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Pocahontas Strong

8-Hour Adventure Race

April 1, 2018

Click here for the participant email with race-day info sent Wednesday, March 28. We can't wait to see you!


Have an adventure with us at Pocahontas State Park! Adventure racers will have 8 hours to cover up to 35 miles via paddling on the 225-acre lake, enjoying mountain biking on smooth and windy trails, and exploring the epic forest--all with a seasonal egg hunt twist! Just 20 miles from Richmond, the state capitol, Pocahontas is Virginia's most popular state park for a great reason. Come explore it with us in a whole new way.

The morning of the race, 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 seven distinct legs. Participants can choose the order of each leg but they will only have basic information for each one, including distance, method of travel (bike, trek, or paddle), and the number of available points. Choose the order and which leg you want to complete. After completing each leg, you'll head back to the main TA to get your next leg instructions. 


Sound like your kinda fun? Well, let's do this!


Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Rd.
Chesterfield, VA 23832


Sunday, April 1, 2018

7:30 am-8:00: Packet pickup and transition set-up at the race start area (110301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832)

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

9:00 am: Strong Adventure Race starts

5:00 pm: Race finishes

4:30 pm-6:00 pm: Post-race snacks available and awards ceremony


  • Soloist (Male & Female)

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

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


25-35 miles, depending on route choice


Registration fee is per team member.


2- and 3-Person Team Registration Fees

  • $70.00 through 2/3/18

  • $80.00 through 3/3/18

  • $90.00 through 3/31/18

  • $105.00 Onsite race day 

Soloist Registration Fees

  • $80.00 through 2/3/18

  • $90.00 through 3/3/18

  • $100.00 through 3/31/18

  • $115.00 Onsite race day

An additional $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA and can be paid on race day.

See Who Is Racing

Click here for the roster as it develops.


Check here for results after the race.

Packet Pickup and Transition Setup

Race-day packet pickup and transition setup will be held from 7:30 am-9:00 am at the race start area at  10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832


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 race swag, maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race bibs. USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership, $35 for yearly membership, or proof of USARA membership are required and can be paid at packet pickup. Participants younger than age 16 do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.


Supplied Gear Canoes, 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 8 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)

  • Emergency blanket or bag

  • 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. Some of 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)

  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 watertight 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 water 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.


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


After you finish out on the course, be sure to stay awhile for the post-race awards ceremony, snacks, and story swapping. Awards wil lgo three deep in each category.


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.


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 volunteer. Thanks!

Cancellation and Transfer Policies

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