Tug Hill Extreme Adventure

Race Details

Tug Hill Outfitters is hosting an 8-hour adventure race on Saturday June 4, 2022 in Williamstown, NY. The race is located in Central New York, on the southern end of the Tug Hill Plateau. For the race, you will receive a set of topographic maps with pre-plotted checkpoints that you will use to navigate the course with only the maps and compass, while trekking/running, mountain biking, & paddling. The team that finds the most checkpoints within the 8-hour time limit wins. If more than one team finds all of the checkpoints, the fastest time wins. If teams don’t make it back before the time cut-off, they will lose 1 checkpoint for every minute they’re late. All checkpoints are optional and your team can tackle as much or as little of the course as you’re up for. Teams sizes can range from 1 to 4 people. Approximate distances will be 20-25 miles of mountain biking on a combination of roads, and trails (5+ miles of trails), 5-10 miles of trekking with lots of off trail navigation, and 3-6 miles of paddling (racers are required to bring their own solo or tandem canoe/kayak, see more details below). A limited number of rental boats are available to reserve. See event page for details). Mountain bikes are highly recommended and racers will be required to carry mandatory individual and team gear during the race (to be announced). There will be one opportunity to drop and access a gear bag during the race. This race has something for everyone, from newcomers interested in trying the sport, and more competitive adventure racers who are looking for some fun and challenging off trail navigation! If you’re into trail running, hiking, geocaching, treasure hunting, or have seen Eco Challenge Fiji on Amazon, this race and the sport of adventure racing are for you! A portion of proceeds from the race will go to support Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, a local organization specializing in land conservation.

What’s Included
  • 8 hours of awesome adventure racing
  • USARA sanctioned race where teams can earn points for national points series rankings
  • Performance T-shirt
  • 1 set of race maps per team (option to purchase a second set)
  • Race passport (for punching checkpoints)
  • Post race food and drinks, including one craft beer per person
  • Prizes for top finishers in each division
  • Option to camp on site ($10/person)

Racers must provide their own canoes or kayaks, paddles, and PFDs. Paddling will be on a small flatwater scenic river. Any type of non-motorized, non-pedal canoe or kayak will work for the race and any type of canoe or kayak is allowed. If you have a racing canoe/kayak feel free to bring it. If you have a touring or small recreational canoe/kayak, that will work fine too. 2-4 person teams may use tandem canoes/kayaks or solo canoes/kayaks. Tug Hill Outfitters has a limited number of rental kayaks available. If you need to rent a kayak please contact us as soon as possible. Racers will be required to drop boats off at a transition area located a short drive from the race start in the morning before the race. We will transport boats back to the start/finish. We will have volunteers at the site to make sure your boats are safe. If you rent a boat from us we will transport it for you. 

USARA Membership Required

For post race festivities, we will have snacks, drinks, a post race meal, and delicious Lunkenheimer craft beer. We’ll have awards about 30 mins after the race finish with prizes for top finishers in each division. Post race awards and activities will be held outside, as we do not have public indoor facilities. 

Required Individual & Team Gear

Mandatory Team Gear – Entire Race (1 person per team must carry these items at all times)

  • Map case (zip lock is okay)
  • Compass (baseplate compass recommended)
  • Working cell phone (to be kept OFF and used only for emergencies. We recommend putting this in a waterproof bag sealed inside your backpack.)
  • First aid kit. (Adventure Medical .7 is a good option – https://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/ultralight-watertight-7.html)

Mandatory Individual Gear – Entire Race (Each team member must carry the following items at all times)

  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Means to carry at least 50 oz of liquid (we will have limited water at the transition areas)
  • Waterproof jacket (mandatory regardless of weather conditions)

Mandatory Individual Gear – Mountain Biking Sections (Each team member must have the following on all bike sections)

  • Mountain bike
  • Bike helmet
  • Red flashing rear light (to be turned on whenever riding)

Mandatory Individual Gear – Paddling

  • Canoe or kayak (Contact Tug Hill Outfitters if you need to rent a boat)
  • PFD
  • Paddle

Recommended Gear

  • Long pants, tights, or leg protection
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike odometer
  • Sunglasses or hat w/ visor
  • Bug spray (think black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks)
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof case for phone
  • Tire pump or CO2 cartridges
  • Bike repair toolkit
  • duct tape
  • food for the entire race
  • writing utensils (pencil & highlighters, helpful for marking up maps)
Post-Race Awards & Festivities

For post race festivities, we will have snacks, drinks, a post race meal, and delicious Lunkenheimer craft beer. We’ll have awards about 30 mins after the race finish with prizes for top finishers in each division. Post race awards and activities will be held outside, as we do not have public indoor facilities. 

On-Site Camping & Area Lodging

Primitive camping is available at the race start/finish on the night before the race, on our private property in a back field. Camping facilities include access to porta potties, one shared campfire area, shared small charcoal grill, water bottle filling station and hose, and use of on site porta potties. Camping is $10 per person. Other local lodging options are the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY or several hotels in Rome or Syracuse. 

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
9 AM – 5 PM


72 Finnerty Rd.
Williamstown, NY 13493


$75 per person (March 1 – March 31)
$85 per person (April 1 – April 30)
$95 per person (May 1 – May 25)
Register here

Race Schedule

6:30 – 8:30 AM – Boat drop
7:00 – 8:30 AM – Registration (Maps distributed at check-in)
8:30 AM – Pre-race briefing
9:00 AM – Race Start
5:00 PM – Race Finish
5:30 PM – Post-race awards
5:30 PM until ? – Post-race festivities

Race Categories

Men’s, Women’s, or Non-Binary Solo Racers
Men’s, Women’s, & Mixed Gender 2 person teams
Men’s, Women’s, Mixed Gender 3 or 4 person teams
Prizes for top finishers in each category



Thank You to our Sponsors

Tug Hill Outfitters logo
Hammer Nutrition Logo
Out There USA logo
Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing logo
Tug Hill Artisan Roasters logo
Trek New Hartford logo

Osceola Ski & Sport Resort

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