Castlewood 8-Hour Adventure Race

Racer Registration

The 2017 race is sold out as of 10/20/17. We are not accepting any new teams. If you are trying to register to fill an existing team, you will need a code given to you by your teammate. Please click here to proceed to the registration page.

Waitlist Registration

We will take a waitlist of teams to be admitted if permits and resources allow. Please have your team captain sign up, no deposit required, below. We will contact you if there is space available.



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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 below to tell us you're coming!

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


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Race Shirt

Your volunteer status includes a custom swag item, which may or may not be a shirt. Please enter your shirt size below in case we need it!

2017 Registered Teams

Updated Oct. 19, 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. Skeletal Pursuit Racing (Brett Agee, Steve Kerr, Rachel Norfleet, Jason Chase)
  6. Beards & Broads (Angela Quiceno, Nathan Bookout, Kristin Schwarzkopf, Jacob Friend)
  7. Type 2 Fun (Mickey Boianoff, Renee Hahne, SuperKate Geisen, TBD)
  8. Wandering and Lost (Megan Woodring, Taylor Saale, Stephen Ong, Seth Lankford)
  9. Team BOR (David Beattie, Amy Crews, Alane Wolins, Scott Herbst)
  10. THUNDERSTONES (Seth VanDyke, August Kempa, Robert Barron, Katie MacDougall)
  11. Not All Those Who Wander Aren't Lost (Pierre Politte, Brent Shasserre, TBD, TBD)
  12. Extreme Electrical/On The FFOGY Side (Nathan Goff, Mandy Goff, Jeff Mittler, Trevor Niebrzydoski)
  13. WeRB4U (Erin Gimar, Charles Prost, John Koehler, Shawn Ganske)
  14. Pops Uncle Nick The Shiek & Attack Spider Monkey (Dirk Elsperman, Nick Eshelman, Travis Aly, Katie Bourque)
  15. Classic Racing (Melanie Whitchelo, Daniel Barr, James Hertz, Carol Milkins)
  16. Help Wanted (Jake Callahan, Maisie Mahoney, Patrick Kalgren, David McWilliams)
  17. Team BOR - Here for the Fireball (Cassie Bart, Robert Bart, John Naas, TBD)
  18. No Sleep Adventures (John Farless, Tiffany Hutchens, TBD, TBD)
  19. Bloody Tears (Jim Avery, Gregory Cuddihee, TBD, TBD)
  20. Team Godzilla (Robin Misukonis, Jeffrey Germer, John Sikes, Ray Weshinskey)
  21. Remove The Limits (Rich Elias, Alan Griggs, Michelle Cote, TBD)
  22. Ready Set Slow (Bethany Brisco, Andrew Cawood, Devin Breeden, Maribel Vega)
  23. Alpine Shop (Jeff Sona, Mike Garrison, Jason Bettis, Ashley O'Reilly)
  24. Bushwhacker (Scott Fredrickson, Jennifer Horstmann, Cory Mason, Tim Swanson)

4-Person Male

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

4-Person Female

  1. Bushwhackers (Tonya McMillen, Lara Houseman, TBD, TBD)
  2. 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. TeamBOR - Oh My Quad (Eric Reber, Jessie Brown)
  7. Still Married? (Reanna Pearson, Kevin Minton)
  8. Tigger & Eeyore (James Huss, Jessica Heupel)
  9. It's BORing OFF the FRONT (Stephen Fuller, Loreen Mattson)
  10. Young & Out of Shape (Garrett Allsman, Madison Mueller)
  11. 2 Hiking Hillbillies (Tony Slack, Renee Slack)
  12. In Memory of Jeremy Lines (Sally Struckman, Jay Tiegs)
  13. Wild Hares (Scott Stopak, Patricia Kramer)
  14. Guinea Pigs (Joe Stryjewski, Amelia Stryjewski, Sam Stryjewski)

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 - Oh Quad Why? (Scott Shaw, Timothy Johanns)
  6. Carve (Charles Emmons, Robert Belk)
  7. Mellow Yolo (Mark Fingerhut, Matthew Frank)
  8. TeamBOR - Quad Fathers (Paul Frisbee, David Cortivo)
  9. Crunch the Chunch (Cory O'Dell, TBD)
  10. TeamBOR - 2Tops Racing (Larry Lazo, Karl Kilthau)
  11. Brothers From Our Other Mothers (Joshua Kell, Michael Cromie)
  12. Oops We Did It Again (Mark Wickersham, Ethan Johnson)
  13. Grateful Fred (Matt Rustige, Joe Bartin)
  14. Coriolis Force (Nathan Feldkamp, Scott Ganson)
  15. Zilla Newbies (Vern Hurley, Brandon Zehn)
  16. Lost Paddle (Nick Kleekamp, Ryan Kleekamp)
  17. Double Up (Kyle VanSlyke, Cody Corr)
  18. KPPG OffRoadMuddin (Philip Leachman, TBD)
  19. OM Blazers Duo (Rick Barker, Kurt Lage)
  20. Culo Jugando (Nick Adams, TBD)
  21. Half-Twained (Dan Lyskowski, TBD)
  22. Momentum Racing (Todd Dohogne, TBD)

2-Person Female

  1. Alpine Shop Bettys (Carrie Sona, Yvonne Deyo)


  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. Jeff Geear

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!

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