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NIGHT TRAIL RUN


ADVENTURES ON THE JAMES GAMES

RUN IN THE
DARK? WE DO!

GRAB THAT
HEADLAMP AND JOIN US.... THE DAY WILL BE FULL OF FESTIVITIES AS JAMES RIVER STATE PARK. EVERY YEAR, THE CELEBRATION OF FALL FILLS THE AIR WITH BON FIRES, COOK OUTS, WAGON RIDES AND MORE...

BUT WHEN THE DAY IS DONE, WE HAVE JUST BEGUN. OUR START IS AT
SUNSET... YES, CHECK YOUR LUNAR CALENDAR FOR SUNSET.

THE COURSE WILL BE YOUR
ADVENTURE AS WE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PARK BY GLOWSTICK(S).

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NEW :'RANGER BILL'S ADVENTURE TRIATHLON RACE NOTES'

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BRING YOUR RACE FACE AND SENSE OF ADVENTURE TO JAMES RIVER STATE PARK.
WE HAVE A UNIQUE CHALLENGE WAITING FOR YOU!

WITH
1500 ACRES AND THE JAMES RIVER AS OUR PLAYGROUND, YOU ARE SURE TO BE TESTED!

OUR CHALLENGE OR ADVENTURE TRIATHLON STARTS IN A
KAYAK PADDLING 7 MILES DOWN THE SCENIC JAMES RIVER. YOU'LL ENCOUTER BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SURROUNDINGS, MAYBE HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH A PASSING COW OR OTHER WILDLIFE AND A FEW ROLLERS (VARY WITH RIVER LEVEL) ALONG THE WAY.

ARRIVING AT CANOE LANDING, GRAB YOUR FAVORITE
MOUNTAIN BIKE AND HIT THE TRAILS! YOU'LL COVER MOST OF THE 1500 ACRE PARK IN ABOUT 8 MILES OR SO ON DOUBLE AND SINGLETRACK. WE HAVE SOME CUSTOM-CUT MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS YOU WILL GET TO RIP THROUGH. THE COURSE HAS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT WITH SOME CLIMBS, BOMBING DESCENTS, ROCKS, ROOTS AND ALL THINGS MOUNTAIN BIKING. YOU'LL EAT IT UP!

THE LAST LEG WILL BE ON TWO LEGS. THIS
TRAIL RUN WILL WRAP IT UP WITH AROUND 5K OF FAST TRAILS AROUND THE RIVER FLATS. THERE MIGHT BE A MILD GRADE IN A PART OR TWO BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO BE TOO DISTRACTED AS YOU RUN BY THE RIVER.... YOUR COMPETITION MAY NOT BE TOO FAR BACK... GET'R DONE!

ALONG WITH THIS GREAT RACE, WE HAVE A LIMITED RESERVED CAMPING AREA FOR OUR ATHLETES, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! IF AVAILABLE, YOU CAN RESERVE A SPOT WHEN YOU REGISTER FOR THE RACE AND IT'S
ONLY $10!(first come. first served).
Otherwise: CHECK OUT CAMPING AND OTHER LODGING MAY BE AVAILABLE THROUGH RESERVEA MERICA.COM

2017 RACE CAP : 60 ENTRIES

DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY, (website)
'To enrich our community by enhancing back porches, campfires, dinner tables, hiking summits, fishing boats, beach chairs, pig roasts, tailgates, crab feasts, ball games, ski lodges, strummin’ sessions, and anywhere else you find yourself enjoying life.'-DB Website

will be with us brining beverage and prizes.



Bikes UnlimitedBIKES UNLIMITED,
(website)

FROM LYNCHBURG, WILL BE ON HAND FOR ANY BIKE MAINTENANCE NEEDS!!






APPOMATTOX RIVER COMPANY (website)
'has been in business since 1977. Bob's interest in paddle-sports began with canoeing local creeks and rivers in Virginia, including the Appomattox River which is adjacent to our warehouse. Appomattox River Company was born as Bob's love of paddling and the country's interest in outdoor recreation grew. Bob Taylor has become an icon in the boating industry. His passion for paddle-sports, on the water and in our show room, has made Appomattox River Company the largest canoe and kayak specialty store around.'-ARC website


LUCKY ROAD (website)
'Lucky Foot is a simple concept business and speciality running store. Its foundation is to make running simple and fun for everybody.'-LUCKY FOOT WEBSITE




