Founding Member and Organizer.
Everyone should be giving back to their sport. After running, climbing, biking and boating for many years, and enjoying the hell out of it, Ados is keen to encourage others by creating events where people can experience the thrills, challenges and satisfactions that he has been lucky enough to experience. Wherever you are in the world, natures scenery is spetacular and beautiful, but we here in Central California feel that our particular brand of natures bounty , the Sierra Nevada and foothills, is a world class setting that we want to share with others.
Course director and dynamo
Mark is the primary course designer for Gold Rush events. After being a competitive track cyclist where the navigation was very easy; left, left, left, left, he took up adventure racing in which the navigation is anything but. After several adventure races including Primal Quests and Gold Rushes, Mark joined the Gold Rush team and parlayed his many trips into the Sierras into AR courses. Creating an AR course is a long term endeavour pulling together knowledge from years past and recent trips along with google earth and map reasearch. Mark loves the original 'expedition race' concept and regularly vetos any mickey mouse suggestions.
Design Guru and Cheerleader.
Deborah Steinberg is the original Unintentional Adventurer. She was always into the outdoors, backpacking, trail running, etc, but she started hanging out with the wrong crowd who talked her into all sorts of fun and daring adventurous activities by telling her that she was capable. Pretty soon, thanks to Adrian Crane, Ray Kablanow, Carey Gregg, and Ryan Swehla she was summiting all of the peaks in California over 14,000 ft. She found out that hanging out with guys and gals of Gold Rush was helpful to train for these mountaineering trips, and discovered new loves for mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, and long distance running. Deborah is an optometrist at Sylvan Eye Associates in Modesto, and answers a lot of questions about her adventurous lifestyle during eye exams, since it has rewarded her with awesome photos to hang in her examination rooms. Deborah is married with two children, and lives in Modesto, California. Deborah helps Gold Rush Adventure Racing by designing the flyers, T-shirts, Banners, and awards for the races.
Dedicated volunteer and organizer
Our medical coordinator and voice of reason
Mountain Biker, Amateur Photographer, Web Guy, Adventure Lover, Ogre
Marketing whiz and people person