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May 27, 2009

Adventure racers on the bike portion of their event. Photo courtesy Trioba. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(INDEX, WA) -- Trioba Adventure Racing, a company that hosts adventure racing events through out the Northwest, has the kick off event of its 2009 racing series set for this Saturday May 30 in Index.

After taking a year off, the Trioba Adventure Racing Series returns to the Pacific Northwest with a race in the upper Sky Valley at Index.

Trioba says the area is completely new to adventure racers and promises to be one of the best events that Washington State racers have experienced.

Over 100 racers comprising 32 teams from around the Pacific Northwest have signed up for the event. The race is considered a “sprint race” as it last from 6 to 12 hours. While including adventure racing’s standard fare of mountain biking, train running and bush whacking, Trioba has partnered with Wave Trek to offer river rafting this time. This is the first adventure race in North America to offer significant river rafting.

Early Saturday morning the course will be revealed to the teams. Trioba says the terrain offers “unmatched views and stunning scenery” to racers as they climb out of the valley on their bikes and foot.

Racers are required to navigate to remote wilderness checkpoints with map and compass. Trioba says the navigation should prove challenging yet a fair test for beginner and intermediate teams and the waters of the Skykomish River promise to be cold, fast and furious – not to mention somewhat dangerous - as they race down class III rapids toward the finish.

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. Saturday May 30th in Index or throughout the day as racers traverse through and finish in the town of Index. For more information surf to www.trioba.com or call Glenn at 253-273-1026.

Trioba thanks the Town of Index, Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Parks, Snohomish County, and the Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest.


Date: May 30, 2009
Location: Near Index, WA
Duration: 6-12 hours
Cost: $150 per participant
Disciplines White Water Rafting, Treking, Mountain Biking

Cost Includes: Land use fees/permits, taxes, high-quality maps, all equipment necessary for rafting section, insurance, post-race party including food and drink, prizes and give-a-ways.

Can I race solo?
No. You must race as a two, three or four person team. The sport involves teams in order to develop teamwork, problem solving, and to increase the safety of the participants.

Must my team be coed?
No. But it is preferred as the sport was developed as a one of the few sports where men and women work together on the same team. Guys, if you are having problems finding a gal, try using the teammate finder at http://www.pnwar.com/forum/index.php .

Are all teams ranked the same?
Yes but only four person coed teams are eligible to receive awards and prizes

Where can I find a training partner or team?
Be resourceful, ask your brother, sister, friends, girlfriend, attend a COC (Cascade Orienteering Club) events or try searching on a team finder such as http://www.pnwar.com/forum/index.php

Do I have to stay with my team?
Yes, stay with your team, try working as a team and being a team. All team members must remain within 50 meters of each other at all times and all team members must visit each checkpoint.

What equipment do I need to bring?
Review the gear lists here: http://www.trioba.com/gear.html. The mandatory gear list should NOT be considered all that is necessary to safely participate in our events. You are required to make a personal assessment of your abilities and requirements for each event. You should carry with you all the gear that you believe is necessary to safely complete the event Pay careful attention to the recommended gear and consider taking it along as well.

Do I have to carry extra equipment while racing?
You must carry all the Individual Mandatory Equipment throughout the entire race. Discipline specific equipment, for Mountain Biking or other disciplines, must be carried during those specific disciplines. Any additional or extra equipment is up to you, your safety and your skills.

Can I use my own maps?
TRIOBA will provide maps and no other maps are allowed with you on the course. We are not, however, going to perform a map check before the event starts.

Can I use a GPS?

Is food and/or water provided on the course?
No. Bring your own fuel and hydration. (There will be food and drink at the finish.) If you have questions please post them on the Trioba forum: http://www.pnwar.com/forum/index.php

Do I need to bring my own boat?
No for the Trioba Wild Sky Sprint Adventure Race but YES for the 24 Hour Race unless otherwise specified. We are working on arranging a boat provider for our 24-30 hour race where you will be able to rent quality boats that are delivered to the race location. More on that in the near future.

Can I use a cyclocross or road bike?
You may use any bike that you choose. You may have significant issues if you use any type of bike other than a mountain bike. But then again, others may enjoy watching you try.

Where do we store our bikes and equipment during the race?
You will store your bikes and equipment at designated transition areas along the course. Some Transition Areas will require you to transport your equipment to a specified location prior to the race start.



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