Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race

Event Information


Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race!


Mark your calendars for next year:

December 1st, 2018

Registration will open May 1st, 2018.


What is Adventure RacingA multi-sport, off-road, team event with no marked course. Teams must use a map and compass to navigate their way through a series of checkpoints on mountain bikes, in canoes, and or on foot to reach the finish line. 

What are the distances? Expect to cover 5-10 miles paddling, 15-20 miles biking, and 5-10 miles on foot. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page for more information.

Race Location: That's a secret! Part of the appeal of adventure racing is charging into the unknown on race day. A course overview will be available closer to race time to help you plan your gear and food. Plan on 4-8 hours of continuous movement through the woods, rivers, and roads of southwestern St. Louis County

Race Start: 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2018 

Packet Pick-Up: 4 pm—8 pm on Friday, Nov. 30th, 2018 at Alpine Shop Kirkwood.

Pre-Race Meeting: 7:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Race Headquarters (location revealed at packet pick-up)

Teams Configurations:

Premiere prizes will be awarded to Co-Ed teams.

  • 2-Person (Co-Ed, Men's, and Women's Divisions)
  • 4-Person (Co-Ed, Men's, and Women's Divisions)

Registration Costs:

Early Bird: $90 per person until September 30th, 2018

Regular: $105 per person until November 30th, 2018, or sold out.

Please Note: This race will be capped at 250 participants. No day-of registration. This race has SOLD OUT weeks in advance for 2016 and 2017. Based on last year's wait list response, we will be working with permitting agencies to increase the field size for 2018.

New to Adventure Racing?

Join us for a 4-class series of Adventure Racing 101 classes held throughout November. Classes are FREE for all registrants and volunteers of the Castlewood Adventure Race. (link will be posted 5/1/18)

See the latest updates on our Facebook event page! Click here.


2018 Gear List (Required & Recommended)

Individual Gear (to be carried/worn at all times by each team member during the race)

All items must be sized to fit user.

  • Wool/fleece/synthetic hat (no baseball caps. a Buff is acceptable.)
  • Wool/synthetic long sleeve baselayer top
  • Fleece long sleeve top
  • Wool/synthetic long pants
  • Waterproof jacket (no ponchos)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Gloves OR mittens
  • Pack with hydration system (40 oz. minimum. see FAQ for alternate option)
  • Energy food (sports drink, gels, bars, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Headlamp
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Compass

Team Gear (to be carried/worn/used by each team at all times during the race)

  • Passport (provided by Alpine Shop at race start)
  • Waterproof map case
  • Tool for plotting UTM coordinates
  • Method of marking map (permanent marker, highlighter, pen, etc.)
  • Charged cell phone in waterproof case (for emergency use only, see FAQ for note about smartphones)
  • First Aid Kit - Adventure Medical Kits 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, or construct your own consisting of:
    • (4) 3"x3" or larger gauze pads
    • (1) roll of 1" or wider waterproof tape (medical or duct tape accepted), at least 10' long
    • Antibacterial ointment
    • (1) 3" or wider ace bandage, at least 5' long
    • (8) band aids
    • (8) doses of painkiller and/or NSAID
    • (1) pair of medical exam gloves

Individual Gear - Mountain Biking (to be carried/worn/used by each team member while biking)

  • Mountain bike (no road, cyclocross, or tandem bikes. fat bikes are acceptable)
  • Bike helmet (must be worn at all times while biking)
  • Flashing red rear light mounted on bike
  • Spare tube (even if you have tubeless tires)

Team Gear - Mountain Biking (to be carried/used by each team while biking)

  • Multi-tool
  • Patch kit
  • Tire pump OR CO2 cartridge AND inflator

Individual Gear - Paddling (to be carried/used by each team member while paddling)

  • Canoe (provided by Alpine Shop, no personal boats allowed)
  • Paddle (provided by Alpine Shop, no personal paddles allowed)
  • PFD (provided by Alpine Shop, no personal PFDs allowed)

Prohibited Items (teams found with these items will be disqualified immediately)

  • GPS device of any kind (handheld, bike-mounted, etc.) Teams wishing to track their race for later review may submit a GPS device at the start line to be sealed by race officials.
  • Additional cell phones, radios, or other communications or internet access devices, other than the mandatory, emergency-use-only cell phone
  • Maps other than those provided by the race (see FAQ for clarification on map copies)
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Whining

This is the minimum required gear list. You will need additional items to complete the race. Trail running shoes, biking shoes, pair(s) of socks, additional warm clothing or jackets, chemical hand-warmers, dry bags, watches, sunglasses, bike water bottles, and/or bike computers may all come in handy during the race. Need help? Check out this video or stop by any Alpine Shop location for advice!

The penalty for missing or non-functional gear is 1 checkpoint per gear check.

