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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meet the All Out Staff

In the spirit of all things love and community, I felt like I should post a little blog on the current All Out Events team, so that when you see them around, you can say hi.

The key to our staff is that we are looking for people like us – who think the vision and the job is super awesome, love the difficulty of the evens, love the people that attend, and never whine or complain about doing anything. We look for people who do the extra mile, and most of the staff come out of volunteering for us and being super stoked not for the dollars, but the experience. That’s why you’ll find our events are always filled with good vibe – it starts with the staff.

First off, there’s me and Yishai:


Me: Kristin Tara McNamara and then there’s Yishai Horowitz. We make up the partnership that is All Out Events. I’ve been helping Yishai with his events since before there was All Out Events, but I officially got on the LLC paperwork last August as a full partner. And while we’ve been friends for years and years and years, we’ve been dating for two years and as of two weeks ago, he gave me a shiny rock for my left ring finger, so one of these days, it’s gonna be Mr and Mrs Horowitz. Or, McNawitz to our friends.

Yishai’s full time job is the events business, which is why he’s more recognizable, but we are also both Executive Directors and founders of SLO Op Climbing, the country’s first non-profit bouldering gym. That was our first business partnership and his ideas compared with my penchant for marketing and financial management worked there, which is why we are working on All Out together. In addition to that, I’m a part-time English professor at Allan Hancock College. Whew.

We also have two super cute dogs, Australian Shepherds. Because you needed to know that.

And then there’s Blake Rowan:


I couldn’t find a good one of just him, so you get a photo of his lovely fiancĂ©e, Maren, also. Blake has been our number three in everything we do for a long time. He is also the volunteer manager at our climbing gym and we sometimes talk about getting a big homestead and having our houses and Aussies and such on it together. Blake is a tennis pro and finishing up a business degree at Cal Poly. He’s also a super road and mountain bike dude, along with being a climber.

Aarone (sounds like Erin) Livingston:


Aaronne is an old friend of Yishai’s from their days working at a summer camp together. (In fact, that sweatshirt is for the camp: Gold Arrow Camp. She is about the most on it, sweet, and lovely person you’ll ever meet, though it makes it hard for me to describe myself with her around – I used to be the only girl, and then I was the only girl with red hair, but she wins on “redness.” She is married to a great guy and owns the heck out of the day of registration management. We would be lost without her.

And we have Rich Besco:


Rich helps us out on the day of events – he usually does all the heavy lifting and such and he’s really great in a pinch at handling crap that's less than ideal. He’s a really great, stable guy  with a good heart and we’re so glad to have him. I don’t really know what Rich does for a day job, but he also has a fancy delivery job at night that gives us lots of awesome stories. Busy man!

New this year:

Nate Lewis -


Here’s Nate at last year’s Mud Run, which until I saw this photo, I didn’t even know he was there. We tapped Nate, who used to be a pro downhiller but is now going to school, to help us build the downhill mountain bike course for our Ancient Peaks Mountain Bike Classic, but he was so enthusiastic and awesome about everything, we asked him to be a part of the team. He helped out immensely at the adventure race in May and he’s going to manage the run course for us at this weekend’s tri.

Ryan Tarver -


Ryan is also a super athlete, having competed in our adventure races and blown the top competition away with his ability to keep up without knowing what he was doing. He works for Lezyne (hence the shirt) and is always around at our events and so he’s started to volunteer his time with whatever we need. And we are SO glad to have him.

And our satellite crew:

Owen Richardson -


Owen has worked with Yishai longer than I have, for other people as well as Yishai’s event business. He was Y’s right hand man until he finished up at the community college here and headed to Chico to finish his degree. He comes down when he can to help with operations and he has served as race director for our sprint adventure races a few times.

Matt Pearce -


Matt lives up in Chico and has worked with Yishai and Owen as a medic at a number of events. Here he is in his truck of stuff. He is a volunteer dispatcher and tech whiz.  He works for the Butte County probation offices and is a funny guy to spend time with.

