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Rampart RAGE Adventure Race July 16th, 2011
A USARA sanctioned event.

Final Race Results
Team Split Times

Rampart Rage Pic

Racers: AWESOME JOB at the race! You impressed us thoroughly.

The Big Mountain Adventure is a Checkpoint Tracker Event The 12-14hr Sport-length race is a Checkpoint Tracker Event!


Venue: Rampart Range Area West of Colorado Springs, CO

Race Lengths:

Sport: 12 hr race with 14 hr cutoff - beginners and competitive racers
Sprint: 5 hr race with 8 hr cutoff - aimed at being beginner friendly
Race Distances: Sport: 55-75 miles; A range due to checkpoint selection strategies
Sprint: 30-45 miles; A range due to checkpoint selection strategies


Mountain Biking, Running/Trekking, Orienteering, Flatwater Paddling (kayak and paddles are provided), Ropes Challenges (Tyrolean Traverse, Zipline), Special Challenge

Gear Format:

Gear Drop at transition areas
Divisions: 3-4 Coed, 2 Open, 2 Coed, Solo Male, Solo Female, Large Group and Family (3+ open and 5+ coed)

Check-In &
Pre-Race Meeting:

Sport Length: Friday evening 5-8PM; Sprint Length: Saturday Morning 6:30-8:00
Post-Race Party & SWAG Raffle: 8PM Saturday evening at the start/finish campground


A secondary competition to help clean the environment
Registration: Registration Fee: $89/person for the sprint course, $126/person for the sport course. Registration is now closed.
Registered Team list
Race Update #1
Final Race Update
Our second adventure race of 2011 has two different race lengths. The Sprint race (5-8hr) is aimed at being beginner friendly similar to the Rock2Rock race. However, this course will not have any elements of urban AR and will be absolutely gorgeous. The Sport race (12-14 hr) covers more beautiful ground and has more focus on strategy and teamwork and will prepare you for the third race in the fall. This will be a memorable adventure race; we're honored to share it with you. This race is what adventure racing is all about!

Race Events
Note that events and distances are approximate and subject to change.
Mountain Biking Sprint Course: 15-25 miles
Sport Course: 20-40 miles
Running/Trekking Sprint Course: 5-10 miles
Sport Course: 12-30 miles
Rogaine-style Orienteering Use of map and compass; strategy will be important in this race
Paddling Flatwater kayaking while orienteering
Sprint Course: 3-7 miles
Sport Course: 3-7 miles
Tyrolean Traverse Pull yourself horizontally across a 300' rope
Zipline Lose elevation quickly by descending a 300' cable and pulleys across the lake
Special Challenges No preparation necessary

The format of this race will include gear drops. You will bring your labeled boxes to a central location and BMA staff will drop your gear for you (your gear will be monitored). The start and finish of this race will be in the same location. Camping at the start/finish location is available for $12/night. If intestered, please send an email to More information will be available in coming race updates.

There is limited parking at the start/finish campground. The majority of parking will be at the Woodland Park Middle school. BMA will shuttle you to and from the start/finish if you need to park at the school. See more details in coming race updates.

Race Rules
Specific race rules will be distributed at the pre-race meeting. These build on BMA's General Race Rules. Please note that race rules will be enforced for your safety and to keep the race fair to all participants.

BMARE Competition
Big Mountain Adventure Racing for the Environment (BMARE): We provide each team with a trashbag to have our participants collect trash at the race venue. There are two conditions for winning BMARE: amount and creativity. The team that collects the most amount of trash by weight wins first prize. The team that provides the most creative display of the trash collected within a 10 minute period wins second prize. Everyone has an equal chance to win this competition, but the environment is the real winner. The competition will be judged at the post race party.

Volunteer to help with Rampart RAGE

Get a Race Voucher for yourself or a friend or family member
Get a behind the scenes look at an adventure race
Get involved in a friend or family member's passion without having to race with them
Make some new friends
Get some SWAG

There are many reasons to Volunteer at Rampart RAGE for BMA. Click here for more information.

