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Your Team will need to provide the Mandatory equipment listed on this page. 

You may also want to include some of the items shown on our Optional/ Recommended Gear list

To locate the gear you need or want, be sure to check our sponsors -- click here.

NOTE: If an item states "MANDATORY at all times" it means that this item must be with the Team at all times through the race.
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT -- for each Participant, or as noted:
bulletWaterproof document cases or pouches -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team -- for maps, instructions, Check-in Records or Markers -- Important.
bulletCopy of Performance Adventure Racing Rules -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team .
bulletCopy of this Mandatory Equipment list -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team .
bulletBIKE -- mountain or all-terrain -- MANDATORY for Bike Stages
bulletBIKE HELMET -- MANDATORY at all times! (Helmets must accompany racers at all times and must be worn in situations when activities warrant this protection, such as climbing and biking. Helmets must be worn at all times when moving or riding bikes during Bike Stages. Any Team without a helmet on each member during the Bike leg will be disqualified; no refunds will be considered.)
bulletKAYAKS or CANOES -- MANDATORY for Paddling Stages if you are entered in Mid-Distance (6-hr) Race -- You need to bring your own kayaks (singles or doubles) or canoes on race day with paddles that would be awaiting your team at the transition to the Paddle Section of the race course. Kayaks are recommended, though you may choose to use a canoe, if desired by your Team. Note that Teams will not be required to paddle on the ocean, so canoes may be a good choice for your Team. If you need a kayak, click here for Kayak Rentals and sales. Be sure you have a pump for touring or sea kayaks.
bulletUSCG-approved Life jacket for each team member -- MANDATORY -- Automatic or manually-inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) are not allowed for The Performance Adventure Racing Series races.  Teams must bring their own Life Jackets with their kayaks/canoes, and paddles for check-in on Race Day. Life jackets must be worn and secured (zipped, buckled, or tied) at all times when Teams are in, around, or using kayaks/canoes. 
bulletPump for decked kayaks - touring, or sea kayaks with cockpit (not needed for sit-on-top kayaks) -- MANDATORY for paddling sections.
bulletSpare bike inner tube -- MANDATORY at all times - one per Team member.
bulletBike repair kit -- MANDATORY at all times - at least one per Team. This is for your use and you may choose the contents, but don't skimp.
bulletPortable bike pump -- MANDATORY at all times - at least one per Team. (CO2 cartridges don't replace the need for a bike pump.)
bulletCompass -- MANDATORY at all times -- one for each Team member. (NEED TO LEARN TO USE A COMPASS? Hold down the Ctrl key and click here to find simple instructions that you can download OR click here for instructions and video from REI.)
bulletH20 bottles or other carriers for fluids -- MANDATORY at all times.
bulletFirst Aid Kit -- MANDATORY at all times - At least one per team. This is for your safety -- As per USARA sanctioning rules, the first aid must contain the following: (2) 2x2 or 3x3 sterile dressing, (2) 3x4 non adherent sterile dressing, (1) conforming gauze bandage, (4) 1x3 adhesive bandage, (3) knuckle adhesive bandage, (1) tape 1/2"x 10 yards, (1) swift wrap elastic bandage, (Cool 200mg. Ibuprofen, (2) antihistamine (Diphenhydramine), (2) afterbite sting relief, (1) moleskin, (5) towelettes, (3) antibiotic ointment, (1) tincture of benzoin, (3) butterfly closure bandage, (2) pair nitrile gloves, (1) tweezer, (3) safety pins, (1) duct tape, (2) alosak. Any additional contents is your choice, but don't skimp. We highly recommend that both Team members be trained in CPR and First Aid.
bulletGloves -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one pair per Team member. May be bike gloves or other.
bulletWhistle on a lanyard -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team member.
bulletFolding knife, not more than 2.5 inch blade -- MANDATORY at all times -- one per Team member. May be part of multi-tool.
bulletRope -- 6' to 10' length -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team member. Sufficient to hold weight of heaviest member.
bulletBandana -- dark color -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team member
bulletCarabiner -- MANDATORY at all times -- at least one per Team member. Sufficient to hold weight of heaviest Team member.
bulletPencil, note paper -- MANDATORY at all times for recording information on the course -- at least one per Team member.
bulletSun Block -- MANDATORY at all times -- each Team member should carry his or her own.

Mandatory gear may be verified at any time by the race officials. There will be checks during the race for mandatory team and personnel gear. Please plan accordingly.

NOTE: Kayaks or Canoesand paddles for the Paddle portion of the race must be provided by your Team. On race morning, Teams will bring their own Kayaks or Canoes, life jackets and paddles to the area designated by Race Managers (disclosed at the Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting on the evening before the Race). Teams mustbring and use their own life jackets for the Paddle Segment. We will discuss the Paddle Segment during the Mandatory Meeting. The exact courses will be disclosed the day of the race, as the race unfolds. Here is a free tip: in the shorter Sprint races, Teams will not be paddling on the Atlantic Ocean or the St Johns River. 

Boat and Bike Rentals: We have some suggestions for Kayak, Canoe, and Bike Rentals -- click here.

For Optional/Recommended Gear, not necessarily required, but perhaps useful in Adventure Racing, CLICK HERE.

Purchasing Adventure Gear:  check out some of our sponsors and the suppliers we use -- click here.

Forbidden Equipment: Weapons, G. P. S. (global positioning system, including Timex Speed & Distance System (watch and GPS), cellular phones or two-way radios, any maps other than those distributed by Performance MultiSports Race Managers for this event. Teams found with any of these items will be immediately disqualified from this race of The Performance Adventure Racing Series.

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