See how you stack up against other outdoor enthusiasts in the region.
A variety of competitions are offered to satisfy the interests of everyone from those looking for a friendly challenge to those seeking an intense experience. Pros, amateurs and everyone in between will be competing for the podium.
Our events are spectator friendly, so even if competing isn’t your style, watching a competition can be fun for the whole family!
Bust Your Balloon
AGE: All ages | FREE
Brought to you by Whitewater Warehouse, this is the ultimate river challenge. This is the perfect way to challenge your river paddling friends or rivals, as teams of three go head to head in this fast paced river obstacle course relay. Tap your paddle on 6 buoys, pick up a balloon from the eddy cache, and race to the end. But the challenge doesn’t stop there. You must “Bust the Balloon”, before your next teammate can start. No team, no problem. Sign up as a beginner (less than 2 years paddling experience) intermediate (2-4 years) or advanced (4+ years) paddler, and we’ll put a team together for you. You must provide all of your own equipment for the whitewater and SUP divisions, but equipment is available for the recreation division.
1 PM: Whitewater Kayak Division
The ultimate river kayak challenge. This is the perfect way to challenge your river paddling friends or rivals, as teams of three go head to head in this fast paced river obstacle course relay. Tap your paddle on 6 buoys, pick up a balloon from the eddy cache, and race to the end. But the challenge doesn’t stop there. You must “Bust the Balloon”, before your next teammate can start. No team, no problem. Sign up as a beginner (less than 2 years paddling experience) intermediate (2-4 years) or advanced (4+ years) paddler, and we’ll put a team together for you. You must provide all of your own equipment.
Onsite registration required. This competition is presented by Whitewater Warehouse.
2 PM: SUP Division
The ultimate river SUP challenge. This is the perfect way to challenge your river paddling friends or rivals, as teams of three go head to head in this fast paced river obstacle course relay. Tap your paddle on 6 buoys, pick up a balloon from the eddy cache, and race to the end. But the challenge doesn’t stop there. You must “Bust the Balloon”, before your next teammate can start. No team, no problem. Sign up as a beginner (less than 2 years paddling experience) intermediate (2-4 years) or advanced (4+ years) paddler, and we’ll put a team together for you. You must provide all of your own equipment.
Onsite registration required. This competition is presented by Whitewater Warehouse.
3 PM: Recreational Kayak Division
The ultimate river Recreation kayak challenge. This is the perfect way to challenge your river paddling friends or rivals, as teams of three go head to head in this fast paced river obstacle course relay. Tap your paddle on 6 buoys, pick up a balloon from the eddy cache, and race to the end. But the challenge doesn’t stop there. You must “Bust the Balloon”, before your next teammate can start. No team, no problem. Sign up as a beginner (less than 2 years paddling experience) intermediate (2-4 years) or advanced (4+ years) paddler, and we’ll put a team together for you. Onsite registration required.
The Recreation Paddling division is beginner friendly. Equipment (kayak, life jacket, paddle) is available to borrow, but a wet suit or change of clothes (not provided) is suggested.
This competition is presented by Whitewater Warehouse.
Buckeye DockDogs Presented by Subaru
Tentative Schedule: Saturday, October 1: Big Air 1, Noon; Big Air 2, 2 PM; Extreme Vertical, 4 PM; Big Air 3, 6:30 PM; Big Air 4, 8:30 PM. Sunday, October 2: Big Air 5, 11 AM; Big Air 6, 12:30 PM; Speed Retrieve all-in-one finals, 2:30 PM, followed by Big Air finals
- Do you have a dog that loves to jump and swim?
- Do you like spending time with your dog?
- Do you and your dog like to have fun?
If you’ve answered “YES!” to all these questions, you might have the next champion DockDog! DockDog competitions are available to dogs of all breeds, sizes and experience levels. Thanks to Subaru for bringing this awesome dog and spectator friendly competition to the event! Read on for rules, regulations and helpful competition hints.
The Handlers Meeting will be called approximately 15 minutes before each wave. At this meeting, the running order will be given out as to which group and number within that group you will be. Depending upon the size of the wave, there could be up to 4 groups with up to 10 in each group. Each group will be run in order with each dog within the group jumping once, getting back in line and then jumping the second time. Generally at the start of the second jump within the group, the announcer will call for the next group to get ready. Please stay attentive to announcements to ensure you do not miss your jump.
Once the wave is complete the results will be posted within 10-15 minutes. Your score will be the best of your two jumps. Awards are given out for each wave within each division.
There are two Finals formats for Big Air Finals: the Divisional format, which most clubs participate in, and the 3-tier National format (which is used for all National events except the Regional and World Championships and is the format Buckeye currently uses).
