Saturday, June 29:  Trail Run, Downhill MTB, Sort Track MTB, Kayaking, Rock Climbing

Sunday, June 30:  Cross-country MTB (DINO MTB Series #3)

North Vernon, IN - Muscatatuck Park

"DINO Challenge Festival"

 Registration: Online entry is closed. Sign up available in person beginning 7:30 Saturday and 8 am Sunday.

Difficulty rating: Hills: 5 / Surface: 4 (1=easy, 5=difficult)

Odds of weather related postponement: <10%

The weekend offers a variety of activities and opportunities that include trail running, mountain biking racing (three types), rock climbing lessons, kayak shuttle trips, camping, and more!


All events start near Shelter 2 unless otherwise noted

Friday June 28

  • 9:00PM - Night Ride or run on the cross-country mountain bike course. Bring your lights!

Saturday June 29

  • 7:00AM - DINO Trail Run Check-in open
  • 9:00AM - Start:  DINO Trail Run
  • 11:00AM - Finish and Awards for Trail Run
  • 12 noon - Dowhnill MTB
  • 2 pm - Rock Climbing lessons / clinic
  • 2 pm - Short Track MTB race 1 (Base, Junior, Clyd)
  • 2:45 - Short Track MTB race 2 (Sport M/W, Expert W)
  • 3:30 - Short Track MTB race 3 (Expert M)
  • 5 pm - Kayak Shuttle Trip 1 (longer)
  • 7 pm - Kayak Shuttle Trip 2 (shorter)

Sunday June 30

  • 8:00AM - Mountain Bike Registration Opens
  • 9:00AM - Christian chapel / devotional (15-20 minutes)
  • 10:00AM - DINO Mountain Bike Series START; Expert, Sport (Men and women)
  • 12:00PM - DINO Mountain Bike Series MTB START; Fatbike, Base, Junior, Clydesdale, Intro 

To reserve a spot for Rock Climbing Clinic ($30) send payment HERE with note "Climbing Clinic". The clinic is oriented to beginner and intermediate rock climbers; is led by expert climber and park manager Greg Martin. There is a limit of 10 people for the clinic. Expect it to last about 3 hours. You may bring your own gear if you have any (climbing shoes will be helpful); but the park will provide enough gear for you to try it. Climbing clinic meets at top of Vinegar Mill steps at 2 pm.

To reserve a spot for Kayak Shuttle Trip ($20) send payment HERE with note "Kayak Trip" You can indicate a preference for trip 1 (longer, more challenging - Vernon Commons to Green Bridge) or 2 (shorter, more relaxed - Green Bridge to 225W) if desired. There is a limit of 12 participants per trip. Kayak trips will meet at Shelter 2.

Camping: Designated sites can be reserved online; festival style camping around Shelter 4 is $2 per person per night. Reserve the festival camping HERE or pay cash to DINO staff.

Directions: Map

Course Map - Aerial View

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