Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 2014

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

Riders at the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

Riders cross rugged terrain at the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. Photograph copyright Tom Nardi, 2011.

Join World T.E.A.M. Sports in the annual Adventure Team Challenge presented by Pearl Meyer & Partners this September 12-14, 2014. Competing teams in the 2014 Challenge will explore the Colorado River Valley in the high Gore Range north of Eagle, Colorado. During the three day competition, participants will raft through silent, majestic granite canyons, mountain bike rocky, steep tracks and trek across a wild mountain landscape.

Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 2014 logoSeasoned adventure athletes, weekend warriors and desk jockeys seeking adventure all will find the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado unforgettable 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 high mountain terrain.

Competing teams in the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 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 15 teams allowed in the 2014 Challenge, so registering early will assure your team of a position. Individual registrants are not permitted.

The Adventure Team Challenge Colorado changes lives.

2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Index

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Challenge Registration – register to participate in the 2014 Challenge, team registration fees, deadlines for submitting team fees.

Participant Requirements – what to know as a Challenge participant.

2014 Participating Teams – learn about the teams and the individuals participating in the 2014 Challenge.

Challenge Logistics – including transportation to Eagle, bike rentals, Eagle 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 Colorado is seeking volunteers.

Our Valued SponsorsWorld T.E.A.M. Sports partners for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

2014 Media Guide – PDF format. Download today.

Challenge Registration

Participants must register online as a member of a five person team. Please contact World T.E.A.M. Sports by email query for the online registration site. Each participating 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 by August 15, the remaining half by September 2.

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 15. For those teams that do not submit their second team registration payment by September 5, the team’s online fundraising page will be disabled. If the full team registration fee is not received by September 11, the team will not be permitted to participate in the 2014 Challenge.

Interested athletes with disabilities not part of a team who would like to participate were invited to complete our online survey detailing their background and interest. This application period ended on August 13. Accepted candidates with disabilities were contacted directly by telephone or email by the World T.E.A.M. Sports Disabled Athlete Coordinators. These athletes were invited to complete the online registration and associated paperwork to participate.

Individual unaffiliated participants are not permitted to compete in the 2014 Challenge.

2014 Team Registration fees are as follows:

Corporate Teams: $10,000 per five member team

Nonprofit, Private and Military Teams: $7,500 per five member team

Team registration fees are applied toward the following:

• Operating a safe race in a wilderness mountain 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 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge, Sea to Shining Sea, Coastal Team Challenge and the Face of America.

All registered participants will receive two commemorative Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 2014 tech tees at registration check-in.

Participant Requirements

To participate in the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado, each participating athlete and team must register online. World T.E.A.M. Sports will send to the team sponsor 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.

Many participants will provide their own transportation to and from Eagle for the Challenge. For selected disabled participants, World T.E.A.M. Sports is offering financial assistance. This decision for assistance will be made by the World T.E.A.M. Sports event coordinator.

Participants will work with staff to arrange lodging for Thursday and Sunday evenings, if necessary. World T.E.A.M. Sports has blocked a group of rooms and arranged special rates at the host hotel in Eagle. Complete information about the host hotel can be found under ‘Challenge Logistics,’ below.

Participants are responsible for supplying their own outdoor gear in the Challenge, with some exceptions. Team members should bring their own mountain bikes, or rent bikes from the Challenge vendor.

Teams are highly encouraged to practice together prior to the Challenge. There will be some time on Friday afternoon at the Rancho del Rio camp for teams to get together and practice prior to the beginning of the Prologue.

2014 Participating Teams

The Adventure Team Challenge Colorado brings together accomplished outdoor adventure teams, corporate teams, non-profit teams and military teams.

Explore the biographies of selected participating athletes.

2014 Challenge Logistics

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

Reaching Eagle and Rancho del Rio

The small town of Eagle, Colorado is located along the Eagle River valley west of Denver. This community of nearly 7,000 persons is served by the Eagle County Airport. Interstate Highway 70 from Denver provides east-west highway access.

Denver International (DEN): Most major airlines and discount carriers – 140 miles, about a 3 hour drive to Eagle via Interstate Highway 70.

Venue Directions

It’s simple to reach the venues for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. We’ve prepared a helpful PDF format document for downloading; providing detailed step-by-step directions to the venues in Eagle and at Rancho del Rio along the Colorado River.

During the event, free shuttle buses will provide access to and from stages and the Rancho del Rio camp for participants.

Bike and Hand Cycle Rentals

All participating able-bodied athletes will need to bring 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 your bike rental order? Send an e-mail today 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 Colorado. This special fee covers all three days, plus delivery and pickup of the bike to the Rancho del Rio 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 Colorado. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.

When making your reservation, be sure to mention your rental is for use at the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado, the dates of your rental (September 12-14), 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 or tandem at no charge to the participant. If you have your own off-road bike, hand cycle or recumbent, you may bring it.

