Caney Puzzler Adventure Race

Race Director: Keith Pitman

The Caney Puzzler Adventure Race will be held at Caney Lakes in the Kisatchie National Forest in Minden, LA. Teams will bike, paddle, and run on the trails in the park and around the lake. The Caney Puzzler offers something for everyone. Both the 3-6 hr sprint and the 12 hr adventure course will have mountain biking, trail running, and paddling. As always we give racers choices for race routes and strategy. The ‘Puzzler’ will have Too Cool’s famous “skip point”. Teams that bring in 5 canned goods per racer are permitted to skip a checkpoint during the race. Donations directly benefit the local community food bank.

Sprint Race Teams of 2/3 (solos allowed), will run, bike, paddle and face team challenges and decisions along the way. This course is designed for the beginner in mind! Boats will be provided racers just need to have a bike, helmet, and a camelback. Be prepared for 1-3 miles of paddling, 8-12 miles of biking and 3-5 miles of trail running plus some surprises. Estimated winning time is 3.5 hours. Teams will receive pre plotted maps. This is not an off road Tri!! This is a real adventure race. 25 Team Limit

12 hr Adventure Race Teams of 2,3,4 (solos allowed with director approval). This is a real adventure race. Teams must be able to navigate with a pre-plotted map and compass. This year’s course will include paddling, mountain biking, O leg section & special challenges. Be prepared for approximately 6-8 miles of paddling, 30-50 miles of biking, and 15-20 miles of trekking. The estimated winning time is 12 hours. 25 Team Limit

Race DateMarch 2, 2024
Check-in6:00-7:00 am March 2nd
Pre Race7:30 am March 2nd
Race Start8:00 am March 2nd
Race Cut Off2:00 pm sprint course/ 8:00 pm adventure course
AwardsAfter the top 3 teams finish
TeamsTeams of 2, 3 person male, female, coed, ‘future ARers (at least 1 teammate 14 and under), Solos allowed with director approval but must supply their own boats!
Entry FeeEarly registration opens September 1st. Registration closes February 24th!
By December 1, 2023-$100 Sprint Race, $130 12 Hour Race
By January 1, 2024- $110 Sprint Race, $140 12 Hour Race
By February 1, 2024 -$120 Sprint Race, $150 12 Hour Race
After February 1, 2024-$130 Sprint Race, $160 12 Hour Race
Future AR division discounted $20 per each member 14 and under
Fee IncludesLand use fees, pre-plotted maps, awesome shwagg, boats for the sprint racers (12 hr adventure racers and sprint soloists must supply their own boats), team challenges, awards for place winners, finisher award, T-shirt
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 opens September 2023

BOATS for 12 Hour Course: Bring your own boat or email Keith at for possible boat rental, limited number of boats available

Lodging Options near race site-
Beaver Dam Campground
Holiday Inn Minden The Villas at Spanish Court is offering a 20% discount, use code: CANEY


Required Gear For Each Team:

Pen, or pencil, fully charged cell phone in a waterproof bag, First Aid Kit, Compass, non-motorized Boat(s) (12 hr course and sprint soloists only)

Required Gear For Each Person:

Food & Water, Mountain Bike & Helmet, Paddle & PFD ( 12 hr course and sprint soloists only) , Camelbak/Backpack, headlamp/bike light (12 hr course only), red blinkie for bike (12 hr course only)