Monday, February 1, 2010


EVENT: Charity Adventure Race
RACE DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2010
LOCATION: Usery Mountain Park
FORMAT: Duathlon / Mountain Bike & Trekking

This is the first annual Madness Charity Event benefitting the 100 Club of Arizona and the City of Mesa Police and Fire Benevolent Funds. The event will be a team based duathlon involving mountain biking and trekking.

Madness Racing
Madness Racing originated in 2005 as a group of guys racing for a challenge and evolved to a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Madness Racing supports local charities and is dedicated to helping individuals change their mindset on health and fitness through a mix of camaraderie, challenge and charity. Helping the individual helps the community and this is what makes Madness truly contagious.

100 Club of Arizona
The 100 Club of Arizona is a benevolent, nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization committed to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.

Mesa Police & Fire Benevolent Funds

The Benevolent Fund is an employee based nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance to City of Mesa employees in times of crisis.

This event is a duathlon that adopts aspects of adventure racing. Designed with a beginner friendly format, the courses will challenge every skill level. Disciplines include Mountain Biking and Trekking with a variety of "mystery events" throughout the course. Both the long and short courses will conform to the same format.

Distance: The estimated distance for the long course is 28 miles. The estimated distance for the short course is 16 miles.

Start: The start will be sprint style and divided into two start times, one each for the long and short course.

Order: The race will consist of a series of mountain bike and trekking loops. At designated checkpoints throughout the course, riders / runners will have to complete mystery events and / or punch a race passport in order to proceed. Mystery events may consist of physical tasks such throwing hoops over cones or cognitive tasks such as solving a puzzle. A timed open orienteering section may be presented at the end of the event for point accumulation.

Teams: Solo (male, female); Two Person (male, female, co-ed); Three Person (male, female, co-ed); Four Person (male, female, co-ed); Open Team Relay.

Finish: The top three finishers in the designated categories will receive a medal.

Event activities will include participant Hotdog & Hamburger Cookout, Sponsor's Tables, Charity Raffle and Door Prizes. Other activities may be planned after discussion with benefactors and race sponsors.

Only one entry form per team is required. Mail a hardcopy of the entry form and fee to the address on the bottom of the entry form. Confirmation of team registration will be emailed to the team captain. Each team member needs to complete a medical waiver form, which is to be carried during the event. Please print and fill out the waiver prior to event. Copies of both forms are available by blog links or by emailing the race coordinator or director.

Participants: 100 person cap

Participants must: be eighteen (18) years of age; or be 14+ years of age with a signed parental permission form; or be 14+ years participating on the same team as legal guardian who is an adult. All participants must sign a liability and medical waiver to participate.

Long Course: $50 per person
Short Course: $40 per person

NOTE: Event Entry Fee includes the post race BBQ for participants. Usery Park charges a Park Entry Fee of $6 per vehicle which is not included in the race entry fee. A $10 late registration fee will be applied to the event registration fee after April 1, 2010.

Madness Adventure Racing will donate a portion of the entry fees to the following organizations:

Arizona 100 Club
Mesa Police Benevolent Fund
Mesa Fire Benevolent Fund

The individual benefactors may choose to use this event as a platform to conduct additional fund raising activities (i.e. pledge drives, raffles, etc.). Madness Racing will not be responsible for conducting these activities. Additional donations obtained as a result of these activities are the sole responsibility of the individual organization that raised the money.


Course Design
The course is being designed with a priority on safety. The Usery Mountain Park trail system has a variety of terrain ranging from trails with significant elevation gains to single track that pass through the numerous washes that run through the park. The trails are well maintained and in most places wide enough to allow trekkers or riders side by side.

Medical & Aid Stations
Medical and aid stations will be strategically placed through the course and an event safety monitor will maintain contact with participants of both long and short course on both biking and trekking legs. Each mystery event station will also have supplies in the event of an emergency.

Environmental Impact

All participants will be required to practice the Outdoor Code which states a person will leave an area in better condition than he or she found it. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the event.

Weather Conditions
Weather conditions are expected to be mild with low temperatures around 60 degrees and high temperatures reaching 85 degrees. Spring rain showers may occur but are generally not accompanied by lightning. Unless dangerous weather conditions exist, the event will proceed as planned rain or shine.

Information Requests
Requests for additional information can be directed to:

Mike Bellows:

Scott Thomas: