Competitions

See how you stack up against other outdoor enthusiasts in the region.

Endurance runners after 12 hours

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!


Whitewater Frisbee Toss

Sunday, October 8, 2017 – 2:00 – 2:30 PM

AGE: All ages | FREE

Brought to you by Whitewater Warehouse, this river challenge doesn’t even require you to get in the river! Competitors test their Frisbee tossing skills as they try to hit moving river targets!

This competition is presented by Whitewater Warehouse.

Buckeye DockDogs Presented by Subaru

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Subaru Logo2017 Schedule:

Saturday, October 7

Big Air competitions

12:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM & 8:00 PM

Extreme Vertical, 4:30 PM

Sunday, October 8

Big Air competitions

11:00 AM, 12:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Speed Retrieve

1:30 PM

Big Air Finals

3:00 PM

 

  • 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.

About

The Competition

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.

Finals

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

  1. Locate the Admin tent, next to the Buckeye DockDogs pool to check in or register on site.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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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!

Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail

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Registration Saturday 6:30 – 7:00 AM

The Dayton Kayak Fishing Experience presented by the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail and sponsored by Whitewater Warehouse.

Take part in this exciting kayak fishing tournament while chasing smallmouth on some of Ohio’s premiere waterways. The Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail is proud to be wrapping up their 2017 season at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience!  Whether you are new to kayak fishing, want to meet other kayak anglers across Ohio, or want to see how you stack up against some of the best kayak anglers in the country, this event is for you!   So far the 2017 trail has seen nearly 200 unique anglers participate from all corners of Ohio and neighboring states.

Registration is open to anyone and requires strict adherence to the rules.  To participate be sure to visit Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail’s event page to sign up and read the rules.  Registration ends at 7AM on October 7th.  This tournament is a shotgun start meaning all contestants go directly to the river they are fishing and can begin fishing at 7AM.  The tournament ends at 3PM and all anglers are due back to the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail booth, located near the Mad River Run, no later than 4PM.

Even if you don’t participate in the tournament you won’t want to miss the 4PM ‘LIVE MEASURE-IN’ where we announce what each angler caught, award tournament trophy’s, distribute raffle prizes for over $500, hand out annual trophy’s, and see who made the cut for the invite only ‘THE CLASSIC’ and Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship.

If you need additional information you can message our Facebook Page or email

ORRRC 12-Hour Endurance Run

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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 hosted by the Ohio River Road Runners Club

Course specifics:

4% bike path, 96% grass / trail double track.

About 35% of the course will be run along the outside of the Festival. TONS of spectators to keep you moving. You won’t be lonely. You won’t be bored!
Course map
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Registration:
$45 entry (No Race Day Entry)
Special finisher awards for those who travel more than 32 miles!

Register Online

Pumpkin and Skulls River Hunt

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

2:30 PM    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

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Tomfoolery Outdoors is hosting a pixie bike race course at the festival. Big kids and little kids of all ages will test their skills on youth bikes. It is fun for all ages 3-103.

This year we are offering three official themed races:

  • Saturday
    • Event Sponsor Race 2:00 PM
    • Moms vs Dads 5:00 PM
  • Sunday
    • Local Club Members Race 1:00 PM
Race details
  • 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.
  • Great prizes!

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

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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:

  1. Online at greatmiamioutfitters.com
  2. In-store at Great Miami Outfitters in Downtown Miamisburg
  3. 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 7th 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 7, 11 AM to 9 PM and Sunday October 8, 11 AM – 3 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

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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 SICSA Pet Adoption Center.

  • 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.

Find out more and register here.

2017 Ruff Run 5K Registration

UpDog Challenge

New this year is the UpDog Challenge.  Dog Sport Competition For Everyone

THE UPDOG CHALLENGE

UpDog is dedicated to expanding the awareness and participation of people and dogs in athletic endeavors.  We want more people and more dogs having fun, playing together.

So we designed some fun games built around the opportunity for every dog and human to work towards their own personal bests. You will have fun (Play), you will earn achievements (Achieve), and you and your dog will learn and grow. (Expand)

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