Rules and Additional Information

Covid 19 Updates:

  • This event will not be staff supported in 2020 and will be completely virtual over the month of September.

  • We are limiting the teams to 2 people.

  • We will provide a throwing target, solostove, fiber rope, and an axe or tomahawk with your registration.

  • It will be up to you to track and report your axe score and leg times.

  • The scoring has changed to simplify the self-tracking making the run, bike, paddle all one time period. You only need to track the total moving time but please capture and report your splits if you can.

  • To track your fire, run, bike, paddle times we ask that you take timestamped pictures, video, or track your route with Strava (or another GPS app) and post your results on the Facebook page or share directly with the race director.

  • You can report your score to us but if you can we would love to see a pictures or video of this also.

  • The fire attempt time has been reduced to 30 minutes, and the multiplier changed to 3x.

  • If you track and report your individual split times, we will track them in consideration for prize eligibility.

  • Race kits including an axe and a solostove will be available for registered participants on a first come basis.

  • We have a limited number of race kits and ask that you axe and fire together and return to Whiterock staff promptly when finished.

  • You may make one attempt per registration, but please register multiple times.

General Info:·     

  • Bikes will be staged at the Star Field Campground area·      

  • Boats will be staged at the Riverside Park access point on the North East corner of Coon rapids, Iowa.

  • This is an open race. You can make your attempt anytime during the month of September 2020.  

  • Multiple attempts are encouraged. Watch the water levels and trail conditions and make multiple attempts if you choose.

  • Race Kits will be available during regular visitor hours or by reservation for registered participants. Call the main Whiterock canoe/gator rental phone number to reserve yours.

  • We will calculate your final scores the end of September and will announce winners based on your submitted times and scores.

  • All individuals and teams members must sign the liability waiver and have their bicycle and boats at the proper staging points before starting the race.

  • Teams must stay within 100 feet of each other at all times.  No exceptions.  (1 hour penalty)

  • Make a plan for your gear, and how you will stage it.

  • Littering on the course will result in disqualification.  

  • Potable well water is available at all 3 campgrounds.

  • Participants are required to have a fully charged cell phone in a water proof case the entire race.

  • Racers are REQUIRED to provide assistance to other teams requesting emergency help.

  • The race director reserves the right to alter the course before and during the event based on course conditions.

  • Whiterock is open rain or shine but be aware of the trail conditions and plan your attempt accordingly. The singletrack is closed when wet or muddy. Please respect these closures avoid using muddy trails.

  • Any team that leaves a team member along the course will be automatically disqualified.

  • Expected Duration: 5 hour average = 10 minutes for the axe, 1 hour for the scramble, 1-2 hour bike, 2 hour float, 30 minute fire


Axe/hatchet Throwing:

  • Throwing axes and targets will be provided with your registration.

  • You may bring a personal axe but the handle length must not exceed 18 inches.

  • You are not required to carry your personal axe during the rest of the race.

  • Check out Ironside Axe Club in West Des Moines. They sell axes, have various opportunities to throw and can certainly recommend the right tool for the job.

  • If you have never done this before we recommend practicing before making your attempt.



  • Racers must have a PFD on BEFORE starting the paddling leg, and must keep it on at all times while on the water.  Any racer not wearing a PFD while paddling will result in individual or team disqualification.

  • At the end of the paddling section, you are required to immediately move your boat from the landing area to a location that does not impact other guests.

  • Personal PFDs, paddles, and watercraft may be used.  You will not be required to carry personal paddling gear the duration of the race. 

  • It may be best to leave a vehicle at riverside park to store your PFDs and paddles. With the format change, cannot guarantee that someone will be available to watch your boat or gear. If you rent a Whiterock boat ask if we can help with gear transportation or shuttling needs.



  • Helmets and a rear light are required for the biking section.

  • Racers must wear a helmet at all times while biking.

  • Obey the rules of the road at all times.  Roads are open to public traffic!!  Use caution.

  • Ride with your rear tail light ON.

  • There will be a short section of gravel, challenging singletrack, farm doubletrack trails, cinder trail, and a small section of pavement near the end.



  • This will be a timed event.

  • One of our sponsors has provided 4 identical solostoves that will be included with you race kit, on a first come basis.

  • We will limit the time to 30 minutes max to keep things moving.

  • The goal is to burn through a piece of bailing twine at a set height of 18 inches. The target twine will be included in your kit and the steaks will be set and pre-marked at 18 inches.

  • Individual and teams are allowed one non-combustible fire starting kit per team or individual racer for the fire building contest. This is not a complete list of excluded items but you can assume that if it has combustible fuel it will not be allowed.

    • Excluded items: Lighters, matches, cotton balls soaked in Vaseline, magnesium blocks, alcohol, etc.

    • Recommended Items: Magnifying glass, bow drill, flint & steel (considered one item including char cloth), etc.

  • You are not required to carry the fire item during the rest of the race but you must show your item in your timing photo, video, or strava upload.

  • All other fire materials and kindling must be collected during your moving time or fire time.

  • We recommend bringing a waterproof bag or container to store the collected materials in.​

Final Scoring:

  • Axe:

    • Individual:  Axe total points after ten throws x 2 = negative time  (Total points = 25, take 50 minutes off total time)

    • Team:  Axe total points after ten throws each = negative time  (Total combined points = 50, take 50 minutes off total time)

  • Scramble = actual time

  • Bike = actual time

  • Kayak = actual time

  • Fire = actual time x 3