And there you have it, the core workforce behind making All Out as awesome as it can be. Smile

Monday, May 30, 2011

Why we do this crazy event stuff.

Yesterday we had a major trail work day for the July 23-24 mountain bike race. Given that we’re five days from the Morro Bay Tri, I feel this is a sign that we have our crap together if we’re working on something more than a month out instead.

So, there we are, at ten in the morning at the gate to Santa Margarita ranch. Me, Yishai, and our friend Todd in the 4Runner, and suddenly the cavalry arrives: Josh and his girlfriend Karen from Foothill Cyclery, and Nate Lewis – designer of our downhill course – and five of his buddies, truck full of downhill bikes.

The buddies have already been up on the property pre-riding and they are blown. “World class,” “Amazing terrain,” “This is not something you find in San Luis” (in reference to the tree canopy riding) are things that are spilling out of their mouths. They’re back again to construct some berms and jumps for the downhill event.

Yishai and I do this for love, and we are super cognizant of not overusing our volunteers. But there Nate is, standing at the midpoint of our downhill section, looking up the hill with this ecstatic grin on his face: “This has been the realization of a dream since I was little. I have been making little jumps and stuff but this . . . this.” Yup, All Out Events – making dreams come true. We’ve fully given Nate control on the downhill and it’s fun watching his vision come together.

Today, we’re making his vision come together by building huge, huge berms:


Here’s Yishai up on the berm (you should see it all packed down and the jump above it) with Nate talking to him and everyone else looking at work going on down the hill.

To be quite honest, we’re sad about the serious dirt roads we’re making. Yishai and I try not to impact a place this much, but . . . well, you want world class, we’ll give you world class, my friends.

And then while the work here went on, the guys are up higher building the berms until the join up later on and go out with Yishai to build more features and trail down lower.

By now, Yishai has gotten good with the chain saw, a newly acquired skill:


Fallen logs begone!

Anyway, the entire day, all these people came together to build something wonderful. No one complained, everyone put in some shoulder grease, were all smiles, and stayed well into the sun fading into the horizon.

Cold, tired, and happy, the boys loaded their bikes and we shuttled them to the top and they rode down:

Events aren’t about money (but that would be nice one of these days), it’s about love, helping people achieve their dreams, have a good time, and make lasting relationships.

And I love it.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Barrie Adsett’s Trip Report for the 12 Hour Race

Dawn to Dusk Adventure Race.  May 14 2011
by Barrie

image001TTeam Equinox at the start (yes it was cold at 6:30 AM) – Steve, Barrie, Dave and Teri

It took us 12½ hours to go just 42 miles (67 Km).  The race started with an epic hike along the ridge that runs through the Sana Lucia Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest.  The cool part is we almost got to the big antenna that can be seen off to the right as you drive up the grade from San Luis Obispo to Atascadero.

We started the race at 7:30 am, east of where Pozo Road narrows and Santa Margarita Valley ends.  They loaded us on a bus a little after 6 AM, and the bus made a couple of trips to get everyone to the start line.

The initial hike was from a trail-head parking area up to the ridge line.  This was slow as there were 100 or more racers of all abilities on the narrow trail.  But by the first checkpoint (2 Km into the race and on the ridge) we had gotten on a jeep trail and everyone was running/hiking at their own pace.  The route appeared easy, but a couple of Km later the ridge split 3 ways and racers went in all 3 directions.  Fortunately we chose the correct route and got to the second checkpoint ahead of lots of good teams.

