Why does The Dark Zone exist?

Welcome to The Dark Zone: An Adventure Racing Podcast. In adventure racing lingo, a dark zone is a time, due to darkness or safety, when teams are paused on the course before continuing with the race. During that time stories are exchanged, friendships are kindled, spirits are restored, and teams have a chance to prepare for the next challenge. We hope that you make good use of The Dark Zone and the stories found throughout our website. We’re glad that you are here.

There are three cultural components to why The Dark Zone Podcast exists:

  • Support the newer racers by giving them access to the sport’s most experienced voices in the sport
  • Help to add to the oral history of the sport through conversation and story telling
  • Provide an opportunity for race directors and organizations to share their event with the world

Dark Zone 48: Flash Podcast – AR World Champs Podium with Craig Cook, Brent Freedland and Jason Magness

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000580380768 Thank you to Craig Cook of AR Live Coverage, Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing, and Jason Magness of Bend Racing for coming onto the show for instant/flash analysis of the ARWS World Championships in Paraguay. The top ten are still coming across the line (after almost 130 hours of racing) and teams are scattered […]

Dark Zone 47: Flash Podcast 2 – USARA Nationals with Team Psyched, Cherubini Brothers, Thisability Racing, and Only Mostly Lost

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000579773476 Thanks to the hard work of Dave Gedney and the magic of tracking devices, we were able to track down four teams while on the course at USARA Nationals. We made good use of their mandatory 5-minute media time to chat about the race and how it’s going so far. Thank you to the […]

The Dark Zone 45: USARA National Championship Flash Podcast with Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221 Thank you to the hardest working AR analyst in the business Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing for sticking around AFTER our Worlds episode to offer his thoughts on the upcoming USARA National Championship Race being held in Bishop, CA this weekend. The terrain, the teams, and the big race picture are all discussed. Sit […]

The Dark Zone 44: ARWS World Championship Predictions and Analysis with Craig Cook of AR Live Coverage and Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000579280863 Thank you to Craig Cook of AR Live Coverage and Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing for coming onto this Flash Edition of The Dark Zone. Craig and Brent offer their thoughts on the upcoming AR World Series World Championship Race in Paraguay. They go deep on the teams, what information can be gleaned from […]

The Dark Zone 43: Allen Wagner of Broad Run Off Road – From Small Beginnings to Big and Popular Races

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000578511031 Thank you to Allen Wagner of Broad Run Off Road for coming onto the show. A growing race organization, Broad Run’s events have increased in popularity and challenge over time. Allen talks about the start of Broad Run, how it has grown organically, and what he has learned as both a race director and […]

The Dark Zone 42: Liz and Michelle Faucher – The Team at Adventure Addicts Racing talks AR Origin Stories, Course Design, and How to Give People a Great Race Experience

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000577595628 Thank you to Liz and Michelle Faucher for coming onto the show to talk about their introduction to AR, their work as Adventure Addicts Racing and how they work hard to bring new racers into the sport. Veteran racers themselves, Liz and Michelle go deep into their base of knowledge and share all of […]

The Dark Zone 41: Yishai Horowitz – 2022 USARA Nationals Race Director/Course Designer Tells All! (Kinda)

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000571434339 Thank you to Yishai Horowitz, Race Director for the 2022 USARA National Championships for coming onto the show to describe the course. He offers an overview of the terrain as well as the various disciplines just waiting out there for those fortunate enough to make it to California in September. Nationals is now in […]

The Dark Zone 40: Katie Ferrington – Her Journey from Racer to Race Director and How AR Prepares One for Life’s Challenges

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000571208443 Originally recorded in May 2022, Katie Ferrington of Never Summer Race Productions joins The Dark Zone to talk about her entry into the sport, the big and small races that she has competed in, her growth into becoming a race director, and how AR prepared her for a recent life challenge. In this episode, […]

The Dark Zone 39/USARA FB Live: Rib Mountain Racing – Their Journey to the Podium at The Endless Mountains Adventure Race

Through a collaboration between the United States Adventure Racing Association and The Dark Zone, we are proud to present this Facebook Live/Podcast Recording of Anna and Tim of Rib Mountain Racing. Alongside their two other teammates Jesse and Richard, they made it to the podium at Rootstock Racing’s Endless Mountains Adventure Race in June 2022. […]


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