AWARDS
  • OVERALL MALE & FEMALE
    = JRSP ADVENTURE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONS PLAQUE
    =$150 VSP GIFT CERTIFICATE GOOD FOR ANY VSP CAMPING & CABIN STAYS*
    = $25 GC APPOMATTOX RIVER COMPANY
    = $25 GC BIKES UNLIMITED
    = $25 GC LUCK ROAD RUNNING STORE
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    = JRSP ADVENTURE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONS PLAQUE
    = $25 GC APPOMATTOX RIVER COMPANY
    = $25 GC BIKES UNLIMITED
    = $25 GC LUCK ROAD RUNNING STORE
  • 2ND & 3RD PLACE
    = JRSP ADVENTURE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONS PLAQUE


  • *call-in reservations for camping & cabin-stays only & based on select dates & availability




REGISTRATION DATES
SOLO
TEAM
THRU DEC 26
$30
$55
DEC 27 - MARCH 15
$35
$65
MARCH 16 - APRIL 5
$40
$75
APRIL 5 - APRIL 15
$50
$95
RACE DAY
$65
$125
2017 RACE CAP : 60 ENTRIES
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SOLO
TEAM
MALE 19-30
MALE
MALE 31-49
COED
MALE 50+
FEMALE
FEMALE 19-30
FEMALE 31-49
FEMALE 50+
*CATEGORIES MAY EXPAND WITH ADDITIONAL COMPETITION

ADVENTURES ON THE JAMES : STRAVA CLUB

JOIN IN ON THE FUN!!

LOCATION:
JAMES RIVER STATE PARK:
104 Green Hill Dr, Gladstone, VA 24553




TRANSITION
KAYAK, BIKE, RUN TRANSITIONS WILL ALL BE AT CANOE LANDING

KAYAK
*KAYAKS OF ALL SOLO VARIETIES ARE ALLOWED.
*THE PARK HAS SOME KAYAKS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. PLEASE CONTACT THEM AT (434) 933-4355


GUIDELINES
* Get along, Have Fun and Play Fair
* Bicycle helmets are required at all times during the bicycle portion and when specifically directed by race officials.
* All courses must be completed as marked
* Mountain Bikes Only(any wheelsize allowed)
* All areas of the course are open to the public. Use proper trail etiquette. Bikes yield to hikers, and everyone yields to horses.
* Do Not Miss the Shuttle. If you do, you will need to provide your own transportation. No Refunds.
* Teams: Members must 'tag-off' before leaving for their leg.
* Only racers, volunteers, and race officials are allowed in marked transition areas (TA) or staging areas.
* No littering. Please practice Leave No Trace!
* Anyone withdrawing from the race must notify a “live” person by checking in with a Volunteer or Race Director. Failing to notify race officials will result in that individual being responsible for all search and rescue expenses.
* Any protest must be filed in writing within 1 hour of the individual/team’s finish and will be reviewed by the race committee
* PFDs must be worn and secured properly at all times while paddling or doing a water challenge
* Race entries are transferable($10fee) until March 15, 2017. Click Contact Us to get the ball rolling.


PREVIOUS RESULTS:
* 2016
* 2015


2017 RACE SERIES AFFILIATION
* VIRGINIA OFF ROAD SERIES

Virginia State Parks 'Adventure Series'


2017 PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT
GLADSTONE VOLUNTEER FIRE & RESCUE SERVICES

RELATED RACES
NEW RIVER TRAIL CHALLENGE - SEPT 14, 2017 - CLICK FOR DETAILS
* BIKE - 40 MI OUT AND BACK(20MI EACH WAY) RAIL-TO-TRAIL COURSE
* KAYAK - 12 MI DOWNSTREAM PADDLE ON THE NEW RIVER
* RUN - 13MI RAIL-TO-TRAIL COURSE









RACE DAY

April 22, 2017

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BOAT DROP :
RACE DAY ARRIVAL - SAT. 7:30AM BOAT DROP AT BENT CREEK BOAT LANDING (RT60 & 605)
FRIDAY ARRIVAL - SAT. 7:30AM BOAT DROP AT CANOE LANDING AREA IN PARK(START/FINISH AREA)


RACE DAY REGISTRATION AT CANOE LANDING OPENS 8:00
RACE MEETING 9:00


SHUTTLE DEPARTURE 9:15-30

RACE START : 10AM BENT CREEK BOAT LANDING
RACE HQ: CANOE LANDING(directions)

