Athletic adventurers set for annual event this weekend

Competitors from around the country will arrive in Prescott this weekend for the sixth annual Gilmore Adventure Race.

Organizers said the event has grown from 12 in 2002 to 168 this year. It is now the largest such event in the entire state. Competitors range in age from 14 to 69 and hail from as far away as Florida, Virginia and Washington.

The race, which changes every year, features three components - mountain biking, kayaking and overland trekking. Staged this year at Watson Lake Park, the race begins at 8 a.m. and runs until around 4 p.m.

Competitors are given coordinates, a map and a compass to help them determine the course. The site is kept secret until just a few days before the race to prohibit entrants from scouting the area. Last year's race was at Groom Creek.

Proceeds from entry fees help support BSA Venturing Crew 1 of Prescott. The race is named in honor of Shane Gilmore, a former BSA Troop 1 Eagle Scout who died in a car accident involving a drunk driver.

Spectators are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, go online to www.GilmoreAdventureRace.com.