Back Bay Blitz 18 Hour Adventure Race

Back Bay Blitz


Registered Teams  
Accidental Discharge 3 Person Male
Afraid of the Dark 2 Person Coed
Beer Run 3 Person Male
Blind Mice 2 Person Male
Dead Weight 2 Person Male
East Coast Bikes Solo Male
Elevated Shandygaf 2 Person Male
Encompass Adventure 3 Person Male
Factory Refurbished 2 Person Male
Isotopes-lite 2 Person Coed
Mala Pollo 2 Person Male
New World Runners 2 Person Male
No Crash Solo Male
Richmond ASR-Al Ataque 4 Person Coed
Richmond ASR-TBD 3 Person Coed
Team Trailblazers 2 Person Coed
Team What Solo Male
The Briar Patch Kids 2 Person Coed
Trail Dogs 2 Person Male
True North Solo Male
Untamed Adventure 4 Person Coed


Race Description
HRAdventure is excited to introduce its challenging, thrilling, and brand new adventure race with the 2009 Back Bay Blitz!  This inaugural BBB course is completely new utilizing some great new terrain. The 2009 BBB promises an adventure with 70+ miles of challenging yet obtainable backcountry navigation, unspoiled waters for paddling, biking in some of the wildest lands along the Eastern Coast, and a few other twists.  It’s taken awhile to get this information out there, but trust us…it’ll be well worth it!

Holding true to HRA tradition the exact location of the BBB will be kept secret, however, we can tell you that it will be on the south side of Hampton Roads. Team Captains will be notified of the exact race start location one week prior to the race in the final Captains Communication.

Date and Time

Saturday September 12 to Sunday September 13th. Race Start at 5:30 pm on Saturday evening. Further details will be revealed in the Captain’s Communication.

Race Fee

Early registration is $110.00 per racer. Early registration ends August 23rd. After August 23rd registration will increase to $130.00 per racer and t-shirts are NOT likely to come your way! Registration closes August 30th.

Team Compositions

2, 3, or 4 person teams in the male, female, or coed categories. We feel true adventure racing consists of teamwork, however, due to popular demand we are allowing solos to compete in the Back Bay Blitz. Experienced adventure racers only will have the option to race solo. If interested in racing solo, prior approval is required. Please email Pam and Mike for solo approval AND registration. 

Support Crews 

Due to the expansive area covered, the 2009 Back Bay Blitz will require a support crew. Semi-Support is available to teams on a first come, first serve basis. For cost and specific details for this semi-support offer please contact Paul with Liquid Lessons (757) 617-1106 or email


Teams will be required to provide their own watercraft. Kayaks are highly recommended for this race.

Mandatory Gear

**GPS devices are not permitted**

All individual team members must have the following at all times while racing:


Rain Coat (poncho NOT sufficient)


Emergency Blanket

Headlamp with Spare Batteries

Reflective Tape: 6″ in length to be worn on pack

One 12 Hour Illumination Stick

All teams must carry the following at all times while racing:

Cell Phone

First Aid Kit (minimum contents listed below)

Pen or pencil

Two Emergency Handheld Flares

All individual team members must also have the following during biking legs:

Mountain bike (no road bikes or cyclocross bikes permitted)

Bike helmet

Front mounted bike light (white)

Rear mounted bike light (red)

Reflective Tape (to be worn on helmet)

One Spare Tube

All teams must also carry the following during biking legs:

Bike repair kit (such as patch kit, tire levers, extra tubes)

Tire pump or CO2 inflator

All individual team members must also have the following during paddling legs:

PFD’s (Coast Guard approved type 3 minimum, non-inflatable)

12 Hour Illumination stick or safety light attached to PFD

All teams must also have the following during paddling legs:

Bailer or Bilge Pump

Throw Bag (30′ or longer)

One GREEN Illumination Stick fixed to the bow (front) of each boat

One RED Illumination Stick fixed to the stern (rear) of each boat

First Aid Kit Minimum Contents:

antibacterial ointment

3 adhesive bandages (Band-Aids, etc)

3” ace bandage

3 doses of anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen, etc)

3 doses of anti-histamines (Benadryl, etc)




     Back Bay Blitz