Founded in 1999 by Rick Sanders, Houston Adventure Racing Team (HART) is dedicated to the future of Adventure Racing--a way for people to enjoy the outdoors, teamwork and friendship; all while being involved in competitive athletic activities. HART has become one of the most successful adventure racing teams in the United States. HART teams are consistently in the Top 20 of the USARA rankings. Many members have branched out to create new teams throughout Texas and promote the sport.
Training with HART
Houston Adventure Racing Team (HART) trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays year round. Training is held at Memorial Park at 6:15 PM sharp. Training Location
Adventure racing is a combination of two or more endurance disciplines, including orienteering (if an orienteering map is used) and/or navigation (when non-orienteering maps are used), cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing and related rope skills. An expedition event can span ten days or more while sprints can be completed in a matter of hours. Racers are required to visit a series of checkpoints or passport controls (CPs), usually in a specific order. There is typically no dark period during races, irrespective of length; competitors must choose if or when to rest.
The vast majority of adventure races include trail running, mountain biking and (ideally) a paddling event. Navigation and rope work are also featured in all but the shortest races, but this is only the beginning. Part of the appeal of adventure racing is expecting the unexpected. Race directors pride themselves at challenging racers with unexpected or unusual tasks.
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