2017 RACE CAP : 60 ENTRIES




NEW : 'RANGER BILL'S ADVENTURE TRIATHLON RACE NOTES'

1. KAYAK - 7 miles
(approx dist)
River Level @ Bent Creek: Click Here (>7,000cfm: Race Format will be Run.Bike.Run)

The FIRST LEG will be to kayak from Bent Creek Boat Landing to the Canoe Landing (First landing) at the Park.
This adventure will take you by scenic fields and views of surrounding ridge lines. The river is relatively mild mannered


KAYAK COURSE ON STRAVA: CLICK HERE

KAYAK DROP :
If you are coming in Saturday morning, you can drop off your kayak at the
Bent Creek Boat Landing located at RT 60 & 605. Then take 605 down 7 miles to the park entrance on the left.

If you are staying at the Park, there will be a drop at the Canoe Landing and your boat will be shuttled to Bent Creek Start Area.

RIVER LEVEL SAFETY!

If river volume at Bent Creek is
over 7000 cfs, we may opt for our duathlon version of run/bike/run.
River Level @ Bent Creek: Click Here


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VIRTUAL PADDLE OF THE KAYAK SECTION

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2. MOUNTAIN BIKE- 8 miles(approx dist)

Description: This race course is comprised of double and single track that covers a great portion of the Park in approx 8mi.
Some the singletrack is
purpose built for mountain biking and rides for approx 3 miles.
Overall the course is not overly technical in nature but there will be a few good climbs and some
rocks and roots.
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3. TRAIL RUN- 3 miles(approx dist)

DESCRIPTION:
THIS COURSE IS GOING TO MAKE FOR A QUICK FINISH. MOST OF THE COURSE IS DOWN IN THE RIVER FLATS. THERE MAY BE A SLIGHT CLIMB IN THERE SOMEWHERE BUT WHO CARES... YOU ARE ALMOST DONE!

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ATHLETE VILLAGE CAMPING:
We have
25 camping spots reserved for our race participants.
For
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RANGER BILL'S ADVENTURE TRIATHLON NOTES

As the new year (2017) begins, and the Adventures on the James Games Triathlon is steadily filling toward capacity, I wanted to reach out to participants, and potential participants, to share some of my experiences with and knowledge of this race and course.  My name is Bill Crawford, and I am one of two Chief Rangers at James River State Park and, in particular, the one responsible for this race.  I’m basing the idea of writing this from a very informative article written for the New River Trail Challenge.  I found it very helpful before attending the Challenge for the first time, and hope some will feel likewise about this.  While much of the advice in that document (found on the NRT Challenge webpage) can be applied in general to our race, this race is different enough to justify some insights on our course.  Also, with the reality that our race is short in terms of most adventure triathlons, we feel that some people may be using this race as an introduction to adventure triathlons, which is what we are hoping for!  It is these people that may benefit most from reading this document.  You’ll see it’s heavily “paddling”…for two reasons.  It’s the thing that is the riskiest for racers, and it’s the thing I know the most about.

One final point about the race as a whole.  If the water is moving too fast (see below), we will be switching the race to a “duathlon,” or “run-bike-run” format.  We would start with the 5K(ish) run, followed by an EXTENDED bike course of approximately 11 miles (instead of 8+ for the regular course), followed by another 5K(ish) run.  By adding a few miles the bike ride, it will extend your day and hopefully make it more appealing to everyone.  All race courses will be posted on both the Adventures on the James webpage and our FaceBook page.  If you have Strava or a Garmin GPS, you can know the exact course well before race day!  Finally, please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.  My email is Bill.Crawford@dcr.virginia.gov.  You can also send questions via the website or the FaceBook page.

PADDLE
The first leg of our race is a downriver paddle from Bent Creek to “Canoe Landing” at James River State Park.  The reason we paddle first is because of the logistics of getting everyone on the water in a safe and effective manner and having a central transition area.  By starting with the paddle, all transitions can take place in one spot, at the park.  The website and race information will provide timelines, but I want to emphasize the importance of getting your boat to an appropriate location in a timely manner.  Because of our need to shuttle 60+ participants on race morning, we will not have the luxury of time to deal with special requests that day.  The paddle portion is approximately 7 miles in length, which is right on the border between a “sprint” event and a mid-length paddle.  Estimated times will vary considerably depending on a number of factors that I will address below, but figure well below an hour for fast paddlers with good water, to as much as 2 hours for slower paddlers in lower water.  More on this in a bit.  Race administration will provide a shuttle service to the paddle start at Bent Creek, so once you are parked you don’t have to move again!  Everything will happen from that one location.  What this means for both new folks and experienced folks is that you do NOT need a “crew” to help at all.

