Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge

Gather three of your family, friends, team-mates or co-workers and join us Saturday afternoon, October 7, for the 2017 Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The Checkpoint Challenge will take a slight different form this year. Instead of a timed endurance race, where teams are required to complete all of the tasks in a certain time frame, this year the challenge will occur concurrently with our Community Open House, from 1-4 pm on the afternoon of October 7. Teams of four can visit the stations at their own pace and compete to have the fastest time in each individual challenge. Each team can choose to compete in one station, all of the stations, or anything in between. While we'd recommend not leaving the Checkpoint Challenge until the last minute, it will be possible to visit the stations starting at any time between 1 and 4 pm. Look for an information table at the Open House in the Activity Center to sign up your team and get started! Prizes will be given to the winners of each station at the end of our Open House.

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 the 2015 Checkpoint Challenge will give you an idea of the type of challenges to expect.

Be sure to refuel afterwards at our Harvest 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


No registration is required, just show up with your team of four, and be ready to try any or all of the challenges!

Other Weekend Activities and Lodging

The Checkpoint Challenge is just one of the activities at Craftsbury October 7 & 8 - come on up and make a weekend of it! Saturday the 7th will be a busy day, with the Checkpoint Challenge occurring at the same time as our Community Open House. Later that evening the Outdoor Center will host a silent auction to benefit the Kathy Wright Scholarship Fund and then a fall-themed Harvest Dinner. Stick 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 race entries and all your meals. Call 802-586-7767 to make your reservation.

Come join us and test your team's muscles, mettle and minds with this year’s challenges!