2017 MORAINE ADVENTURE RELAY
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Start Date/Time June 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End Date/Time June 10, 2017 @ 11:30 pm
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
13990 Dufferin St. | King City, ON | L7B 1B3
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So I love the adventure and the spirit. However there are still a few issues with this race. The trail marking is fantastic in the beginning and ends of the legs but terrible in the middle which is sort of where it is most needed. Additionally the idea of having to wait for a default time seems a little silly, since times are not based on a passing of the torch and off you go but rather a signing in and out if your team mate falls behind would it not make sense to let the other leg participants continue? I like the idea of a multi-sport event and the challenge of moving 160kms but I found over all that because it's a fairly small event. ( aprox 30 people on a section at a time, provided of course that they are all on it at a time which is generally not the case) I found it can be a tad lonely also. I would have enjoyed more of that racing aspect you get from having more people to push you into that competitive zone. It can feel like a passive thing otherwise
Fun - low key - can be as hard as you make it! Introductory to outdoor adventure racing with little chance for getting lost - though it is still possible. Great way to start up the summer fun.
Just finished the relay for the 3rd year in a row and can't wait for next year. How can you beat running and biking in the forest along the Oak Ridges Moraine. Just doesn't get better than this.
Had a great time on the water, trails and roads as the "Oridgeinals" dashed to a daylight finish in just over 12 hours. It was a winning combination of personal triumphs and exhuberant team spirit that paddled, pedaled and pushed through the 160km course. It made for a very memorable introduction to the Moraine Adventure Relay and we are already planning to return. Thanks to all the volunteers for such a great day
Awesome race - this was our 3rd attempt and we finally pulled it all together for a good result! The trails can be challenging and what looks like a road on a map is often not a road (best to pre-ride or pre-run them). Logistically you need to be organized, as with 14 point-to-point stages getting everyone to their starts and finishes can be a full-time job. I really love the team aspect, and every stage is its own mini-race and mini-accomplishment within a bigger race and accomplishment. The only complaint I have is the timing... it's to the minute and done with volunteer's watches and stuff, so if you're used to competitive events with chip timing or a race clock, you're out of luck! I figure it all comes out in the wash by the end (you might lose 30s one one stage, but you'll gain on the next, etc) so it's not a huge big deal. And the volunteers are amazing people, they really make the event!
This was the first time for me participating. Someone told me about it in February. Had a blast preparing for it. In April we found out that our team fell apart and that we were not registered, I wanted to go on and initiated to take over, but I got caught with a severe flu and was sick for about 3 weeks.
So a week before the event we were part of a team. People we never met and had no idea what it was all about. So on Saturday June 16th early in the morning we left for Gore's Landing. Dressed in my favourite colour orange, with a big blue token "FAB" on our orange head bands, full of great spirit we arrived. We had no idea who our team members were, except that they were amazingly friendly and welcomed us with open arms as part of their team.
It was a fantastic opening ceremony with a parade of all the team paddlers, a bagpipe player and the kissing of the special Canadian Shield rock and White Pine. We started in 3 groups with a pontoon boat to make sure we were safe. The Pirates tried to direct us and many other teams in the wrong direction.
After a rough start as my bow person started paddling while I couldnt get my paddle in the water we blocked the whole group of canoers. We had a great paddle and even though my paddle buddy Jenn Bate was sore with tendinitis she kept up her great smile, her enthusiastic spirit and kept her paddle in the water at all times. We were cheered on when we arrived in Bewdley.
I even managed to bike leg 8 (I have not done any biking really and hills are definitely not my favourite) but every hill I made it was a new accomplishment for me. At the end I walked some hills and the rough part with big loose rocks and sandy bottoms were scary and unknown to me, but also here I made it through.
Exhausted I made it to the next check point in for me a surprisingly 1 hour trip. I was ecstatic that I actually did that.
The volunteers kept cheering us on, ringing bells, blowing horns and clapping while making sure we were okay and safe, fed and had enough water to drink. It got later and later and darkness settled in.
At 10.00 pm I was in my home town for the last leg where I was allowed to start a bit earlier as I was not a runner. I walked through town, made it on the dark trail with lights and fire flies guiding our way. Tripped somewhere but kept walking until I heard the bells ringing, the clapping and the cheering I made it to the final checkpoint in 1 hour and 18 minutes walking.
A super long day, an unforgettable event, great people. awesome best team ever, for an amazing cause to keep the trails open and going. Something I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Something yes I would love to do again, but with a bit more practice. It was for myself a personal challenge as after my injury in August 2010 and some personal issues emotionally to deal with in 2011 it was great to be active again, to challenge myself and to reach new highs.
Thank you so much ORTA for the amazing organization for this totally awesome Adventure Relay. Thank you for accommodating me and some team members to find a new home and to participate in this event.
Looking forward to more races, more challenges and meeting amazing people.
See you all at the Moraine for Life Adventure Relay 2013
This is a great team event fundraiser. Done it twice now and feel so good about supporting the Oak Ridges Trail Association and the trail system it monitors and maintains. The combination of community volunteers and rabid local competitors make this an event to look forward to. Because of its relay structure, there are many winners on many levels. You can do one section or more as you like. You can even run/ride with a companion if you want to feel safer/introduce/pass the torch to someone else. Looking forward to 2012.
It is a blast and the volunteers are great. I've participated about 6 times. Each year something happens to make it interesting – like a team member getting lost, a bike frame collapsing or gears blowing out.
We're not being biased but this is truly one of the best events of the summer....if you are into the outdoors, being on a team, paddling, mtn biking or trail running. MyNextRace has been to everyone, there's mud sometimes, rain, sandy roads, hot and humid...and you finish in the dark! Great volunteer support, a worthy cause and if you want to enter a small team everyone can compete in multiple legs.