Our Race Designers

Rootstock Racing’s course designers bring with them decades of experience, having collectively competed in hundreds of adventure races and adventure-based events, including trail running, mountain-biking, orienteering, paddling, and other endurance and ultra-endurance sports. They are constantly learning and growing as race directors, both from designing races themselves and from participating in events in the United States and around the world.

Abby Perkiss

419840_10101066762755763_739567579_nAbby Perkiss, co-founder of Rootstock Racing, entered the world of adventure racing in 2007 and has since competed in dozens of events at the regional, national, and international levels. Her favorite races tend to involve a high level of strategy and route choice and a healthy dose of off-trail travel, and she privileges those elements in her course design as well. Abby subscribes to a philosophy that bike sections should generally be rideable and foot sections should take you to places inaccessible by bike, and she works hard to bring that to bear in her own course design. When Abby’s not in the woods, she teaches college history and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Brent Freedland, and their daughter, Zoe, who can often be found toddling around race courses throughout the Delaware Valley.

Races Directed:

  • GOALS ARA Cradle of Liberty Adventure Race (24 hours) – 2012, 2014, 2015
  • GOALS ARA Edge Adventure Race (6 hours) – 2013
  • GOALS ARA Savage Adventure Race (6 hours) – 2011

Bill Donohue

10689866_10152763790075071_906421361717408898_nBill Donohue’s trail running days date back to the 1992 Devon Prep cross-country team. In the years since he began training in Valley Forge National Park, he has pursued adventures in mountain biking, snowboarding, nordic and downhill skiing, whitewater kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, orienteering, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, caving, surfing, and, most recently, taking to the trails with his son, Sawyer, on his back. As an adventure racer, Bill has competed in events ranging from six hours to three days. He prefers courses that offer varied terrain and technical challenges. His favorite teammate is his wife, Laurie Stewart. A college English professor, Bill’s favorite book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and his favorite pastime is battling Brent in football pick’em pools.

 

 

Brent Freedland

Brent Freedland, co-founder of Rootstock Racing, brings to the organization a decade of competitive adventure racing experience and seven years of course design. He has competed in more than eighty events, ranging in duration from six hours to seven days, and he prides himself on his mastery of the maps. His experience as lead navigator translates into an impressive level of detail in his course design. Brent is able to see the big picture of a race and works hard to develop a course that is at once accessible to less experienced racers and challenging for seasoned athletes. He values route choice, creativity, and well-placed checkpoints. When Brent isn’t designing races or competing, he spends his time molding future adventurers as a high school history teacher. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Abby Perkiss, and their daughter, Zoe, a navigator-in-training in her own right.

Races Directed:

  • GOALS ARA Cradle of Liberty Adventure Race (24 hours) – 2012, 2014, 2015
  • GOALS ARA Edge Adventure Race (6 hours) – 2013
  • GOALS ARA Savage Adventure Race (6 hours) – 2009, 2011

Jim Driscoll

1094084_762151737166488_9037560650644963033_oJim began adventure racing in 2014, following a short stint of recreational road running. Although he has been involved in the sport for only a few years, he has rapidly gained experience by racing as much as his body and schedule will allow. By competing in events ranging from sprints to seven-day expeditions and taking on a variety of team roles, he has not only honed his skills, but has gained insight into what makes a “good race” a good race. Jim’s favorite discipline in adventure racing is navigation – especially in tough terrain or at night, because who wants to know exactly where they are, anyway? As a race director, Jim values developing courses that are fun and challenging to participants at all levels of the sport, with difficult route choice and physical challenges for experienced racers and less aggressive options available for those not interested or able to take on the full course. When not pursuing his athletic career, Jim lives and works in Philadelphia as a Bridge Engineer. Aside from adventure racing Jim enjoys single-sport endurance events, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing, and mountaineering.