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Raid the North: Kelowna, BC

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Sept 11-13, 2009


Raid the North returns to beautiful BC, and lands squarely in one of BC's best outdoor playgrounds. In the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is one of those magical places, with more variety than we can pack into a 36 hour race. From pristine lakes to mountain peaks, from lush orchards to desert terrain, the diversity will keep your team guessing what's next! Add in the temperate weather, abundant sunshine (only 6 hrs of darkness on race weekend), and the classic tunnels, trestles and trails of the KVR, it's perfect for adventure racing.

THE RACE: How did Raid the North become Canada's premier adventure race? By throwing it down: tough courses through real wilderness that test your teamwork while challenging you personally, physically, and mentally. The finish line is secondary in Raid the North; the true achievement is on the course, pushing past the limits you thought you had.

COURSE DESIGN: Mark McCann was the race director and course designer for Outlast AR in Ontario and Quebec, and now lives in Kelowna. Mark has designed a stellar course in classic RTN fashion: showcasing many of Kelowna's highlights, while allowing the wilderness to truly challenge you.

POST-RACE DINNER, AWARDS & PARTY: Following a social afternoon at the lakeside finish line on the beach at The Cove, racers, support crews, volunteers and race staff come together for a poolside awards dinner at 5 - featuring a complimentary TREE BEER for everyone! We'll have an awards ceremony to recognize the top teams, last teams, and funniest moments; we'll share race stories, recognize volunteers, and award more prizes for all sorts of crazy reasons.

We'll cap off the weekend with a licensed poolside post-race party - and we'll keep things interesting with comical race stories, cheesy games, and unique stunts worth cool prizes.

Raid the North offers the most points available in the Great Western Adventure Racing Series (GWARS). With free team entries to all the best races in the west in 2010 up for grabs, it's worth adding this event to your schedule!

NOT READY FOR 36 HOURS? Check out the Valhalla Pure Adventure Challenge, happening the same weekend! 8 hours, 40 km of non-stop adventure.


Where: The Cove Lakeside Resort, Kelowna, BC

When: Sept 11-13, 2009
Race Start: Saturday 4am

Format: 36 hours (Saturday 4am to Sunday 4pm).
~150 km with an Advanced Course option for lead teams
Co-ed teams of four, min 16 years old, supported

Disciplines: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Fixed Ropes


$1495 CDN per team (plus gst)

Registered Teams

Clinics: Ropes field clinic
Wed, Sept 9, 6:00pm
$30 - meet at Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Kelowna, BC

CLICK HERE for details and registration

What's Included:
  • Official Raid the North participant shirts (incl. support crew)
  • Canoe rentals (2) and paddles
  • Race jerseys & bike plates (4)
  • Post-Race feast (incl. support crew)
  • A free Tree Beer at registration and at dinner
  • Sponsor gifts
  • Digital team and finish line photo
  • Maps
  • Emergency Radio use
  • Professionally crafted racecourse that will awe, inspire, and challenge
Driving directions: Enter your location for directions to The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna:
You can be as specific as you like:
i.e. "Vancouver, BC" or "Expo Blvd, Vancouver, BC"

Be Green - share a ride to Raid the North! Pick up a volunteer, or share a van with another team. Join the dynamic PickupPal community - it's completely free to use. Help us reduce our impact, and get closer to our goal of hosting carbon neutral events!


The Cove Lakeside Resort, in Gellatly Bay in West Kelowna (MAP)will host both the Raid the North and Valhalla Pure Adventure Challenge events. The Cove is a luxury resort hotel in the Okanagan Valley; a playground for adults and children alike with a beachfront walkway, pools, hot tubs, a water slide and private marina. And don’t forget to book your post-race massage at the spa now!

The Cove is offering a special “Raid the North” package for your entire team: $229 for a 2-bedroom suite with pull-out couch, full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, fireplace, balcony and more.

1-877-762-COVE (2683)

Don't miss the social on Thursday night, the pre-race pasta dinner on Friday night, and of course, stay Sunday night to celebrate your achievement, and rest after an exhilarating weekend.

Race Documents: Competitor Newsletter
Raid the North Gear List

Volunteer Newsletter

Simon River Sports
Kayak Paddle Rentals
The SRS Paddle Rental Program has been a runaway success! Discover the incredible difference of racing with performance kayak paddles. Each is universally adjustable and breaks down to 2 or 5 pieces to fit easily into your gear bin, bag or pack.

Shark: $25 per paddle
Rebel: $20 per paddle
Kicker: $15 per paddle

Reserve yours HERE
Rental fleet of 36 paddles - 12 of each


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