Adventure and Endurance Race Organizers turn to GEOS
GEOS and the International Emergency Response Coordination Center have been supporting adventure race organizers and individual teams, since our first collaboration on the Baja races in 2008. The team at GEOS has experience and the expertise to develop a custom safety and response program for your event. GEOS teams with our partners to offer the best in turn key solutions, from small events to large multi-day events. Here are some examples of Adventure and Endurance Races supported by GEOS Safety and Response.
MARATHON DES SABLES 2015 (MDS)
Now in its 30th edition, MDS is a grueling multi-stage adventure through a highly challenging landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates – the Sahara desert. Being held April 3-13, MDS 2015 will see the world’s toughest runners take the challenge of a lifetime, facing the most extreme terrain as they race across the sands of Morocco in temperatures as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celcius). Each of the 1,450 runners in the MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS) extreme foot race is to be equipped with a SPOT Gen3 device, supplied by SPOT and monitored by the GEOS IERCC. Marathon Des Sables 2015 MDS
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2014 by Dallas Seavey with a time of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, and 19 seconds. As of 2012, Dallas Seavey was also the youngest musher to win the race at the age of 25, while as of 2013, at the age of 53, Mitch Seavey was the oldest person to ever win the race. Teams depend on GEOS Safety and Response to provide them a lifeline if needed and a solid safety and response plan.
SCORE BAJA 500/1000
SCORE Baja 1000 is an off-road race that takes place on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula in the third week in November. The Baja 1000 is part of the SCORE Championship Desert Racing Series that include the Baja 500, San Felipe 250 and the new San Felipe Challenge of Champions in place of the Primm 300 which had been the only SCORE race in the United States. The Baja 1000 allows various types of vehicle classes to compete on the same course - from such small and large bore motorcycles, stock VW, production vehicles, buggies, Trucks, and custom fabricated race vehicles. The course has remained relatively the same over the years, about every other being either a point-to-point race from Ensenada to La Paz, or a loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada. GEOS's involvement in the SCORE Baja races began in the 2008 season, when race organizers were looking for a solution to aid in the safety of the drivers and their teams. GEOS and SPOT partnered to provide the safety, response, notification and monitoring solutions for the event. Additionally, GEOS provided individual safety and protection for a number of key drivers and their sponsors for the event.