October 21, 2017
12+ Hours. We are taking the course to the coast in San Luis Obispo county this year – No marked trail. No aid stations. Just you and/or your team navigating across the mountains, trails and water. The course will feature an ocean paddle – due to adverse experiences last year, if you are unable to do this part of the course, we will offer up to 49 participants the option of riding to the checkpoint instead for a time penalty. Please contact us prior to signing up to exercise this option.
CASH will be awarded to the top three co-ed and female teams. (Adventure racing is traditionally a four-person co-ed team event. We support all combinations of 1-4 team members, but we give cash to those who include women on their team.)
Think you’re ready?
- 6-8 miles of ocean kayaking ** YES, we will be coming up with an alternate, time penalty for those of you who don’t feel up to the challenge
- 15-25 miles of mountain biking (road, fire road and single track)
- 10-15 miles of foot travel including technical trail running/scrambling/swimming/lots of sand
- Map and Compass navigation (no marked course)
- Race entry
- Continuous, waterproof topographical course map with mandatory transition areas and checkpoints pre-marked
- Race bib and timing
- Pre-Race Clinic
- Post-Race BBQ and Beer (21 and over)
- Finisher prize
- Awsome Tee
- 12+ hours of epic memories
The Dawn to Dusk is a serious undertaking that will challenge the most experienced of athletes, take time to prepare for this event. Before starting any training program consult a medical professional about potential risks involved.
We recommend biking, running and kayaking as ways to prepare for this race.
The Dawn to Dusk provides a challenge to experienced adventure racers and those who are new to adventure racing. However, it is recommended that racers have some experience with navigation and endurance activities. We provide a number of options for those with different experience – we have a high level of DNFs each year and you should go into this race knowing that is the case. It is solely up to you to decide which routes to take and whether they are within your abilities to finish the race. If you are a beginner to this sort of thing, we suggest that you plan out checkpoints to skip and keep time to make sure you’re progressing on the schedule you anticipate, altering your plans as you go. Dead Last is still more awesome than Did Not Finish and getting lost in the dark!
You do not need a support team for this race – it is designed to be self supporting. You will pack your gear in bins for each transition area, details will be sent out in our pre-race email sent a week before the event.
We understand you’re putting your life in our hands for the time you’re on the course and we want you to know what’s on deck should you need it:
- We work with the local Search and Rescue team to provide EMTs and rescue equipment on course throughout the whole event.
- We also have arrangements with CalStar, an air ambulance, and H70, the local CHP rescue helicopter for ALS and hard to reach locations.
- On the water we have a patrol boat for kayak and boat safety.
The worst injury we have had in our 9 years was heat stroke and we had an IV in him in 10 minutes en route to the local ER in 20 minutes.
All of our transition areas and course marshals have VHF radios that use a repeater so we have communications throughout the entire course, as little to no cell phone reception is available in some of the areas we travel through.