Douthat Strong Adventure Race

October 28, 2018

Click here for the participant email sent 10/24/18 full of race-day information!

 

Description

The Douthat Strong 8-hour adventure race is designed for a a full day of racing in one of Virginia’s first and finest state parks! Douthat (pronounced "doubt-that," according to Virginia State Parks, but this seems to be up for debate!) Strong will have you paddling on the 50-acre lake, mountain biking on trails considered among the best mountain biking on the East Coast with its classic mix of rocky and fast singletrack, and trekking through some of Virginia’s best backcountry, with almost every trail leading to an amazing vista. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of south central Virginia and surrounded by the George Washington National Forest, the park opened in 1936 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the original state parks in Virginia, and its design played a large in park development across the United States. The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best.


The morning of the race, we'll give each team and soloists a map with checkpoints and a list of "Rules of Travel." Racers, as a soloist or as a team, will be provided a map and specific rules of travel and will have up to 8 hours to complete the adventure race. Sound like your kinda fun? Well, we don’t doubt that!

Location

Race-Day Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief/Race Start/Finish: Douthat State Park: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro, VA 24460

Categories

  • Soloist (Male & Female)
  • Two-person teams (Female, Male, and Co-ed)
  • Three-person teams (Female, Male, and Co-ed)

Distance

20-30 miles

Fees

Registration fee is per team member. 

 

2- and 3-Person Teams

  • Super-Early Registration is $80 until 4/30/18

  • Early Registration is $90 until 8/1/18

  • Regular Registration is $100 until 9/1/18

  • Late Registration is $110 until 10/1/2018

  • Last-Minute Registration is $120 until registration closes at midnight 10/26/2018

Soloists​

  • Super-Early Registration is $100 until 4/30/18

  • Early Registration is $110 until 8/1/18

  • Regular Registration is $120 until 9/1/18

  • Late Registration is $130 until 10/1/2018

  • Last-Minute Registration is $140 until registration closes at midnight 10/26/2018

Schedule

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6:30 am-8:30 am: Packet pickup and transition set-up at the race start area 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro, VA 24460. Located at the Discovery Center Pavilion.

8:30 am: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains) at the race start area

9:00 am: Race starts

5:00 pm: Race finishes

4:00 pm-6:00 pm: Post-race food and award ceremony

Packet Pickup

Race-day packet pickup and transition setup: 6:30-8:30 am, 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro, VA 24460.  Packet pickup will be located at the Discovery Center Pavilion.
 

During packet pickup the team captain must be present, all forms must be completed for every team member, and fees must be paid for USARA membership if necessary. If you do not have all the forms for all team members, we will not give you your race packet until we have them in hand. During packet pickup you will receive swag, sponsor giveaways, maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race numbers.

Gear

Supplied Gear Canoes, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel.  

 

Mandatory Gear Mandatory gear will not be checked during check-in. Random checks on gear will be performed during the race. Penalty points will be assessed for any missing items. These items are not all inclusive of items you will need to complete the race. You will be out in the elements for up to 12 hours. Bring other equipment as appropriate to get through the event.   At all times during the race each racer must have in their possession the following equipment unless otherwise stated in the rules of travel:

  • Pack to carry gear

  • Enough food for replenishment

  • Hydration system (Hydraton pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)

  • Emergency blanket or bag (Strong only)

  • Headlamp or Flashlight

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entre race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)

While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike (mandatory for Strong) or any bike that has two (or three) wheels for our Family Adventure. The terrain will not be paved so just make sure your bike can go on hard packed dirt trails and gravel roads.

  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certfied)

  • Bike lights front and red blinking rear (Strong only)

While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)

Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Fully charged cell phone in water tight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course

  • Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (cell phone) dry in the event of bad weather and during the canoe section

  • Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube

Volunteer

The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering, we'd love to have you join the fun!  We have options for individuals, groups and families.  Donations to charities  are available.  Looking to complete service hours?  We can help you out with that, too. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Gear

Supplied Gear

Canoes, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel.

 

Mandatory Gear

Mandatory gear will not be checked during check-in. Random checks on gear will be performed during the race. Penalty points will be assessed for any missing items. These items are not all inclusive of items you will need to complete the race. You will be out in the elements for up to 3 hours. Bring other equipment as appropriate to get through the event. At all times during the race each racer must have in their possession the following equipment unless otherwise stated in the rules of travel:

  • Pack to carry gear

  • Enough food for replenishment

  • Hydration system (Hydration pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)

  • Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entre race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)

While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Mountain bike (mandatory for Strong) or any bike that has two (or three) wheels for the Family Adventure. The terrain will not be paved so just make sure your bike can go on hard packed dirt trails and gravel roads.

  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)

While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)

Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Fully charged cell phone in water tight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course

  • Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (cell phone) dry in the event of bad weather and during the canoe section

  • Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube

Bike Section

Road and cyclo-cross bikes are not permitted. Racers must use the same bike throughout the entire race. In the event of mechanical failures, replacement parts can be used but they must be provided by the team, other racers, or an event official. No outside assistance is allowed. Bikes will not be checked for mechanical worthiness, but we recommend your bike be in good working order.

Paddle Section

All paddle equipment will be provided including watercraft, PFD, and paddle. You do not need to bring any personal paddle equipment; however, if you'd like you may bring your own paddles and/or PFD.​

Maps

Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.

Results

Updates and pictures of the race will be posted online primarily on our Facebook site and also on Instagram and on Twitter. Results will be posted at the Results link once available. https://www.adventureenablers.com/results

Lodging

Cabins and camping are available at Douthat state park.  It is recommended that reservations are made early as cabins tend to fill up. Reservations can be made here: https://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/douthat-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=VA&parkId=140188

 

Douthat State Park (Cabins, Camping, RVs), Douthat State Park 14239 Douthat State Park Rd, Millboro, VA 24460

Post-Race Food

We will have some food on site for post-race refueling!

Prizes & Awards

All divisions will receive prizes generously donated by our sponsors. Awards will go three deep.

Forms

  • Liability waiver and photo release (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)

  • USARA one-day membership and USARA release form (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team). All racers will be required to purchase a race-day USARA membership for $8.00, already have a valid USARA membership, or purchase a 1-year membership ($35). Please bring exact change or check. Under 16 year olds do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

Click here for information.

FAQ

We have posted an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Adventure Enablers web site. Please check this page if you have any questions regarding the race. If you don’t find the answer or need clarification, feel free to email info@adventureenablers.com.

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