The United States Adventure Racing Association Championship, a 30-hour, 100-mile event, began Friday morning with a 12-mile paddle down the Pepacton Reservoir.
Three-person teams were bused to the start at the Raynor Brook boat launch near Downsville to begin the race. The New York City-DEP approved race includes 165 competitors from around the nation who will paddle, bike, run trails and race through an orienteering course in Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster Counties.
A rappel down a waterfall in Minnewaska State Park concludes the race, which requires participants to climb more than 12,000 feet in total elevation over the two-day event.
Teams compete in more than 45 regional qualifying events throughout the year, all chasing the same goal of reaching the USARA Adventure Race National Championships.
Fans who cannot attend can follow the race on the USARA Nationals website, www.usaranationals.com, which posts live coverage, video and photos.