1. What is the format of the race?

There are two races. One is a 6 hour race, and and the other is a 12 hour race. Racers may compete as soloists, 2, 3, or 4 person teams in male, female, and coed divisions. Coed teams do not need to be evenly split (example: 3 men and one woman is acceptable). The 12 hour race begins at 7:00 a.m. on race day. The 6 hour race begins at 11 a.m. on race day. The race is followed immediately by an awards dinner, with beer!

2. What is the percentage breakdown of the race legs, roughly?

Elite Race (12 hours):
Mountain Biking-65%

Sprint Race (6 hours)
Mountain Biking-65%

3. Do I have to bring my own boat?

No–Boats, paddles, and PFD’s will be supplied.
If you want a double blade paddle you must supply it yourself and carry it throughout the race section that contains the canoeing portion. You may drop the paddle in the transition area after completing the canoeing section.

4. What is UTM?

The Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM), is a geographic coordinate system (2-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system) that gives locations on the surface of the Earth. The races use UTM to locate checkpoints on a map that will be provided. All maps are in a 1:24,000 scale.

5. What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. [1] Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but basically any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation using a map is a type of orienteering.

6. Are Grigris ok for rappelling?

Grigris is not acceptable.

7. Are ATC belay devices ok for rappelling?

In previous years, ATC belay devices have permitted past subject to a safety review at check-in. Please note that we use 10mm ropes, which are too thick for some ATCs. Figure 8s are preferred.

8. Do I need to carry all my gear when I am running and canoeing?

Required gear must be carried at all times. There is a transition area where discipline specific gear, such as rappel gear or bike gear, can be dropped once it is not need.

9. How many helmets do I need?

Two, one for biking and one for rappelling, each approved for that specific meeting.

10. What do I do if I cannot make the check-in by 6:00 PM the day before the race or attend the mandatory meeting at 7:00 PM the day before the race?

If you cannot make check-in by 6:00 PM contact ahead of time. Failure to make prior arrangements could result in disqualification from the race. In such cases no refund will be provided.

Contact Race Director Nate Kreuter at:

Phone: 828-656-1893
Email, preferred: nathankreuter [at-sign] gmail [dot] com

11. Can you provide any detailed information regarding the rappel?

The rappel is approximately 80′-90′ long and fairly straight forward. Although, it may be steep. There will be personnel at the tie in area that will make sure everything is good before the racer starts the rappel. However, the racer should be aware of the rope hook up to the harness that you will be using. A figure 8 harness is preferred. However, other descending devises may be acceptable. You should verify that your harness is acceptable before arrival. The racer must have a rappel helmet as well as a bike helmet. Our Insurance carrier and USARA have very specific requirements and regulations. There is a rappel tutorial offered by the climb master at pre-race check-in.

12. Do I need rappelling gloves?

You need leather gloves that cover 100% of the palm and fingers for the rappel. Biking gloves are not acceptable.

13. Can I mail in my entry and not use www.active.com?

Yes. Contact Race Director Nate Kreuter at:

Phone: 828-656-1893
Email, preferred: nathankreuter [at-sign] gmail [dot] com