Trail runners and mountain bikers unite.
The newest race in the Portland area pairs the two outdoor athletes and those who cross both lines because - let's face it - one thrilling outdoor sport is never enough.
It's called the Stubby Chase and registration is open now. The race isn't until April 5 but participants may want to get the early start so they can begin strategizing.
Here's how it works: two people with one mountain bike must traverse 13 miles and hit 10 checkpoints along the way. Each person from each team must hit all the checkpoints and the clock doesn't stop until you both finish.
How you do it is your call. You can alternate biking and running between teammates or one can do each or you can mix it up and switch on and off. You will get a map but you don't have to take the suggested route. It's a chance to be creative. But here are some rules, found here.
The race is modeled after the Ride and Tie races where the object is to get two humans and one horse across 20-100 miles.
The Stubby Chase will take place at LL "Stub" Stewart State Park (hence the name) near Buxton, Ore., about 34 miles west of Portland.
"LL "Stub" Stewart is a fantastic State Park, with great running and biking trails," Renee Seker, race organizer, said. There is even a special free-ride section.The course does include that area, so teams that want to have a little extra fun can choose trails that involve those challenges, or they can decide to use different trails to get to the checkpoints."
The cost is $80 per team and registration is open online until April 2. Day of registration bumps to $90. Need a teammate? Join the Stubby Chase Facebook group and post that you're looking or a runner or mountain biker.