Adventure TEAM Challenge 2013

High Desert Adventure with World T.E.A.M. Sports

Rappel at the 2012 Challenge

A participant rappels at the 2012 Challenge. Tom Nardi photograph.

Join World T.E.A.M. Sports in our annual Adventure TEAM Challenge this September 13-15, 2013. Competing teams in the Adventure TEAM Challenge will explore the high plateau desert in the scenic McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, along the Colorado/Utah border west of Grand Junction. During the three day competition, participants will raft through silent, majestic sandstone canyons, mountain bike rocky, sandy desert tracks and trek across a lonely red landscape.

Adventure TEAM Challenge 2013 LogoSeasoned adventure athletes, weekend warriors and desk jockeys seeking adventure all will find the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge exciting and challenging. Teammates will join together to dig deep within their mind, body and spirit to compete in the ultimate team adventure. Meet challenges, build camaraderie, use innovation and celebrate diversity by working together to overcome obstacles in Colorado’s desert terrain.

Competing teams in the Adventure TEAM Challenge are comprised of five athletes, of which at least two must be disabled (one being a wheelchair user or paraplegic). Teams may select their full roster, or seek assistance from World T.E.A.M. Sports in filling a position or two. There will be a maximum of 20 teams allowed in the 2013 Challenge, so registering early will assure you of a position.

The Adventure TEAM Challenge changes lives.

2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge Index

Click and explore.

Challenge Registration – register to participate in the 2013 Challenge, team registration fees, deadlines for submitting team fees.

Participant Requirements – what to know as a Challenge participant.

2013 Participating Teams – learn about the teams and the individuals participating in the 2013 Challenge.

Challenge Logistics – including transportation to Grand Junction, bike rentals, Grand Junction lodging, camping, meals, participant training and tips.

Important Forms – forms for participants and volunteers to download, print, complete and bring to registration at the Challenge.

Volunteering for the Challenge – the Adventure TEAM Challenge is seeking volunteers.

Our Valued SponsorsWorld T.E.A.M. Sports partners for the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge.



Challenge Registration

Participants must register online as a member of a five person team. Each team must include two persons with disabilities – one being a wheelchair user. Team registration will generate an invoice from World T.E.A.M. Sports, which will be sent to the team captain for payment. This invoice can be paid in two installments – half on August 1, the remaining half on September 1.

Teams may choose to use their online fundraising page as a source of the team’s registration fee. Teams using this option must alert World T.E.A.M. Sports by August 1. For those teams that do not make their second team registration payment on September 1, the team’s online fundraising page will be disabled. If the full team registration fee is not received by September 13, the team will not be permitted to participate in the 2013 Challenge.

2013 Team Registration fees are as follows:

Register Today

Corporate Teams: $10,000 per five member team

Nonprofit, Private and Military Teams: $6,000 per five member team

Team registration fees are applied toward the following:

• Operating a safe race in a wilderness desert environment. The Challenge features challenging disciplines like zip lines, off-road mountain biking and river rafting.

• Providing scholarships for disabled servicemen and women to participate.

• Providing event meals, camping and selected event equipment for participants.

• Helping support future inclusive World T.E.A.M. Sports events which include disabled and able-bodied participants. These include events like the Sea to Shining Sea and the Face of America rides.

All registered participants will receive two commemorative Adventure TEAM Challenge 2013 tech tees at check-in.



Participant Requirements

To participate in the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge, each participating athlete and team must register online. Following registration, World T.E.A.M. Sports will send to the team captain an invoice for their team fee. This fee must be paid in full prior to the team beginning competition.

Team Who Says I Can't

Team Who Says I Can’t starts up a hill on Day 1 of the 2012 Challenge. Richard Rhinehart photograph.

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Grand Junction for the Challenge. In selected circumstances, World T.E.A.M. Sports will offer assistance to disabled participants. This decision will be made by the World T.E.A.M. Sports event coordinator.

Participants are responsible for their lodging arrangements for Thursday and Sunday evenings. World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged special room rates at the host hotel in Grand Junction. Complete information about lodging opportunities can be found under ‘Challenge Logistics,’ below.

