Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge

Gather three of your family, friends, team-mates or co-workers and join us Saturday afternoon, October 8, for the 2016 Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The Challenge is an endurance team adventure race meant to challenge participants physically and mentally. It is a timed race that requires racers to complete a series of tasks in order to finish. Starting at 3:30 pm, teams of four will race from checkpoint to checkpoint on foot, navigating by map. At each stop, teams will be given a new task to complete - or a time penalty to accept if they don't want to take the challenge. Challenges are widely varied, and the exact details of each will not be announced prior to the event, but expect to be tested. Some examples of tasks that could be included:

  • Making and lighting a fire
  • Felling a tree
  • Constructing a simple structure
  • Solving a brain teaser
  • Carrying a cumbersome object
  • Retrieving something from a swamp

While perhaps cliché, racers should truly expect the unexpected in this event. While challenges will vary year to year, the video from last year's Checkpoint Challenge will give you an idea of the type of challenges to expect. The team that completes all the tasks in the shortest period of time (including time penalties) is the winner. 

We'll be giving awards for Open and Family divisions. Be sure to refuel afterwards at our Oktoberfest dinner and celebration on Saturday night! Yum!

Video from 2013 Checkpoint Challenge

Also check out the 2013 Checkpoint Challenge video from WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports



Registration is online at or day-of at the Outdoor Center. Race entry fees are:

Craftsbury Houseguests will race for free (starting at $95/person/night, including all your meals)

Race only:


DOR entry will be available:


Other Weekend Activities and Lodging

The Checkpoint Challenge is just one of the activities at Craftsbury October 8 & 9 - come on up and make a weekend of it! Saturday the 8th will be a jam-packed day, with the Black River Beatdown running/biking race in the morning followed by the Checkpoint Challenge. Later that evening the Outdoor Center will host a Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest DinnerStick around for the following day, and enter in the Singletrack Shootout, a running/biking biathlon race that is open to novices and biathlon experts alike.

Lodging at the Center is available both Friday and Saturday nights starting at $95 per person per night double occupancy, and includes the race entry and all your meals. Stay both nights and your entries in all of the weekend's fun is included! Call 802-586-7767 to make your reservations at either location.

We're going to post more information on the website as the day draws closer, so stay tuned. But teams should not expect full disclosure of the tasks or other details prior to the race!

Come join us and test your team's muscles, mettle and minds with this endurance challenge