Mandatory Gear List

For all S.P.A.R. events sanctioned by the USARA, the following mandatory gear list applies:

For all other S.P.A.R. events, the mandatory gear list is as follows:

Individual Gear:

Each person must have these items on them during the event, unless specific race day instructions dictate otherwise.

  • Mountain Bike or off-road capable bicycle
  • CPSC certified bike helmet
  • Whistle
  • Capacity to carry a minimum of 2 liters of hydration
  • Backpack
  • Compass
  • Permanent marker

Team Gear:

All teams must have these items with them during the entire event.

  • Cell phone must be waterproof or in a waterproof container
  • First Aid Kit (Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight .7 or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 3 feet of duct tape
  • Knife
  • Lighter or waterproof matches
  • Night Events:
  • Teams must have these items with them anytime after sunset and before sunrise.
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Bike lights, both front and rear.  Rear must be red. The front light can be a headlamp.
  • Batteries to last the event
  • 4 glow sticks, 2-red, 2-green, and some means to attach them to a canoe or bike.
  • Survival blanket for each person on the team.

Paddling Gear:

  • Teams must properly wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) during all canoe sections. Teams may use their own PFD.
  • Teams may use their own canoe paddles or kayak paddles

Recommended Other Gear:

  • Means of carrying at least 50oz liquid
  • Water purifier or water purification tablets for the entire team. Teams should be prepared to acquire water from wild sources such as creeks.
  • Waterproof map case.  Maps and instructions may become unusable or damaged from water if not protected
  • Strobe light
  • Food for the entire race, including electrolyte replacement
  • Insulating layer top & bottom (poly pro,wool, fleece, etc)
  • Money
  • Knife with a locking blade
  • Long pants
  • Bike gloves
  • Synthetic hat
  • Dry bag / trash bag
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, sun glasses
  • Bike odometer/speedometer (more than 1 per team suggested)
  • Bike pump or CO2
  • Chain tool / bike repair kit
  • Spare bike tubes
  • Tire patch kit

Prohibited Equipment:

  • GPS
  • Fire arms
  • Maps other than those provided by the race organization
  • Communication devices other than sealed cellular phone
  • Motorized means of transport
  • Night Vision