For Divisional Finals the top six (6) dogs from each division for the event compete. The divisions are Novice (0′ – 9’11”), Junior (10′ – 14’11”), Senior (15′ – 19’11”), Master (20′ – 22’11”), Elite (23′ – 24’11”) and Super Elite (25′ and above).
The 3-tier Finals have three divisions: Amateur, Semi Pro and Pro. The top six (6) dogs up to 17’11” qualify for Amateur; top six (6) from 18′ – 21’11” for Semi Pro; and the top six (6) dogs 22′ and above qualify for the Pro Finals.
Extreme Vertical is run as a wave/finals all in one, as is Speed Retrieve unless there are enough teams competing to hold two heats.
About Buckeye DockDogs
Buckeye DockDogs fun jumps, competitions, demonstrations and training sessions are a good way to meet other handlers and learn the tips and techniques of the sport. Our members-only cookouts are family friendly and a great place to swap dog stories. (We’re always looking for locations for these events, and want your suggestions.) And our annual members-only banquet is a blast.
What To Bring
- Water and bowl: While events may provide water for your dogs, it’s always a good idea to bring your own just in case.
- Keep in mind that some dogs are particular about the water they drink.
- Food or snacks for you and your dog; enough said.
- Dog Crate: If you plan to spend the day, it’s always nice to have a crate so your dog can rest and you can relax or watch the competition.
- Your Dog’s Favorite Toy: You are more likely to have success if your dog is going after its favorite toy. Keep in mind that toys must be floatable and retrievable and must not be or ever have been alive.
- Chair: a place for you to relax.
- Acceptable collar and 4-ft. leash: Only flat buckle collars or material-only martingale style collars are allowed on the dock. Leashes can be no more than 4 feet in length.
- Poop Bags: All competitors are expected to pick up after their dogs. This cannot be stressed enough, as it can make the difference in a venue inviting DockDogs back. Many events will provide these but always bring your own to be sure.
- Towels or shammies: It’s important to dry your dog off after it competes, especially in cooler weather. The shammies used for drying your vehicles are an excellent choice as they can easily be wrung out.
- Dry clothes and shoes for yourself: You never know when you might get wetter than expected.
- Shade Canopy: These keep the sun and rain off you and your pet.
Registration and Check-In
Register online or onsite.
Pre-registration, $27; On-site registration, $30
Includes one competition wave and practice all weekend.
Practice only, $15. Not sure if your dog is competition worthy? Try out the sport during open waves. If you decide to enter a competition, your practice fee will be put towards competition pricing.
Check-In and Practice Procedures
- Locate the Admin tent, next to the Buckeye DockDogs pool to check in or register on site.
- Sign the Waiver of Liability, and get your wristband, which designates you as an official competitor. The Admin person can also answer any questions you may have.
- Once checked in you can check out the venue, watch dogs competing or practicing, practice yourself if the dock is open for practice or relax until your wave.
- Events will often have practice time before the first wave of the day, and in between waves. If you wish to practice, step in line with your leashed dog and its toy. Generally each team in practice gets either two jumps or 90 seconds on the dock. If time is running short, practice may be limited to one jump or dry dogs only.
- Once on the dock you can choose to use either of the two methods for jumping your dog in Big Air: 1) The Chase: In this method you sit or down stay your dog wherever you wish on the dock, then walk to the front of the dock. When ready, call your dog and throw the toy as it nears the front of the dock. 2.) Place and Send: Here you and your dog walk to the front of the dock. While holding onto your dog (to make sure he doesn’t jump right in) you toss the toy out into the pool. Take your dog back to the spot on the dock you wish to start from, then release the dog to retrieve the toy.
Cache In, Trash Out
Sunday 4 PM
Thanks to the Miami Valley Geocachers, a Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) will be offered at OutdoorX. CITO is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community and is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of our cache-friendly natural outdoor resources. Stay Sunday afternoon and help us clean up after a great festival weekend! You’ll get to log a special event cache for your efforts!
Charlie Doyle Memorial Regatta
OFFSITE: Island MetroPark, Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
The Greater Dayton Rowing Association invites the public to the 16th Annual Charlie Doyle Memorial Regatta. Nearly 800 competitive rowers from high school, collegiate and master rowing teams from the tri-state area will compete in 2,000-meter races. Come cheer on all the teams! Parking and admission are free.
For more information about rowing in Dayton and how you can compete in the regatta, visit daytonrowing.org.
Dayton Kayak Fishing Challenge
Registration Saturday 6:30 – 7:00 AM
Take part in this new and exciting tournament trail by kayak fishing on some of Southwest Ohio’s best waterways. The Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail is proud to be a part of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience and will be wrapping up the 2016 trail series!