All bikes will be delivered to the Rancho del Rio camp for the Challenge and picked up at the same location following the event.

Event Lodging

Host Hotel – Eagle

Holiday Inn Expess

0075 Pond Road, Eagle Colorado 81631
Direct Telephone: (970) 328-8088

Exit at I-70/Eagle, CO

• The Holiday Inn Express has limited ground floor/ADA rooms, but they do have an elevator.

• Selected participants with disabilities will receive financial assistance for their rooms.

• World T.E.A.M. Sports has arranged for a block of rooms for participants.

Event Site Camping

The 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will be hosted at the Rancho del Rio Resort, 22 miles northeast of Eagle. This rustic resort is located along the Colorado River at 6,800 feet elevation. Access is along Trough Road, an all-weather gravel county road from Colorado State Highway 131 to the west, or Colorado State Highway 9 to the east.

If you are arriving early and wish to camp, you may. Be aware, there are no restaurants nearby and you will be responsible for your own meals prior to the event (note more information below regarding meal availability during the Challenge). There is a small convenience/country store a few hundred feet from the campsite, with one gasoline pump.

There is no Internet or cellular telephone service at Rancho del Rio. The closest cell service is located several miles to the south, along Colorado State Highway 131 near Interstate Highway 70.

Rancho del RioImportant: if you wish to set up your camp prior to the beginning of the Challenge, please contact World T.E.A.M. Sports for more information.

Please Note: During the Challenge, all participants will be camping. There is plenty of space at the campsite for friends and family, with parking adjacent on gravel. Rancho del Rio has a large, grassy flat campsite with a few picnic tables. There is no shade at the campsite. The Colorado River is adjacent to the camping area, with the Union Pacific/AMTRAK railroad across the river.

Showers – there are basic shower facilities located a few hundred feet from camp – the cost is $2 in quarters only for four minutes of warm water. Your other option is, of course, the Colorado River (which has a mild current near the campsite). Important – the showers are not ADA accessible, but the event directors will place free solar showers at the campsite for use of wheelchair athletes.

Event Camping Gear

Tents, pads, and sleeping bags are provided for all participants and volunteers at no charge. Friends and family are responsible for providing their own camping gear. Rental camping equipment is available for those who may need it:

Tents – $40 (for 2 nights) – sleeps 2 adults plus up to 2 small children

Sleeping bags/pads – $30 (for 2 nights) – will need one per person

Please note: Friends and family must register in advance to reserve camping gear – you will not be able to show up and rent gear on site. Please contact Greg Kelchner at Timberline Tours to register. A valid credit card is necessary to reserve gear (the charge will be from Timberline Tours on your statement).

Rafting at the 2010 Adventure Team Challenge

Rafting at the 2010 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

Alternate Event Lodging for Family and Friends

Though participants at the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will be camping at the Rancho del Rio along the Colorado River, family and friends might prefer less rustic accommodations. One option is at the State Bridge Lodge, four miles to the west. A limited number of private cabins are available for rental, with a two night minimum. Contact the lodge for availability and pricing.

Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Food and Meals

Meal Time 2012

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

All meals and beverages are provided at the Rancho del Rio camp for registered competitors and volunteers at no cost. One of the aspects of the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 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 11 – dinner in Eagle at the Dusty Boot restaurant. Charlie Huebner, the Chief of Paralympics for the U.S. Olympic Committee will be welcomed as the guest speaker. Serving as the senior manager for all U.S. Olympic programs, Charlie joined the national organization in July 2006. Previously, he spent ten years as the executive director for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and three years serving as the coordinator of communications for Governor Rose Mofford of Arizona. Active in several non-profit children’s charities, Charlie was honored in 1996 as one of 41 Americans to receive a Jefferson Award for community service. His father is a retired United States Army 1st sergeant.

Friday, September 12 – Race Day 1 – Lunch/Snacks and dinner

Saturday, September 13 – Race Day 2 – Continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, and dinner

Sunday, September 14 – Race Day 3 – Continental breakfast and lunch

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

Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Gear List

Participants and teams at the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will need a variety of outdoor sporting goods and personal items. Explore the 2014 list of gear for the event.

Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Participant Training Tips

For those who are inexperienced with team competition in a wilderness environment, the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado 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 Colorado for the first time, you probably have questions. Don’t worry, we have answers here.

Challenge Forms and Participant Guide

If you are participating in the Challenge, or volunteering, please download the appropriate forms, complete and bring to registration in Eagle or to the Rancho del Rio camp. Each participant or volunteer must complete the appropriate forms prior to the start of the event.

Forms for Participants

2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Participant Waiver Form

Participant Confidential Medical Record

USARA Waiver

Timberline Tours Adult Release Form

Forms for Volunteers

2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado Volunteer Waiver Form

Cover for 2014 ATC Participant Guide

Participants and volunteers at the Adventure Team Challenge Colorado will find our annual 2014 Participant Guide to be of assistance. This downloadable PDF-format guide includes a schedule for the Challenge, a gear list, directions, answers to frequently asked questions and much more. Save a copy to your tablet computer or smart phone, or print a copy to bring to the event.