Racer Registration

You are responsible for creating your own team. Each team member must register individually to sign the race waiver. Please enter your team name to be sure you are registered correctly.

If you are a solo racer wishing to be placed on a team, or a team looking for 1 final person, please email Emily the Race Director ( She will try to match racers and teams together, however there are no guarantees. 

Registration Will Open May 1st, 2018 - Stay Tuned

Waitlist Registration

We will also take a waitlist of teams to be admitted if permits and resources allow. Please have your team captain sign up, no deposit required, here. We will contact you if there is space available. This will also help us plan better for 2018 and apply for larger permits.

Volunteer Registration

Volunteering is a great way to learn more about adventure racing, see your friends or family on-course, or give back to the local outdoor community! We need several volunteers to make the Castlewood 8-Hour happen. Volunteers will be compensated with a race shirt, post-race meal, entries into raffles, and a big hug from the Race Director. Sign up here to tell us you're coming!

Please Note: You cannot volunteer AND race. Pick one!

2017 Registered Teams

Updated Nov. 29, 2017. Incomplete teams listed in italics

4-Person Co-Ed (premiere prizes awarded)

  1. BMW Racing Team (Fiona Woody, David Woody, Jason Bridwell, Annie Mayer)
  2. Team Off the Front Racing (Karen Holtmann, David Hagen, Thad Close, Frank Smola)
  3. 38 Down (Jason Noakes, Josh Borgmeyer, Angela Ryan, Jeff Ryan)
  4. Xplorers (Kristina Stuber, Maria Wetzel, Ryan Whittington, Joe Rolfes)
  5. Beards & Broads (Angela Quiceno, Nathan Bookout, Kristin Schwarzkopf, Jacob Friend)
  6. Type 2 Fun (Mickey Boianoff, Renee Hahne, SuperKate Geisen, Brenden McNamee)
  7. Wandering and Lost (Megan Woodring, Taylor Saale, Stephen Ong, Seth Lankford)
  8. Team BOR (David Beattie, Amy Crews, Alane Wolins, Jessie Brown)
  9. THUNDERSTONES (Seth VanDyke, August Kempa, Robert Barron, Katie MacDougall)
  10. McSasholips (Pierre Politte, Brent Shasserre, Mark McPhillips, Katie McPhillips)
  11. Extreme Electrical/On The FFOGY Side (Jason Kulma, Mandy Goff, Jeff Mittler, Trevor Niebrzydoski)
  12. WeRB4U (Erin Gimar, Charles Prost, John Koehler, Shawn Ganske)
  13. Pops Uncle Nick The Shiek & Attack Spider Monkey (Dirk Elsperman, Nick Eshelman, Travis Aly, Katie Bourque)
  14. Classic Racing (Melanie Whitchelo, Daniel Barr, James Hertz, Carol Milkins)
  15. Help Wanted (Jake Callahan, Maisie Mahoney, Patrick Kalgren, David McWilliams)
  16. Team BOR - Oh My Quad (Cassie Bart, Robert Bart, John Naas, Tim Johanns)
  17. No Sleep Adventures (Brian Fribley, Tiffany Hutchens, Ryan Tomlinson, Israel Hayes)
  18. Team Godzilla (Robin Misukonis, Jeffrey Germer, John Sikes, Ray Weshinskey)
  19. Remove The Limits (Rich Elias, Alan Griggs, Michelle Cote, Bill Coppel)
  20. Ready Set Slow (Bethany Brisco, Andrew Cawood, Devin Breeden, Maribel Vega)
  21. Alpine Shop (Jeff Sona, Mike Garrison, Carrie Sona, Yvonne Deyo)
  22. Bushwhacker (Scott Fredrickson, Jennifer Horstmann, Cory Mason, Tim Swanson)
  23. So iLL Racing (Jason Claunch, Christopher Midden, Josh Ticer, Cay Gerlock)
  24. Momentum Racing (Todd Dohogne, Zdenek Palecek, Julia Peiffer, JD Peiffer)

