2012 Race Information
Detailed venue and race format information will be posted as they are known. Raceday timeline (check in, start, course closure times) may vary slightly, according to venue requirements. If you have questions contact the BEAST answer guy (beastadventure at gmail.com) or the race director (eric at mergeo.com).
Race #1 -- Wednesday, April 11RESULTS!
Newcastle, WA. Check in at Lake Boren Park, Shelter #1
Race #2 -- Thursday, May 17
Lynnwood, WA. Check in at
Lynndale Park, Shelter #1. (18927 72nd Ave W - Lynnwood, WA)
Race #3 -- Thursday, June 28
Union Bay (North Seattle) Check in and start at UW Waterfront Activities Center.
Come make a splash as the BEAST Series takes to the water in race #3! The channels, islands and swampy alcoves of Union Bay are the perfect place to put canoe orienteering into the mix, along with the usual bike and foot sections. As usual, the course will be designed to be friendly to newbies but will have some special twists just for the experts. And the navigation will be easy enough, as long as you're paying attention.
The course will be different this year but will use the same prologue/chase format as was used for BEAST #3 in previous years. In other words, the race will be in two stages with a break between them. You can then return the rental canoe and have some time to prepare for the chasing start: Your start time for the second stage will be 7:30 p.m. plus whatever your time is for stage 1, the canoe orienteering. For example, if you take 55 minutes to complete the canoe orienteering course, you will start stage 2 at 7:30 p.m. + 0:55 = 8:25 p.m. You may start the canoe orienteering course as early as 5:45 p.m. or as late as 7:00 p.m., and teams' start times will be separated from one another rather than mass or group starting.
For the teams that could use a little more time to get around the course, we'll offer a folded chase start, where we start these teams earlier, with or even before some of the faster teams, rather than them waiting for their chase start time. If you think your team will want to take advantage of this, then you'll want to start the canoe course on the early side of the available window.
Race #4 -- Tuesday, August 7
Issaquah, WA. Check in and start location adjacent to High Point Way exit (#20) from I-90.
This race caps off the 2012 season, and it will test racers' mettle with some vertical gain on great trails.
Fall BEAST -- Sunday, November 18
Maple Valley, WA. Check in and start on north side of Summit Landburg Rd., near Tahoma Junior High School
Just when you might be starting to miss the summer race season, this 4-7 hour race will be a welcome reprise. Come revel in the best fall weather the NW can dish up. We've had a good track record providing snowy weather for Fall BEAST, although it appears from the forecast that we might not live up to previous years' weather, with temperatures expected to be on the milder rather than gnarlier side.
In keeping with other races this season, this course will include some optional Pro Course checkpoints for the front-running teams, while allowing the less experienced or less speedy racers a chance to finish all or most of the regular course.