Gold Rush Adventure Racing

Gold Rush is dedicated to promoting and encouraging Adventure Racing in Northern California and beyond

Events run under permit from:ForestServiceShield Color

Resolve to Race in 2018

Get out to our first orienteering event at 'Recfest' in Modesto..

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Day 'O' » - Saturday March 17th.    Tuolumne River Park, Modesto. As part of the 'Rec Fest'. *Free*

Night 'O' » - Saturday May 19th.    Exchequer Park at Lake McClure.

Summer Challenge» - Saturday June 16th. Melones Lake in the Sierra Foothills. Eventbrite - Gold Rush Summer Challenge 4 hr and 12 hr

30 Hour» - Saturday/Sunday August 11th/12th . Sierra Mountains.

See the events pages for full details.

As details of the events are confirmed, the web site will be updated with those new details.


Return of the 'Cold Rush'. November 11th 2017.

Team 'Bones ' was first across the line and was followed by all of the teams excepting one. That is a pretty good finish rate!
Team 'Recalculating' came second and 'And Lovin It' was third narrowly keeping 'Thrown Together' off the podium. An honorable mention goes to the fantastic four of 'Psyched' who made a real statement to the effect that Adventure racing can be a young persons sport. Well done.
Bones at the finish
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2017 8 Hour Results

Race Report from team 'And Loving It':--Team 'And Loving It' Race Report from 2017

Expedition AK Movie. Wednesday, October 18th

Great fun to have this movie of the Expedition Alaska Adventure race in Modesto. Great Q&A with winning team member Kyle Peter, video maker Brian Leitten and assistant race director Ados Crane after the screening.

See the event on Facebook for details: Exped AK Movie

Summer Challenge 2017


Team 'Hombres de Maiz' with Michi and Netzer Quan won the 12 hour Summer Challenge and an entry in the USARA National Championships in Pennsylvania later in the season. Team 'Last Chance' with Ryan Swehla, Jeff Phillips, Bryan Walton and Erik Walton took top honors in the 4 hour race. The event was warm but slipped in just before the historic heatwave hit. Lake Melones was available at many points to take a dip and keep cool as the racers traversed Tuttletown, Gloryhole and Peoria rec areas around the lake.

Saturday June 17th. Tuttletown Recreation Area at New Melones Lake. Two events, 4 and 12 hour, adventure races with hiking, biking and paddling.

2017 Summer Challenge Results

AR History Project...


Adventure Racing History Project

The AR History project will collect information about past AR events. Starting in the late 1970's , Adventure Racing had only a few major events until the sport began to blossom in 2000. We still have the chance to collect the complete history of Adventure Racing. In just a few days, we will provide the link to the AR History Project Site where we can all begin to fill out the history of Adventure racing.

Thanks for your support.

Night Orienteering at Lake McClure.
Great fun on Saturday evening April 8th. Details

'And Loving It' scored first place in the Night 'O'. The actual event had clear skies and a full moon even though it had been cold and wet earlier in the day which may have kept a few people away.

Night O Picture

Gold Rush Mother Lode is excited to be the North American Adventure Racing Series Championship event.


Join the NAARS Adventure Racing Discussion Community. Talk AR,gear,races and more. 

North American Adventure Racing Series

Gold Rush Mother Lode is excited to support the Adventure Racing World Series .The AR World Series is an international circuit of the world's best adventure races and culminates annually in the Adventure Racing World Championship.

Adventure Racing World Series

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