Mandatory Gear

Personal Equipment

  • Mountain Bike (no cyclocross bikes)
  • Bike Helmet
  • Running Shoes
  • One Spare Inner Tube
  • Biking Gloves (for biking and ropes events)
  • Climbing Harness - UIAA Approved
  • 2 Locking Carabiners (12hr race only)
  • 2 12" Sewn Nylon Slings, Spectra OK (12hr race only)
  • Hydration System (3 liter minimum capacity for 12hr race, 2 liters minimum capacity for 6hr Race)
  • Emergency Blanket
  • PFD (USGS Approved Type III)

Team Equipment

  • Compass
  • One labeled Bin per team for 6 hour racers to include food/water and Boat PFDs
  • One labeled Bin per team for 12 hour racers to include Run-to-Bike Transition Items and food/water
  • One labeled Bin per team for 12 hour racers for Boat PFDs after paddle
  • Bike Tire inflation (pump, CO2)
  • Bike Repair Tool
  • UTM plotting tool 1:24000 (12hr race only. 6hr race does not need to plot coordinates)
  • Pen or Permanent Marker (recommended) for map plotting (12hr race only. 6hr race does not need to plot coordinates)
  • Waterproof First Aid Kit containing at minimum the following:
    • 2 4"x4" gauze pades
    • Small roll of 1/2" medical or duct tape
    • 3" Ace Bandage
    • 8 anti-inflammatory tablets (Ibprofen or similar)
  • One fully charged cell phone in a waterproof enclosure

Recommended Equipment

  • Waterproof Map Carrying Case (highly recommended - 2.5 gallon Ziploc ok)
  • Sunscreen (highly recommended)
  • Backpack to hold all of your gear
  • Weather appropriate sport performance clothing (no cotton!)
  • Rain jacket/Rain pants for paddling and rain
  • Knife
  • Camera
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof bags or zip-lock bags for sensitive gear or clothing
  • Bear spray
  • Waste bag and toilet paper
  • Immodium
  • Spare change of socks
  • Leather gloves for ropes events

Race Winners Prizes

The sport length race will include prizes. The sprint race will not include prizes.

Sport Length Prizes

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
3-4 Coed Sponsored by Whole Foods Sponsored by Whole Foods Sponsored by The Trailhead
2 Open Sponsored by Nathan Sports Sponsored by Planet Bike and Polar Bottle None
2 Coed Sponsored by Nathan Sports Sponsored by Planet Bike and Polar Bottle None
Solo Male BMA Race Vouchers, value TBD None None
Solo Female BMA Race Vouchers, value TBD None None
4+ open/5+coed Race Vouchers, value TBD None None

BMARE Prizes

Details of these prizes with respect to divisions are being worked out. TBD.

1st Place (Amount, by weight) 2nd Place (Creative display of trash)
Prize Sponsored by SOLE and GoLite Sponsored by SOLE and GoLite

Can YOU handle the rage?

Come find out why this race's checkpoints have descriptions like "On Tree @ Amazing Lookout". Take in the fresh mountain air this summer at one of Colorado's most beautiful race venues. Mountain bike, trail run, flat water paddle, tackle special challenges, and zipline this awesome course at the Rampart Reservoir. Choose between sprint length (5-8hr) and sport length (12-15hr) course options. The sport length also includes a tyrolean traverse. Beautiful camping is available at the start/finish; lodging in Woodland Park is also available (see race update #1). Kayaks and paddles are provided for each racer. Ropes gear rental options are available. Our last race sold out - don't miss out!

Kayaks and paddles are provided and are included in your race registration costs. Similar to Rock2Rock we aim to give you an excellent race at an excellent value. Tell your friends to join you or compete with you at Rampart RAGE today. Primitive camping at the start/finish location is available as well for $24 for both Friday and Saturday nights. If interested, please send an email to

Post Race Party and SWAG Raffle!

Post Race Party details TBD.

Massage Services Available on Race Day

Healing Touch Massage will be at the race to provide massage. Details TBD. Carefree Chiropractic involvement is also likely but TBD.

Updates on BMAR Blog, Facebook, and Twitter

Your friends and family can stay upated during the race on how you're doing even if they can't attend. Team times and status will be updated periodically on the BMAR Blog, Facebook facebook icon, and Twitter twitter icon.

For any questions regarding the Rock2Rock Adventure Race, please send an email to

Prizes and Raffle Sponsored By
Nathan Sports The Trailhead Colorado Planet Bike Sponsorship Polar Bottle Sponsorship
Nuun Rock Climbing at CityRock Colorado Power Bar Kathleen Terry Healing Touch Massage
Numa Sports Optics My Topo Sponsorship GoLite Sponsorship Mountain Chalet Sponsorship Zanfel Sponsorship
Captain Zipline Sponsorship Challenge Unlimited Sponsorship Gearonimo Sponsorship Chamois Buttr Sponsorship SportMulti
Aquamira Sponsorship

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