Orangewood Adventure Challenge

Event info

About

What is the Orangewood Adventure Challenge?

The Orangewood Adventure Challenge is an exciting, demanding and fun, multi-sport team-based adventure race. It covers a range of outdoor activities to test the boundaries of both brain and body. Adventurers don’t need to be professional athletes or experts in all disciplines. The event is about working, training and competing together as a team, across a course designed to test and push your limits…and raising funds for Orangewood’s programs that help foster and community youth thrive and prosper.

The event was created by Orangewood Foundation and Board member Paul Tobin to raise money for college scholarships for former foster youth. It is based on an annual event in Australia created by Paul in 2008 that has raised over $2.8 million (U.S.) for a local nonprofit. Watch the video below for highlights of the Inaugural Orangewood Adventure Challenge in which teams raised over $126,000!

>>Click here for photos from our 2016 event.

 

What is included?

The biggest prize for most people is the chance to better the lives of talented former foster youth through a college education. However, your entry fee entitles you to the Friday night Participant Dinner & Briefing (highly recommended by not required), transportation on Saturday morning by helicopter from Orange County to Catalina Island, participating in the race, the post-race lunch and awards ceremony, and transportation back to the mainland via private yacht. You will also receive a Challenger Pack with a shirt, hat, water bottle and other items. There are trophies for the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy engraved with the names of the individuals on the team that raises the most money for Orangewood. Many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.

What is the cost?

Each team has a captain and three other racers, who form a team, ideally with a corporate sponsor. The four teammates each make a $2,000 tax-deductible donation to the Foundation as their entry fee, and commit to trying to raise an additional $8,000 each from sponsors, friends, family, and colleagues, for a total of at least $40,000 per team. Most people find that through their networks the goal is achievable, and many teams exceed the goal comfortably.

How do I sign up?

Click here to sign up.

Event Schedule

The 2nd Annual Orangewood Adventure Challenge will take place on September 16, 2017.

Friday, September 15, 2017: Adventure Challenge Dinner & Briefing

  • 5:00-7:00 P.M. – Participants will learn the course details, receive their maps, and meet their competitor teams. The dinner is fun and useful, and while it is optional, you are highly encouraged to attend.

The location in Orange County will be announced at a later date.

Saturday, September 16, 2017: Adventure Challenge (exact times are approximate)

  • 7:00 A.M. – Teams check-in at Orange County helicopter location and transported to Catalina Island
  • 8:00 A.M. – Adventure Challenge begins
  • 1:30-3:00 P.M. – Finish Line Celebration (Family and friends are welcome!)
  • 3:00 P.M. – Special transportation departs for Orange County

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Orangewood Adventure Challenge?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Is this event a race or a “challenge”?
  4. When and where is the Challenge?
  5. Do I have to be a superstar athlete and in amazing shape to participate?
  6. What elements make up an “adventure race”?
  7. Does every Racer on a team compete in every element of the race, or is it a relay?
  8. What equipment is required?
  9. Is the Challenge conducted by volunteers?
  10. If our team doesn’t raise $40,000, do we owe the difference?
  11. What do we get for participating?
  12. What is the event schedule?
  13. I haven’t done much fundraising before. Will you help me?
  14. Who should I contact for more information?

 

1. What is the Orangewood Adventure Challenge?

It is an annual fun, competitive, multi-disciplinary, team-based adventure race for successful people. It has been created by Orangewood Foundation and Board member Paul Tobin to raise money for college scholarships for former foster youth. It is based on an annual event in Australia created by Paul in 2008 that has raised over $2.8 million (U.S.) for a local nonprofit.

[Top]

2. How does it work?

Each team has a Captain and three other Racers, who form a team, ideally with a Corporate Sponsor. The four teammates each make a $2,000 tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation as their entry fee, and commit to trying to raise an additional $8,000 each from sponsors, friends, family, and colleagues, for a total of at least $40,000 per team. The team races together against other teams in the Challenge over a course on Catalina Island, which teams must navigate together, finding checkpoints described on your maps along the way. Time penalties apply for missed checkpoints.

