An adventure race filled with map reading, mountain biking and other mental and physical challenges will take place at Curt Gowdy State Park on July 12. The Cowboy Tough Sprint Adventure Race takes place at the park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The race, sponsored by the state of Wyoming and Rev3, is for people ages 12 and up. Organizers say it is an ideal race for those who want to experience racing off-road in a compact format or for those who are just getting into the sport but do not have a lot of time to race.

It’s a unique way to experience the beauty we have. It’s putting all the things we love to do into one package.

The race features both beginner and elite divisions. The beginner race starts at just $60 per person, with the elite course starting at $100 per person. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category.

In the beginners division, solo racers and teams of two or three trek on foot to points within the park following a map. Checkpoints will be on trails or at easily recognizable topographical features. Participants then use their mountain bikes to reach more checkpoints. They will also compete in mental and physical challenges to complete the course. One example of a physical challenge could be paddle-boarding on Granite Reservoir.

The elite course includes more check points and more challenging terrain. Participants in this group will use Curt Gowdy State Park’s International Mountain Biking Association designed mountain bike course.

State Parks Administrator, Domenic Bravo, says the race is a great way for people of all ages to see the beauty the park has to offer. “It’s a unique way to experience the beauty we have," Bravo says. "It’s putting all the things we love to do into one package.”

Racers should bring a small first aid kit, water bottle, running shoes and their own bike. In addition, participants are required to have a helmet and bike repair kit during the biking portion of the race.

Registration is open until July 9th. You can register here.

For more information on this race and others across the state, visit the Rev3 website.