You don’t need to be super fit to participate in a Max Adventure Race. All you need is a sense of adventure!

In reality though, depending on your course and route choice it’s likely you’ll be out there for a couple of hours. So make sure you have a reasonable level of fitness. You can definitely walk the ‘run’ legs and it’s not uncommon to have to push your bike up a hill. Being prepared with drinks and nutrition is also very important so plan ahead.

If the adventure is bigger than you expected you can always skip a checkpoint or two and head back to the finish earlier. This is particularly important for teams which include our younger adventure racers. We want everyone to have a fun day out and still be smiling at the finish line!!

Skipping/missing checkpoints will result in a time penalty, but as Max Adventure Races are all about having a go we think you should measure your result on the day by how much fun was had!

You will need to be able to read a map and perform basic navigation to make your way around the course and locate the checkpoints.

This does not mean you need to be a master of technical map and compass skills (no triangulations or back-bearings required) – but a good understanding of what the lines on a map mean and how a compass works will definitely help you out on the day.

If you can comfortably read a street directory (age might be an advantage here) and have some understanding of how contour lines depict the terrain around you, then you should be able to navigate around the course. Your compass will be needed to confirm direction at trail junctions and when looking for checkpoints (hint: the needle points north, so do the lines on your map).

You can check out a sample map and course description here.


To help teams new to the sport of Adventure Racing the Race Director will give a detailed briefing to Novice Course participants before the start. This will include lots of important tips and hints which will help you on the day – we strongly recommend new teams take the time to listen to the briefing. The Novice Briefing will provide navigation advice and other important information about the course, things to look out for, areas to avoid, best route choices etc.


Trail running legs will likely be a mixture of fire trails and walking tracks, with possibly a bit of cross country thrown in for good measure. Checkpoints will often be located slightly off the tracks, so you will need to follow the directions and distances stated on the course descriptions to find them. For example, a checkpoint might be located 20m north east of the track junction.

While we often refer to these legs as ‘trail running’, in reality many teams will hike these parts of the course – they would be better described as ‘on-foot’ legs of the event.


The mountain biking will most likely be a mixture of fire trails and single track where available, but nothing too technical that requires expert mountain biking skills. Checkpoint locations will be selected so that they are safe places to stop and get off your bike. While shoe choice is up to you, most people do not bother with cleats, the time required to change shoes in transition plus the possible need to carry run shoes for the next run leg means its usually not worth it.

The course description provided on the day will highlight if there are any particularly technical sections, and you can always have a chat to the race director on the day for more information.


Sit on top kayaks are provided for all participants. Our kayaks are very stable (and not very fast!). If you don’t know how to paddle don’t worry, you’ll be in good company at our events – just have a go and have some fun!

Kayaking legs will generally be on flat water and you will never be too far from shore. Some tips to help on the day: heaviest person in the back, try to paddle in time with each other. Person in the front should watch the map and navigate, but the person in the back should be steering. Getting your timing and technique right will improve your speed more than muscles and energy! You must wear shoes in the kayaks and you will almost definitely get wet.

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