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 56: Mary Foster: What are the Five Foster Rules? Listen to Find Out!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000597549136 Thank you to Mary for joining The Dark Zone to talk about her entry into AR, her years as a solo racer, and her trajectory into becoming a multi-day racer. Along the way, we write down the Five “Foster Rules” that she has developed. Mary loves AR, the people that she meets, and what…

Dark Zone 55: John Courain of The New York Adventure Racing Association

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000594917217 Thank you to John for joining The Dark Zone to talk about NYARA’s premier event – The Longest Day 24-Hour Race – and his experience as a racer, race director, and student of the sport. John’s enthusiasm for the sport is contagious and you’ll want to listen to this one when you’re on the…

Dark Zone 54: Expedition Ozark Race Directors Jason Bettis and Danny Collins

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000590979719 Thank you to Jason and Danny for joining The Dark Zone to talk about Expedition Ozark, a new 5-day race coming up in April 2023. Set in the host city of Bentonville, Arkansas, EO sounds like it has all things for all racers. Jason and Danny talk about the course, the disciplines, and what…

Dark Zone 53: Kate Geisen – Adventure Racers Who Adventure: The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000590438312 Thank you to Kate Geisen for coming on the show as she recounts her AR history, but more importantly her bikepacking adventure on the North-to-South route of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Kate walks us through her prep, those early hard days (including an unexpected zero-day), her need to commit breaking and entering…

Dark Zone 52: David Webster of Team ACDC AR: The Biggest First Race Leap Ever?

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000587519155 Welcome to David Webster of Team ACDC AR. Not only did he jump into the deep end of the pool at the 5-day ITERA Expedition Race this past August, but he didn’t even dip his toes in the water beforehand. Sit down, buckle up, and listen to how David jumped into an expedition race…

Dark Zone 51: Eastern Mountain Wilderness Challenge Winners Earl Blanchard & Michael Dickey – Packrafts, Eight Year Old Socks, and Victory

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000583618592 The Eastern Mountain Wilderness Challenge, the brainchild of Eric Caravella of Packrafting Adventures, was held for the first time this past August in New York State’s Adirondack Park. A wilderness area larger than the State of Massachusetts, the Adirondacks offer a true backcountry experience for the teams that took on this 30-hour, four-checkpoint race.…

Dark Zone 50: Nathan Fa’avae – 7-Time Adventure Racing World Champion with Team Avaya and a Great Ambassador for AR

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000581619090 Thank you to Nathan Fa’avae for coming onto the show. In many ways, Nathan is in no need of an introduction as his 20+ year adventure racing career, with multiple wins and 7 AR World Championships, does all the talking for him, but Nathan is plentiful in his thoughts and gracious with his time…

Dark Zone 49: Jesse Spangler – Class Is In Session When Racer Jesse Spangler Steps To The Mic

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dark-zone-an-adventure-racing-podcast/id1578529221?i=1000580846062 Whether solo or with a team, Jesse Spangler brings his best, fast self to every adventure race that he enters. Thank you to him for coming on the show to talk about his entry to sport, how his solo racing has helped him to be a better teammate, and defining all those navigation terms…

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…

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