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21st Annual Adventure-O

Saturday, July 8, 2023
Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

9910 Briarwood Ave NE
Monticello, MN 55362

Event Details

Important Documents for Participants

  • MEDICAL INFORMATION (bring completed copy for each participant)


    • 7/5/2023 - Race Rules are posted. They will also be included in your packet on race day

    • 6/10/2023 - Mandatory Gear List is updated (specifically the Recommended Equipment section)

    • 6/10/2023 - Bike Drop and Paddle Drop (for personal paddle gear) locations are here. GPS coordinates for Bike Drop and Paddle Drop are linked under those headings in the information below​

    • 6/5/2023 - Rented kayaks will be 9.5-foot sit-on-top kayaks similar to this. Rented canoes will be standard rental canoes, either aluminum or fiberglass.



This event is a paddle, trek, and bike adventure for solo racers or teams of 2, 3 or 4. Solo racers must be 18 years old with demonstrated experience. Under 18 must be with their legal guardian. This event is part of the Wisconsin Adventure Racing Series.


Many Volunteers are Needed!
Please sign up to volunteer here.



Wright County and the City of Monticello have partnered to create this 1,200 acre recreation space in Wright County, known as the Bertram Chain of Lakes. The County and City partnership was formed with the goal of improving the community’s quality of life by preserving this irreplaceable natural area and creating a regional park for public enjoyment and recreation. The 1,200 acres of the Bertram Chain of Lakes property represents four lakes, acres of undisturbed shoreline, natural habitat, and oak forest.  

Paddle Drop:

Personal paddle gear will need to be dropped off at the paddle transition area. View in Google Maps.

Bike Drop:

Bikes will need to be dropped off at the bike transition area. View in Google Maps.


3-Hour and 7-Hour options
  • The 3-Hour race is a great option for new adventure racers, looking to get a taste of the excitement

  • The 7-Hour race is ideal for experienced racers, or for new competitors who are feeling more ambitious

3-Hour - this course is designed so all teams can "clear the course." Focus is on navigation and adventure racing fun!

  • Bike: ~3 miles singletrack, ~15 miles road/track

  • Trek: ~6 miles

  • Paddle: ~3 miles


7-Hour - this course is designed so not all teams will "clear the course." Teams will have to manage their time and make strategic decisions.

  • Bike: ~8 miles singletrack, ~20 miles road/track

  • Trek: ~10 miles

  • Paddle: ~5 miles

What to expect
  • Multiple maps (e.g., orienteering map, USGS map, aerial map)

  • Excellent navigation

  • Meal & Beverages after the race

  • Raffle for all participants

  • Award Ceremony


Important Boat Information

Racers are encouraged to bring their own canoes and kayaks (and paddles and pfds). Portaging may be required. If unable to provide your own boat we can arrange one for $100 per boat. When registering, purchase the boat rental item (one ticket per boat) in addition to the race ticket. NOTE: Boat rental is NOT available during late registration!


Boat Requirements

Solo - Kayak

1-3 people - one canoe

4 people - two canoes



Regular Pricing (on or before June 18)

  • 3-Hour: $90 per person

  • 7-Hour: $110 per person

Late Pricing (June 19-July 2) - **Boat Rental NOT available** **Race Shirt NOT guaranteed**

  • 3-Hour: $130 per person

  • 7-Hour: $150 per person


Registration Deadline: July 2, 2023, 11:59PM


  • 7:30 - 8:15am 7-Hour Bike and Paddle Gear Drop-off 

  • 8:00 - 8:30am 7-Hour Team Check-In

  • 8:45am 7-Hour Pre-Race Meeting

  • 9:00am 7-Hour Race Start

  • 10:00 - 11:15am 3-Hour Bike and Paddle Gear Drop-off

  • 11:00 - 11:30am 3-Hour Team Check-In

  • 11:45am 3-Hour Pre-Race Meeting

  • Noon 3-Hour Race Start

  • 3:00-5:00pm Food and drink for participants and volunteers

  • 4:00pm Course Close

  • 4:30pm Awards



Be sure to read our Mandatory Gear List. Participants will not be allowed to participate unless they bring this equipment and the required forms.


Teammate Finder

Need help finding a team? Check out our Teammate Finder!


Come Clean Leave Clean

The Minnesota Orienteering Club practices a Come Clean Leave Clean policy. This helps us maintain a good relationship with the parks we utilize, sets a good example for other users, and limits the transfer and spread of many of the plants that make our venues less enjoyable.


Meet our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors of the 2023 Adventure-O!


Race Results

Race results are usually published within 24 hours of the event. View our Race Results page to see the results.


Race Management

Setter: Philip Stromme

Vetter: Mike Carlson


Refund Policy

There is a $30.00/person non-refundable deposit when registering for a MNOC Adventure-O event. Register at EventReg by registering each member of the team. The first team member will enter their team name, and additional team members select that team name from a list. Teams are not considered registered until payment is received in full for all members, and all members have completed the waiver during registration. Teams may change categories between 2-person, 3-Person and 4-person, as long as there is available space in the event. Teams that have teammates who fall ill or cannot participate due to unforeseen events are expected to find replacement teammates. Team name and teammates may be changed up to race-day registration. Contact us to make changes. All teams are subject to the following refund schedule; there are no exceptions.

  • Full refund less non-refundable deposit within 30 days of date of registration, up to 30 days before the race.

  • No refunds within 30 days of the race date.



If you have questions or comments about this event, please feel free to Contact Us.

Orienteering Etiquette

Here are a few tips to make orienteering enjoyable for all:


  • Stand Back: Move at least 5 meters away from check-points after you've punched. Doing so 1) allows other competitors easy access to punch, and 2) doesn't give away the control location to other competitors.

  • Seal the Lips: Do not shout to others in the woods. Especially avoid shouting "it's over here!" - that's not fair to others on the course who want to find the control themselves. So if you are in a group, stay within speaking distance.

  • Encourage Participation: If you are in a group with less skilled orienteers, let them navigate to every other control in order to practice their skills.

  • Don't Follow: Don't follow other orienteers on the course (except when specifically allowed in Minnegoats and other special events). Run your own course and refine your orienteering skills. Besides, they may be running a different course or may be making an error.

  • Keep It Clean: The park should be left in better condition than you found it. Be aware of, and cautious not to cause damage in, sensitive areas such as wet spots and steep slopes. Also, artifacts in the woods should be left as you found them, and don't damage trees or plants. And please do your part to pick up trash and leave the park cleaner than you found it.

  • Keep It Clean #2: Please avoid profanity and adult topics.  Small children are typically present at almost all MNOC meets. Help us create a fun and family-friendly environment enjoyable for all.

  • Share The Trails: Be courteous and respectful to other park users and be sure to yield right-of-way when on trails.  The city and state park departments are kind enough to let us hold events in their parks, so please help in retaining that valuable relationship.

  • Be Courteous: Please be nice to our volunteers. Everyone working at a meet is volunteering their time. Volunteers are often trying to do two or more things at once, so be patient.

  • Control Retrieval: If you can, please stick around until the event is done to help with control retrieval.  This simply entails going around the park and collecting the check-point flags that were used for the event. We like to have 6-8 volunteers help with this at the end of every event.

  • Volunteer: Orienteering events, along with the entire MNOC club, is run by volunteers.  We'd love for your help in running the events, so please sign up to be a volunteer if you have a few hours to spare. We'd greatly appreciate it.

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