4-Person Male

  1. Storm Troopers (Joseph Patterson, Chris Koo, Manny Urcia, Ryan Meeter)
  2. No Honey-do-list Today (John Moran, Jeremy Brown, Joshua Lugge, Richard Voytas)
  3. What's a Compass? (Eric Trost, Brian Beyer, Danilo Luna, Jason Larch)
  4. Lords of the Lash (Levi Marriott, John Marriott, Dustin Rhodes, Nick Becherer)
  5. Advengineers (Patrick Travers, Keith Cooper, Bryan Niehaus, Alex Pugh)
  6. Directionally Challenged (Bradley Murdick, James Bornholdt, David Garman, Andy Reitter)
  7. Unplugged Adventures (Jon VanDis, Brandon Hoch, Eric Miller, Guy Leman)
  8. The League of Mild Inconvenience (Michael Rossi, Benjamin Rothacker, Jack Bourbonnais, Zachary Waske)
  9. Fifty Shades of Dan Gray (Bill Leritz, Brandon Thurmon, Robert Thies, TBD)
  10. Eureka! Eureka! We Found IT! (Eric Humes, Jeff Bell, Stefan Adams, TBD)
  11. SloMotion (Clinton Rice, Phil Pierce, Sam Wappelhorst, Nate Davidson)
  12. Where's Larry (Rick Steurer, Derek Newman, Larry Taft, Kenny Snell)
  13. Where's The Beer? (Matt Joseph, John Donovan, Brian Hesselbach, Joseph Bright)
  14. STFD (Jeff Gear, Chris Heupel, Manooj Sood, John Townsley)
  15. Cannonball Comin' (Brian Lowry, Tim Klaus, Brian Curran, Greg Hartwig)
  16. Big Dogs (Stephen Kruse, Matthew Darr, David Galik, Marvin Soto)
  17. KMA (Larry Roden, Will Hubbard, Thomas Towner, Mark Towner)

4-Person Female

  1. Billy Goats (Andrea Hoeflinger, Renee Clarkston, Jennifer Steward, Sass Sunshine)

2-Person Co-Ed (premiere prizes awarded)

  1. EPIC MACHINERY (Brian Hey, Melissa Hey)
  2. Tiny Trail Ninjas (Laura Elsenraat, Jason Elsenraat)
  3. Gary Busey's Teeth (Julia Grunloh, David Grunloh)
  4. Team Atkins (Kimberly Atkins, Mark Atkins)
  5. OzMOsis (Joseph Szabo, Tamara Szabo)
  6. Still Married? (Reanna Pearson, Kevin Minton)
  7. Tigger & Eeyore (James Huss, Jessica Heupel)
  8. It's BORing OFF the FRONT (Stephen Fuller, Loreen Mattson)
  9. Young & Out of Shape (Garrett Allsman, Madison Mueller)
  10. 2 Hiking Hillbillies (Mary Piper, Ken DeBeer)
  11. In Memory of Jeremy Lines (Sally Struckman, Jay Tiegs)
  12. Wild Hares (Scott Stopak, Patricia Kramer)
  13. Guinea Pigs (Joe Stryjewski, Amelia Stryjewski, Sam Stryjewski)
  14. Kuat (Jason Bettis, Ashley O'Reilly)

2-Person Male

  1. White Water in the Morning (Joe Ewing, Chris Duckworth)
  2. G-Force (Bob Billings, Daniel Cool)
  3. Rage Against the Cutoff (Drake White, Mark White)
  4. Toporadicals (Nathan Graves, Brian Rodenbeck)
  5. TeamBOR - Quadfathers (Scott Shaw, Paul Frisbee)
  6. Carve (Charles Emmons, Robert Belk)
  7. Mellow Yolo (Mark Fingerhut, Matthew Frank)
  8. TeamBOR - Oh Quad Why? (Jeremy Jamerson, Scott Herbst)
  9. Crunch the Chunch (Cory O'Dell, Bradley Sanchez)
  10. TeamBOR - 2Tops Racing (Larry Lazo, Karl Kilthau)
  11. Oops We Did It Again (Mark Wickersham, Ethan Johnson)
  12. Grateful Fred (Matt Rustige, Joe Bartin)
  13. Coriolis Force (Nathan Feldkamp, Scott Ganson)
  14. Zilla Newbies (Vern Hurley, Brandon Zehn)
  15. Lost Paddle (Nick Kleekamp, Ryan Kleekamp)
  16. Double Up (Kyle VanSlyke, Cody Corr)
  17. KPPG OffRoadMuddin (Philip Leachman, Kevin Wilberding)
  18. OM Blazers Duo (Rick Barker, Kurt Lage)
  19. Culo Jugando (Nick Adams, Tony Adams)
  20. Half-Twained (Dan Lyskowski, Elliott Usher)
  21. Pursuit of Biking (Reiner Presser, Kevin Coyne)
  22. Yahooligans (Jon Heath, Jeffery Juell)
  23. Skeletal Pursuit Racing (Steve Kerr, Jason Chase)

2-Person Female

  1. Bushwhackers 40k (Tina Murtha, Lara Houseman)


  1. Dave Ganter
  2. Maggie Norton
  3. Yvonne Eubanks :D
  4. Janet Ouellette
  5. Cade Robinson
  6. Christine Sai-Halasz
  7. Heather Murdick
  8. Julie Admire
  9. Allie Kilthau
  10. Barbara Kilthau
  11. Jenna Donaldson
  12. Derek Hebda
  13. RJ Bunch
  14. Jackie Mattingly
  15. Doug Mattingly
  16. Lillian Bates
  17. Randy Norris
  18. Nathan Goff (due to injury)
  19. Brittany Sharitz
  20. Sean Fink

