Tennessee Adventure Challenge Comes To Knoxville

Monday, September 16, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Outdoor enthusiasts can experience a day of adventure and ultimately compete for a statewide title in the Tennessee Adventure Challenge Oct. 12, in Knoxville.

The Challenge will make its debut in conjunction with the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing National Championship which will see up to 200 of the best adventure racers in North America converge Oct. 10-12 in Knoxville to compete for the national title.

The Tennessee Adventure Challenge is designed to offer an entry-level experience for those just starting out with adventure sports. The Challenge will expand to other cities within Tennessee in 2014 and 2015, with the goal of a five-to-seven city statewide series that culminates with a Championship race every fall in Knoxville.       

Checkpoint Tracker is a national competitive adventure racing series with its own rankings and championship race. It is also the largest online community of adventure racers in North America with over 10,000 active members.

The Tennessee Adventure Challenge offers a unique format open to both novice and experienced athletes. Scheduled activities for the Challenge will include trail running, mountain biking and paddling (boat or SUP) on a set course with no navigation skills or GPS required. The course for both events is kept secret and closely guarded, though event producers have revealed that both finish lines will be on Market Square.

Registration and more information can be found at www.tnadventurechallenge.com.



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