April 22, 2014, San Luis Obispo – The 10th Annual Dawn to Dusk All Out Adventure is set to begin at 7:00 am on Saturday, May 11th on Paradise Road in the Santa Ynez Mountains. This year, Dawn to Dusk is at a new location in Santa Barbara and has no marked trails or aid stations. Participants in teams of one to four will navigate themselves on course, paddle kayaks, ride road, fire road and single track on mountain bikes, hike through beautiful Santa Barbara’s best trails and scale sandstone cliffs in pursuit of the finish lines at the First Crossing area of the Los Padres National Forest.
This classical format adventure race draws top teams from around the globe and country because of its consistent quality of course, execution, and cash prize offered – a rarity in the sport. The top three co-ed and female teams will receive checks for $1000, $700, and $300. Solos are welcome to race, but following classic rules, San Luis Obispo’s All Out Events seeks to reward co-ed and female teams for their work.
Dawn to Dusk athletes range in skill level and age. “Our athletes have compared this event to Ironman triathlons – they take that kind of endurance,” said Kristin Horowitz, event producer, “but we’ve designed the course and rules so that an 11-year-old can do it – literally.” Conellan Coxwell had watched the events for two years before deciding to enter the event with her two younger sons – skipping optional checkpoints and having a support team (her dad) pick them up to cut the course shorter. This enabled Conellan and her kids to have a fantastic race experience and finish, while top teams fought it out on a longer optional course for the win.
Whether this is a rookie athlete’s first 12-hour adventure race experience or a veteran athlete’s tenth 12-hour adventure race experience, the course is designed to be shortened or lengthened to your ability. “Adventure racing is so much more laid back, team oriented, and friendly. So long as you can mountain bike and have decent endurance, you can do this, and have a great time doing it.”
The Dawn to Dusk event continues to grow each year thanks to the course accessibility and experience, but also because All Out provides kayak rentals and connects racers with bike shops in town for bike rentals – making it easier than ever to travel to the location for a taste of gorgeous Santa Barbara.
You can find out more at www.ccadventure.com – registration prices increase as the event gets closer.