and forests, we’ve been able to design a championship-caliber course worthy of the best adventure racers on the North American continent.”
During Knoxville’s 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Championship, individuals, two-person and four-person, co-ed and same sex teams will be required to navigate a 100-mile, non-stop course by map and compass from checkpoint to checkpoint in under 30 hours, explains Jolles. Scheduled activities will include trekking, caving, orienteering, mountain biking, paddling, rappelling, ascending and a mystery; the first team to the finish line with the most checkpoints will be declared the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing champions.
“Bringing the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Championship toKnoxvilleis a big win for our area,” said Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. “Through this event, we’ll reach some of the world’s premier adventure racers thus enabling them to experience the uniqueness of theKnoxville’s Urban Wilderness and beyond.”
According to Evans, for less intense adventure racers, the championship weekend will also include the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Challenge which is a 20-30 mile course utilizingKnoxville’s Urban Wilderness and designed to be completed in six hours or less. Scheduled activities for the Challenge will include trail running, mountain biking, orienteering and paddling, and there will be a set course with no navigation skills or GPS required.
“Over the past year and a half, and under the leadership of those actively involved with the promotion of Legacy Parks Foundation, Outdoor Knoxville and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, Knoxville has made great strides in positioning itself as one of Tennessee’s premier destinations for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, said Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the State of Tennessee’s Department of Tourist Development, who was unable to attend the announcement but contributed comments.
For more information or to register for the 2013 Checkpoint Tracker Championship, visit http://www.checkpointtracker.com/events/checkpoint-tracker-championship. A full schedule of the weekend’s events will be released later this summer.