2021 Stubborn Fool - Race Info

Saturday, April 3, 2021– 10:00 a.m.

Ontario, WI

Start/Finish location will be announced 1 week prior to race day
3/18/2020 Update:  

To our Adventure Racing Friends, 

I have spent the last week examining alternative race formats and precautions to minimize contact at our upcoming race. I appreciate how supportive and creative everyone has been during these discussions, and I think we could host an event that minimizes the risk to all of you and to our volunteers.  I am, however, increasingly concerned about doing the right thing with regard to everyone's health and the impression our event gives to the local community.  With a full calendar in 2020, unfortunately it is not viable to reschedule Stubborn Fool. I think it is in everyone's best interest that I cancel the Stubborn Fool Adventure Race for 2020. 

For those who have already registered and paid for your team, your entry will automatically be rolled to Stubborn Fool 2021, which will take place in Ontario, WI on 4/3/2021.

For those who prefer to apply your entry fee toward any of our three Stubborn Mule races on 6/27/2020, please let me know which race distance (5-hour, 12-hour, or 30-hour) to roll your entry to.  Both Stubborn Mule 12-hour and 30-hour are regional qualifiers for USARA Nationals.  For those who are in need of a refund please contact me to make arrangements. 

Thank you,
Paula Waite


Disciplines and distances:

  • Bike: 12-30 miles
  • Land Navigation: 4-9 miles
  • Paddle: 3-5 miles
  • Distances are subject to change


  • Family (2, 3, or 4-person team multi-generation team with at least one racer under 18 years old)
  • Coed Premier (3 or 4 person coed team)
  • Open Premier (3 or 4 person same gender team)
  • 2 Person Coed
  • 2 Person Open (same gender)
  • Solo Male
  • Solo Female

Race Series

  • Wisconsin Adventure Racing Series
    • This race is part of the Wisconsin Adventure Racing Series, Wisconsin’s premier race series featuring ten different adventure races and cash prizes totaling over $2,000.  There is no fee to join the series, simply race any of the ten events and you’ll be automatically signed up.  The more races your team competes in, the better chance you’ll have of taking home prizes.  Compete in either the coed or open division in teams of 2, 3, or 4, and see how your team ranks against others in the midwest.
    • USARA National Championship Qualifier
    • The top 4 Coed & Open (male or female) teams qualify to compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship
    • Top 3- or 4-person coed team will receive a $400.00 sponsorship for USARA Nationals
    • Register your team in the series prior to race day to receive points

    More Details

    • Race Check-in: Race day – time TBA
    • No support crew needed
    • Limited Gear List
    • Teams may use their own canoes or rent from our canoe supplier

    Entry Fees

    Race fees include t-shirt, land use fees, maps, post-race food and drink, prizes and give-a-ways.

    • Early Registration $90/racer (ends February 15)
    • Regular Registration $100/racer (ends March 15)
    • Late Registration $110/racer (ends March 29)

    Additional Fees

    • USARA License – each racer must have a USARA license. Licenses are $8 for a single day, or $35 for an annual. Purchase licenses at check-in on race day, or you can order an annual license which includes a subscription to Adventure World Magazine
    • If you would like to rent canoes or a kayak, Wisconsin River Outings will provide boats at a special rate of $45/canoe or kayak (solos only).  Price includes boats, paddles and pfds delivered to the paddle start and picked up at the paddle finish. Reserve your boat here.

    Refund Policy 

    If your team is unable to race, you may sell your entry to another team. Due to the costs associated with planning and hosting this event, we cannot offer refunds.