Participants are responsible for their own gear in the Challenge, with a few exceptions. Team members should plan on bringing their own mountain bikes, or renting bikes from the Challenge vendor.

Teams are highly encouraged to practice together prior to the Challenge. There will be some time on Friday at the Rabbit Valley Camp for teams to get together and practice prior to the Prologue.



2013 Participating Teams

The Adventure TEAM Challenge brings together accomplished outdoor adventure teams, corporate teams, non-profit teams and military teams. Here are selected teams and athletes participating in the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge.

Berserkers
Peter Brown
John Lintott
Jarrod Skulavik
Steve Mestdagh
Topher Downham

Spec Ops Bionic Warriors
John Stanz
Ben Duran
Anthony Radetic
Israel Santiago
Kyle Butcher
Eric Hollen – Team Manager

Wheels and Legmen
Oz Sanchez
Jeremy Campbell
Tami McVay

French Toast Mafia
Harry Carr
David Santamore
Paul Tyler
Keegan Reilly

Donkey Punchin’ Kangaroos
Leslie Gardner
David Poole
Gina Utegg
Rickey Bennett
Jason Wigmore

Cereal Killers
Duane Wagner
Rick Marion
James Collins
Herb Neihuss


2013 Challenge Logistics

Details about transportation to Grand Junction, bike rentals, Grand Junction lodging, camping, meals, participant training and tips.

Reaching Grand Junction and the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

Mt. Garfield

Mt. Garfield at Grand Junction, Colorado is an area landmark. Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau photograph.

Grand Junction, Colorado is located along the Colorado River valley west of Denver, not far from the Utah state line. The city of nearly 59,000 persons is served by the Grand Junction Regional Airport, and by Amtrak. Interstate Highway 70, from Denver on the east and Interstate Highway 15 on the west, provides easy access to the city.

World T.E.A.M. Sports will provide shuttle transportation for Challenge participants from the host hotels in Grand Junction to the campsite on Friday morning, September 13. Shuttle transportation will also be available for participants on Sunday afternoon, September 15 from Rabbit Valley to the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

During the event, free shuttle buses will provide participants access to and from stages.

Transportation Options

Grand Junction Airport Logo Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT): 13 miles, 20 minute drive via Interstate Highway 70 to Rabbit Valley at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Independence Monument.

The towering Independence Monument at Colorado National Monument is one of the landmarks of the Grand Junction area. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

Denver International Airport (DEN): 290 miles, about a 5 hour drive via Interstate Highway 70 to Rabbit Valley at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC): 277 miles, about a 5 hour drive via Interstate Highway 15, US Highway 6, and Interstate Highway 70 to Rabbit Valley at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Amtrak Grand Junction (GJT): Daily California Zephyr service, 15 miles, 20 minute drive via Interstate Highway 70 to Rabbit Valley at McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Detailed Directions to the Rabbit Valley Camp, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

From Denver International Airport to Rabbit Valley, via Interstate Highway 70 – Exit #2

290 Miles; 5 hours by car

• Take Interstate Highway 70 West from Denver toward Grand Junction, Colorado.

• Drive West on Interstate Highway 70 for 287 miles

View of Glenwood Canyon

Adventure TEAM Challenge participants traveling west to Grand Junction from Denver on Interstate 70 pass through scenic Glenwood Canyon. Richard Rhinehart photograph.

• Take exit #2 at Rabbit Valley

• Make a left off the exit ramp

• Drive south, across Interstate Highway 70

• Enter Rabbit Valley Recreation Area, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

• Drive across the cattle guard and past the information sign

• Take a left onto the main gravel road heading east (pass the outhouses on your left)

• Drive approximately one mile east on the gravel road

• Arrive at the Rabbit Valley RV/Group Site on your right – the Adventure TEAM Challenge Camp

From Grand Junction Airport to Rabbit Valley, via Interstate Highway 70 – Exit #2

35 miles; 30 minutes by car

• Leave airport and enter Horizon Road

• Turn right and take Interstate Highway 70 West

• Take exit #2 at Rabbit Valley

• Make a left off the exit ramp

• Drive south, across Interstate Highway 70

• Enter Rabbit Valley Recreation Area, McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area