Whether you are new to the sport, looking for additional kayak fishing information, want to meet other kayak anglers or want to see how you stack up against the best Ohio kayak anglers, this event is for you!
This is a river event and requires all anglers to fish on designated rivers around the Dayton area.
To participate just check in at morning registration between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM at the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail booth, near the lagoon, within the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience at Eastwood MetroPark. There will be a 5-10 minute angler meeting and then anglers can drive and launch to their chosen locations.
Anglers must provide their own measuring boards and cameras (or camera phones) to photograph their three longest bass. The entry fee is $20 with an optional $5 Big Fish pot and can be paid at registration. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third places as well as for the kayak angler who catches the biggest bass of the tournament.
Even if you don’t participate in the tournament you can still join us for the live “measure-in” at 4 PM at the BKFT booth, along with the handing out of our annual awards that include YAK Ohio’s 2016 Angler of the Year and prize raffles to eligible anglers.
Learn more and get a list of the eligible fishing waters on the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail website.
If you need help with a shuttle or have any questions, post on the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail Facebook page.
Vibram Putting and MPH Challenge
Saturday 12 PM, Putting Contest; 3 PM, Miles per Hour Contest
Sunday 12 PM, Putting Contest; 3 PM, Miles per Hour Contest
Thanks to our friends at Vibram Disc Golf, you can participate in a variety of disc golf competitions throughout the weekend at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience for a chance to win sweet prizes! Challenge your friends to see who has the best aim in the putting competition or the fastest fling in our miles per hour contest!
The competitions are open to pros and amateurs in a friendly format.
Register on site at the Vibram Booth. Arrive 15 minutes before competition start time and receive instructions for play.
- Competitors will throw from three progressively challenging lines: 15 feet, 25 feet and 35 feet — worth three, four and five points, respectively. You’ll have three putts from each station.
- Top four scores will make the finals.
- During the finals, scores reset, and the Ultimate Putter will be determined.
Miles per Hour Contest:
- Most in a row progressively speeding up
- After you lose, you get two throws to throw as fast as you can.
- Two winners will be awarded: most in a row progressively faster and top speed.
NAPRA Wade Fishing Challenge
Saturday 7:30 AM Registration; 8 AM Start
The National Association of Professional River Anglers (NAPRA) will be hosting the Dayton Cup wade fishing challenge on the Mad River as part of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience on Saturday, October 1.
Compete it: Test your river fishing skills and try to score the five biggest bass by weight during round one of the 4-hour excursion!
Watch It: Head to the Mad River and watch as the top NAPRA pros compete for more than $1,200 in cash and prizes from Ski’s Spinners, Case Plastics, Snack Daddy Lures and more! Think you have what it takes to be a Super Wade Fishing Pro? Join NAPRA legends for a special discounted rate and see if you can beat the competition. You may just be the next “Big Lunker” of the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience.
Rules and Regs:
- Entry Fees: Individual, $20; Team, $40
- Pre-registration is available by contacting NAPRA in advance at email@example.com.
- Register on site at the NAPRA booth at OutdoorX, located in the Fishing Village.
- All anglers must register and check in by 7:30 AM Saturday morning. Check in is at the NAPRA booth.
- Anglers must provide their own lures, rods and waders to participate.
- An Ohio Fishing License is required and can be purchased at https://www.oh.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.
- Round 1: 8:15 AM – 12:15 AM, Competition at Eastwood MetroPark
Weigh-in at 12:30 PM at the NAPRA Booth
The 5 biggest bass by length (2 fish per member max, 1 wild card)
- Round 2: 1:30 -4:30 PM at Ripp Rapp Road
After round one weigh-ins the top 5 teams will go on to compete for the “Big Lunker” in a new, yet scouted site. Weigh in for round 2 will occur at 5:00 PM on the Dayton.com Stage. Biggest 6 bass by weight (3 per team max) will be awarded prizes
- All competitors must sign a Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience Activity Waiver.
- Prizes: ($800 collected)
- Round 1: $60, $40, $30, $20 and $10 and $10 for the individual with the biggest bass
- Round 2: $200, $100, $50, $30, and $20
A prize for all 5 teams!
ORRRC 12-Hour State Champion Run
Saturday 6 AM – 6 PM
Imagine thousands of spectators cheering experienced runners on as they run for 12 hours during Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience! Runners will enjoy a 2.6-mile loop course with flat terrain passing through grassy fields, wooded trail and river corridor views. The course will pass the festival on each lap to inspire athletes to finish strong and keep on moving! This is by far the most advanced competition of the festival.
