BEAST Series Information
This information may not answer all the questions you have about BEAST. More information may be added, but don't hesitate to e-mail the race director (eric at mergeo.com) or the BEAST answer guy (beastadventure at gmail.com) with questions. Some of this information (weeknight time, 1.5-2 hour winning time) does not apply to the Winter or Fall BEAST races.
BEAST was conceived as a more compact, barebones version of a weekend adventure race. This means less required gear, check-in right before the race, a shorter course, and few amenities of more highly produced events. We provide no spiffy race bibs, no large cadre of staff and volunteers, no EMTs, and no large tents and banners. We do provide a quality race course (and some spirited competition, we hope) at a low price.
Adventure racers tend to have busy weekends, so we decided to appropriate some weeknight time for these races, so that you can get out for adventures a little farther afield with your precious weekends. The evening start time has the side effect of giving you some night racing practice. Expected winning times are 1.5 to 2 hours, so everyone should be able to get on their way home by 11:30 p.m.
BEAST will involve running/trekking, biking, orienteering, some special tests, occasionally a water-based segment if we can manage it, and possibly other modes of travel. As each race takes shape, general information on what activities are involved and any gear requirements will be posted on the Races page.
BEAST races will take place in public areas that are likely to have other users during the races. The entirety of each course will usually be open to normal use by the public. It is of the utmost importance that racers follow usual rules of traffic on roads, on trails, and on any other parts of the course. This will often mean stopping or slowing down to yield the right-of-way. Failure to follow the rules of the road or the trail is grounds for disqualification, and teams that are disqualified for this reason will be asked to quit the course and go directly to the finish.
In addition to following traffic rules, racers must otherwise conduct themselves in a manner that is safe for themselves, for other participants and for members of the public. Examples of conduct that would be considered unsafe are: passing other trail users at high speed; climbing up or down cliffs or other steep slopes where there is risk of a serious fall; carrying gear in such a way that it protrudes and presents a tripping or poking risk to others.
This list of rules may not be comprehensive and may be amended before race time, including at the pre-race briefing
BEAST is open to individuals and teams of 2-4 people. We're hoping to have some prizes for the top 3-person or 4-person co-ed teams in the series. (In other words, 3- and 4-person co-ed teams compete in the same class.)
As part of your entry information, we'll ask for you or your team's category. This is so that when people check out the results, they can see how they compared to individuals or teams of similar age, number or sex. We also plan to recognize the acheivements of the top performers in the series. The categories are indicated by the following table.
* Lotto is an option for you to throw your name in the hat, and we'll put you on a team. It's a chance for you to meet and race with some new friends, including members of elite team DART-nuun, and people who have done this option before have had a blast. In general, we will try to form co-ed Lotto teams of three or four people.
Registration is individual. If you are on a team, then list your teammates names, your team name and your team's competition category (for example, "solo woman", "2-man" or "3-coed") with your registration information. Your teammates will need to enter as individuals, and they should list you among their teammates.
Note that there will usually be early bird discounts for multiple-race package sign-ups. Also, you can earn a free race entry by volunteering.
See the registration page for more information on registration.