Northern Outdoors to Host 2012 Untamed New England Adventure Race - June 19-24, 2012

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Northern Outdoors will once again host World Class expedition adventure racing when the 2012 Untamed New England Adventure Race comes to Maine’s rugged wilderness. Beginning June 19th, 50 international teams will begin a four-day, non-stop adventure with trekking, paddling, mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, and more. The challenging racecourse was designed by Untamed New England and Northern Outdoors.

Northern Outdoors Untamed New England Adventure Race

Northern Outdoors Is Host Resort For World Class Adventure Race

Western Maine offers a variety of incredible outdoor recreation for everyone from world class adventure racers to weekend enthusiasts. Our adventure resort is located in the middle of it all. - Russell Walters, President, Northern Outdoors

Northern Outdoors is thrilled to announce it will host the four-day 2012 Untamed NE Adventure Race this June, bringing adventure racing back to Maine’s rugged wilderness after a 17 year hiatus. On June 19th, 50 international, mostly coed, four-person teams from six countries - including Denmark, Ecuador, France, and Sweden’s world champions of adventure racing “Thule Adventure Team” – will charge off the starting line in The Forks, Maine to begin a grueling, non-stop, multi-sport expedition. Teams will power hundreds of miles through some of the northeast’s most feral forests, wickedly wild whitewater, and along remote ragged ridgelines.

Known for their professional expertise in outdoor adventures and in pioneering Maine expeditions, the Northern Outdoor leadership team consulted on this year’s Untamed New England racecourse design, as it did 17 years earlier for Mark Burnett’s 1995 Eco-Challenge. That first Eco-Challenge race was held in Maine’s backcountry as part of ESPN’s X-Games. Burnett, often called the Father of Adventure Racing, is better known these days as the producer of hit TV-shows Survivor, The Voice and Shark Tank. Northern Outdoors will host all pre-race meetings, post-race activities, and media operations. After traversing the rugged backcountry course, racers will get to kick back at Northern Outdoors’ Kennebec River Brewery and celebrate with refreshing, icy cold ales and lagers handcrafted on-premise.

About Northern Outdoors
Northern Outdoors is Maine's Premier Adventure Resort and winner of Yankee Magazine's 2011 Best New England Adventures Award. Established in 1976, Northern Outdoors offers year-round affordable, Maine adventure vacations. As the pioneer and largest adventure company in Maine, activities include whitewater rafting, river floats, hiking, ATV trails, fishing, and snowmobiling. Lodging options range from luxury cabins to riverside campsites. The resort is also home to the Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail. Northern Outdoors is located 4 hours from Boston, on Route 201, The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway.

About Untamed New England Adventure Race
Untamed New England is a 4-day expedition adventure race that is a qualifier for the Adventure Racing World Championship. Racers Mt. bike, canoe and kayak paddle, trail run, off-trail trek, orienteer and take on fixed ropes. The 2012 edition will take place in the Maine wilderness.

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