Click here for the short, pre-Challenge video brief!
Compete against others on a real 24-hour virtual checkpoint hunt through the Shenandoah Valley (you don't have to touch anything!). In full compliance with COVID-19 recommendations, you can head to the wilderness and take on some of the best, biking, and trekking in the area in your own little bubble. Navigate to 19 virtual checkpoints using any method of travel you see fit: bike, trek, swim, or drive. Use a support crew, or travel alone...the choice is yours.
Sign up and receive a map with the location of 19 virtual checkpoints you must visit in a 24-hour period. Also included is the rental of one of our amazing GPS trackers to keep you company and record your adventure travels. Fire up the tracker, pass through the starting location to start your clock, and then visit the checkpoint locations. Checkpoint visits are recorded by the tracker and uploaded in real time to our leaderboard. Stop your clock by visiting the finish location and drop off your tracker. The leaderboard will be ongoing and fluid as other participants complete the challenge, so you can see how you stacked up against others, compare route choices, and see who took the best method of travel.
While you run and bike around the woods, your friends and family can follow your adventure from their designated quarentine location through our tracking page.
There's no paddling in this adventure. Future challenges will include paddling once the boat companies reopen.
Watch the dots here. Participants have between May 1 and May 24, 2020 to register and complete the course. You can see who has already completed the course on the leaderboard, you can replay routes, and watch the live route of anyone currently out in the woods living it up at the Quarantine Adventure Challenge!
Click here for the pre-Challenge brief, with tips at the end on how to turn on and secure your tracker.
Front Royal, Virginia area: George Washington National Forest, SRSP, and surrounding area
Open. Preferably solo but you could include anyone in your quarantine/social distance bubble (but no more than 10).
You will have so many different options for biking and trekking, it’s hard to estimate distances for each discipline. An overall estimate to travel is about 125 miles over the 24-period including travel by vehicle if you choose.
$60 includes map, tracker rental, and AE buff, sent straight to your front door. Once you start the adventure, fees also include a fun course designed for an adventure racer, online tracking for friends and family to follow you virtually, leaderboard, your need for competition sated, and sweet sweet time in the great outdoors doing what you love.
April 27th: We start mailing out maps and trackers.
May 1st-May 24th: Start your adventure any time between May 1st and 24th, 2020. Returning your tracker stops your race clock.
All trackers MUST be returned to the finish no later than May 24th, 2020 (or we'll have to charge you for it).
Map, Rental GPS Tracker, rules of travel.
You are expected to bring the equipment and supplies to get you through 24-hours in the woods. We recommend the following:
Pack to carry gear
Enough food for replenishment
Hydration system (hydration pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)
Headlamp with extra batteries
Knife with minimum 2.5-inch blade
Emergency blanket or bag
1 long-sleeve wool blend or other type of insulated top (no cotton)
Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
Rear light (must be capable of blinking)
Front light with enough battery power to last 12 hours.
While taking part in any water activity each adventurer additionally must have PFD Class III non-inflatable
Fully charged cell phone in watertight bag
Dry bag or method of keeping equipment dry in the event of bad weather.
Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube
Emergency First Aid kit – Teams may use the Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight 0.7 or build their own kit as long as the kit contains the following listed required contents. (8) 2x2 or 3x3 sterile dressing, (2) 3x4 non adherent sterile dressing, (1) conforming gauze bandage, (4) 1x3 adhesive bandage, (3) knuckle adhesive bandage, (1) tape ½”x 10 yards, (1) swift wrap elastic bandage, (8) 200-mg ibuprofen, (2) antihistamine (Diphenhydramine), (2) afterbite sting relief, (1) moleskin, (5) towelettes, (3) antibiotic ointment, (1) tincture of benzoin, (3) butterfly closure bandage, (2) pair nitrile gloves, (1) tweezer,(3) safety pins, (1) duct tape.
You are allowed to travel via any type of vehicle. It will be critical that you can stage, load, and unload equipment easily in and out of your car, van, truck, bus etc.
Maps will be 11”x17” at 1:24:000 scale on waterproof paper. You maps will be mailed to you.
This is not a race--just personal adventure--so there are no official awards, but there’s bragging rights for days.
Because of current COVID-19 restrictions, call any establishment to make sure they are open. Support our local restaurants while you are in town, Most of them are doing takeout--and even bringing out beers and cocktails curbside. Visit FroRoToGo.com to see who is serving and order online.
Shenandoah River State Park (cabins, camping, RVs), 350 Daughter of Stars Dr. Bentonville, VA 22610, (540) 622-6840 CLOSED
Skyline Ranch Resort: 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. Accommodations include chalets (up to 6 people), cabins (up to 6 people), and RVs (up to 4 people). Visit the website or call 540-635-4169 ext.1
Baymont by Wyndham - 10 S Commerce Ave Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-3161
Super8 - 111 South Street, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 636-4888
Camping and RVs:
Low Water Bridge Campground (RV hookups and tent camping), 192 Panhandle Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610 (just across the river from the start/finish line), (540) 635-7277
Skyline Ranch Resort, 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-4169, $40 for RV site
Food & Lodging
May 1-May 24, 2020
It’s time to put the AR in quarantine with our social distance adventure challenge! Maintain your personal social distancing and head to the woods for a new type of adventure for a new type of lifestyle. Compete virtually against others on a real, designed-for-you, up to 24-hour checkpoint hunt through the Shenandoah Valley. Read more in the Description below.
A map with the location of 19 virtual (you don't have to touch anything!) checkpoints you must visit in a 24-hour period
Online tracking and leaderboard
Great course in a beautiful, secluded area
Competition you've been craving
Adventure Enablers buff