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Shenandoah

EPIC

April 23-24, 2022 

The Shenandoah Epic will be back for the 10th year in 2022. 

VIP Registration opens October 5th.

General Registration opens October 19th.

 

Included:

  • Live tracking with instant leaderboard

  • ePunch timing for fast, accurate results

  • Waterproof maps, two sets per team

  • Post-race food

  • Sweet SWAG

  • Boats

  • 24 hours of racing through some of the most beautiful, rugged, and tough terrain on the East Coast at a perfect time of year

Description

Join us for our favorite race, and put your skills to the test for a full day of hard-core racing. 

 

Racers will have 24 hours to cover up to 100 miles via kayak/canoe, foot, and mountain bike over rugged and beautiful terrain, picking up checkpoints along the way in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the spring. You'll tackle 30-40 miles of trekking, 14 miles of paddling on the Shenandoah River, and about 40-50 miles of mountain biking on some uh-mazing trails. For this year's edition, we go a little heavier on the trek sections with some advanced navigation, including a mix of Rogaine and traditional Orienteering course styles. You'll feel challenged for sure, but you'll have a great time doing it...and that finish-line feeling? Come feel it for yourself!

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Location

Race Start/Finish: 

Downriver Canoe Compnay

884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

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Categories
  • Soloist

  • Two-person team

  • Three- or Four-person team

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Distance

14 miles of river paddling

30-40 miles of trekking

50 miles of mountain biking

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Fees
  • Super early registration is $275.00 per team member & $300 for soloists until November 30, 2021

  • Early registration is $300 per team member & $325 for soloists until January 31, 2022

  • Regular registration is $325 per team member & $350 for soloists until March 31, 2022

  • Late registration is $350.00 per team member & $375 for soloists until close at midnight April 17, 2022.

An additional $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA and can be purchased from USARA here. You can also purchase a membership at checkout.  If you are purchasing 1-day membership, chose April 23, 2022, as the start date for your membership.


Registration platform fees also apply.

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Schedule

Friday, April 22, 2022

Downriver Canoe Company

884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

4:00 pm-8:00 pm: Packet pickup

6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Optional Navigation Clinic

7:00 pm-8:00 pm: Optional Fireside Q&A


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Downriver Canoe Company

884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

7:00 am: Map distribution

7:00 am-8:00 am: Packet pickup

7:00 am-9:00 am: Transition setup

10:00 am: Race Start


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Downriver Canoe Company

884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

10:00 am: Race finishes

10:30 am: Post-race food and awards ceremony

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Packet Pickup


Downriver Canoe Company

884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

Friday, April 22, 2022

4:00 pm-8:00 pm: Packet pickup 

or

Saturday, April 23, 2022

7:00 am - 8:00 am


To make sure your zen and chi are intact on race day, we highly recommend packet pickup on Friday night.


During packet pickup, you will receive race numbers and SWAG. USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership, $35 for a yearly membership, or proof of USARA membership are required during registration and can be purchased here or during the registration process.

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Gear

Supplied Gear

Canoes, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, GPS Tracker, 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 24 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)

  • Headlamp with extra batteries

  • Whistle

  • Knife with a minimum 2.5-inch blade

  • Emergency blanket or bag

  • 1 long-sleeve wool blend or other type of insulated top (no cotton)

  • Fleece/wool hat/buff

  • Waterproof jacket

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


  While biking each racer additionally must have:

  • Bike

  • Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)

  • Rear light (must be capable of blinking)

  • A front light with enough battery power to last 12 hours.


  While paddling each racer additionally must have:

  • PFD Class III non-inflatable (provided by Adventure Enablers)


  Per team:

  • ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • GPS tracker ((Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)

  • Compass

  • Lighter

  • Fully charged cell phone in a watertight bag

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

  • 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.

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Paddle Section

Boats will be provided. Two-person and three-person teams will get one canoe. Four-person teams will get two canoes. Soloists will get a kayak. Canoes will come with single-blade paddles. Kayaks will come with double-bladed paddles. PFDs will also be supplied. No outside canoes or kayaks are permitted. Outside paddles and PFDs are permitted. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be located at the canoe put in. You will not need to portage the canoe for any great distance, and you will not need to carry paddles or PFDs when you are not on the paddle section. If you bring your own PFD and paddle you will not need to transport them. Personal PFDs must be class III (non-inflatable).

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Bike Section

Any style of bike is 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. The course contains a mix of gravel road, smooth single track, technical single track, and hike-a-bike.  Choose your ride wisely. Front suspension is highly recommended. Full suspension will be quite nice to have.

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Transitions

There will be multiple transition locations along the course. Logistics and transition staging will be released closer to the race date.

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Maps

Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Maps will be at 1:30,000 and 1:24,000 scale. Checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers. Solos will get one map set.  Teams will get two map sets.

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Who's Racing?

Who's your competition? Click here and find out.

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Live Tracking and Timing

We're providing live tracking for the Shenandoah Epic. Follow your faves the entire 24 hours.  Also, with SportIdent ePunch timing, you will get results as soon as you crawl across the finish line. Post-race, pore over your split times for at least a week.

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Awards

Prizes will go to the top 3 finishers in each division.

  • Solo Male & Female

  • 2 Person Male, Female, & Coed

  • 3/4 Person Male, Female, & Coed

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Lodging & Things to Do

Looking for things to do or a place to eat while you or your fans are in town? Check out our handy-dandy guide to our hometown!  


Lodging:

Check out Shenandoah River State Park for cabins, campsites, and RV hookups. A most excellent park to race and stay in.

Address: 350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentonville, VA 22610

Phone: (540) 622-6840


Low Water Bridge Campground is just across the river from the race start. Lots of racers have stayed here over the years.

Address: 192 Panhandle Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

Phone: (540) 635-7277


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Post Race Food

A post race breakfast will be served to help you refuel after your 24-hours in the woods.

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Photos

We'll have a photographer on course trying to catch you wincing, smiling with mud on your teeth, or trying to read a map folded to the size of a postage stamp.

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Waivers and Forms

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) at the time of registrtaion. For one day memberships, select the date of registration for you membership start date.

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Cancellations and Transfers

Click here for information.

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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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