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About this program

Adventure racing offers a unique opportunity to challenge individuals mentally and physically while fostering collaboration and independence. It involves physically and mentally demanding activities, such as mountain biking, trekking, canoeing, navigation, and problem solving, that push participants outside their comfort zone and develops teamwork. Through the experience of adventure racing, individuals can gain a greater understanding of their own capabilities, develop resilience, perseverance, conflict resolution skills, mindfulness, self awareness, and learn to work effectively with others. Ultimately, adventure racing can serve as a metaphor for life, where we are continually facing new challenges and opportunities for growth, and where the journey itself is just as important as the destination. 

Each program concludes with an adventure race specifically tailored to the skills and abilities of the participants. 

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These videos will give you an idea of what to expect from our program.

June Race 2021

Spring race 2021

Resolution Race 2021

Mountain bike skills


The race

The final adventure race will be between 2-4 hours and will be specifically tailored to the abilities and fitness level of the group.  It will involve working in teams of 3 or 4 to find checkpoints and complete unique team challenges in the woods while traveling on bike and on foot..  If the athletes and parents feel comfortable, they will race on their own as a team, otherwise a coach will shadow the team as they race.


About us

About Us


Founder and Head Coach

My name is MSG Jesse Tubb, a career Soldier and an avid endurance athlete.  I'm the father of 2 teenagers and a husband of an amazingly supportive wife.  

I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience from my professional and personal life.  I believe there is no better way to invest my time than to teach, mentor and guide children from all walks of life with the aim of helping them become better and more engaged human beings.  


I have 11 years of adventure racing experience including Amazon's 2019 Eco Challenge "The World's Toughest Race" (currently airing on Amazon Prime), 2 time Adventure Racing World Championship competitor, and winner of the 2018 USARA (US Adventure Racing Association) National Championship.  I've participated in everything from 2 hr family adventure races with my children to 11 day expedition length races around the world.  I have numerous overall wins racing as a soloist and on teams in adventure racing and many podium finishes in ultramarathons, triathlons and endurance mountain bike races.  


I'm a level 3 NICA (National Intercollegiate Cycling Association) coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Army Fitness Instructor, Army Master Resiliency Trainer and I have certifications in wilderness first aid, CPR, jungle navigation and travel, swift water rescue, and ropes and ascending.  Over the last 15 years I've attended weekend meditation retreats and participated in a 4-day wilderness fast as well as maintained a regular spiritual and self improvement practice.  


Over the last 25 years I have coached recreation sports, group fitness classes, Let Me Run programs, NICA mountain biking team, Special Olympics and as served as a private instructor.  And I've served as a mentor with groups like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Vmentor, and OhanaHC for the last 17 years.


Assistant Coach

My name is Sidney Billups and I am the happy father of 2 boys, Sean is 20 and a collegiate wrestler and Phoenix is my 1 year old ball of energy. My wife Megan is my rock and my everything, 


I am currently in my 15th year as a special education Para Educator in Howard County. I was a division 1 wrestler in college and over the past 15 years I have coached high school wrestling and track. In my free time I train in Muay Thai, and Jujitsu and compete in 12- 24hr Gorucks.

I've competed in adventure races on and off for the last 10 years and I have had my share of podium finishes. Adventure racing is a sport that combines many disciplines and forces you to rely on your teammates to get over that finish line,. With this program we will give your children the tools they need to be successful in the sport of adventure racing and in life.

Assistant Coach

My name is Betsy Schultz and I'm an elementary school physical education teacher (My favorite thing to teach is teaching my students how to ride bikes safely!) 


I played Division 1 college basketball and fill my time running, biking, hiking and spending as much time outside as I can. Love to travel and bike tour with my husband. Our favorite trip was 1,800 miles along the West Coast for 5 weeks biking & camping from Canada to Los Angeles. 

I am the Vice President of FB4K (Free bikes for kids). This program is amazing because it works to provide bikes and new helmets to kids that don’t have them. We work with local community members to collect used bikes and then we repair them so they are ready for their new owners. Bikes provide so many opportunities for kids and it is so rewarding to help kids leave with a new set of wheels. New bike day is the best day and the smiles when a kid learns to ride on their own is amazing!

As a volunteer for Little Bella’s, I help girls build confidence, independence, perseverance through the sport of mountain biking. The bikes and challenges that trails provide create a natural atmosphere for problem solving, encouraging others and help girls be proud of themselves when they try new challenges and skills.

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