The paddle will likely be a staggered start.  Probably no more than 15 minutes from the first wave to the second (waves to be determined by registration numbers in each class).  The boat launch the park owns at Bent Creek is very nice, but fairly small, so we don’t want to rush anyone launching and getting a fair start.  The James River in this area is relatively sedate, with rocks only being a factor at lower water levels, which is unlikely this time of year.  There are no “classed” rapids in this stretch of river, but there is at least one “ripple” that can be disconcerting to newer paddlers.  It’s on river left less than a mile into the trip.  In higher water, I bypass it by taking the far side of the river (river right), as there are “lines” that are better and less intense for race designed boats.  In lower water, I run the ripple for the speed it offers. After that, it’s smooth paddling with a few less exciting ripples.

Now that I’ve mentioned the rocks and water levels, let me share a bit about those in this stretch for those of you either new to this part of the river, or new to river racing.  There is a river gauge at Bent Creek that constantly feeds data to the USGS website (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?02026000), so it is the one we look to for data.  For those unfamiliar with the significance of river gauge readings, they give you a “snapshot” of the river at that point in the river, measuring both depth and speed.  But it helps to know the area around it to understand what the numbers mean for the seven mile stretch you’ll be on.  A good height (depth) reading at the Bent Creek gauge is anything over 3 feet.  All that is saying is that right there at that gauge, the water is “x” number of feet deep…we want 3 or more.  Of course, it’s deeper in some places (maybe 10 feet at most in this stretch), and shallower in others (ripples), but that’s a good number on the gauge to have the water high enough to dodge a lot of rocks over the course.  Over 4 feet on the gauge and now you’re clear of most rocks as you’ll be passing over them.  Over 5 feet, and then it’s a straight shot with only a few big rocks to dodge!  At 6 feet, even most of the ripples disappear and it’s just one big river.  But at higher water levels, the other measurement generally has a stronger meaning.  The other measure is “flow,” or how fast the water is moving.  It’s measured in Cubic Feet per Second (CFS), and is a measurement of how many cubic feet of water are moving past that exact point every second.  It is tied to the height for a number of reasons we won’t get into here, but at 3 feet in height, you can figure on the flow being between 2500 and 3500 CFS.  Just to share for fun, if the water is 3000 CFS, that means approximately 22,500 gallons of water are passing that point every second!  While that sounds like a lot of water, it’s pretty calm with a river that depth and width.  The main significance of flow, for the race, is safety.  Sure, higher flow means a faster paddle (FUN!), but it’s also more dangerous if someone flips over.  Up to say 4500 CFS, even somewhat inexperienced paddlers are in little danger.  Over 5000 CFS, you really need to start paying attention!  Over 7000 CFS, in this stretch of river, and it’s too risky for the race.  If you flip at that rate, the odds of you getting back in your boat in a reasonable time are not in our favor, then we have to help you out of the water and track down your boat.  And if you get wedged against something at that flow…that’s really bad.  While there are a few variables we will consider when deciding whether to race the river portion or not, one absolute cut off is 7000 CFS.  We are hoping for something more in the 4000-5000 range.  And as a quick final note, CFS is very dependent on the river you’re in, and the stretch of that river.  2000 CFS for our stretch is hideously boring, pond water moves faster.  Where just 15 miles away on the Tye River, 2000 CFS can be lethally fast…it’s all relative.

Another variable in the river that I feel strongly about pointing out is the water, and air, temperature.  The time of year of the race, as you all know, the temperatures can be all over the place in Virginia.  And very likely, the water will be COLD.  We will have a safety boat on the river, but they follow the slowest paddler.  If you are in front of them, and fall in, even if you get out quickly you still have an element of risk.  PLEASE dress according to the weather.  A good rule of thumb it to dress in layers, and avoid cotton at all costs…especially for the cloth that is in contact with your skin.  Invest in a water wicking under garment layer, and preferably a few water shedding layers for on top.  This is a risk all river racers/paddlers face, and over time most of us that spend a lot of time on the water have invested in wetsuits or drysuits.  That time of year, a decent wetsuit would be perfect.  At around $100 from Appomattox River Company (sponsor of our event and all around great guys/gals that have a wonderful online site as well as a ginormous store in Farmville, VA), it’s a great investment for all paddlers, and can be shed fairly quickly at the transition area if you have riding/running shorts on under it.  Food for thought, but please dress appropriately.

