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The Krista Griesacker Memorial Adventure Race

July 29, 2017


The Krista Griesacker Memorial Adventure Race

July 29, 2017 —– Hamburg, PA

12 Hour Course

Breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and captivating wilderness, set the scene for this 12 hour race of challenge and adventure. Join us in honoring and commemorating a dear friend, fellow adventure racer, and fellow search and rescue instructor, who died while training a few years ago.

Krista spent many years training and instructing at the Civil Air Patrol’s Search and Rescue School, based at Hawk Mountain, PA. Proceeds from the race will go to benefit that volunteer school.


We’ve got a great course lined up for you that will include orienteering, bushwacking, trekking, road and mountain biking, paddling, a ropes section, and a team oriented obstacle course. This race has it all, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss!


This is a point to point race which will include both mandatory and optional checkpoints. It’s a great race for those seasoned athletes, and those ready to move up to the next level of adventure racing.


Race Information

There will be some UTM Plotting in this race. We will offer assistance during Friday night check in for those who need it. All teams will have to demonstrate their plotting skills on Friday evening. You DO NOT want to miss this race just because you are not familiar with UTM plotting. Let us help you take the next step in learning this skill. You can tutorials here:


There will be a rappel section in this race. You do not need any skill or experience in rappelling to compete in this event. You only need to be a good listener for our rope staff.  You are required to bring your own harness and gloves, we will supply the rest.
Team check in Friday August 5  5:30pm-8:15pm
6:30pm – UTM tutorial class
8:30pm team meeting


Race begins 7am Saturday July 29

Race Location

The Civil Air Patrol base is located near Interstate 78, half way between Harrisburg and Allentown. From Interstate 78 get off at Exit #34 (old Exit #11)  Lenhartsville-PA Route 143. Turn north (left) on PA Route 143 and proceed approximately 5 miles to an intersection that has a Sonoco gas station. Turn left onto Hawk Mountain Road. In about 100 yards the road forks, stay to the left. Stay on this road for approximately 10 minutes (3 miles). Turn left onto Pine Swamp Road. School is 1 mile down on the left hand side road.

Team Categories

Single gender team of 2 or 3
Co-ed team of 2 or 3
Masters Division (combined team age of 120 years for team of 3)
Masters single gender team of 2 or  3
Masters Co-ed team of 3

Registration Details

Race Registration fee:
$130 per person for those that register by June 26th
$150 per person after that date as spaces permit


Price includes: ultra wicking T-shirt; canoe, paddle, PFD rental; goodie bag; post race food; maps; passport; and all the adventure you could ask for!

KGMAR Waiver.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [137.9 KB]

Lodging Options

Tent camping at Civil Air Patrol base for FREE. No hot water, no flushing toilets.

Blue Rocks Campground
Tent site and RV camping is available. Showers, camp store, swimming pool.
(10 minute drive)

Hamburg Microtel
(15 minutes away)

Hawk Mountain Bed and Breakfast
(10 minute drive)

Comfort Inn
(20 minute drive)

Holiday Inn
(20 minute drive)


Racing teams can get involved in helping defray their race costs and
raise money for The Civil Air Patrol all at the same time!

For each $100 the racer raises, $15 will be subtracted from their registration fee!

You could race for free!
All proceeds and pledge money will go to the
Pennsylvania Wing Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue Program.

Racing for this great cause is both rewarding for participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors.


See Fundraising page for more information

Gear List

All racers are required to carry the mandatory minimum gear. For the list of gear requirementsclick here


Various gear prizes will be awarded at the race, with the top prizes going to the coed/3 division winners. The 1st place winner in the coed/3 division will receive $400 for their entry fee to USARA Nationals.


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Civil Air Patrol’s Search and Rescue School
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd
Kempton, PA 19529 United States
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