It is an annual fun, competitive, multi-disciplinary, team-based adventure race for successful people. It has been created by Orangewood Foundation and Board member Paul Tobin to raise money for college scholarships for former foster youth. It is based on an annual event in Australia created by Paul in 2008 that has raised over $2.8 million (U.S.) for a local nonprofit. The 2017 Challenge raised over $232,000.
Each team has a Captain and three other Racers, who form a team, ideally with a Corporate Sponsor. The four teammates each make a $2,000 tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation as their entry fee, and commit to trying to raise an additional $8,000 each from sponsors, friends, family, and colleagues, for a total of at least $40,000 per team. The team races together against other teams in the Challenge over a course on Catalina Island, which teams must navigate together, finding checkpoints described on your maps along the way. Time penalties apply for missed checkpoints.
Both, actually. Teams are competing against each other. Trophies will be given out to the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy will be engraved with the names of the largest fundraisers and their team. The biggest “prize” for most people, however, is the chance to help Orangewood’s former foster youth reach their potential through a college education. Additionally, many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.
The 3rd Annual Orangewood Adventure Challenge will take place on Catalina Island on Saturday, September 15. Participants are also invited and strongly encouraged to attend the pre-race dinner and briefing in the week before the race at a location in Orange County, where you’ll learn the course details, receive your maps, and meet your competitor teams. More details will be provided soon.
The Challenge is specifically designed to be a fun, exciting and challenging event for people typically between the ages of 25-60, so being reasonably fit will make the event more fun for you, but only a moderate level of fitness will be required. Teams can cover the course at their own pace, and for some teams winning the Challenge is not as much a focus as raising money for Orangewood’s youth.
This adventure race combines course navigation, teamwork and strategy to complete a course on Catalina Island, with teams combining running, mountain biking, kayaking, and a couple of “surprise” elements. There are no rock climbing, fast water crossing, or other “extreme” elements involved, and the entire event is designed so that people of all ages will be able to complete it.
The four racers on each team must stay within 100 yards of each other at all times during the race, so everyone on the team completes the entire course, plays a role in navigation, and finishes the course at the same time. The 100 yard rule is a safety as well as a fairness requirement, and is enforced with time penalties if it is violated.
All of the equipment you’ll need (bike, kayak, electronic race tracker, transition area supplies, water, etc.) is included as part of the tax deductible donation you’ll make to participate in the race. We do not provide your clothing and footwear for the race, but we do provide you with an event shirt that you can wear on race day if you like.
No. Orangewood Foundation has hired a professional adventure racing company that has years of experience running successful races in the United States and internationally. So you are assured that the event will be as fun, safe and well run as possible, using equipment suited to each activity. There will also be uniformed, well-equipped medical professionals on site to assist Racers if required.
No. Except for the entry fees, the fundraising goal is a target. You do not need to make up the difference if you can’t raise that much, although most people find that through their networks the goal is achievable, and many teams exceed the goal comfortably.
The biggest prize for most people is the chance to better the lives of talented former foster youth through a college education. You will also receive a Challenger Pack before the race, there are trophies for the top three finishing teams, and a perpetual trophy engraved with the names of the largest fundraisers and their team. Many people also find that doing the Challenge every year is a great incentive to stay in shape, as well as an opportunity to meet other highly successful people in a relaxed atmosphere of collegial competition.
Based on last year’s Challenge, we anticipate the following schedule but it is subject to change. The dinner and briefing are from approximately 5:00-7:00 P.M. on an evening in the week before the Challenge. Teams will check in the morning of the race at 6:30 A.M., and the Challenge begins when teams land on Catalina. Most teams will finish the course by 1:30 P.M., and the Finish Line Event will be held from 1:30-3:00 P.M. Drinks, food, and other refreshments will be served.
Yes. We will provide email templates, fundraising tips, and after the event (when a lot of money is raised) we will give you some pictures and tips on writing a Challenge report for your sponsors. We are also hoping to make a Challenge video that you can share with sponsors.