Some real quick basics about down river racing of any kind, but worth considering in this leg of the race if you are new to adventure triathlons.  Experienced racers don’t beat me up for sharing this, they could find out if they wanted in other ways.  In general, the outside of turns in the river are faster.  It makes sense that the insides of the turns are shorter, and many think faster because of that, but it’s rarely faster.  Also, deeper water (more than two feet deep) is generally faster than shallow water.  Turning strokes scrub off a LOT of speed, so plan ahead where you want to go and turn there gradually.  Maintaining speed is critical.  These generalizations apply to many parts of this stretch, but not every one.  A decent rule of thumb for this stretch of river, if you don’t have time to pre-paddle it, is to stay in the center as much as reasonably possible.  Or, watch a faster racer in front of you!  Pick the lines they pick for as long as you can see them and you’ll be set.  I am always happy to discuss specifics with anyone that can tolerate me, I get pretty geeky about paddling.  I have many, many hours on this part of the river, in race boats as well as leading paddle trips, I’ll be happy to share my experience with anyone that asks.  And weather permitting, I’ll get out there and paddle it with you before the race!

Last bit about this paddle…boats.  I’ll start by saying, don’t worry about it, bring whatever kayak (sorry, no canoes) you have and you’ll be great!  But for informational purposes, and so that some of you new people can make sense of what you’ll see at the race, I’ll explain a bit more.  In general…longer, narrower, lighter boats are faster.  The trade off is that long boats don’t turn as well, so harder to dodge rocks.  Narrower boats are more “tippy” and require more experience and core strength.  Lighter normally means fiberglass or kevlar, neither of which get along well with rocks.  So there are lots of trade offs.  There will be a few 16-18 foot race boats, very fast and unstable, and not fond of turning.  A boat in the 12-15 foot range can be a good compromise of speed, maneuverability, and stability.  Anything shorter than 12 feet long and you’re giving up a lot of speed to some competitors, but you’ll probably have more fun and can still beat ‘em on the bike and run portion.  For this race, forget fiberglass or kevlar unless you are a diehard river racer, or don’t mind repairing damaged fiberglass.  With that said, I know at least one person entered that will likely paddle his fiberglass boat, and will probably be the fastest in the race.  But he knows and accepts the risk.  Surfskis and some long touring kayaks are the fastest (long, narrow, AND light), but know your limitations, these boats are not easy to navigate through low water, and can be unforgiving in higher water.  There will be some super fast boats out there (Epic V5 and V7, Pyranha’s new Octane and older Speeder, Cobra Vipers, etc) that are made of plastic, but like all forms of racing, speed costs money.  With all that said, bring what you have and enjoy yourself, you’ll be fine…there will be more 10’ fun boats than there will be full-blown racing boats, and everything in between.  Feel free to contact me about boat selections, or simply to share what you’re going to paddle, I might be able to help you choose a strategy based on your boat.  As another shameless plug for a race sponsor, call or visit the fine people at Appomattox River Company if you don’t have a kayak and are considering one!  Nearly everyone working there has paddled our stretch of river a lot, and if you tell them what you’re looking for, they will have several boats for you to choose from in a wide price range.  Finally, if you do not have a kayak, and have no intention of buying one, but still want to race…you can rent one from the park! Contact me (Bill.Crawford@dcr.virginia.gov) at the park at least a week before the race and we’ll set something up.


