Greenhorn Adventure Race

September 14, 2024
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Greenhorn Adventure Race

Welcome to Adventure Racing!  The Greenhorn AR, now in our 10th edition, was created to offer competitors a gateway into the sport of adventure racing.

This 4 hour sprint adventure race was designed with the beginner in mind, but fun for everyone no matter the skill or experience level!

While there is significant challenge built in, this event is fun and highly achievable for the novice racer.

The navigation is straight forward and the maps that we provide are excellent. The mountain biking takes racers over gravel roads, some pavement, and some semi-technical singletrack trails.  Finally, the paddling takes place on a beautiful clear lake.

Race Date: Saturday September 14, 2024
Rocky Gap State Park, Flintstone, MD
Start Time: 10:00am

Time limit: 4 hours
Disciplines:  Trekking, paddling, and mountain biking
Course Design: The course is designed for beginners, but will have optional sections/checkpoints for added challenge for those that want it.
Teams: Soloists and teams of two or three (male, female, or co-ed).  Team members travel together the entire race.

Race Format

Solists, or teams of two or three will be tasked with finding checkpoints dispersed in and around Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, MD. These checkpoints must be found on bike, foot, or in a boat (kayak for soloists and canoes for teams or 2 or 3).

All teammates will travel together the entire race.

The exact order and distance of each segment is kept a secret until race day but we can tell you that the course will include the most distance of biking, then trekking (or running if you are speedy), and then paddling. There will be MANY route options and lots of decision making in this race, all of which will cost or save your team time.

New to Adventure Racing?

If you are new to adventure racing or have never done the Greenhorn or VentureQuest Adventure Races before, then the below resources will help you prepare.  This maps and rules of travel were for a race held previously at Pohick Bay in Lorton, VA.  There is also the recording of the Q&A and mini-clinic held in 2023 before our VentureQuest Adventure Race.  The clinic portion starts are 41:30.


Registration Fees

$80/person – New year (by 1/1)
$90/person – Early (by 6/14)
$100/person – Regular (by 8/14)
$110/person – Late (by 9/11)

Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, all paddling equipment, awesome maps, sweet finisher medal, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, medical support, plentiful post-race food, electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, free race photos, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday September 14, 2024
7:30am – check-in and map distribution opens
9:00am – race briefing
10:00am – race start
1:00pm – post-race food available
2:00pm – race course closes
2:30pm – awards

Details for check-in, map distribution, etc. will be provided in advance of the event.

Gear Information

Mandatory Gear for Each Racer

  • Bike (mountain bikes are highly recommended)
  • Bike helmet
  • Way to carry enough food and water for the length of the event

Mandatory Gear for Each Team

  • Race map (provided at check-in)
  • Race rules of travel (provided at check-in)
  • Race passport (provided at check-in)
  • Basic bike repair kit (spare tube, a way to inflate a tube, bike multi-tool)
  • Watch
  • Cell phone (fully charged)
  • Small dry bag for your cell phone (either a few zip locks or a store bought dry bag)
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket (at least one per team). 

Recommended Gear

  • Waterproof map case (this can be as simple as a zip lock bag or a fancy store bought case)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather that day
  • Compass

** All paddling gear (canoe, kayak, PFDs, and paddles) will be provided for in-person race.  Racers may use their own paddles and PFDs if they wish, but must transport them to and from the paddle portion of the race.


Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Flintstone, MD 21530

Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland, 6 miles east of Cumberland in Allegany County. The park is approximately 2.5 hours from the Baltimore and Washington regions.

From Batimore and Washington DC:

  • Travel to I-70 west.
  • Travel west on I-70 past Hagerstown.
  • At Hancock, take I-68 west.
  • Take exit #50 for Rocky Gap State Park.
  • Once in the park follow signs for Race Parking. The staging area is near the main bathhouse and snackbar in the ‘day use’ area on the eastern side of the lake.


Awards will be presented to the top five in all race categories.  Awards will be presented after the race at the awards ceremony.

Race Rules

  • Use of any GPS device that has a visual display of distance or map is forbidden.
  • Non-GPS bike computers are allowed on your bikes.
  • Team members must stay within 100 ft of each other at all times (unless otherwise instructed).
  • All team members must follow all official race rules provided during check-in.
  • Portable music players or any device requiring earphones are not permitted.
  • Pets are not allowed on the course.
  • Respect other racers, volunteers, race staff, and the environment. No littering.
  • Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
  • Racers must notify race officials if they drop out of the race.

Age Groups

Solo Divisions
Male, female

2 Person Team Divisions include:
Duo mixed gender, Duo Female, Duo Male, Duo-Masters (combined age 100+)

3 Person Team Divisions include:
Mixed gender, Female, Male, and Masters (team members any gender, combined team age of 150+)

Ready to Race?