AXS - FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

The AXS Series offers a variety of course lengths and divisions. They range in length from 25-100+ miles. Solo, two person, 4 person and 4 person relay teams will traverse an unmarked course using topo maps as they transition between 3-5 outdoor disciplines. Teams will navigate across diverse terrain as they conquer the courses via trail running, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Elevation Profiles and Leg disciplines, difficulty and distance will be given to you as a range for training purposes. The exact course will be disclosed at racer check-in the night before the event.

New for 2015 is the Adventure Duathlon. Racers will complete the “Sport” course race but will skip the paddle section. See each race for complete details

The Course

Each venue is unique with differing course options and a combination of outdoor disciplines that include mountain biking, trail running, paddling, ropes and more. Each race is different! Here are general times and distances for each course offering.

  • Sport Course – 6-12hrs, 50+ miles
  • Sprint Course – 3-6hrs, 25+ miles
  • Duathlon – 6-12hrs, 50+ miles
  • Adventure Course – 24-30hrs, 100+ miles

2015 Events


MOAB, UT – APRIL 11th

BUENA VISTA/SALIDA, CO – MAY 30th (Tentative)

SUMMIT COUNTY – AUGUST 1ST (Tentative)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – SEPTEMBER TBA,

MOAB XSTREAM 30-HOUR RACE – OCTOBER TBA

Event Disciplines


Each event will typically include 3-5 disciplines from a list including but not limited to: Mountain biking, trail running, trekking, rappelling, kayaking, riverboarding, caving, orienteering & more. *Click on event venue above for additional course info.

Divisions


  • Solo Male
  • Solo Female
  • 2 Person Coed
  • 2 Person Male
  • 2 Person Female
  • 4 Perscon Coed
  • 4 Person Relay
  • Adventure Duathlon (Solo Male, Solo Female)
  • Solos and  teams complete the entire course. (This is not a relay option)
  • 4 person Relay Teams – Any 2 out of the 4 team members will be on the course at any given time, you choose who will do each leg of the race. Each race will have 4 or more legs.

Required Gear

See the race pages for specific gear for each race. The typical gear list will include; running shoes, hydration pack, mountain bike, helmet, life jacket, paddle, harness and rappel device.

Recommended Gear

Compass (or GPS), Small first aid kit, emergency space blanket

What’s Included


  • An amazing adventure racing course & professional rope rigging
  • Inflatable Tandem Kayak(s) for 2 & 4 person teams
  • Printed Course Map(s) & Race Passport
  • Performance Quality Event Shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Team Photos
  • Finish Line Meal & Drinks

Who Can Race?


Our events are designed for anyone interested in experiencing an epic outdoor adventure…who can meet the physical demands of running, biking and paddling for several hours at a time.

No specific level of skill or experience in any one discipline is required, however, a little mental toughness goes a long way. Event goes on rain or shine. Novice athletes will find the course challenging and exhilarating but are able to move at their own pace based on their personal fitness level.

More experienced athletes and competitive racers will experience the race in an entirely different way as they test themselves to complete the course with the fastest time.

What age do I have to be to sign up?

 18+ to race as a solo. 15+ if you race on a team with a parent or guardian. (18+ for the 30hr race)

What is the course breakdown by discipline?

See the event details for each race. Disciplines, Distance, Difficulty and Elevations Profiles will be given to you as a range for training purposes. The exact course is disclosed at racer check-in, the night before the race.

Do I have to know how to navigate by map and compass?


Topo maps along with UTM grids are given to you at racer check-in. Teams will plot the Check Points (CP’s) for the race. You will then choose your desired route from CP to CP. So basic map navigation is needed, but most teams do not need a compass except for specific orienteering courses within the race. The Buena Vista race has a specific leg of the race that is orienteering based.

Is GPS allowed?

Yes. We will allow a GPS but you should be comfortable navigating with a topo map.

What does it cost?

There a various early registration pricing levels. Click on each race for dates and deadlines.

What is the registration deadline?

Before the race is sold out.

What is the cancellation policy?

No refunds but you may transfer it to a future event (with a $25 transfer free). Click here for the cancellation policy.

Still have questions?

If you’ve got a question that isn’t answered on this page send us an email.