• Drive across the cattle guard and past the information sign

• Take a left onto the main gravel road heading east (pass the outhouses on your left)

• Drive approximately 1 mile East on the dirt road

• Arrive at the Rabbit Valley RV/Group Site on your right – the Adventure TEAM Challenge Camp

Mountain Bike Rentals

All participating able-bodied athletes will need a mountain bike for competition – if you don’t bring your own, you may reserve a bike through the following vendor:

Venture Sports Venture Sports
51 Beaver Creek Place
Avon, CO 81620
Telephone: (970) 949-1318 or toll-free (888) 825-Vail (8245)

Questions about rentals or want to place a rental order? Send an e-mail to Venture Sports.

World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged with Venture Sports special pricing to rent a mountain bike for the Adventure TEAM Challenge. This special fee covers all three days, plus delivery and pickup of the bike to the Rabbit Valley campsite. Participants will need to reserve a bike with a credit card. The customer service representative at Venture Sports will need the height and weight of the user to provide the proper size and tension in the shocks. Bikes are full suspension, Giant brand, with disc brakes.

Bikes 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge

Bikes rest against a World T.E.A.M. Sports trailer at the 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

When making your reservation, be sure to mention the rental is for use at the Adventure TEAM Challenge, the dates of the rental (September 13-15), and that the owner, Mike Brumbaugh, has approved the special rate.

Please note: Mountain bikes come with a stock seat but without pedals. The assumption is that you will bring your own clipless pedals. In your reservation, you may request that flat platform pedals are added to your bike for no extra cost. For an additional fee, high quality “demo” bikes (which retail for $5,000-6,000 per bike) can be rented for the event – talk to Venture Sports for more specifics on brands and availability.

Spectators and family may also reserve bikes – same guidelines and pricing as for participants!

Participating athletes who are wheelchair users will be contacted by the Challenge’s disabled athlete coordinator, who will arrange for the use of a special off-road hand cycle at no charge to the participant.

All bikes will be delivered to the Rabbit Valley Camp for the Challenge and picked up at the same location following the Challenge.

Grand Junction Lodging

World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged specially-priced rooms for Challenge participants at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction near the airport. The Friday morning shuttle to the Rabbit Valley Camp will leave from this hotel.

DoubleTree Logo DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction
743 Horizon Dr
Grand Junction, CO 81506-3906
(970) 241-8888
Reservation Code: World TEAM Sports
Room rate: $109.

DoubleTree Hotel - Grand Junction.

The DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction serves as the host hotel for the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction is within three minutes of the Grand Junction Airport, and is adjacent to Interstate Highway 70. The hotel has eight accessible rooms. World T.E.A.M. Sports will block for participants rooms for Thursday, September 12. Rooms will also be available for Sunday, September 15 for those flying out from Grand Junction on Monday. The hotel offers paid WiFi Internet service and has a fitness room and pool. There is a full-service restaurant on site, the Bistro 743 on the hotel’s main level. Free parking. Free airport shuttle.

Rabbit Valley Camp Notes

ATC 2012 Camp

The Rabbit Valley Campsite in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area is primitive. Photograph by Tom Nardi.

The Rabbit Valley Camp is an isolated campsite in the high desert. There are no retail stores, restaurants, electrical service, Internet service or motel rooms on site. The closest visitor services are at Fruita, exit 19 on Interstate Highway 70. The City of Fruita has numerous motels, restaurants, gasoline service, convenience stores, etc. There is an RV campground at James R. Robb-Colorado River State Park at Fruita.

When driving in the desert, always be sure to have plenty of water with you and a full tank of gas in your vehicle. Cellular telephone service is available at the Rabbit Valley Camp, and at locations along the course in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

The Camp has a fresh water tank for drinking water, porta-potty restrooms and outdoor solar showers. There is a large covered dining area with tables for meals and for shade. Expect wind at the campsite.