This race is the State Champion 12-Hour Endurance Run and is hosted by the Ohio River Road Runners Club
Finisher medals for those who travel more than 31.2 miles. Strive for the medals at this 62.4-mile distance!
Pumpkin and Skulls River Hunt
Saturday, 5 PM | All ages | FREE
Sign up for this fall themed River Race. Sweep up a pumpkin or a skull into your boat while running the Mad River. Be the first back to shore to win! Participants will be eligible for a prize, based on the order they finish the race. Bring your own equipment or borrow a recreational boat from Whitewater Warehouse. Onsite registration required. This competition is presented by Whitewater Warehouse.
Pixie Bike Race
Days & Times TBD
Tomfoolery Outdoors is challenging you to unleash your inner five-year-old’s spirit with pixie bike races at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. Race your friends in the ultimate combination of skill and tomfoolery as you navigate an oval course on a tiny bike. Practice all day, but when the final heat starts, it’s no-holds-barred hilarity.
This is an audience friendly event — as fun to watch as it is to join. And it’s conveniently located near the Great Lakes Craft Beer Garden.
- Throughout the day you can hop on a bike and test your skills on the course (two riders minimum, four maximum).
- Did we mention you’ll be riding on a 12-inch bike for kids, while performing a variety of stunts?
- Bikes and helmets are provided. You may bring your own helmet but please make it goofy as possible.
- Your time is recorded; check back to see if you made it to the finals.
- Top 16 times of each day move on to the single-elimination finals:
Saturday finals at 7:30 PM; Sunday kids specific finals at 1:30 PM; Sunday finals at 2 PM
- Great prizes, including custom trophies and other swag.
Please visit our information tents to sign a Risk and Release waiver, or download and fill one out to bring to the festival. Those under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign the form.
Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt
8:00 PM Saturday
As night falls on the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience, the Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt will kick off. Participants will line up around the custom rock hunt range. When the whistle blows at 8 PM, a mad dash to find and collect as many specially marked rocks as possible in the 30 minute time period will commence.
- Rocks will be painted with special reflective paint, made easier to find using your custom built Princeton Tec headlamp.
- All rocks will have a raffle ticket affixed to the bottom.
- The more rocks you find, the greater your chance to win one of over $500 worth of sweet outdoor prizes!
- Raffle will take place immediately following the Rock Hunt at the Princeton Tec booth.
Three ways to enter:
- Online at greatmiamioutfitters.com
- In-store at Great Miami Outfitters in Downtown Miamisburg
- On-site at OutdoorX at the Princeton Tec booth. Limited number of registrations available. Sign up now to reserve your spot!
$30 entry fee includes custom-built Princeton Tec Headlamp.*
$15 if you bring your own headlamp**
*$30 Entry includes a coupon redeemable for one custom built Princeton Tec Headlamp. Come to the Great Miami Outfitters booth at OutdoorX on Saturday October 1st and pick up your Headlamp Coupon. Then head to the Princeton Tec booth to redeem your coupon and receive your custom headlamp! Headlamp Coupon is redeemable during OutdoorX festival hours only (October 1, 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday October 2, 11 AM – 4 PM). Participants are encouraged to redeem their coupon early in the day on Saturday, as lines may form leading up to the start of the Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt.
**This is a headlamp rock hunt. Only headlamps will be permissible as a source of light during the hunt. No handheld flashlights, cellphones, or other luminary devices will be permitted. Breaking this rule may lead to disqualification. For safety reasons, a headlamp is required.
- All registrants must sign the official OutdoorX waiver (near main entrance at Info Central)
- Participants are encouraged to bring their own bag, bucket, basket, Osprey backpack or other container for carrying found rocks. One will not be provided for you. In a pinch, we recommend making a pouch from the front of your shirt.
- Hunt limited to first 100 registrants.
Ruff Run 5K presented by Runners Plus
Saturday 10 AM (open race) 10:10 AM (dog division)
Bring the family, bring the dog and enjoy the Ruff Run 5K presented by Runners Plus. We have a division for you! Hard core runners and those up for a leisurely stroll will enjoy the course around Eastwood MetroPark offering a unique, off-road experience. You will run through grassy fields, along tree-lined trails and near the Mad River. Registration includes T-shirt, and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.
- Early registration is $15 (through September 25) and $20 after.
- All runners should check in at the information tent inside the festival entrance.
- Awards to the top three men’s and women’s overall and overall masters and top dog! Medals to top 3 in each age group.
Throughout the weekend, stop by the Bike Miami Valley Booth and see just how long you can balance without putting a foot down. Competitors will be tracked on the leader board. Come back again and again to see if you can best the best on a bike or if your top score remains in the lead!