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The UK’s first ever multi-sport adventure sports festival
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2008
ACE Race – Adventure Race (5/6 July)
Polaris Challenge – Mountain Bike Orienteering (5/6 July)
Dirty Dozen - Trail Run (5 July)
Variety is the spice of a wicked weekend away!

News Release – Friday 11 April 2008


The UK's first ever multi-sport adventure sports festival hits the Scottish Borders
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2008

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise…Mud, mountain bikes and outdoor madness converge for the first ever Dirty Weekend on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2008 in the Scottish Borders. Three heart-stopping multi-sport events descend on the Tweed Valley as the ACE Adventure Race, the Polaris Mountain Bike Challenge and The Dirty Dozen, a new 12K Trail run, combine to create an extraordinary adventure sports festival.

The Dirty Weekend is another first for adventure innovators Detail Events. Detail are the creators of the Rat Race, the hugely successful urban Adventure Series. This is a physical and mental adventure challenge where teams navigate their way round an adventure course set for them in the city and only revealed hours before they begin. They run, bike, abseil, climb kayak and navigate the streets, structures, waterways and urban landscape and thousands are now signing up for Rat Races nationwide. Since its inception in Edinburgh in 2004, the Rat Race has grown to include six cities throughout the UK in 2008 plus international dates. However, Dirty Weekend will involve far fewer skyscrapers and much more scenery and it will bring Detail's particular flair for these dramatic events to the wilds of the Scottish Borders this summer.

Jim Mee, Managing Director of Detail Events, said: 'There's nothing quite like a Dirty Weekend in the Scottish countryside. This event brings us back to our roots in the outdoors and we're delighted to be able to offer such a thorough format as we have been able to muster with the Dirty Weekend. For anyone keen to try something new and exciting from the world of adventure sport, chances are we have an event for them here. Whether it's trying their hand at the booming sport of adventure racing, mountain biking on some of the Borders' world-class bike trails with a map in hand or simply taking part in a classic 12km off-road run, the Dirty Weekend is designed to really pack a punch here. The terrain is epic, the venue is superb and the support from local partners to date has been first rate.'

Detail Events place great emphasis on inclusion, organising events that are not purely the domain of the seasoned athlete. The Dirty Weekend will see experienced adventure racers, mountain bike orienteers and proficient fell runners participate alongside amateur sporting enthusiasts keen to challenge their fitness levels whilst having a lot of fun along the way.

There are 3 main component events to the Dirty Weekend. The Dirty Dozen is a 12K race with a difference, taking to the woods and forests of the the Tweed Valley and providing a superb run on off-road trails; passing through woodland, crossing rivers, traversing rough ground and tackling some major ascents (and descents) along the way. This run will travel 12km around the best of the area and then finish back in the magnificent grounds of ancient Traquair House, where the event is to be based in a huge adventure village.

For a slightly tougher challenge, the ACE Race (Adventure Challenge Endurance) 1 and 2 Day adventure race events will also be hosted alongside the Dirty Dozen. With options over 1 and 2 days, ACE Races are adventure races that combine running, biking and kayaking whilst navigating for checkpoints in challenging terrain. With both physical and mental challenges along the way competitors can enter in the solo category or in pairs. Adventure races attract all types of participants and the 1 day event aims to appeal to newcomers, allowing teams to.enjoy the activities and the views at a leisurely pace. Or you can go all-out and get around the course as fast as you can. For the more hardened competitors the 2-day race goes long into Saturday night and restarts early Sunday morning with all the dogged finishers completing by the early afternoon. For the best of the best there's also an Elite class where teams of two compete for the prize fund of £5,000 – a cash prize fund unparalleled in the UK Adventure Racing scene.

Third in this triple crown is the Polaris Challenge, a mountain bike navigation event held over two days where competitors have to reach as many checkpoints as possible within the allotted times. Riders are given a list of checkpoints and sent out from the base camp at Traquair where they ride for between 5 and 7 hours before returning to base to receive further instructions. As a two day event riders will camp over night before taking on the second half of the challenge and will finish mid afternoon allowing plenty of time to enjoy the festival atmosphere at the event village.

Acting as a hub for all of the events is the Dirty Weekend Event Village. Set in the breathtaking grounds of the oldest inhabited house in Scotland the village will be a hotbed of activity. A wide variety of hearty and wholesome hot food will be available; visitors will be able to sample Traquair House's very own beer and participants will have a chance to buy last minute kit and adventure supplies at special event retailers such as Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports. On site bike mechanics will be available to check over bikes and there will be workshop-style refresher courses on navigation and mountain bike skills for those keen to get some last minute tips before embarking on their chose challenge. After the races, masseurs will be on hand to restore the body and the bar will be open to revive the soul whilst a selection of bands will keep the party atmosphere going far into the night. Families and children will be catered for with a crèche and there will be a host of fun activities to keep the adventurers of the future occupied too!

The Dirty Weekend is being supported by Scottish Borders Council, Event Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and visitScotland

David Gass, Regional Director for Scottish Enterprise commented 'We are delighted to be supporting this innovative and exciting event which will act as a showcase to promote the excellent facilities we have in the Borders. We are working hard to achieve our goal of establishing the South of Scotland as one of the UK's leading destinations for mountain biking and adventure sports. In addition to putting the Borders on the map we believe this kind of event will generate a real economic boost for local businesses.'
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