Adventure TEAM Challenge Food and Meals

Meal Time 2012

Participants enjoy a meal and conversation at the 2012 Adventure TEAM Challenge. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

All meals and beverages are provided at the Rabbit Valley Camp for registered competitors and volunteers at no cost. One of the aspects of the Adventure TEAM Challenge that makes it so enjoyable is the community we create. Part of this community means sharing meals together. The following community meals will be provided for competitors and volunteers:

Thursday, September 12 – dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Friday, September 13 – Race Day 1 – Lunch/Snacks and dinner

Saturday, September 14 – Race Day 2 – Continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner

Sunday, September 15 – Race Day 3 – Continental breakfast and lunch

Water, coffee, carbonated soda pop, and sports drinks are included.

Adventure TEAM Challenge Gear List

Participants and teams at the Adventure TEAM Challenge will need a variety of outdoor sporting goods and personal items. Explore the 2013 list of gear for the event. Or, download the PDF format 2013 Gear List.

Adventure TEAM Challenge Participant Training Tips

For those who are inexperienced with team competition in a wilderness environment, the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge will be a new and exciting experience. To help, we’ve posted some helpful training tips.

Frequently Asked Questions by Participants

If you are participating in the Adventure TEAM Challenge for the first time, you probably have questions. Don’t worry, we have answers here.



Challenge Forms

If you are participating in the Challenge, or volunteering, please download the appropriate forms, complete and bring to registration in Grand Junction or at the Rabbit Valley Group Campsite. Each participant or volunteer must complete the appropriate forms prior to the start of the event.

Forms for Participants

2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge Participant Waiver Form

Participant Confidential Medical Record

USARA Waiver

Timberline Tours Adult Release Form

Forms for Volunteers

2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge Volunteer Waiver Form



Volunteering for the Challenge

The Adventure TEAM Challenge is seeking volunteers.

World T.E.A.M. Sports is seeking volunteers to help with the planning, management and running of the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge. Volunteers provide assistance with all stages of the event, from pre-Challenge preparation, to participant registration to check stops to ride assistance to event take down.

If you would like to volunteer your time, contact World T.E.A.M. Sports by email message. Please indicate your interests and availability.



Our Valued Sponsors

Partners for the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge.

Several valued corporate sponsors have provided financial and in-kind support for the 2013 Adventure TEAM Challenge.

Fidelity & Guaranty Life

FGL Logo Sponsor – 2013. Fidelity & Guaranty Life has been a catalyst to help Middle America plan for tomorrow for over 50 years. More than 735,000 individuals count on F&G to provide safety and security through annuity and life insurance products. A pioneer of fixed indexed annuities and fixed indexed universal life insurance, F&G continues to introduce innovative products and solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers. Working with a national network of more than 25,000 independent agents, F&G believes that customers should understand their options, have an easy experience, and feel great about protecting their family and their future retirement.

Penske Truck Rental

Penske Logo
Sponsor – 2011-2013. With more than 200,000 maintained trucks and more than 1,000 locations nationwide, Penske partners with you to meet your changing business demands and keep your company growing. We work closely with you to address your toughest challenges and create opportunities for your company. Our search for leading-edge solutions includes everything from implementing productivity-driven technology to defining optimum fleet performance strategies. Individual Penske locations actively support neighborhood charities. Our associates contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to the United Way, and when multiple hurricanes struck Florida and the Gulf Coast, we were there with trucks and fuel for emergency response teams. Move ahead with Penske Truck Rental.

Timberline Tours

Timberline Tours logo Sponsor – 2010-2013. Timberline Tours opened in 1971 to provide back country adventure experiences for visitors in the Vail Valley. Also popular with the local clientele, Timberline Tours has grown into one of the largest and most experienced outfitters in the state of Colorado. Today, Timberline Tours is known worldwide for its 5 star facilities, unrivaled experience, customer service and whitewater U.S. Team racing heritage. Our repeat clientele and support from local hotels and meeting planners/corporate groups has become paramount to our success. Timberline Tours’ whitewater training program has set the standard for training in the Valley and exceeds state requirements in all areas. Timberline’s guides are known and respected for guiding rivers around the world and pioneering Class IV and V rivers throughout Colorado. Many of Timberline’s guides are trained in either Winter Emergency Care (WEC) or are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s).