Brian Reiss started out trail running and mountain biking before finding his way to adventure racing. His first AR, with Team Adventure Pocono, was the Endorphin Fix two-day in 2000. In his early years in the sport, when Brian was rich, he dragged his family to expedition races around the world, claiming that they were vacations. These “vacations” included World Championship events in Newfoundland (2004), New Zealand (2005), and Scotland (2007). He also competed in the 2002 Raid the North Extreme in the Yukon Territory, the 2003 Adrenaline Rush in Scotland, Appalachian Extreme Maine in 2005, and Primal Quest Utah in 2006. In recent years, Brian’s adventure racing budget has been redirected toward sending his daughter, Madison, to college, and he now prefers shorter events, including six trips to the USARA National Championships. He also has multiple finishes at the General Clinton 70-mile canoe race in New York, the longest flat-water, single-day canoe race in the world.
Brian lives in Quakertown, PA with his wife, Kelly, and works at Carson Helicopters in Perkasie, PA. He is the owner and paddle builder for Jolly Roger Paddles, specializing in carbon canoe bent shaft and SUP paddles. Brian claims that he likes the Adventure more than the Race, but he’ll push, pull, drag, and crawl with the best of them to get his team across the finish line.
- Beast of the East – 2002-VA; 2004-TN (1st place in 2004)
- Endorphin Fix – 2004, 2005 (1st in 2004, 3rd in 2005)
- Appalachian Extreme – 2005 (3rd place)
- Adventure Racing Canada – Montebello, Vermont (1st in VT, 2nd in Montebello)
- USARA National Championship – 2001-LA, 2002-NC, 2009-TX, 2010-PA, 2012-NY, 2014-MD (1st place all male, 2001, 3rd in 2010, 9th in 2014)
- US Rogaine North American Championships – 2010-NY (5th overall)
- Raid the North Extreme – 2002-Yukon Territory
- ARWS World Championship – 2004-Newfoundland; 2005-New Zealand; 2007-Scotland
- Primal Quest – 2006-Utah
- GOALS ARA Krista Griesacker Memorial Adventure Race (12 hours)-2012-2015