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Cascade Traverse Challenge

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Are you up for a triathlon-type challenge using less-conventional means to explore lesser-known areas of JBLM? Then you’re going to enjoy Outdoor Recreation’s Cascade Traverse Challenge September 1–30!

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Registration will be open Aug. 15–31 at Northwest Adventure Center (registration is accepted in-person only); the cost is $30 per person. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an event shirt, instructions and a map of locations to complete the event. Any rentals you need for the event will be free of charge.

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Here’s what to expect:

  • You’ll earn Fields of Friendly Strife points for your unit if you’re an active duty Service member or a family member. Points will be awarded for participation and mileage.
  • You’ll be completing the first part of the challenge with a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard around the American Lake shoreline at JBLM, a total of 1.5 miles. To use Outdoor Rec gear, please take the required free paddle sports safety course at boaterexam.com/paddling.
  • Next, you’ll be mountain biking three laps around Engineer Bluff at Lewis Main for a total of just under 5 miles.
  • Finally, you’ll go trail running at Porter Hills on a 1.75-mile route at McChord Field.
  • At any of these locations, you’ll get additional points for finding and photographing our geocaches with the course completion (two extra points per geocache found; timestamps need to be on photos).
  • Earn bonus points by completing the challenge Sept. 1–7 (10 points), Sept. 8–14 (seven points), Sept. 15–21 (three points) or Sept. 22–30 (one point).
  • Complete the events and track or record your time and distance using an activity-monitoring device. Once you complete an activity, email your proof of completion to usarmy.jblm.imcom.list.dfmwr-odr@army.mil. Submit all events by Friday, Sept. 30 and you'll receive a completion medal!

Make it extra-fun by gathering your group and doing each challenge together! For more information call 253-967-7744.

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