BIKE
The bike course this year (2017) will be about the same length as last year (more than 8, less than 9 miles), but it will have more single track trail!  In many ways, I feel the course is easier, as a few of the most brutal hills have been eliminated.  On the other hand, with more single track, it is perhaps a bit more “technical.”  The park now has two single track trails, and this race course will travel BOTH, for a total of about five and a half miles of single track.  The first “loop” of single track in the course is our newest trail, which is very much a beginner type trail.  There are no dramatic climbs or tricky spots, but since it is new it will be a bit on the “rough” side in places.  It’s also quite rocky in some sections, if you don’t have full suspension, check your teeth fillings well before riding it.  The second portion of the single track is the same loop that we raced last year.  For those new to the race, there are a few hills with tough(ish) switchbacks, and a few logs to roll over (they’re there on purpose).  I would personally consider this loop somewhere between beginner and intermediate, really good mountain bikers would say “beginner.”  The rest of the bike course is part of the park’s multi-use trail system, which means wide and not at all technical.  There are some tough climbs though, so don’t expect it to be TOO easy.  As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here chuckling thinking of y’all having to pedal one particularly nasty climb right at the end of the bike section.  The bike course starts with, and ends with, significant uphill runs. Yeah, I’m mean.  Figure on just over an hour for the best riders, 1 ½ hours for decent riders, maybe as much as 2 hours 15 minutes for those new to mountain biking. For our newer riders, I want to point out a few trail etiquette things to consider.  First, with more single track trail, the opportunities to pass will be limited in those areas.  If you hear, or see, someone coming up behind you, be respectful and find a decent place to pull over and let them pass.  You don’t have to stop, but simply move to one side, point in the direction you want them to pass you.  And then please say “you’re welcome” when they pass, because hopefully the faster rider will say “thank you” (I almost guarantee a good rider will thank you for the curtesy, I have a lot of experience being passed in cyclocross races and I find they appreciate polite slow people).  If you are the one over taking a slower rider, pick your spot and then announce to the rider where you intend to pass.  Something like “passing left” or “rider on your left” to go on THEIR left side is courteous.  If you end up off your bike pushing it up a hill, which is highly likely, please (even on single track) try to get as far off the trail as possible and be mindful of who may be coming up behind you.  This is for everyone’s safety and fun, and karma loves polite bike racers.  Finally, since this is a state park, there may be horses on the multi-use trails.  If you encounter a horse, THEY have the right-of-way.  EVERYONE in parks have to yield to horses.  Slow down, give them a wide berth, and be polite.  If you run across them, likely everyone else will too, and you’ll all be slowed down the same amount. As part of park management, I don’t need a horse rider thrown off because you didn’t yield, and I don’t need you kicked in the head by a horse either.  Yield to horses.  If you come up on a hiker, ask them nicely as you approach to move to one side or the other (they are supposed to yield to you if you’re on a bike, but many do not know that) and we’ll all have a great day.

As for bikes, you definitely need a mountain bike.  Road bikes are absolutely out of the question, to the point they are not allowed at all.  This is a course set up for mountain bikes.  With that said, if you are a cyclocross racer and have a cyclocross bike with appropriate gearing, you will be allowed to race that bike.  I have run my carbon cyclocross bike through this course, and I will NOT do it again!  It’s no fun.  The gearing is generally way off (I did not have nearly the range needed), and even with somewhat knobby 34’s on there, it wasn’t enough and I regretted it.  Full suspension bikes will smooth out the lumps in this course nicely, though it’s not a huge advantage over a hard-tail bike.  There are no major downhill runs or areas so full of roots and rocks that make full suspension necessary, but it sure feels good.  If you have choices of tires, bring the knobby ones.  As mentioned with the boats, bring whatever mountain bike you can and have fun!  I know of at least one “box store” mountain bike that has been practicing on this course, and it does fine.  If you have any questions about bikes/tires/tire pressures/etc, feel free to contact me.  Or better still, contact our bike sponsor, Bikes Unlimited in Lynchburg!  These guys are incredibly knowledgeable and can help you way more than I ever could with technical insight.  As a matter of fact, they are coming to the race and offering free safety inspections before the race!  So if you’re borrowing a bike from a buddy, or simply don’t know a lot about what you have, they can at least let you know if it’s safe to ride.  Sorry, we do not have any rental bikes at the park.


RUN
Anyone that knows me knows I do not like to run.  So for this section, I could simply say “good luck” and look at you like you’re crazy.  But in case you are like me and run only when the competition forces you, or when something is chasing you, you deserve to know a little of what you’re getting into.  The first portion of the run is on wide, dirt/small rocks/small roots park trail.  It will pay to watch your footing, but nothing too bad.  There will be one “climb” early in the loop, and it is very rocky…and steep…but nothing too crazy.  After the somewhat abrupt elevation gain, it’s a gradual decent into the river bottom where the trail is VERY flat and a combination of mowed grass and more dirt/small root trails.  Trail running shoes are definitely not required, and in truth may not even be advantageous if you have them.  Running shoes are fine.  This course, other than the short climb, will be a very easy 5K(ish) run for folks crazy enough to run on a regular basis.  There will be some super-fast low/sub 20 minute runs, and those like me that will be happy just to crawl across the line within an hour.  If you run other 5K’s, figure this one will be just a bit slower than normal because of the hill and the fact that it’s a trail run and not on pavement.  









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