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Mission Lite Adventure Race

May 4th, 2024

Description

Race Date: Saturday May 4th, 2024
Location: Mounds State Recreation Area
​ (Brookville)

Start/Finish: Mounds State Recreation Area (Beach)

Price: Includes two meals per entry!

Entry closes TBA, or when sold out at 50 teams per division (18hr and 4 hr).  VSP Has a $5.00 ORC Fee if you DO NOT have an annual permit. 

Fees include: Friday night meal, race map(s), post-race meal, event insurance, professional event management, awards, and a great experience!

  USARA members may deduct $8 from the entry fee in the 18-hour divisions. USARA does not charge the one-day license fee to beginner races, including MISSION Lite!

Teams:

  • $85 per person (3-person teams)

  • $80 per person (2-person teams)

    • ​Includes two meals per entry!

Solo:

  • $90 per person

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The MISSION is Indiana's longest-running annual adventure race, one of the region's most competitive and challenging. DINO has produced the popular MISSION Adventure Race, typically in southeastern Indiana, since 2003. 

The MISSION Lite offers beginner adventure racers a chance to see what it's all about. A shorter, 4-hour cutoff; less complex navigation; and reduced gear list allow an introductory taste of AR.

Participants travel by foot, bicycle, and canoe in teams (or in the Solo division), using map and compass to find checkpoints. Each team must stay together the entire race. Along the way, they will encounter various natural and manmade challenges that test physical and mental ability and creativity.

  • LIVE TRACKING LINK! (18hour only!) That's correct! You can watch the event in real time from the comfort of your home while tracking your friends!

DISCIPLINES 

  • Navigation (entire event; includes plotting with UTM coordinates at 1:25,000)

  • Cycling (on and off-road) 

  • Trekking 

  • Paddling

  • Ropes / Climbing Events (18 hr event only) 

  • Special Challenges           

SCHEDULE FOR MISSION

Friday, May 3

  • 6:00-8:00PM 

  • 7:00PM Check-In

  • 7:30PM Dinner/Pre-Race Meeting

Saturday, May 4

  • 5:00AM Transition Area Opens 

  • 5:45AM Final Instructions 

  • 6:00AM 18-hr Start 

  • 8:00AM Lite Start 

  • 2PM Lite Finish Cutoff 

  • midnight 18-hr Finish Cutoff 

  • 12:15AM Awards Ceremon

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TEAM DIVISIONS 

  • Teams may be three or two persons. The six team divisions are: 2 & 3 person Co-ed, 2 & 3 Female, and 2 & 3 Male. All teammates must remain within 100 feet of each other at all times. The field limit is 50 teams per race length.​​

SOLO DIVISION 

  • Participants applying for the 18 hour solo division must provide a resume of experience. An adventure race of this distance and difficulty is much safer with team support.

  • To apply for the Solo Division, send a race resume along with entry form and payment. Race resumes should include recent solo or team adventure races, orienteering meets, etc. Include official results as proof. The key issue is safety; that you are a competent navigator and make good decisions with regard to safety. Solo participants are asked to carry a cell phone with them at all times.

* USARA members may deduct $8 from the entry fee in the 18-hour divisions. USARA does not charge the one-day license fee to beginner races, including MISSION Lite!

FOOD 

Entry in the event covers a pre-race dinner on Friday night (7:00PM). Post-race recovery meal will be served at the end of each race. During the event, each team or soloist is to be self-sufficient.​​

SCORING SYSTEM
This race is designed to keep all participants on the course for close to 4 hours. (Participants may not finish the entire course)Scoring is based on the total number of checkpoints punched minus any penalty points. If two teams have the same score, the tiebreaker is the first finish time.

  • Checkpoint instructions and coordinates will be provided in segments throughout the race.

  • Checkpoints in each segment may be punched in any order. Before moving to the next segment, all prior checkpoints must be punched or the "Missed / Skipped Checkpoint" rule will be enforced (lose that point plus one penalty point).

  • The midnight finish is a cutoff time; participants reaching the finish line after midnight will be penalized one checkpoint plus one checkpoint per minute late. Why? We want the finish to be exciting and dramatic! Your friends and family will know almost exactly when to expect you finishing, and other teams will be there cheering you on.

  • Maps and checkpoint coordinates will be provided (one per team or soloist) at start time (6:00AM).

  • If you are sure you're in the right spot, and searched a 30 meter radius without finding the CP, move on. If we find later that the CP is missing or more than 30 meters from its proper location, you will receive credit.​

RULE & PENALTY 

  • All team members must always stay within 100 feet of each other.

    • DQ​

  • Cyclists must follow all local road laws.

    • DQ​

  • Disregarding race official's instructions.

    • DQ​

  • Each additional minute past finish cutoff.

    • ONE CHECKPOINT​

  • Late for finish cutoff.

    • ONE POINT​

  • Lost Passport.

    • START OVER​

  • Mis-punched passport.

    • LOSE ONE CHECKPOINT​

  • Missed or skipped checkpoint or special challenge.

    • THAT CHECKPOINT PLUS ONE​

  • Missing item at random gear checks.

    • ONE CHECKPOINT​

  • No littering of any kind.

    • DQ​

  • No trespassing on private property.

    • DQ​

  • Use of motorized aid. (n/a if checkpoint is on property).

    • DQ​

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct.

    • DQ

  • Use of banned GPS features.

    • DQ​

  • Use of map other than provided by event or park maps free and publicly available.

    • ONE CHECKPOINT​

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4hour AR GEAR LIST (MANDATORY) CARRIED BY EACH PERSON AT ALL TIMES:

  • Backpack

  • Food and Water

  • Hydration Bladder or Bottles (minimum 40 oz capacity)

  • Whistle

CARRIED BY ONE TEAM MEMBER AT ALL TIMES:

  • Compass

  • First Aid/ Safety Kit: Bandages, antibiotic ointment

  • Knife (minimum 3" blade)

  • Pencil and marker

  • Waterproof Map Case

WHILE CYCLING (EACH PERSON)

  • Bicycle (mountain bike or cyclo-cross bike recommended)

  • Helmet

  • Inner Tube

 

WHILE CYCLING (ONE PER TEAM)

  • Tire Repair Kit: patches, tire levers, and pump

  • Tools: 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm Hex Wrenches; Small Philips & Straight Screwdrivers

 

WHILE PADDLING

  • Paddles (canoe or kayak paddles OK) – we will have loaner canoe paddles (one blade) if you do not have your own.

  • PFD (lifejacket) – we will have loaner PFD’s if you do not have your own.

Canoe will be provided. We will be using two-seat, fiberglass Mohawk canoes. You may want to bring a "third seat" for your middle paddler if you are a team of three.

SUGGESTED ITEMS (NOT MANDATORY)

  • Additional first aid items

  • Cell phone

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Trash bags

  • Waterproof bags (plastic zip sandwich bags, etc)

  • Hand sanitizer (suggest using before and after touching checkpoint punches, etc)

Additional Information

  • United States Adventure Racing Association

  • Adventure Race Reports - Race Reviews & Stories

  • Credits and refunds

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