Volunteering for the Challenge

The Adventure Team Challenge Colorado is seeking volunteers.

World T.E.A.M. Sports is seeking volunteers to help with the planning, management and running of the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. 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. You will also need to register online – a link will be provided when you are accepted as a volunteer. Please indicate your interests and availability.

Our Valued Sponsors

Sponsors for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

Several valued corporate and non-profit sponsors and partners have provided financial and in-kind support for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado. Personal support has also been provided by James Benson and by George Puskar.

Pearl Meyer & Partners

Pearl Meyer & PartnersPresenting Sponsor – 2014. Sponsor – 2012. Pearl Meyer & Partners provide independent advice and counsel to Directors and their senior management to help them successfully navigate the complicated world of compensation governance and strategy. Our senior consultants deliver comprehensive solutions tailored to your unique business environment. Our goal is simple: to help you create pay and reward programs that meet both your internal need to attract, reward and retain top talent and your external responsibility to all stakeholders for compliance and disclosure. You can rely on Pearl Meyer & Partners to provide complete expertise and thorough guidance – confident that you are making the best compensation decisions for your business, your employees and the long-term value of your organization.

Benson Botsford LLC

Benson Botsford logo.Sponsor – 2013-2014. Benson Botsford, LLC is a privately-owned and managed financial services investment company. Founded in 2010, the company has offices in Southborough, Massachusetts and in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Devens Recycling

Devens Reycling Center LogoSponsor – 2013-2014. At Devens Recycling Center, we are striving for 100% waste diversion. Preserving tomorrow’s environment drives our every action. Everyday emerging technologies and companies are developing ways to utilize construction and demolition material. Whether it is to convert these commodities into renewable energy or making new products out of debris that would have been land filled only yesterday, we are committed to finding alternative uses for all the material we receive. On the one hand, we partner with the construction and demolition firms, the waste haulers and debris producers to provide them with a processing center where they can trust that the material they generate will be handled in professional and environmentally conscientious manner. On the other hand, we partner with innovative companies who utilize our commodities to create new products or develop alternative energy thus alleviating our dependence on foreign oil. We deeply care about our environment, and want to be a leader in the waste industry always moving forward to a cleaner, safer world.

Front Street Re

Front Street ReSponsor – 2014. Front Street Re seeks to provide long-term reinsurance solutions to life and annuity insurers allowing our clients to increase capital bases, reduce leverage ratios and focus on core strategies. We aim to develop meaningful relationships with our clients by treating each uniquely, being open and transparent and investing time to develop long-term plans that are focused on each client’s goals.

The Independence Fund

The Independence Fund logo.Sponsor – 2013-2014. The Independence Fund believes that for the complete physical and emotional healing of our severely injured Veterans to occur it will take the unified effort of governmental, private and corporate entities all working together towards a common purpose that is bigger than ourselves. Because of 9/11, today’s Veterans’ feel a special and unique bond with our nation’s firemen and first responders. By partnering with quality organizations such as the Gary Sinise Foundation, the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, and Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families, the Independence Fund has forged extraordinary bonds which are deeply effective in assisting some of our most severely injured Veterans.

INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies

INTEGRATED Healthcare StrategiesSponsor – 2013-2014. With major changes to healthcare now and in the future, maintaining the status quo is a risky proposition. That’s why INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies consultants are fully engaged in healthcare trends to provide the insights you need to succeed. In fact, for more than 30 years, we have focused on one thing: healthcare. Our consultants work closely with you to develop programs and solutions that help your organization achieve its business goals, providing solutions to enhance the effectiveness of your board, executives, physicians, and employees and that ultimately help ensure your healthcare success moving forward. What makes INTEGRATED unique is our ability to look beyond the single services encountered with other firms. Our clients have convenient and direct access to the most comprehensive array of healthcare-specific services available, combined with insightful advice from industry professionals. And because we’re INTEGRATED, our clients enjoy solutions that work together to maximize performance across their entire organizations. We provide customized solutions to fit the unique needs of our clients—clients who run the spectrum of healthcare organizations, including community hospitals, academic medical centers, health networks and nursing homes.

Event Partners

Partners for the 2014 Adventure Team Challenge Colorado.

Oregon Adaptive Sports

Oregon Adaptive Sports logo.

Partner – 2014. Oregon Adaptive Sports exists to provide life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities and, concurrently, to provide their families with the education and skills to enjoy these experiences together. Through participation in Oregon Adaptive Sports’ programs, participants, athletes and families gain confidence and independence, build self-esteem, meet positive role models and enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

Timberline Tours

Timberline Tours logo Partner – 2010-2014. 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).