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CNY Fall Adventure Challenge

Sun September 24, 2023 Williamstown, NY 13493 US Directions


CNY Fall Adventure Challenge

9:00AM EDT - 3:00PM EDT Sunday, September 24, 2023
Open to ages 5 - 99.

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603 County Rte 30
Williamstown, NY US 13493


Get ready for some serious fall fun on Sunday, September 24, 2023! This year, the CNY Fall Adventure Challenge, hosted by Tug Hill Outfitters, is taking place at Kasoag Lake Tavern & Grill in Williamstown, NY.

This year there will be two race options. The CNY Fall Adventure Challenge is a 3 - 4 hour adventure race that includes hiking, biking, and paddling. You'll need to bring bikes (any bike will do), and you can bring your own boat (kayak, canoe, or other non-motorized boat) or rent one from Tug Hill Outfitters. This race has something for everyone. It will be very beginner/family friendly, but also include a series of "pro" points for experienced adventure racers/navigators. Pro points will include more challenging off-trail navigation, primarily on foot. The race will last between 3 to 4 hours. Distances and times are still being finalized. 

The CNY Fall Adventure Paddling Challenge is a paddling only event, where you'll use kayaks, canoes, or other non-motorized boat to find hidden checkpoints on a small lake, using only a map and compass to navigate. You'll have 90 minutes to find as many hidden checkpoints as you can before time runs out. There will be beginner/family friendly points, and some "pro" points for racers looking for a bigger challenge. 

For both events, Tug Hill Outfitters has kayaks that can be rented for the race at $10 per solo kayak, $15 per 2- person tandem kayak, and $20 per canoe (which can fit between 3 to 4 people). Available boats are limited, so please reserve yours early. During registration, you can choose to add a boat if you need to rent one from Tug Hill Outfitters, in the "add ons" section. Note that this does not guarantee you a boat until it has been confirmed with Tug Hill Outfitters. Payment for the boat rental will be charged separately. 

When you check in for the race, you'll be given a set of maps with marked checkpoints. Each of these checkpoints represents a flag that's hidden on trails, water, or woods, for you to find. If it's labeled a bike checkpoint, you'll have to get that checkpoint on your bike (any bike will do for this race as there will be no technical off-trail riding), if it's on the water section, you'll need to paddle to find that point, and some points will need to be retrieved on foot. You will be given 3 to 4 hours to complete this race. No GPS allowed. All checkpoints are optional. Teams will use the provided maps and a compass to find as many checkpoints as they can before time runs out. Teams can find as many or as few checkpoints as they want, and there is no requirement to stay out for the full 3 to 4 hours, but trust us, the time will go quickly! Think of this race as a choose your own pick your route, your speed, and the level of intensity. Teams must return to the finish line before the race cut-off time (which is still being determined), or they will lose 1 checkpoint for every minute they're late. 

Team sizes can range from 1-6 people (cap of 4 people for adult teams, but families can race with up to 6 people). Prior to the race there will be a free navigation clinic for newcomers so you can learn some adventure racing strategy and practice navigating using a topographic map and compass.

CNY Fall Adventure Challenge Event Schedule (tentative) 

  • Packet Pick-up & Map Distribution - 9 -10:00 AM
  • Pre-race strategy and navigation clinic - 9:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Pre-race briefing - 10:15 AM
  • Race Start - 10:30 AM
  • Race Finish - 1:30 or 2:30 PM
  • Post-race awards - TBD

CNY Fall Adventure Paddling Challenge Event Schedule (tentative) 

  • Packet Pick-up beginning at 10:30 AM
  • Pre-Race navigation clinic - 11:15
  • Pre-Race briefing 11:30 
  • Race will start after all paddlers from the other race have cleared the paddling section - ~12:00 PM
  • Race Finish - 1:30 PM
  • Post Race Awards - TBD

This year we're trying something different to keep costs down. The cost of the race is enough to cover our insurance, land-use permits, marketing, and printing costs. There is an optional $10 T-shirt that can be added during registration. The race is being held at Kasoag Lake Tavern & Grill, which has delicious pub style food and a full bar so that anyone can grab food on their own and support this awesome local business after the race. 

Registration includes - registration fees, one set of race maps per team, prizes for winning teams in each category, and a free navigation clinic.  

Race Team Categories
Men's, Women's, Non-binary Solo Racers
Men's, Women's, & Mixed Gender 2 person teams
Men's, Women's, Mixed Gender 3 or 4 person teams
Families of 2 to 6 person teams
Prizes for top finishers in each category

Questions: Contact Tug Hill Outfitters,; 315-807-3696

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