Required Gear – Spring


  • Canoe, life jackets, paddles (you may bring your own canoe or kayak paddles or Type III life jackets; but no personal canoes due to Millennium Park regulations. Sorry.)

Per Person

  • Bicycle. A mountain or cyclocross bicycle is highly recommended. A road bike is permissible but not advisable without wider, knobby tires.
  • Approved bike helmet (must be specifically approved for biking)
  • 40 oz. of water or energy drink (in a Camelbak-type hydration pack or waist belt preferred). EACH TEAMMATE MUST CARRY THEIR OWN WATER/SPORTS DRINK.
  • One pencil or pen

Per Team

  • Compass (for basic orienteering, attend a clinic and you’ll learn it in 10 minutes)
  • $5 for the charity challenge (optional, but worth a bonus checkpoint) and $5 for emergency food or water
  • Mobile phone (smartphone not required, but you can use one for non-GPS activities and it may be helpful for looking up answers to one or more questions)
  • Waterproof map case or doubled-up ziplock baggies

Suggested Gear

  • Food (energy gel, bars, etc.)
  • Spare tires
  • Tire pump
  • Tire levers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Synthetic, wicking t-shirt
  • Bike shorts
  • Bike gloves
  • Contact paper or clear tape to waterproof your instruction sheet and map (at Meijer in household goods)
  • Camera

Prohibited Gear

  • GPS that allows you to determine your location on a map. Google or MapQuest itself is okay to use as is a GPS watch but only to check your route after the race

Please visitor our sponsors for your gear needs and tell them it’s for this race.

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