Get Ready for the Spring Thaw at the Grant

March 4, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Trail Masters,

It’s finally time. We are excited that you are kicking off the 2015 race season with us.

For those of you who are racing in the first race in the Spring Thaw series at the Grant, below you will find all the race-day information.  Please be sure to like us on Facebook. We post the most up-to-date information there.

If you have not yet signed up, we offer online registration and race-day registration.  We can take cash, check, and credit cards.

 

Changing Event Dates and Categories

If you would like to switch to a different date, category, or distance or transfer your entry to someone else, you can log into your Active.com account, where we have enabled the option to do this. There will be no refunds to switch to a shorter-distance event. There is a $2 transfer fee to change events.  Transfers can be made up until race day.

 

Pre-Run/Ride

This Saturday (March 7th) we will host a pre run/ride of the course at the Grant from 10:00 am-noon. Please do not access these private trails outside of these times. Check in with a Rev3 Adventure representative before riding or running. We will be stationed at the trailhead (see Map). The trails will be lightly marked. See below for driving directions. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.  If the trails are too snow covered or icy, we will post the status of the pre-ride on Friday evening.

 

Early Packet Pickup

Road Runner Sports in Sterling is hosting early packet pickup on Thursday, March 12th from 5-8 pm. The address is 46220 Potomac Run Plaza, Sterling, VA 20164. They’re also generously providing snacks and drinks, in-store deals, and giveaways.

 

Race-Day Schedule

  • 08:30am: Packet pickup/registration opens

  • 10:00am: Trail run race start – 5K and 10K

  • 10:45am: 5K awards

  • 11:00am:  Food and beer are served

  • 11:30 am: 10K awards

  • 12:15 am: Registration closes

  • 12:30pm: MTB race start – Trail Experts (Expert)

  • 12:35pm: MTB race start – Weekend Warriors (Sport)

  • 12:40pm: MTB race start – Newbies (Beginner)

  • 12:45pm: MTB race start – Young Warriors (under 16)

  • 1:30pm: MTB Awards - Newbie and Young Warrior

  • 2:30pm: MTB Awards - Weekend Warriors/Trail Experts

Please make sure you arrive at least 40 minutes before your race starts so that you have time to park and get your race packet.

 

Race-Day Packet Pickup

Before you race you will need to pick up your bib number and timing chip. At packet pickup:

  1. Complete the Rev3 Adventure waiver and the Willowsford waiver (You can save time by printing, completing, and bringing the waiver with you, or you may have already signed them online at registration.)

  2. Find your bib number on the printout at the registration area.

  3. Pick up your race packet from the registration tent.

  4. Pick up your T-shirt. (If you are signed up with the discounted three- or six-race option, you will only get one T-shirt for the series.)

  5. Get ready to race.

  6.  

Runners, please attach the bib to your front so that it can be clearly seen. Bikers, attach the bib to your handlebars. Your timing chip is attached to the back of your bib number. Timing chips are disposable, so feel free to keep it as a memento or toss it in the trash. All awards are based off gun time. If you are doing the run and the bike, you will get a separate bib and chip for each event.

 

Course

  • 5K actual distance is 5.8K

  • 10K route actual distance is 11.1K

  • Trail Experts – Three laps (20.8 miles)

  • Weekend Warriors – Two laps (13.8 miles)

  • Newbies – One lap (6.9 miles)

  • Young Warriors – Half lap (3.4 miles)

 

Aid Stations

There will be water and Gatorade on the course.

 

Gear
For the Spring Thaw 5K and 10K, you will need a pair of running shoes and your normal running attire.

For the Young Warrior, Newbie, Weekend Warrior, and Trail Expert Mountain Bikes Races you’ll need a bike and a helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified). A water bottle or CamelBak-type device is highly recommended.

 

Food
We have Willowsford’s culinary expert, Chef Bonnie, serving up culinary treats from 11:00 onward. For post-race rehydration, we’ll offer an Old Busthead Brewery beer on tap. Delish.

 

Directions

  • Traveling north on Evergreen Mills Road take a left onto Langley Oaks Drive. Traveling south on Evergreen Mills Road take a right onto Langley Oaks Drive.

  • At the end of Langley Oaks Drive take a right on Everfield Drive.

