Dude, I get it. Adventure Racing is not a mainstream sport. Most of your buddies have never heard of The Best Damn Sport Ever Created™ (Yeah, I made that up and trademarked it.) What I don’t get is why teams want to look like they just rolled out of bed, threw on the first t-shirt they picked up off the floor, and accidentally rolled into the starting line of a race.
Our local 4-year old soccer team has uniforms. The local bowling league has uniforms. Hell, half of the damn tourists at Walt Disney World have matching outfits.
Come on people! You are adventure racers, you are athletes, most importantly you are part of a team! You wanna be a team, look like a team!
- Shirts. These days it can be really tough to find matching shirts with a Walmart on every corner and an Amazon on every computer. But, if you’re up for the challenge, I think you can do it. Better yet, step up your game and head over to our favorite place, Logo Sportswear. Custom apparel, fast turn around, no minimum orders. Inexpensive and good. What more do you need? Did I get you psyched and now you want custom hats, jackets, and polos? They got all that and a bag of chips! Maybe not the chips, sorry, I got a little excited there.
- Accessorize. Yeah, you read that right…accessorize! Don’t judge me, bro. Matching water bottles, compression socks, headbands, whatever. There are 20 different colors of duct tape for goodness sake. Pick a team color, any color (except lime green of course) and then accessorize.
- Getcha a sweet ass canopy from E-Z UP. They’re inexpensive, indestructible, and made in about any color you can imagine. And guess what, it rains and the sun is hot. Want a dry place to do your pre-race planning while everyone else gets soaked? Done! Want to chill in the shade with your team and a cold one post-race? They gotcha covered. Don’t want to go all fancy dancy with matching colors? That’s cool, they make them in basic black. Are you a super duper awesome race team or race company looking for custom printed graphics? They can handle that for sure!
Put it all together and you get, Boom!
More poseur than pro? Sure. But I’m cool with that. If for a few hours out of the month I can pretend to be half as good as Nathan Fa’avae, Kyle Peter, or Robyn Benincasa, count me in. Aren’t we all poseurs anyway? I see you strolling around town in your Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins jersey.
One, you picked a crappy team. Two, you’re in the wrong decade, maybe even the wrong century. Three, it’s okay. You want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, part of a team. That’s why you got into this. Adventure racing is a team sport. Get out there and look like a team!