We ran the downhill’s (something we normally do not do) and got ahead of our usual pace so made a mistake an hour later when we thought we were further up the ridge than we were.  The uphill’s had slowed us down, but we were still calculating distance at the run pace.  The “detour” took us about 3 Km out of our way.  Fortunately the roads and terrain did not match the trails we were expecting and while other teams were running past us (so they were off-course also) we read the map more thoroughly and turned around after about 1500m.  It was a climb back up to the ridge, but on a good jeep trail.  We continued for about another hour on the ridge trail which was sometimes there, but more often we had to bushwhack through Pine trees, Manzanita bushes and other scrub plants then get to a clearing then bushwhack again.  We overshot the turnoff to CP3 (which was just a water chute down the side of the hill) as we were trying too hard to get ahead of a group of about 15-18 racers.  We climbed the hill in the center photo below and came up behind the antennas.  It was seeing the antennas, looking at the different ridges and taking bearings that convinced us we had gone too far (but only by about 500m – though that was 20-25 minutes of bushwhack).

(1)Dave and Teri at an easy section.  (2)We never did find the trail, but we did climb the hill.  (3)This is how thick it was.

When we got back on track the trail went through what I would describe as a poison oak forest.  It was everywhere and you just had to get through it.  We crawled under foliage, climbed over vines and attempted to follow a trail others had blazed before us.  One minute you were in thick brush, and then you were on what appeared to be a well-worn trail, to have it disappear 50 meters later.  When we eventually got to CP3 we were team 38 of 58 to check in.  While this was far back in the pack we preferred to think of ourselves as having 20 teams still behind us.  Then it was an easy 45 minute walk to CP4 where our bikes were.

Only the first 4 checkpoints were mandatory, the trek was the emphasis of this race.  We figured that including our mistakes we hiked about 15 miles (25 Km) and it took us almost 6½ hours to get that far.  But it was one of the greatest treks we have had in a long while and except for the unfortunate poison oak it was a really great trail, with plenty of side tracks to make the navigation challenging.

At the bike transition we plotted the 7 bike checkpoints and from the master map plotted the kayak checkpoints to come up with a plan for the remainder of the race.  Because of how we felt (tired), how long the race had taken so far (longer than we anticipated), and how we were not strong bikers compared to kayakers (plus the fact we wanted to do the Zipline which was on the kayak section), we elected to do just 3 easy bike checkpoints and skip the remaining ones.  So our bike section was just 13 miles (23 Km) and took a little over 70 minutes.  We were lucky to ride some fun new single track trails but nothing too difficult.  This was all inside a private ranch and vineyard area of Miller Flat.

At the kayak we had to paddle about 2 Km to the Zipline which was a 300ft (92m) line across an arm of Santa Margarita Lake.  It was awesome.  I went across hanging upside down with no arms on the brake line.  Steve and Dave dunked in the lake as they went across and Teri was laughing all the time.  When leaving the Zipline we saw our friends Jake and Dave and they told us their team had pulled out of the race (but they wanted to do the Zipline), because one of the bike legs we skipped was so hard it forced one of their teammates to drop from the race.  That got us to be very happy about our short bike section, but also got us to wondering if other teams were having as much trouble on the bike and maybe we should race harder and get all the kayak checkpoints then go back and get one of the bike checkpoints that we skipped.  So we set some time limits to gage our progress and did just that.  We finished the 12 mile (20 Km) kayak section in a little over 4 hours and instead of crossing the finish line we got some food from the finish BBQ and hiked up a ridge in the park to get one of the bike checkpoints.  Even though it was a bike CP, there was no rule to say how you went to it and since it was an optional checkpoint you could get it in any sequence.

All through the race we were wondering where our old teammate Kristine and her team were.  They were 50 minutes ahead of us at CP3 and we saw them at one point on the bike.  But they were stronger bikers and had rented sit-on-top kayaks so we knew they would do more bike than kayak checkpoints.  As we came down the hill from the last checkpoint (the extra bike one we got) they were going up to get it so we raced to the line to beat them – but we were unsure how many checkpoints they had to know if we beat them overall or not.

