USARA REGIONAL QUALIFIER
Join us for an incredible day of adventure! This year's course captures the unique flavor of the area in one fabulous day of racing. All of our adventurous participants will enjoy scenic mountain biking, river paddling, and challenging orienteering. Be prepared to think on your feet, make decisions on the fly, and move quickly.
Wharton State Forest encompasses over 110,000 acres of land filled with miles of waterways, off road trails and beautiful landscapes. From the dense pine and oak woodlands to mosaic meadows and cedar swamps, the area offers a unique look at the hidden treasures of New Jersey. On this race course you could spot river otters or spy an osprey on your paddle. Perhaps you’ll stumble upon the ghostly remains of yesteryear’s industrial villages.
There will be aspects to this race that will challenge the best racers and truly entertain the novice ones. The event is ideal for experienced racers, and for those teams ready to step up to the next level of racing. Team work and stamina will define the top finishers.
The 2017 Savage 12 Hour Adventure Race is a USARA Regional Qualifier and a member of the North American Adventure Racing Series.
Course Designers: Bruce Kuo returns once again to bring you one of the best adventure racing courses on the east coast! Joining him is course designer and experienced adventure racer Eric Schrading. Both bring an outstanding background in all facets of multi-sport racing. They have been active and long time members of the adventure racing community; having raced in all levels of local, regional, national, and international events. They aim to please and surprise you.
5:45-6:30 am : Race Check In
6:40 am: Team Meeting
7:00 am: Race Start
Race check in location ~ Race Start/Finish Area
Fields near Batsto Visitor Center: Wharton State Forest
31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037
the park charges a $5 entry fee per vehicle
Single gender team of 2 or 3
Co-ed team of 2 or 3
Masters Division (combined team age of 120 years for team of 3)
Masters single gender team of 2 or 3
Masters Co-ed team of 3
Race Registration fee:
$130 per person for those that register by April 30
$150 per person after that date as spaces permit
Price includes: ultra wicking T-shirt; canoe, paddle, PFD rental; goodie bag; post race food; maps; passport
We know that everyone has their own individual preferences for lodging. Some prefer a nice, cushy night sleep, others prefer to camp, and some just crash in their cars.
Below are some suggestions:
There are camping options available within Wharton State Forest
campsites are $20/night - 2 night stay required
The link for information and reservations:
Within 30 minutes of the start/finish area there are a few budget hotels. Nothing glamorous.
The closest hotel is
Econo Lodge (11 minute drive to start/finish line)
308 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037
Next area hotel suggestion is about 30 minutes away
Best Western Monroe Inn and Suites
1151 N Black Horse Pike, Williamstown, NJ 08094
In 2017 GOALS is focusing our fundraising efforts on giving back to our parks and forests. While fundraising is not a requirement to participate in this event, we do ask each racer to bring in at least $50 in pledge contributions to help give back to the land.
See the fundraising page for more information
All racers are required to carry the mandatory minimum gear. For the list of gear requirements click here
Coed and Open divisions must qualify at a USARA Regional Qualifier in order to register for the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. Teams that have qualified as a Coed team are allowed to race in the Open division, however teams that qualify as an Open team may not register in the Coed division.
Coed Division - Premier Division
The 1st place coed team from each regional qualifying race will receive a $400.00 sponsorship, provided by the regional qualifying race, to be applied to the teams entry fee for the USARA Adventure Race National Championship™.
The top 4 teams from each regional qualifying race qualify to compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. This is a roll down system: If one of the top 4 teams does not accept, the slot will roll down to the 5th place team, etc. until 4 teams accept. Teams have 14 days from the day the USARA sends the National invitation to accept and submit a deposit before the slot rolls down to the next team.
The top 4 open teams (all male or all female) from each regional qualifying race qualify to compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. This is a roll down system: If one of the top 4 teams does not accept, the slot will roll down to the 5th place team, etc. until 4 teams accept. Teams have 14 days from the day the USARA sends the National invitation to accept and submit a deposit before the slot rolls down to the next team.
Coed Masters Division
The coed masters division at the USARA Adventure Race National Championship is open registration (masters teams do not have to qualify). All members of masters teams must be 44 years old by December 31. Contact the USARA to register your Masters team.
GOALS ARA WILL SUBMIT THE RACE RESULTS DIRECTLY TO USARA.
TEAMS DO NOT NEED TO PRE REGISTER WITH USARA
Teams will be competing for the potential of over $30,000 in prizes through GOALS, USARA, and NAARS. The top prizes will be awarded to the coed 3 open division.