Tug Hill Extreme Adventure

Race Details

Join us for an extreme weekend of fun! Race day is Saturday, June 1, 2024 in Redfield, NY. Choose between two different races on Saturday, and stay for our paddling clinic on Sunday, June 2nd. Registration is live for all events.

  • 12 hours of extreme adventure racing, type 2 fun, with lots of off trail navigation, a significant paddle on a medium sized lake, and plenty of biking on beautiful trails (not overly technical).
  • A shorter version, 3 to 6 hours of fun for families and newcomers to the sport of adventure racing and navigation.
  • Kayak & Canoe Paddling Clinic (Beginner – Advanced/Racing) the day after the adventure race on Sunday, June 2nd.
12 Hour Adventure Race

The 12 hour race is an Adventure Racing World Series, North America (ARWS-NA) points race, and a United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) sanctioned points race. During the race, each team will receive one set of topographic maps with pre-plotted checkpoints that you will use to navigate the course with map and compass only, while trekking/running, mountain biking, & paddling. The team that finds the most checkpoints within the 12 hour time limit wins. If teams don’t make it back before the time cut-off, they will lose 1 checkpoint for every minute they’re late. Teams sizes can range from of 1-4 people. Approximated distances for each section of the course are still being finalized. Racers are required to bring their own solo or tandem canoe/kayak, SUP, packraft, etc. Any non-motorized, non-pedal boats are allowed. A limited number of rental boats are available to reserve if you don’t have your own. (See below 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 at least one opportunity to drop and access a gear bag during the race. All checkpoints are optional and your team can tackle as much or as little of the course as you’re up for. This race has something for everyone, from newcomers, to competitive adventure racers who are looking for a fun challenge in a cool place! 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! 

What’s included
  • 12 hours of awesome adventure racing
  • ARWS-NA and USARA points race
  • Performance T-shirt
  • Live tracking system
  • 1 set of race maps per team (option to purchase additional sets)
  • Race passport (for punching checkpoints)
  • Post race food and drinks, including one craft beer or other NA beverage per person
  • Prizes for top finishers in each division
Provide your own boat (kayak, canoe, SUP, packraft, or rent one)

Racers must provide their own boats (canoes, kayaks, SUPs, packrafts), paddles, and PFDs, or rent one for the race. Due to the semi-remote location of the race, finding enough rental boats to provide one for all racers is challenging, so we highly encourage you to bring your own. There will be a limited number of first come, first serve rentals available. Rental prices are dependent on the size of the boat, for example a tandem kayak or 4-person canoe will cost more than a solo kayak. Paddling will be on a medium sized lake/body of water, which can get choppy in windy conditions. While a packraft will work for the race, a touring canoe, kayak, or SUP is ideal. Any non-motorized/non-pedal human powered boat will be allowed. 2-4 person teams may use multi-person canoes/kayaks or solo canoes/kayaks. We will be using the Tug Hill Outfitters fleet of kayaks/canoes first, then working with regional outfitting businesses to provide additional rental boats as needed. Please contact us (tughilladventures@gmail.com, 315-807-3696) as soon as possible, if you need a rental boat. We will transport boats back to the start/finish after the race.

USARA membership:

The Tug Hill Extreme Adventure is a USARA sanctioned race and membership in USARA is required for all participants. Participants who are not USARA members can purchase a single day membership during registration for $8 each.

Post Race Awards & Festivities:

Post race festivities will be at the Osceola Ski & Sport Resort. There will be a post race meal and one craft beer or other NA beverage per racer, then beer and other food/beverages for sale at the lodge. We’ll have awards about 30 mins after the race finish with prizes for top finishers in each division. 

Area Lodging & Camping (TBD):

Local lodging options are the hotel, Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY, Tug Hill Resort, and hotels in the Rome, Boonville, or Syracuse area (35 minutes to 1 hour). We are working on camping options and will send an update when we have more details.

What costs are involved with putting on an adventure race? 
  • Performance race T-shirt
  • Costs for use of the host location
  • Post race meal and 1 beer or drink of choice 
  • Live tracking with website for spectators to follow along
  • Photographer
  • Water resistant maps & passports (1 set per team) 
  • Shared costs for insurance, prizes, state land use permits, advertising/event marketing, etc.) 
Race Team Categories: 
  • Men’s, Women’s, Nonbinary 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

Contact Tug Hill Outfitters, tughilladventures@gmail.com; 315-807-3696

Required Individual & Team Gear (Still being finalized)
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
  • Emergency 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 (12 hour racers only ) 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(12 hour racers only )
  • 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)
3 to 6 Hour Adventure Race
Kayak & Canoe Paddling Clinic (Beginner – Advanced/Racing)
Tug Hill Extreme Adventure Logo

Saturday, June 1, 2024


Redfield, NY


Register here.

12 Hour Race Pricing

  • $155 (2/12 – 4/15/23)
  • $170 (after 4/16/23)
  • $185 (after 5/10/24)
  • USARA Membership required
  • Registration closes on 5/23/24
  • Optional camping on Friday, 6/2 & Saturday, 6/3 for $15 per person, per night, at race headquarters, Osceola Ski & Sport Resort
  • Boat rentals – $30 – $80 (first come first serve, prices are dependent on the size of the boat, for example a tandem kayak or 4-person canoe will cost more than a solo kayak) – please bring your own boats if possible.

3 – 6 Hour Race Pricing

  • 2024 Pricing TBD
  • $35 Children 6 and older
  • $0 Children 5 and under
  • Note – there is a one time USARA membership cost (our insurance provider) of $8 for all participants. We have done our best to keep prices low, especially for kids.
12 Hour Race Schedule (Tentative)
  • TBD – Registration & boat drop
  • 6:30 AM – Pre-race briefing
  • 7:00 AM – Race Start
  • 7:00 PM – Race Finish
  • Post-race awards – 7:30 PM
  • Post-race refreshments – 6:00 PM – ?
3 – 6 Hour Race Schedule (Tentative)
  • 8:00 – 9:15 AM – Racer Check-in
  • 8:45 – 9:00 AM – Free Navigation Clinic
  • 9:30 AM – Pre-Race Briefing
  • 10:00 AM – Race Start
  • 1:00 PM – Race Finish
  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM – Post Race Meal
  • 1:30 PM – Awards
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
  • Family Teams – up to 6 people, must include at least one child between ages 0 – 18) – (3 hour race category only)
  • Prizes for top finishers in each category



Thank You to our Sponsors

Tug Hill Outfitters logo

Osceola Ski & Sport Resort

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