We finished in 12 hours 21 minutes and were all happy in how much of the course we did. We only skipped 3 optional checkpoints in the end and most importantly we had lots of fun.  This is the same race that last year we went off-course by more than 41 miles (66 Km) and barely finished.  This year we were over the finish line an hour before the cut-off time, and we were drinking beer and eating BBQ as other teams finished, so it was a good race for us.

When they announced awards about 9 PM we were surprised when they announced us as second place, and even more surprised when the first place team had to decline the award as they changed from a 4-person mixed team to a 4-person all male team, so we got promoted to FIRST place 4-person mixed.  A nice way to finish the day and beat some very, very, good teams that did not quite have the luck we did on skipping difficult checkpoints.  Dave and Jake’s team (Albion Brewing) was second place and Kristine’s team (Captain K and the Pretty Boys) was third place.  First place overall was a 3-person team - Team Tecnu, getting all checkpoints in a mere 9½ hours.  We will have to wait for published results to see how we fared overall compared to the 2 person and 3 person teams or the other category teams.  But we had the ultimate fun we could pack into a 12 hour day, which was our goal, and the fact we got trophies was a nice bonus.

A big thank you to All Out Adventures who put this race on.  This was the 6th version of Dawn to Dusk and I have run 4 of the 6.  Each time is different, each time is a challenge and each time I say it is probably the most fun race I participate in that year.  Definitely the most fun 8-12 hour race each year.

Thank you also to the sponsors, especially Tecnu who provided cleansing at CP4 (after the PO forest), Tecnu showers at the finish line and product for any racers who suffer from Poison Oak.


(1)Fun on the bike.  (2)Teri wants wine.  (3)Small river crossings.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How the Race Went for an Actual Racer!

From competitor Doug Thaxon (with kind permission):

My bro and I just wanted to say thanks for an awesome experience with our First Adventure Race.  Your race was insane, and the All Out staff was so accommodating.  We also wanted to ask you to pass on a special thanks to the family that shared their private land with us.  It was pure joy riding/ trekking through that beautiful property.  I especially enjoyed seeing them hanging out and having family time at the pond area near the CP.  We felt so fortunate that they were willing to share with us, the MTB trails were just plain incredible.  Below is a recap I sent to our family and friends that supported us as we trained and prepared for the race…thought you might enjoy reading it too.    Best regards- Doug & Greg


Hey Friends- thought I would give you a condensed version of the race…It was unbelievable, literally.  I could probably give you a better description in person, but here goes.


We started at 6am Saturday with getting our maps, race rules and coordinates.  We were bused to an unknown location and dropped off to start the race around 7:30am.  We finished in 11:33 at roughly 6:45pm after covering around 60 miles on land and water.  We are really happy with our time considering that we were lost between checkpoint 3 & 4 for over an hour.  Timing wise, we were in the top end of our category and finished near some of the pro teams.  We did not get our race map, or know the race course until 6am race day.  We plotted our own race course to the Mandatory Checkpoints using UTM (a mapping/ coordinate method developed by the Army in the 1950’s) coordinates.  There were 4 mandatory checkpoints that had to be completed in order, then 8 checkpoints which were optional for more points.  We completed 8 total checkpoints including the ZIP LINE!  We felt it was mandatory to zip across the lake on a cable line; we were not disappointed.  The race began with a 13 mile trek which combined running, hiking, crawling and serious bushwhacking in areas where the trial was not maintained.  Because we go lost, the trekking took us longer than we had hoped, and did zap our energy and morale a bit.  However, we pulled together and backtracked a bit and found a game trail which showed signs of racer foot traffic.  We were able to blaze that trail off the mountain peak to our referenced trail on another mountain about a mile away.  We got back on track and progressed quickly to the final trekking check point and also picked up an adjacent mountain bike checkpoint after veering a slight loop in our path to pick it up on the way to CP4.  CP 4 was where they staged out bikes.  We had dropped them off at the main staging area (on Friday) at the Lake and they loaded them onto a trailer and dropped them off at CP4 which was out in the middle of nowhere.  We took some time to recuperate at checkpoint 4 where we were transitioning from Trekking to Mountain  Biking.  There we powered down Gatorades, PBJ sandwiches and my mom’s homemade cookies!  Most importantly we took Tecnu Baths, Tecnu is a soap that breaks down the oil from poison oak/ ivy…this was helpful as the trails were covered in poison oak.  At some points we were on hands and knees crawling down a mountain face and through groves of it.  Not for the faint at heart or those that are highly allergic to the oil.  At CP4 we also plotted the coordinates for the remaining checkpoints.  The mountain biking was fantastic and it was so nice to get off our tired dogs.  We put focused effort into foot care- changing socks frequently and ductaping the hot spots.  A large part of the MTB was on a private 14,000 acre cattle ranch/ winery.  We started the biking about 7 hours into the race and were feeling good about our energy and timing so elected to cut off about 6 miles of riding (and 2 checkpoints) to get a good start on the kayaking.  At Kayak transition we once again plotted our course and resupplied ourselves with hydration and nourishment.  They checkpoints for Kayak were spread out so we essentially paddled the entire lake twice by the time we went down and back.  We were able to stage hydration at two points, MTB and Kayak transitions.  Other than that, there were only two locations where the race had staged water for us…being responsible and largely on our own really raised the adventure element of this race.