Waitlist - 2-Person Teams

  1. Blood Sweat and Beers - Johanna Pavlowsky
  2. Team Waitlist - Kevin Cullinane
  3. Waitlist Hopefulls - Bryan Inman
  4. Gary4Steward - Adam Thomas
  5. Legal Ingenuity - Josh Margolis
  6. Boricua - Kirk Wester
  7. Lodestar - John Novembre
  8. Team Swain - Joe Swaters
  9. Copat - Marcelo Copat
  10. Madgik - Denise Ismari
  11. Captain Jack and the D train - Donny Schmidt

Waitlist - 4-Person Teams

  1. Bulldog Endurance - Chris Winkleman
  2. Back to Being Lost Again - Justin Hagen
  3. 2beLost - Chris Hahn
  4. Legal Ingenuity - Josh Margolis
  5. Not Last - Damian Mahoney

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Does a short-sleeve shirt paired with arm warmers count as "Wool/synthetic long sleeve top"?

A1: Yes, as long as both the shirt and arm warmers are wool or synthetic (i.e. NO COTTON) and are carried/worn for the entire race.

Q2: Can a teammate carry my backpack?

A2: Yes, that is the essence of teamwork in adventure racing and we encourage it!

Q3: Can I do this race with my children?

A3: Yes, although the minimum age to participate is 14. Waivers for racers under 18 must be signed by a legal parent/ guardian.

Q4: I signed up but now I can't do the race. Can I get a refund?

A4: Sorry, no refunds are available for the Castlewood 8-Hr Adventure Race. 

Q5: This is my first adventure race. What should I expect?

A5: Expect to have a great time, and be exhausted at the finish line! Visit Alpine Shop's Calendar of Events to pick out some classes to help you have a great time in the woods with your team. You can also read race reports from past races here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Q6: I'm nervous about navigating with just a map and compass. Can you help me?

A6: Yes, of course we can. First, please note that the Castlewood 8-Hr Adventure Race is designed for beginners. Some checkpoints (CPs) will be located directly on a trail or road. Other checkpoints will be located off-trail, but with plenty of man-made features around it to help your team find it. Also please consider attending an Alpine Shop Map & Compass or Orienteering class to help you learn the basics. Finally, our local Saint Louis Orienteering Club has a permanent orienteering course set up at Rockwoods Range for practice!

Q7: Who's directing this thing, anyway?

A7: Emily Korsch, Program Director at Alpine Shop, will be Race Director for this event. Emily is a member of the Alpine Shop Adventure Racing Team which races both regionally and nationally. Emily has been adventure racing since 2009. Scott "Erl" Erlandson will be Assistant Race Director for this event. Erl has been adventure racing since 2002 with his team WEDALI. Andrei Karpov will be the Course Consultant, assisting with design and setting/vetting. Andrei is a member of the Minnesota Orienteering Club and owner of Karta Racing, LLC, and adventure races with team WEDALI as well. 

Q8: Can I wear a puffy synthetic top (such as an Arcteryx Atom LT or Patagonia Nano Air instead of a fleece?

A8: Yes! Please be sure that your synthetic puffy top is a jacket or hoody, vests will not satisfy this requirement.

Q9: Can we use outside maps during the race?

A9: No. You can use outside maps (i.e. Google maps, GORC Trail Maps, or other maps you may have in your collection) BEFORE THE RACE ONLY to plan your route. You may NOT use outside maps during the race unless they are completely hand-drawn by you. Alpine Shop will provide each team with a set of maps at packet pick-up and those are the maps you must use during the race.

Q10: Can I make copies of the race-provided maps for my whole team to use?

A10: Yes, you may make copies of the race-provided maps, along with any notes you hand write on them, to use during the race.

Q11: Will (2) 20 oz bottles of water suffice for the 40 oz hydration pack ?

A11: Yes, as long as these bottles are carried throughout the entire race.

Q12: If my mandatory, emergency-use-only phone has GPS capabilities, do I need to check it in before the race?

A12: Yes, mandatory cell phones for emergency use that have GPS capabilities (i.e. all smartphones) must also be checked in at the start line, sealed in an opaque bag, and presented at the finish line to be opened by race staff in order for the team’s finish to be official.

Q13: Can I bring a camera during the race?

A13: Yes, this is encouraged! However, the camera must be a stand-alone camera with no GPS or location capabilities. Smartphones carried to satisfy the mandatory gear emergency phone must be sealed in an opaque bag before the race starts. Be sure to share your photos with us after the race!

Q14: Does a zip-lock bag count as a waterproof map case?

A14: Yes.

Have another question? Email to get it answered.



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