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Men not wanted in this adventure race

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Adventure racing, which is one of the nation’s fastest-growing competitions, is the latest sport to give women their own set of races with the Adventure Girl Challenge.

The series will consist of five events throughout the U.S. in 2006 and will kick off Saturday, Nov. 5 with a sprint challenge at Del Valle Regional Park Livermore, Calif. Locations and dates are to be determined, but will be in proximity to major metropolitan areas.

Competitions will be sprint format and women will compete in teams of three, as young as 13. The Adventure Girl Challenge is one of a handful of adventure events dedicated to women.

The challenges will require approximately 10 miles of mountain biking, two to three miles of foot travel, one to two miles of kayaking and special tasks that incorporate teamwork. Unlike other adventure races, there will be little or no emphasis on navigation or orienteering.

“This is not so much a race as it is a challenge,” said Maja Gray, director of Creating Adventure LLC, the company behind Adventure Girl Challenge. “Its an opportunity for women to get out and accomplish something. The ultimate goal is to have fun and be proud of yourself.”

Gray decided to create an adventure series specifically for women after seeing an overwhelming interest at national adventure races. She worked for the Coast Guard Search and Rescue for 17 years and has been closely involved with the Big Blue Adventure Series and America True, a professional sailing organization.

“This is more a collection of grass roots events rather than a general series of races,” Gray said. “We really want to focus on being a part of each community and appreciating natural surroundings and terrain.”

For more information or to register, go to or call (510) 757-1181.

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