The scenery was epic, some wildlife too.  We narrowly missed crossing paths with a bear at CP 3 and then we re-adjusted our course at one mountain ridge as a large cat was growling at us from a bushy area.  Something else we are taking away is a reconnection with our primal instincts, it was a very grounding experience.  My Bro and I had entered the race as a two person team and were planning to make a friendly rivalry with our buddies that came out from Utah.  In the beginning, Greg and I thought we wanted to move through the trekking a bit faster than Mark and Brian, and at that point we were ‘competing’.  Mark had a pre-race injury that slowed his normal game.  Greg and I knew our weakness was the orienteering and so we were intent on updating our map with where we were, and where we were headed.  Mark and Brian are far more experienced in navigation, and so they caught up with us several times.  The pacing of our two teams lined up about 3 hours into the race and at that point we decided as a group to continue together.  Getting lost at that final ridge top was a result of us herding and “following the pack” rather than making our own path.  We laughed later on about that particular experience because we learned at one of the pre-race clinics that following others is the most common mistake newbies make as you sort of put your head down and climb the mountain one foot after another.  In the end though, I am so glad we decided to band together… let me tell you, 4 minds were better than two when we needed to hunker down and blaze our own trail.  It was an awesome experience with my bro and buddies, and an incredible personal challenge.  I would do it again!


How the 12-hour Dawn To Dusk Went (In My Head)

So, hi there. In case you didn’t know, all of the writing on this blog is done by me, Kristin McNamara, event producer of All Out Events.

While Yishai (who most of you know and love) is doing his thing on the mic or at the briefings, I am usually in the background monitoring volunteers or calculating results, etc. I’m the business end of All Out, and Yishai is the dream end, if that makes sense.

So when we have our Dawn to Dusk race, Yishai is usually always where the action is. I’m sitting in the trailer working on stuff and making sure the staff is fed.

I thought you guys  might be interested to know what goes into putting on a 12-hour race, so here I am to tell you.

Ingredient 1: The Dream

Without Yishai, there’d be no course. He loves maps. It will be 2 am and he will want to show me some map. Now, I love hiking, climbing, riding, etc, but I am not a map person. In the Sierra, I go off general locations based on peaks or whatnot. I can read a map, but I do not get excited about it.

So Y will pour over the maps, and then it’s time to scout. And he will go, “Hey, Kristin, let’s do this nice, easy trail. It will only be an hour or two.” Yeah, not ever. Just when I have bought my first mountain bike, he put me on the 12-hour mountain bike course. It took me eight hours to do it. I was dying. This last race, I was super sick, and he thought we would go on a minor scouting adventure on a “road” that he said was “flat.” Folks who raced – he means the brush slog on the ridgeline. To be fair, he didn’t know, but that’s how it is with him.

