The ACU Outdoor Club’s Red Dirt Adventure Challenge is in its fifth year, but Saturday’s race will still be a first. For the first time, the club will donate all proceeds from the race.
The RDAC, a beginner-level adventure race, is an off-road duathlon with running and cycling sections; entrants will compete at Lake Abilene in Abilene State Park.
Asa Kusuma, sophomore computer science major from Annandale, Va., and intramural director for the Outdoor Club, said organizers made a few changes to the event this year, including changes to the course, participant divisions and sections of the race.
“We are getting rid of the canoeing section, adding a single-track for the mountain biking section, adding a family division and making the H-Core division more challenging and exciting,” Kusuma said.
Participants can compete in one of three divisions: the H-Core division, the Just For Fun division and the Family division. All divisions, with the exception of the Family division, will compete in teams of two; course length and difficulty will vary among the divisions.
The Outdoor Club will be awarding prizes to the top finishers and trophies to the top three participants in each division.
“We were able to get some prizes donated, and some companies let us buy items from them at the price they purchased them at,” Kusuma said.
Colter Lane, senior physics major from Kalispell, Mont., and president of the Outdoor Club, said this year, the RDAC will benefit Compass Wilderness, an organization that coordinates Christ-centered youth and family retreats.
“Compass Wilderness promotes and encourages Christian development in an outdoor setting, and we really like that,” Lane said.
ACU students are not the only people invited to participate in the event; faculty, alumni, staff and the Abilene community all are invited to participate and help support the cause.
“We are really encouraging people outside the ACU community to become involved,” Kusuma said.
Early registration runs through Friday; teams can register for $50 and families for $40. After Friday, participants will be charged a higher registration fee of $60 per team and $45 per family. Participants can register post-early registration until April 15, Kusuma said.
Registration forms can be found at www.acuoutdoorclub.org and should be printed and mailed to ACU Box 28257.