10 Questions with the Race Directors: Krell Adventure Run

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We sat down with Rodney Villella and Amy Bartoletti to get some insight about the upcoming Krell Adventure Run on Staten Island. Here’s what they had to say.

Q). What makes a Krell race different from other obstacles races ?
A). Well, there are actually a couple of unique differences.  First, these events are specifically  geared towards teams of 2 and most of the challenges require some form of teamwork.  Second, instead of a linear course where participants simply follow a course to all of the obstacles, in a Krell race, you will be given a map 15 minutes prior to your start which will show you the location of all the challenges/obstacles.  You get to choose the order in which to do them and you can also do as many or little as you like.  Also, not all of the obstacles will be physical.  Some will be mental (think puzzles and brain challenges) and some will be a combination of both.  What we have tried to create is an event that requires thinking as much as physical brawn.  You’ll need to think strategically and use the skills of your teammate.
Q). Do you have any specific gear suggestions for this race ?

A). The event requires very little gear.  We would suggest a good pair of trail running shoes and a watch to keep track of your time in the Arena (on course).  Some people also find a pair of gloves to be helpful and if I were racing, I would probably use them.

Q). How long is the course ?

A). The beauty of our events is that you can choose your own course, so you can make it as long or short as you like.  Generally speaking, if you are going to try to do all of the challenges/obstacles you can figure on traveling between 3 – 6 miles.

Q). Do I need navigation skills to finish this race ?

A). No, you do not need to have any formal navigation skills.  The map is very basic and the challenges are not hidden.  If you can read a road map or subway map, you’ll be fine.

Q). Is this a solo event or should I bring a team mate ?

A). This event is specifically geared for teams of 2.  You are also welcome to travel with other teams if you like.

Q). Do I need to carry my own food and water – and if so – how much should I bring ?

A). This is really a personal preference.  We will provide water stations on the course and we don’t think it’s long enough to need any food…but again that is based on personal preference.

Q).  Do you have any tips or tricks I should know about?

A). Sometimes slower is faster.  Take the time to look at the map and plan your route.  Also, when you are on the course, make sure you take the time to read the instructions at each challenge.  (You’d be shocked at how many people don’t really do this.)

Q). Can I sign up on race morning ?

A). While we will allow sign ups on race morning, we strongly discourage this.  First, the price goes up on race day, but more importantly, we won’t be able to have your race packet prepared for you ahead of time, thereby delaying your registration process.

Q). When I’m finished with the race will there be something edible at the end ?

A). This will vary from venue to venue, but generally speaking there will be food and beverages available at the finish.

Q). Do you have any last minute suggestions to all the racers to make this extra awesome?
A). Try to get your friends to participate in the event!  We always find that shared experiences are better than solo ones (hence the team concept) and a little healthy competition between comrades is always fun!  It will also give you other people to talk to about the event when it’s over.

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Sounds like an awesome race! If you haven’t registered yet, grab a teammate, tell your friends and head over to NYARA’s website to sign up. Also check out this video — it will make you want to get out there and challenge yourself!

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