Ingredient 2: Hustle

So then you have to sell the race. You need to make friends with the people who write the permits and let you use their land. That’s easy. We’re nice and we don’t mess stuff up because we’re also super-considerate. By this, I mean, if you accuse either of us of wrongdoing, we’ll immediately take it, even if we were in Timbuktu at the time. There are a lot of long days going into longer nights. A lot of worry and stress and analysis and surveys. We talk to people and hope they’ll give us some money to promote their product – these days they don’t, so this becomes not much of a lucrative thing. You have to have heart to do it.

Oh yeah, then there’s the hours we spend making the path passable – happily this year we have a dermatologist friend with the magic serum – we always have poison oak for a few months a year, but it’s way more manageable now than it has been. I haven’t had to take a poison oak sick day, and hey, Y didn’t end up in the hospital this year! Red letter day!

And then you show up:

Or, if you’re us, you decide last minute to weld bike racks even though you don’t know how to weld. And then you realize the trailer you have can’t hold the racks, so you gotta recruit friends to donate such things.

Our staff shows up, and like a well-oiled machine, they know their jobs and they handle it. Then you show up.

And it’s 11 pm the night before, we’re all in the ranger office where I draw my customary random drawing (this year it was a pink rattlesnake in a tutu) on their white board and we eat burritos. That’s also where we came up with our “start dance.”

Our what?

Yeah, if you were there, you saw it. Aaronne (registration queen), Yishai, myself, and Blake (operations man) did a little jig for the start line, only after Yishai went the extra mile by picking some poison oak to hold up for the crowd. My theory is that if it’s green, don’t touch it, and you’ll be safe. PO looks like a zillion different things. I happen to know. I am a professional poison oak murderer.

So we give our briefing and then they’re off. We get back to the venue and . . .

Have I mentioned that the 12-hour races are super epicly boring while you’re out doing the race? The entire crew goes off to Santa Margarita Ranch to handle the action there, leaving me, Aaronne (hiding from the cold in her car, monitoring radio traffic), and the CARA festival to our own devices.

I do incredibly important things like help the caterer back his trailer into the right spot and helping the cooks find wood and supplies to feed our racers sausages.

At the same time this is going on, we have search and rescue conducting random training missions over the same radio frequency so it sounds exciting, all that “Arrow One is orbiting and in search of target.” ORBITING? LIKE IN SPACE?

And then we’re all sitting around and, WHAT’S THAT? A TEAM! HOLY MOLY! It’s Team TecnuExtreme/StaphAceptic coming in way earlier than we expected. My volunteers scramble to get them the goods, and they’re off. It’s a full hour before we see another team.

But now the jig is up. We’ve been running along for about six hours and two teams haven’t shown. Hmm. We start trying to locate vehicles, names, phone numbers (for some reason they gave dummy phone numbers). Given that Y and I have personally vetted the course, barring a rabid mountain lion, they are most definitely lost in the wild backcountry peaks that the race started in. But how to find them? The brush is impassable by quad, so this is an on-foot job. And this is . . . a LOT of space.

But no fear, search and rescue has . . . a HELICOPTER. And after much debate, it is determined that Yishai, our hero, will go up in the HELICOPTER to find them by sight. I told you I get the dirty jobs.

So there they are, flying around, I can hear the chopper talking to the ground and I know when the two parties have been found (and unhurt, I might add, just lost and a bit embarrassed).

And here’s where we enter the world in my head.

Picture Yishai: black cap, black sunglasses, earpiece, radio, black coat, khaki shorts, trail running shoes.

“Oh, Race Director,” teems the search and rescue, “We are trying our best but we can’t locate those poor, lost souls. Only you can save us!”

