(Here’s the latest press release for the Merrell Oyster Urban Adventure coming on Sunday May 15th. A portion of the proceeds benefits the work of the Austin Parks Foundation. More about the race, including fees, is at http://www.oysterracingseries.com. The Austin Parks Foundation is looking for more volunteers as well – sign up here: http://austinparks.org/oyster.html)
EXPLORE ALL SIDES OF AUSTIN IN THE 2011 MERRELL OYSTER RACING SERIES Take to the Streets and Race through the Heart of Austin on May 15th, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 1, 2011) – Bringing the sport of adventure racing to the city of Austin, the Merrell Oyster Racing Series is coming to the live music capital of the world on May 15th. Billed as the “Ultimate Urban Adventure Race” for its ability to combine athleticism with thought-provoking strategy, this series will have racers performing crazy athletic stunts in a race around Austin, solving city-specific clues and competing in a mystery course around the city. The race will benefit the Austin Parks Foundation, a local non-profit that connects people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve city parks. For more information, visit the website at www.OysterRacingSeries.com.
“With one of the best trail systems in the U.S., lots of young, active residents and a wide variety of great attractions, Austin is a perfect location for The Oyster and the people here love it,” says Jason Ornstein, Executive Director of adventure for the Merrell Oyster Racing Series. “The Oyster began in Denver in 2003. Why is it called the Oyster? The race was originally dubbed a ‘Rocky Mountain ball buster,’ taken from the novelty dish Rocky Mountain Oysters (that’s right, fried bull’s testicles). This ball-busting, all-day fun event was so well received that it has now grown to ten cities across the U.S. and has been recognized as the premier urban adventure racing series.”
As the leader in the urban adventure race category, the Merrell Oyster Racing Series continues to expand, allowing more racers to experience the excitement of racing in the city! The series produces two separate races with the goal to hit the endurance level of every athlete: the original Oyster, which requires higher endurance for people looking to mix up their triathlon and duathlon racing schedules; and new in 2011, the Oyster Shooter, which requires less endurance for people looking to have fun and shake up tired road races.
Covering 20-30 miles, in four to six hours, on foot and on bike, the original Oyster is the ultimate urban adventure race taking teams of three to six people through a top secret, high-adrenaline course in a race around the city. Want to scavenger around the zoo, blind taste test beers at the pub, or zip down a slip ‘n slide in your next race? The Oyster delivers just that kind of awesomeness. For racers who are unsure of their endurance levels, the Oyster Relay division (teams of four to six people) is ideal for friends and corporate groups looking for team building activities. The Half Oyster division also delivers a scaled down full Oyster course at about half the length, but with all the fun!
New in 2011, the Oyster Shooter is a sprint version of the original Oyster. Individuals race on foot in the city on an approximately five mile course with Oyster obstacles along the way. “We are excited about the addition of the Oyster Shooter as it provides an excellent race option for people who want more challenging fun than a 5k or 10k,” says Ornstein. “The Oyster Racing Series allows racers to choose their own adventure. Whether it’s the original Oyster or the Oyster Shooter, both allow racers to compete at their own levels while navigating host cities and completing crazy challenges.”