[Top]

3. Is this event a race or a “challenge”?

Both, actually. Teams are competing against each other. Trophies will be given out to the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy will be engraved with the names of the largest fundraisers and their team. The biggest “prize” for most people, however, is the chance to help Orangewood’s former foster youth reach their potential through a college education. Additionally, many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.

[Top]

4. When and where is the Challenge?

The 2nd Annual Adventure Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 on Catalina Island. Participants are also invited and strongly encouraged to attend the pre-race dinner and briefing on Friday night, September 15 at a location in Orange County, where you’ll learn the course details, receive your maps, and meet your competitor teams. More details will be provided soon.

[Top]

5. Do I have to be a superstar athlete and in amazing shape to participate?

The Challenge is specifically designed to be a fun, exciting and challenging event for people typically between the ages of 25-60, so being reasonably fit will make the event more fun for you, but only a moderate level of fitness will be required. Teams can cover the course at their own pace, and for some teams winning the Challenge is not as much a focus as raising money for Orangewood’s youth.

[Top]

6. What elements make up an “adventure race”?

This adventure race combines course navigation, teamwork and strategy to complete a course on Catalina Island, with teams combining running, mountain biking, kayaking, and a couple of “surprise” elements. There are no rock climbing, fast water crossing, or other “extreme” elements involved, and the entire event is designed so that people of all ages will be able to complete it.

[Top]

7. Does every Racer on a team compete in every element of the race, or is it a relay?

The four racers on each team must stay within 100 yards of each other at all times during the race, so everyone on the team completes the entire course, plays a role in navigation, and finishes the course at the same time. The 100 yard rule is a safety as well as a fairness requirement, and is enforced with time penalties if it is violated.

[Top]

8. What equipment is required?

All of the equipment you’ll need (bike, kayak, electronic race tracker, transition area supplies, water, etc.) is included as part of the tax deductible donation you’ll make to participate in the race. We do not provide your clothing and footwear for the race, but we do provide you with an event shirt that you can wear on race day if you like.

[Top]

9. Is the Challenge conducted by volunteers?

No. Orangewood Foundation has hired a professional adventure racing company that has years of experience running successful races in the United States and internationally. So you are assured that the event will be as fun, safe and well run as possible, using equipment suited to each activity. There will also be uniformed, well-equipped medical professionals on site to assist Racers if required.

[Top]

10. If our team doesn’t raise $40,000, do we owe the difference?

No. Except for the entry fees, the fundraising goal is a target. You do not need to make up the difference if you can’t raise that much, although most people find that through their networks the goal is achievable, and many teams exceed the goal comfortably.

[Top]

11. What do we get for participating?

The biggest prize for most people is the chance to better the lives of talented former foster youth through a college education. You will also receive a Challenger Pack with a shirt, hat, water bottle and other items, and there are trophies for the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy engraved with the names of the largest fundraisers and their team. Many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.

[Top]

12. What is the event schedule?

Based on last year’s Challenge, we anticipate the following schedule but it is subject to change. The dinner and briefing are from approximately 5:00-7:00 P.M. the night before the Challenge. Teams will check in the next morning at 7:00 A.M., and the Challenge begins at 8:00 A.M. Most teams will finish the course by 1:30 P.M., and the Finish Line Event will be held from 1:30-3:00 P.M. Drinks, food, and other refreshments will be served, and your family and friends are welcome to join us. Most people find that the Finish Line celebration is one of the most enjoyable parts of the event.

[Top]

13. I haven’t done much fundraising before. Will you help me?

Yes. We will provide email templates, fundraising tips, and after the event (when a lot of money is raised) we will give you some pictures and tips on writing a Challenge report for your sponsors. We are also hoping to make a Challenge video that you can share with sponsors.

[Top]

14. Who should I contact for more information?

You can speak to the Captain who recruited you, or contact Alex Choperena at Orangewood Foundation at (714) 619-0228 or achoperena@orangewoodfoundation.org with any questions. We hope you will join us for the 2nd Annual Orangewood Adventure Challenge!

[Top]

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please contact Alex Choperena at Orangewood at (714) 619-0228 or achoperena@orangewoodfoundation.org.

Event Challenge Photos

2016