Puffing up his chest, “Don’t you worry, *I’ll* save them! Get me the chopper!”

The air suddenly fills with the buzzing of a thousand angry bees, escorting Airwolf, suspended from the ground with only one of those slick, black cords and a single, silver ascender. Yishai grabs it, and begins to ascend effortlessly as James Bond would. He swings into the cabin. “That way, Captain, we have people to save!”

It rises and banks left, firing the turbo jet engines (come on, it’s Airwolf) as it sweeps over a rugged vista of peaks and narrow canyons. And there, sure as day, their day-glo yellow coats shining from the black and blah colors of the drying chapparal. They wave the the helicopter. The pilot waves back. Yishai, “We have no time for that, land this thing!”

And, conveniently, there’s a landing spot (this part is true). As soon as it touches down, Yishai leaps from the chopper, its blades inches from his head as he runs to the people and escorts them out of the brush to safety and their loving friends and family.

Yeah. So I was sitting in the trailer calculating points at this point. I am pretty sure there was a zipline, but I can’t confirm that. I heard there was . . . mountain biking, too? And I saw some kayaks on the staging area. But I am pretty sure all I saw was venue and the inside of a trailer. And that’s pretty much what I did until it was time for awards, when I got the prizes out and handed them to the winners. And then we cleaned up, got ready for that night’s rain storm, and went to bed.

That, my friends, is the 2011 All Out Adventure race from Kristin’s perspective.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The May Adventure Sprint Is On!

We've been talking a lot about how awesome our 12-hour course is this year, and you've been listening! We have a record number of participants this year, but we also want to remind you of the awesomeness that is the Sprint Race.

As mentioned in National Geographic Adventure magazine as *the* recommended sprint race, we have a great, adventurous course waiting for you. Grab a buddy and paddle the fingers of Santa Margarita Lake in our brand-new fleet of tandem kayaks, ride the wicked fun that is the hills of the lake recreation area and Shangri-La ranch, and trek through some of the most beautiful and accessibly hidden trails the lake can offer - you'll scramble up the side of a creek, over flat sandstone slopes, get great views, and have an amazing morning adventure.

So . . . tell your friends and we'll see you soon!

7th Annual Santa Margarita Adventure Race Boasts Top Pros and Big Fun

May 7, 2011 – San Luis Obispo - Racers and adventurers from across the country will be convening on Santa Margarita for the first weekend of the All Out Adventure Race series on May 13-15.

The race series features a long-form adventure race on Saturday and a short-form race on Sunday, paired with California Adventure Racing Association’s festival and free clinics all weekend long.

Athletes in tip-top shape are coming from all over the country and internationally to compete in the highest attended race in the west. Racers in teams of four, three, two, or going solo will paddle along the lake in kayaks, crash through brush and poison oak, zip merrily through the trees on wires, and ride high quality single track mountain bike trails – all while navigating with compasses and maps to gain check points. The top teams will finish in about 12 hours. The race starts in Santa Margarita Lake but expands out to other areas from there.

On Sunday, more mild racers will do all the same thing, but in a more controlled setting: teams of two have about four hours to complete a kayak, mountain bike, and trekking course while navigating “special challenges.” Hailed as one of the top 5 races in the country for its short form and quality experience by National Geographic Adventure magazine, this is a great event for a morning adventure for both the super fit and the moderate weekend warrior – with wonderful views and an insider’s look at some of Santa Margarita Lake’s most beautiful terrain. The course is marked with arrows, taking away the most challenging part of Saturday’s race – map navigation.

Some racers from Saturday will stay to do Sunday . . . it’s simply that fun! But whether you’re in it to push yourself to the limit or grab a buddy and have a good time, one thing’s for sure: you’ll never feel the same way about yourself again!

Please see our website at and watch the preview video at:

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If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Kristin Tara McNamara at 805 748 1478 or email