FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky State Parks will host the 2014 Unbridled Adventure Race Series, three adventure races that will test participants’ physical and mental skills for beginners and veteran racers.


The series is being conducted at Kentucky State Parks in partnership with Flying Squirrel Adventures. 


Each race will include mountain biking on trail and road, trekking on and off-trail, paddling on flat or slow-moving water, and navigation with topo map and compass.

Races are open to individuals or teams of two, three or four people. All races are United States Adventure Racing Association-sanctioned and qualify for points in the USARA national standings. Additionally, the Unbridled Adventure Race Series qualifies for additional points under the new USARA points guidelines.


The dates and locations of the races are:


June 7 – Lake Barkley State Resort Park – 6-hour race ($75 per racer). Registration deadline is May 24.


Aug. 16 – Pine Mountain State Resort Park – 8-hour race ($75 per racer)


Nov. 1 – “The Fig” – Natural Bridge State Resort Park – 12-hour race ($135 per racer)


The series is designed for beginners who would like to get started in adventure racing. There will be a free navigation clinic on Friday night before the first two races in the series. 


The Fig XII is a more challenging race not recommended for beginners. It is a regional qualifier for the 2015 USARA Adventure Race National Championship, which will be held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, Kentucky, October 2-3, 2015.  


Registration fees include a wicking-fabric race shirt, post-race meal, waterproof maps, event insurance with medical coverage, course vetting, race bibs, door prizes and awards. Registration closes two weeks prior to race day for all events.

Winners of individual races will receive prizes, and top finishers in the series will share a $1,000 cash prize.


For more information and registration, visit www.flyingsquirreladventures.com.  For more information about USARA and what membership and sanctioning mean, visit www.usara.com.





The Kentucky State Parks are part of Gov. Steve Beshear’s effort to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to significantly reduce incidence and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies – including participation in outdoor activities at state parks -- over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health. Visit kyhealthnow.ky.gov


The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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