VentureQuest Adventure Race

September 18+19, 2021
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VentureQuest Adventure Race

VQ returns on Saturday and Sunday September 18+19, 2021 to Fountainhead Regional Park with a brand new course!!  VQ has challenged, rewarded, and inspired close to 3500 athletes in its 11 year history.  VQ is where is all began for EX2!

We’re excited to offer a 12-hour course on 9/18 and a 6-hour course on 9/19!  See who is racing (as of 9/16).

VentureQuest is a sprint adventure race that is held in Fairfax County just 45 minutes west of Washington DC.  The terrain is gorgeous and has a truly remote feel for being so close to a major metro area. Racers love the fact that they can compete in a challenging adventure race so close to home.


Race Format

In 2021, VentureQuest will feature both a sprint 6-hour adventure race and a 12-hour middle distance adventure race.  In each event, competitors are tasked with navigating to find a series of checkpoints, all while trekking, biking, and paddling the beautiful areas in and around Fountainhead Regional Park. There are plenty of surprises, twists, and decision making in this race, all of which will cost or save time for each team.

Team members must travel together the entire race.  VQ is not a relay.  That’s part of the fun!  You’re team is as fast as your slowest teammate!  The best teams will work together and help each other to go fast as a team.


12-Hour Race

Saturday September, 18, 2021
Total Distance:
40+ miles
Trekking: 10+ miles
Mountain biking: 20+ miles
Paddling: 10+ miles

Navigation: Intermediate
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

6-Hour Race

Sunday September 19, 2021
Total Distance:
20+ miles
Trekking: 6+ miles
Mountain biking: 10+ miles
Paddling: 4+ miles

Navigation: Beginner to intermediate
Disciplines: Biking, trekking, paddling, orienteering

Registration Fees

12-Hour Course

Soloists and teams of 2 or 3 are allowed.

$150/person – Early (3 months+ out)
$160/person – Regular (1-3 months out)
$170/person – Late (1 month to race day)

6-Hour Course

Soloists and teams of 2 or 3 are allowed.

$80/person – Early (3 months+ out)
$90/person – Regular (1-3 months out)
$100/person – Late (1 month to race day)

Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, boats, life jackets, paddles, awesome maps, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, medical support, plentiful post-race food, electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday September 18th
12-hour race
8:00am to 8:00pm

Sunday September 20th
6-hour race
9:00am to 3:00pm

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
  • Rear red bike light (12-hour race only)
  • Headlamp and front-mounted white bike light (can be the same light, 12-hour race only)

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

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. 


Fountainhead Regional Park
10875 Hampton Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

From Interstate 66:

  • Take I-66 to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway – formerly Rt 7100). * Exit at 55A SOUTH toward Springfield.
  • Travel south on Rt. 286 for approx. 6 miles.
  • Exit onto Rt. 123 SOUTH (Ox Rd.) for approx. 3 miles.
  • Right onto Henderson Rd.
  • Left on Hampton Rd.
  • Right into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to parking and check-in.

From Interstate 95:

  • Exit I95 and take Rt. 123 NORTH for approx. 4.5 miles.
  • Left on Hampton Rd. for approx. 3 miles.
  • Left into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to parking and check-in.


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+)


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