  • Continue down Everfield Drive through the first traffic island.

  • Take a right on Homestead Landing Court.

  • Drive to the end and the trailhead is on your left.

For GPS location directions enter 23400 Evergreen Mills Road, Aldie, VA 20105.  This will get you to the intersection of Evergreen Mills Road and Langley Oaks Drive.

 

Pre-Run/Ride Parking

Continue down Homestead Landing and take the gravel road on the left at the end and park at the trailhead. If there are no spaces, park along the gravel road or along the paved section of Homestead Landing Ct. Watch out for runners and riders!

 

Race-Day Parking

Please park along the right-hand side of Homestead Landing Ct.  Do not drive up to the trailhead. If parking fills up along Homestead Landing Ct, you can park along Everfield Drive.  You must park past the traffic island toward Homestead Landing Ct.

 

Helping Out

If you are bringing friends and family and they would like to help in any way, we would love to put them to work. We are looking for people to help marshal the course and run aid stations. Volunteers are very much appreciated by all—organizers and racers alike. To show our gratitude, Rev3 Adventure will give all volunteers an event T-shirt and a $20 code toward any of our other races in 2015. Volunteers can sign up here, and we will be forever in their debt.

 

Bike Support

We will have A1 Bikes available on race day for last minute tune ups and bike assistance.

 

Thanks again for choosing Rev3 Adventure, and we will see you on race day.

Mark Harris
Race Director

Rev3 Adventure
mark@rev3adventure.com

 

Sponsor Highlight

We have some great sponsors for this year’s Spring Thaw. Please help support them so they can help support you. One of our great sponsors for the series is:

 

Appalachian Readiness

On November 2013 Chuck and Cindy Izzo, both Army veterans, decided to take their passion for the outdoors and emergency readiness to the marketplace and Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials was born! It's an outdoor equipment, apparel and wellness store with a unique added focus. While some stores focus only on selling outdoor products, Appalachian Outdoor Readiness & Essentials adds the emergency readiness and disaster preparedness factor to the mix. Visit Chuck and Cindy in their Purcellville store at 198 N 21st St Purcellville, VA 20132 or check them out on line at www.appalachianreadiness.com

 

Series Information

Categories

Trail Run Categories

  • Ladies and Gentlemen 5K and 10K

  • 29 and under

  • 30-39

  • 40-49

  • 50+

Mountain Bike Race Categories

  • Ladies and Gentlemen Newbie, Weekend Warrior and Trail Expert

  • 29 and under

  • 30-39

  • 40-49

  • 50+

Newbie is for racers trying mountain bike races for the first time and have not raced extensively in previous seasons. Weekend Warrior is for anyone who considers themselves sport class. Trail Expert is for advanced riders who frequently ride or race. No sandbagging, please. Category is determined by age on race day.

 

Trail Series Rules

  • To be eligible for the Trail Run and MTB series awards you must compete in at least one race.

  • To be eligible for the Trail Master series, you must enter at least one trail run and one mountain bike race. These can be at any location within the Fall Foliage series.

  • Eligible participants will be automatically entered into the series.

  • Trail run and MTB series winners are divided up by gender, discipline, and division. All age groups compete for the same prize.

  • Trail Master series winners are divided by gender.

  • Point tie breaker is determined by fastest time at the series finale. If a participant who races in the finale ties with someone who does not race in the finale, the participant who raced in the finale wins.

  • Series points will be tabulated and posted to the REV3 Adventure web site no later than 1 week after each of the qualifying events.

  • No race-day category changes. Failure to complete your prescribed course will result in a DNF.

  • No chip, no time, no points. If you forget to wear your bib chip, we will not be able to give you an official race time and you will get a DNF.

Series categories

Trail Run

  • Ladies and Gentlemen 5K and 10K

Mountain Bike

  • Ladies and Gentlemen Newbie, Weekend Warrior and Trail Expert

  • Young Warrior

Trail Master

  • Ladies

  • Gentlemen

Person with highest points in series wins. Points are awarded for each race as follows:

1st – 100, 2nd- 90, 3rd- 82, 4th- 75, 5th- 69, 6th- 63, 7th- 58, 8th- 53, 9th- 49, 10th- 45, 11th- 41, 12th- 37, 13th- 34, 14th- 31, 15th- 28.

 

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