County is new home to
MISSION Adventure Race
than 100 athletes
will compete in off-road challenge
VERSAILLES, Ind. (May 2007) Brian Holzhausen
of Indianapolis loves to work out. After competing for years in mountain
bike races, Holzhausen had the opportunity to buy a racing organization
called Do Indiana Off Road, or DINO.
Under Holzhausens leadership, DINO has expanded its off-road racing
to include trail runs, off-road triathlons and adventure racing. This
year, DINOs fifth annual MISSION Adventure Race has
relocated to Ripley County, Ind. The event is scheduled for May 12.
races compete in a variety
of disciplines, including canoeing.
We moved the race to Versailles this year because
prior participants had the advantage when we did the race in the same
place, he said. The new terrain will give a fresh feel to
the adventure race.
There will also be a new MISSION Lite adventure race that offers beginners
a taste of the exciting challenges of adventure racing. A shorter, four-hour
cutoff, less complex navigation and reduced gear list will help beginning
The shorter race is specifically designed for first-timers who
are in reasonable fit shape, said Holzhausen.
More than 100 participants are expected to travel from around the country
to Versailles to compete in this 18-hour event. The race consists of
cycling, trekking, canoeing, ropes events, orienteering and more. Teams
of two or three athletes stay together as they explore roads, trails,
creeks, lakes, and back woods of Ripley County. They will navigate the
course using only a map and compass to find their way through the race.
Holzhausen said DINO started in 1990 with mountain bike races. By the
mid-1990s, the races grew into a series of about 10 to 20 per year.
It was going great and was really popular, he said.
In 2001, the opportunity came up for Holzhausen and his wife, Amanda,
to buy the DINO series. At the time, he was working as a civil engineer
at Schneider Corp. He contacted former owner Kenny Cochran, who had
owned and managed the series.
At first, he tried to manage both his job and the series, but then he
realized he could quit his job and make a go of it with just the DINO
series. As part of an expansion of the organization, he decided to add
Of course, DINO running races are off-road along hiking or mountain
bike trails. On a typical course, runners will face a variety of challenges,
such as hills, dirt, rocks, roots and even sometimes mud and stream
crossings. While record times may not be set on these courses, racers
get to enjoy the most scenic and challenging trails in central Indiana.
After adding off-road triathlons, Holzhausen became interested in the
Most of the people who do adventure racing have some sort of background
in biking or triathlons, he said. It is certainly not the
type of race for the inexperienced athlete.
Adventure athletes train by working out with their team on trail biking
and hiking, navigation and many other disciplines that can be combined
into an adventure race.
He has competed in the adventure races, himself. Last year, his team
competed in the Planet Adventure race and finished eighth out of 35
teams. Many of the teams drop out before they finish the race,
so we felt good about where we finished, he said.
In the five seasons DINO has offered its adventure racing, Holzhausen
said it has experienced a tremendous growth in this area of competition.
Our adventure race is a shorter version of the one many people
have seen on television; people seem to enjoy it.
Anyone interested in participating in the
MISSION Adventure Race or MISSION Lite should contact DINO at (317)
336-7553 or visit: www.DINOseries.com/mission.
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