Salomon – A longtime supporter of the sport. "Salomon's commitment to innovative design and passion for mountain sports created a vast range of revolutionary new concepts in bindings, boots, skis and apparel for both alpine and nordic skiing and brought innovative solutions to footwear, apparel and equipment for snowboarding, adventure racing, mountaineering, and many other sports."
Suunto - Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports instruments for training, diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing and golf. Prized for their design, accuracy and dependability, Suunto sports instruments combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches, with sport-specific computers that help athletes at all levels analyze and improve performance.
Running Free – My original AR Team sponsor, and an amazing resource for any AR gear questions. "Since our inception in 1980, Running Free has been a place you could go for unbeatable service, product selection, price and technical knowledge. These principles remain the cornerstone of our commitment to our customers to this day. RunningFree.com has one of the most complete online selections of running, triathlon and adventure footwear, apparel, and gadgets in Canada as well as a massive Resources area with hundreds of articles, race reports and reviews. Shop online anytime! Pay us a visit and discover the Running Free difference. Believe it, Achieve it"
Canadian Adventure Racing Association – Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association. Provides event sanctioning with safety guidelines and an environmental charter. Also boasts a calendar of events within Canada.
Wikipedia description – A great description of the sport and its nuances. Also included are links to books on the sport.
ARIO - (Adventure Racing in Ontario) An excellent forum to post questions, or read past logs and find valuable information on the sport.
Highlands Wilderness Training Institute - Scott Hembruff leads our medical team and provides emergency response during the event. He also offers numerous first-aid, wilderness and survival courses through his company Highlands Wilderness Training Institute.
FirstAidCertification.ca - It's always advisable for back-country adventure racers to have some form of First-Aid training (this is often a requirement in expedition races). First Aid Certification is run by long time adventure racer (Team Beowulf), and Fire-Fighter Rob Millar.
Sites with Information on Navigation:
Centre for Topographic Information - Great description of topographic maps and specifically the maps we'll use in the competition.
How to Use a Compass - Self explanatory, but an excellent resource.
Search and Rescue British Columbia (SARBC) - Great resources for map, compass & navigation learning.
Geological Survey of Canada – Contains a magnetic declination calculator, for the most up to date values.
Orienteering Ontario – With many clubs throughout southern Ontario who offer great events to practice navigation skills
Golden Horseshoe Orienteering – I'm a member, we also run an extremely popular series of team-based Adventure Running events, which are great fun in their own right, but are also great training for adventure racing.
MapTools - Some useful tools if planning a race in the U.S., also great info. on coordinate systems and GPS.
Logs Rocks and Steel – A Multisport Adventure – Another adventure race I organize in September. Paddling, Biking and Trail Running on marked courses with two distances to choose from. The short course is perfect for first-timers, while the long course is a big challenge and a qualifier for the World Multisport Championships.
DontGetLost.ca Adventure Running Series – Teams of 2, or 3 tackle an un-marked course covering between 10 and 25km. I organize the Snowshoe Raid, the second stop in this series.
Untamed New England – A 3-4 Day Expedition Race in New England, U.S.A. The closest AR World Series Qualifier to Ontario where many Canadian teams make there bid to represent Canada at AR World Championships.
Infiterra Sports – Based in Michigan, these guys have been organizing classic adventure races of all lengths for a number of years. Check out their Adventure Rage event this July, as one of the only other 24hr races in close proximity to Ontario.
Storm Events – Organized by Sean Roper a top CDN Adventure Racer. Storm The Trent is the largest adventure race in Canada and provides opportunities for new-comers and experienced racers alike.
Angry Seagull - A great introduction to overnight adventure/expedition racing. Both 24hr and 12hr events are organized by longtime Ontario-based racer Jay Hahn.
Raid Pulse - A series of adventure races in Quebec, north of Ottawa/Hull.
RocktAR Adventure Race – Organized Storm Events, they implement a unique rogaine-type format allowing teams to bite off as much of the course as they wish to chew.
Emergency Services Adventure Race - Organized by Storm Events, a highly anticipated race amongst the emergency services crowd also attracts some of the top civilian Ontario AR teams.
Natural Selection Adventure Racing – On Canada's east coast, these events are run by long-time racers and AR supporters. They also offer a 36hr event in July.
Chico Racing – Ontario's premier mountain bike event organizers. Check out their 3-Day staged Crank The Shield event, which also traverses a monster route through Haliburton County.
5 Peaks Trail Running Series – Hosts of races all across the country, they also run a series based in Ontario that takes in some of the best sections of trail this province has to offer.
Multisport Canada – Organizers of a Triathlon Series, a Running Series, and a new Ultra-Distance Running Relay called Simcoe Shores. These guys have been running events for years and are pros when it comes to quality event execution.
Sleepmonsters – THE source for adventure racing news from around the planet. They often provide the most in-depth coverage of events they're covering, which is no small task given the difficulties of tracking teams in our sport. We also suggest interested participants use the sleepmonsters.ca team-mate finder for our event.
BREATHE MAGAZINE Adventure Endurance Lifestyle – Editor Joel Perrella has been racing for years and continually supports our sport with news and articles in his quarterly publication. Subscribe today and support a homegrown Canadian publication that covers the events you attend!
Get Out There Magazine – The most comprehensive events calendar in the country, covering endurance sports and much, much more. Editor Marrisa Schroder has competed in adventure racing and triathlon, and supports our sport with event listings and highlights in the annual "Multisport" issue. Pick up a free copy today!