GNAR Kid's Adventure Race

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5/5/2019 1:00 pm
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Camp Ton-A-Wandah is hosting the 8th Annual GNAR


The 8th annual Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race (THE GNAR) offers kids, ages five through 14, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing (adults too). Teams of two will work together to navigate a variety of challenges. The course is TOP SECRET! Challenges may include mountain biking, running, a low ropes course, problem solving, a climbing wall, and a grand finale obstacle guaranteed to leave a perma-grin smile for your ride home.

The GNAR benefits the many learning programs offered at The Mountain Community School including Learning Through Expeditions. Learning Through Expeditions is a project-based learning curriculum where students engage in interdisciplinary, in-depth study of compelling topics, in groups and in their community. Math, literature, science, and art are explored in each expedition and students showcase their work for family and peers.

NEW for 2019! The past several years we have had a non-competitive category with a bike and without a bike and a Competitive Category WITH a bike. Our participants have asked for a COMPETITIVE category WITHOUT bike... so we have added this NEW category for the 2019 event!

The GNAR even has a costume contest! You heard it right, pick a super fun, awesome name for your team when you register online. Then create your best costume to go along with your team name for a chance to win! Winners will be selected and announced at the race.

GNAR OFFERS BOTH A NON-COMPETITIVE and a COMPETITIVE category (with and without the mountain biking section). This will allow ALL kids/adults with and without mountain bikes to participate in the event! The non-competitive category will NOT be a timed event, but all participants will receive a finisher medal. The competitive categories are both timed events with overall awards for the winners.

How to Register:

Select the correct category! Make sure to pick the correct non-competitive or competitive category.

Note: Both you and your teammate have to BOTH be part of the SAME category and register on-line together!

Looking for a mountain bike to ride at the GNAR? Contact Sycamore Cycles in Hendersonville and they can help you out!

Course Description

The GNAR will begin with instructions and a safety briefing by the Race Director. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age (Child/Adult Teams, 10-14, 9 and under) and will start at set intervals. An awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race. Awards will be given in the competitive categories to the top overall teas. All participants will receive a finisher medal.

Registration is limited to the first 150 teams (300 participants). We anticipate this event will sell out early- ensure your space, sign-up today!

Wave Start Times & Pricing (Note: These start times are approximates based on the number of teams in each category.)

1:00 pm Wave Start: (NEW CATEGORY for 2019!) Competitive Team with NO bike
1:45 pm Wave Start: Non Competitive Team with NO bike
2:15 pm Wave Start: Competitive Team with bike
3:15 pm Wave Start: Non Competitive Team with bike

Registration Pricing

Category Dec 1 - Dec 31 Jan 1 - April 30 May 1 - Race Day
$75/per team $80/per team $85/per team
$75/per team $80/per team $85/per team
$65/per team $70/per team $75/per team
$65/per team $70/per team $75/per team


GNAR participants who register online by April 23rd are guaranteed a super comfy, race shirt for FREE! After the 23rd, shirts will be available on a limited and first-come, first serve basis online for $10.

We Need Volunteers!

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The GNAR event has a NO REFUND policy. Please note that we do not offer any refunds or discount codes if you cancel your registration for this event.

There will be NO refunds for this event. Entries are non-transferable. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event due to unfavorable conditions. If there are unfavorable weather conditions or reasons outside our control that effect our ability to host the event on event day the event will NOT be rescheduled. In the event of cancellation due to "Acts of God," registration fees are NOT refundable or transferable for the following year. Expenses for the event have been incurred and are paid up-front regardless if the event takes place or not. In the event of a natural disaster or "Act of God" that would prohibit the event from taking place, the event will not be re-scheduled, it would be canceled.

Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to "Acts of God".