Battle by the Brook

Battle by the Brook

Adventure Race

Join us for our fifth annual YMCA Camp Shady Brook's
Battle by the Brook in Deckers, Colorado!

A child's adventure begins with yours. 
The Battle by the Brook raises money to send kids to camp.
Join us for the 5th Annual YMCA Camp Shady Brook's Battle by the Brook on September 24, 2022.


Race Details

This is one of our favorite fundraisers. With your adventurous nature and philanthropist heart, registering for this event allows more kids to attend camp at Camp Shady Brook YMCA! Adventures for everyone! Runners can look forward to a large vendor area with interactive booths. Be prepared for an amazing day!


YMCA Camp Shady Brook
8716 S Y Camp Road
Deckers, CO US 80135


Saturday, September 24, 2022


  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Competitive Wave
    (sanctioned by the USARA)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Family Wave

Race Waves & Number of Athletes per Team

  • Competitive with a minimum of two athletes
  • Family with a minimum of two athletes

Cost for Race Waves

  • Competitive Wave $80 per athlete
  • Family Wave $65 per athlete

Price increases $5 per person on September 1, 2022!

Cost for Lodging & Food (Optional)

  • Lodging $25 per night per person
  • Food $10 per meal per person


  • Competitive - Approximately 20 miles total. (8 miles of biking on single track trail as well as dirt road, 3 miles of hiking with significant elevation gain, 9 miles of running/navigating/orienteering to different challenges.) Competitive/Noncompetitive completed in 4+ hours. 
  • Family wave is approximately 5 miles. Families have the option to mountain bike portions or may hike/run the entire course.  

Team Categories

  • Male, female and coed competitive waves with each team consisting of two athletes
  • Family wave with two athlete minimum per team with one adult and one child age 6 - 18 (Shorter course and tons of fun!)

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle & hydration pack
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Mountain bike helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
  • Compass Bike tool kit (including bike pump) and at least one spare bike tube
  • Mountain bike for competitive/noncompetitive wave. Mountain bikes are optional for Family Wave.
  • A big ol' smile!

What is Provided

  • Canoes, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
  • Race maps, race passport and rules of travel

On sections of the course, there will be points where you can drop your bike outside of a transition area. You may want to bring a lock to secure your bike in these situations. A bike lock is not mandatory.


Awards will be given to the top team in each division!

Contact Sonny Adkins at [email protected] for more information about the Battle by the Brook Adventure Race!

Space is limited, so register today!


Can't race? Come volunteer! 


Directions to YMCA Camp Shady Brook

From Colorado Springs

Approximately 70 minutes: Take highway 24 west to Woodland Park, at Woodland Park, take a right on Highway 67 North towards Deckers. Stay on Highway 67 for approximately 23 miles, at Deckers, take a hard left onto Y Camp Road (dirt road). The road dead-ends at the camp parking lot.

From Denver

Approximately 90 minutes: Take Highway 285 West to Route 126 at Pine Junction, Turn south (left) onto Highway 126/S. Pine Valley Road towards Deckers. Stay on Highway 126 for approximately 25 miles, in Deckers, take a hard right onto Y Camp Road (dirt road). The road dead-ends at the camp parking lot.