Gold Rush Adventure Challenge.

The 2019 event will not be held as we take a brief hiatus after 20 years of promoting AR in California.

30 hour race.

Saturday/Sunday July 13th/14th 2019

Our 2019 signature event will be in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, come out to race in fabulous remote terrain.

Check in on Friday the 12th. This is an expedition style event. The race will be held in remote parts of Northern California. We welcome 2, 3 and 4 person teams from all over North America.

Prize purse: $300 for 1st place co-ed team and $150 for second place co-ed team. (prize purse may be increased depending on number of entries)

Eventbrite - Gold Rush 30 Hour Adventure Challenge.



The event will have check in on Friday evening at Horseshoe Rec Area on Lake McClure near Coulterville, CA. We will have a pre-race meal and route briefing with maps handed out. Friday evening pre race activities will be at the covered area of the G loop. You can choose to spend Friday evening camping with us at Lake McClure Camping (request a loop G campsite)

or lodging is available in Coulterville about 4 miles away at the Yosemite Gold Country Hotel or Yosemite Coulterville Inn.

The event will start on Saturday morning at 8am. Disciplines are hiking, mountain biking, paddling and ropes.

Teams will not have crews but supporters, friends and family are encouraged.

Boats will be provided.

Entry $310 per person. (early reg $270).
We offer a 25% youth discount to ages of 25 and under. eMail for details on how to receive this discount.
We offer a $50 travellers discount to racers coming from outside of CA, OR and NV. eMail for details on how to receive this discount.

Equipment list, rules and FAQ's are available:
Equipment List Rules For Events FAQ's


The Gold Rush Mother Lode name is used on our multi day events which have been run as 3, 4 or 5 day unsupported (no crew) expedition Races. Our 24 and 30 hour races are named Gold Rush Expedition Adventure Challenges. The events take place in the Sierra Mountains of central California. The event route and finish is not disclosed until immediately before the event. The events include hiking/running/orienteering, mountain biking, paddling and rope work. Gold Rush Adventure racing has been hosting events since 2000.  

As competitors we know the training and preparation that go into an event. We want to be sure that you have the safest yet most challenging events. We thank you for preparing for the Gold Rush Expedition Adventure or Gold Rush Mother Lode events.

Our events have been part of the Adventure Racing World Series, USARA and NAARS.

Adventure Racing World Series NAARS USARA