Popular outdoor gear brand Cotopaxi is bringing its 24-hour adventure race to Durham over the weekend. The Questival kicks off at the American Tobacco Campus, Diamond View Park. During the 24-hour adventure race, teams of 2 to 6 friends will compete for prizes, completing adventure challenges in categories like fitness, camping, service, and teamwork. Questival races – think The Amazing Race with a good social twist – are hosted in over 50 cities across the country.

Cotopaxi creates outdoor products and experiences that move people to do good and inspire adventure. Built within an app, each Questival lists hundreds of challenges at varying levels of difficulty that participants race to complete. In the spirit of community, teams earn recognition from fellow festival goers through an in-app voting system. By closing ceremonies, 20+ teams walk away with prizes in gear and adventure.

This is Cotopaxi’s first year exclusively in Durham. Last year’s Questival in the area was an event for “The Triangle,” which included the full Raleigh – Durham region. The company expects to have 500+ participants this year in Durham alone.

There are 5 large Category Prizes which include (for each team member): a large Cotopaxi bag, such as the 50L Chumpi Duffel or 20L Tarak Climbing Pack, stuffed with cool smaller Cotopaxi products, like water bottles, hats, etc. The Category Prizes are awarded to teams who excelled in specific areas throughout the entire event, like having the funniest, or most aesthetic content.

Participants also have 18 chances throughout the event to win a “Sprint Prize” for having a single post with the most reactions in a given time frame. Sprint prizes include Cotopaxi fanny packs, water bottles, and headlamps. As a certified B Corporation, Cotopaxi donates 2% of its annual revenue (including ticket sales) to nonprofits that help alleviate poverty.

” This year, Cotopaxi re-launched the world’s best outdoor adventure race into another universe, with new challenges, a redesigned app, and amazing prizes…


Durham is one of four cities in the Southeast to feature Questivals in 2018. Other cities include Miami, Atlanta, and Louisville. Northeast events will be happening in NYC, Boston, Brooklyn and Washington D.C. A majority of Cotopaxi’s events are held on the west coast. Check out all of this weekend’s pre-race information right here.

About Cotopaxi

At Cotopaxi, we like to shake things up. Those scraps of leftover fabric? We’re making gear out of them. That old way of insulating a jacket? We’re using llama fiber. By taking an inventive, considered approach to product design, we believe we can help make a positive impact on the world.

The old standard is, well, getting old. By empowering the people who make our gear, building lasting relationships, and ensuring our products come to life under fair, sustainable working conditions, we’re changing the supply chain for the better.

Each year, we provide targeted grants to nonprofits. Whether it’s volunteering at local farms or helping install irrigation pumps in Myanmar, we’re committed to helping eradicate poverty.

Our products are guaranteed to last 61 years—the average lifespan of a person living in the developing world. If there’s a problem with your product, we’ll gladly exchange it, get you a replacement, or repair the item in-house. In other words, it’s gonna last.

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