Picture this: you’re scrambling to horizontally across a ladder that is set between two trees in the middle of the forest. As sweat drips off your brow, you’re focused on reaching for the next rung. With hands clasped together, your partner quietly watches from the ground.
Suddenly, you hear hooves trotting throughout the adjacent fields just metres away. You stop moving. Your heart races.
You remind yourself that you’re safe right now. You’re at a station, which means they can’t get you.
But that won’t last long.
As soon as you make it to the other side of the ladder, you’ve completed your task. You make your way to search out the next station. That’s when it’s fair game for the tracker to get you.
This is the Highlands Hunt Adventure Race.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, racers from across eastern Ontario will take part in the Highlands Hunt Adventure Race in the rugged Lanark Highlands at 647 Rosetta Road, Lanark.
Beginning at 2 p.m., the Highlands Hunt Adventure Race is a race of speed and stealth. The objective is to find and complete the skill-testing stations hidden in several hundred acres of rolling Lanark Highlands country and return home, while evading capture by horse-mounted trackers. Tracking the lands for racers, the horsemen want to tag you out of the game. If you’re caught, your game is made longer to complete. The stations are located across a vast property that include rolling hills, swampy ditches and forested land. The stations change every year but know that you’ll be using your strength, speed and smarts to accomplish them.
You can race as an individual or as a team, with the team advantage being that only one of your team mates has to complete the station test if all members of the team are present at the station at the same time. All team members must be present at the end of the race to qualify as finishers.
The first team or individual to successfully complete all stations without getting caught and get back to the finish line are crowned the winners. Your game runs until you either win, give up or time out by the 6 p.m. finish time.
Think Mantracker, but without all the cameras.
Registration is now open, and you can register as an individual or as a team online or you can pre-register and pay in person at 12 Elliot Street in Perth. The cost is $25 per person when you pre-register or $35 on the event day.
The registration table opens at 12 p.m. on race day, and a kids’ one-station event happens at 1 p.m. for free.
There will also be other fee-based activities including the enlarged hamster wheel, an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, barbecue and more.
The Highlands Hunt Adventure Race is a fundraiser for the Perth Enrichment Program for Older Adults and all proceeds goes to help the organization.
Visit morepep.ca/Lanark-hunt for more information.