Get Your Bearings Adventure Race

Saturday, May 06, 2017 9:00 AM
6301 Kensington Rd
Brighton, MI

Event Details:

The 2017 Get Your Bearings Adventure Race opens up registrations to exciting new divisions, including Experienced teams, Parent/Child teams, and teams with First-Time racers.  

Race Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Location: Brighton, Michigan (Island Lake Recreation Area)
Length: 4 hour Adventure Race
Disciplines: Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Canoeing & Orienteering
4 Divisions:  4-person Coed, 2-person Open, 2-person First-Timer (at least 1 teammate), and Family (Parent/Child 8-14 year charge for the kid!)
Who: Beginner to Experienced Adventurers!
Racer Check-In: 7:00am to 7:45am
Race Briefing: 8:00am
Race Start: 9:00am
Race Cutoff: 1:00pm
Post Race Food with Prizes & Giveaways: 1:15pm following race finish.

Event Cost:
12/30/16 to 3/17/17 = $85.00 per person (+ small online registration fee)
3/18/17 to 4/23/17 = $90.00 per person (+ small online registration fee)
Registration will open on Dec. 30th, 2016 and close on April 23rd, 2017 (or when each division is sold out).

Entry fee includes canoe rental, swag, and post race food. Entry is limited to the team limits noted above. Your team’s entry will not be secured until full payment has been received.


Trekking / Trail Running / Orienteering:
Teams will use provided maps, and their compasses, to find checkpoints (CP’s) scattered throughout the area.  Detailed Orienteering (1:15,000) topographical maps will be provided pre-marked with checkpoints, as well as a DNR Recreation Area map.  The total trekking will be in the 4-6 mile range – depending on a your selected route and number of CP’s achieved.  Not all checkpoints will be required to finish as an officially ranked team; however, the more checkpoints a team obtains, the higher they will rank in the overall standings.  Teams can choose to trek on trails or bushwhack through the wilderness!

Teams will be paddling approximately 4 miles.  Canoes are being provided.  Paddles and PFDs will be provided also; however, you can use your own paddles and PFDs instead if you prefer.  Racers will need to sign a canoe rental waiver which will be provided prior to registration.  It is recommended that your team has canoeing experience.  Practice with Heavner Canoe Rental (,  offering a 10% discount on rentals to anyone planning on doing the race.

Mountain Bike:
The mountain bike stage will total 8-10 miles in length as teams collect required checkpoints.  The course will include a mix of paved road, single track and off-road trails.

Event Tags:
Adventure Event, Multisport Event, Other

Map & Directions