Northern Outdoors will once again host World Class expedition adventure racing when the 2012 Untamed New England Adventure Race comes to Maine’s rugged wilderness. Beginning June 19th, 50 international teams will begin a four-day, non-stop adventure with trekking, paddling, mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, and more. The challenging racecourse was designed by Untamed New England and Northern Outdoors.
The Forks, MAINE – Northern Outdoors is thrilled to announce it will host the four-day 2012 Untamed NE Adventure Race this June, bringing adventure racing back to Maine’s rugged wilderness after a 17 year hiatus. On June 19th, 50 international, mostly coed, four-person teams from six countries – including Denmark, Ecuador, France, and Sweden’s world champions of adventure racing “Thule Adventure Team” – will charge off the starting line in The Forks, Maine to begin a grueling, non-stop, multi-sport expedition. Teams will power hundreds of miles through some of the northeast’s most feral forests, wickedly wild whitewater, and along remote ragged ridgelines.
Known for their professional expertise in outdoor adventures and in pioneering Maine expeditions, the Northern Outdoor leadership team consulted on this year’s Untamed New England racecourse design, as it did 17 years earlier for Mark Burnett’s 1995 Eco-Challenge. That first Eco-Challenge race was held in Maine’s backcountry as part of ESPN’s X-Games. Burnett, often called the Father of Adventure Racing, is better known these days as the producer of hit TV-shows Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank. Northern Outdoors will host all pre-race meetings, post-race activities, and media operations. After traversing the rugged backcountry course, racers will get to kick back at Northern Outdoors’ Kennebec River Brewery and celebrate with refreshing, icy cold ales and lagers handcrafted on-premise.