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Last Call for CAC!

We are now down to crunch time, everybody!  If you want to non-race on April 21st, then you need to let us know RIGHT NOW!  The CAC will be very satisfying to all who come to enjoy it.

The CAC Adventure Non Race Logo

To ensure we have the maps in time, we need to order them by Thursday afternoon.  That means you have until Thursday, April 12th at 12:34 PM to let us know whether or not you’ll be non-racing at this year’s adventure non-race.  For more info regarding the what, when, where, and what to bring, simply go here.  And to see who else is already signed up, just go here.

As of now, we have 10 teams consisting of 18 racers from all over Missouri as well as a few racers from Iowa and Illinois!  Very cool.  And just to entice more out-of-state teams to come down off the fence and sign up for this, we have now lowered the entry fee to all non-Missouri residents to… Wait for it… ZERO DOLLARS!!!  Okay, so that’s not a huge discount since it was already free to anyone that wants to join us at the CAC, but still, it’s a FREE race.

Mystery Event at the Deuce Adventure Race

Derrick of Orange Lederhosen at a mystery event from last year's Adventure Non Race. Will there be something similar this year? Perhaps, but maybe with a slight twist... Then again, maybe not.

Also, we just got some pretty cool news regarding the CAC.  I don’t want to spoil it, so you’ll have to show up to find out what it is.  We’re also working on acquiring some schwag for this adventure non-race.  That’s right.  We’ll be giving away a few small prizes at the CAC!  Cool, huh?

So, this is a free adventure race, with free camping, and free schwag.  I mean, c’mon!  There are no excuses for missing the CAC.  I even know of someone that is skipping a 50K trail race to do this non-race.  You’ll hate yourself if you miss this, and you know it.

One last thing… I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay homage to our friends at Team Seagal for bringing the idea of non-racing to our attention.  Big thanks to those guys.  To find out more about how non-racing got started for us and ultimately led to the upcoming CAC and Cedar Cross, then you really need to check this out.

So, please let us know if you want to take part in the CAC before Thursday, April 12th at 12:34 PM!  Either leave us a comment below, contact us, or hit us up on facebook or twitter.  Hope to see you in a couple of weeks!

Are You Strong Enough to Face the CAC?

Okay, boys and girls.  At a super-duper, top-secret meeting last night, Bob and I worked really hard on our CAC.  After many long, sweaty hours, we finalized the Carnage at the Creek course, and we’re confident it’s going to be our best adventure non-race to date.  We’ve taken everything we’ve learned over the past two non-races, what to do and what not to do, and planned the best damn ANR (adventure non-race) you’ve ever seen.  It will definitely be worth the entry fee (which is zero dollars by the way).

Planning the CAC adventure non race

I know you're trying to see what's on our computer screen, aren't you? Cheater.

We will be ordering maps very soon, and we REALLY need to know if you plan on non-racing on April 21st.  If you need more info on the race, read our previous post on the CAC.  So far, here are the teams that have the intestinal fortitude to face our CAC

Male Solo Division:

Male Duo Division:

  • Chad Schwab, Thomas Ressmer – Two Tonic Knights
  • Derrick Boos & Kyle Boos – Orange Lederhosen
  • Dave Huntley and Tim “AR Virgin” Adams – Tardy Rooster

Two Person Coed Division:

Three Person Coed Division:

  • Justin Nemeth, Stephen Nemeth, & Allie Winford – Team Name TBD

Three Person Male Division:

  • Brian “Sucks at Tetherball” Van Weelden, Todd “The Packers Suck” Garrison, & Beau “Snores Like a Screaming Woman” PartsUnknown – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Four Person Coed Division:

  • Josh Perkins, Allie Edwards, Jerrell Vaughan, & Trevor Cokley – Team Wahoo

The Maybe Division:

As of now, we have 8 9 10 11 12 teams consisting of 13 15 17 18 19 20  21 22 24 racers signed up to do this ANR.  If I didn’t have all of your names or the name of your team right or if you need to be in a different division, please let me know.

Also, if you would like to team up with anyone, leave us a comment below or contact us, and we’ll try to pair you up.  Bob is available to help out any newbies that are uncomfortable with racing alone, and I believe that Travis Hammons (an experienced racer) said he would team up with someone if anyone wanted to.  So don’t be shy!  If you want a teammate, just let us know, and we’ll make it happen.

Gate Rodeo

Maybe a Steel Gate Rodeo is a mystery event at the CAC... But maybe not. And yes, this is part of the course (except I doubt we'll have snow).

Everything we posted in the first CAC update holds true, so go check that out to make sure you have all the info you need.  After working the CAC over last night and finalizing the course, the mileage estimates we gave in that update are quite accurate.  We predict the fastest teams should finish in 5 hours, and the least fastest teams should finish between 8 to 8.5 hours after the start of the race.  Don’t forget to bring a PFD and a $5 bill for the “Water Event.”  Muha… Muha… Muhahahahahaha!!!  If you don’t have a PFD, we have a few extras for you to borrow one, but we’ll have to double your entry fee.  (That was a joke since 2 x 0 is still 0 by the way.)

Now it’s time for an important piece of new info, so LISTEN UP and PAY ATTENTION! I’m going to let one little secret out of the bag…

The CAC is a point-to-point non-race.  That means that you will finish in a different location than the start of the race.

We will have a min-van or two to shuttle people back to the Pine Ridge Campground, but if you want to stay and hang out, drink some beverages, eat some food, and watch as everyone finishes the non-race, then you might want to pack a bag of stuff you’ll need after the race, and we’ll shuttle it to the finish line so it’s waiting for you when you finish.  If you’d rather just hitch a ride back to the campground right away, we’ll make that happen too, but we’d love it if you would stick around to par-tay with us.  And of course, after everything is said and done, we’ll be camping/chilling/reminiscing/having the best time ever at the Pine Ridge Campground on Saturday night, and we’d love it if you stayed for that as well.

So, if you’re on the fence, jump off it.  Let us know if you want in ASAP.  And let us know if you have any questions.  We’d be happy to help in any way we can.  See you on the 21st.  We can’t wait!

The Ava Brown Memorial 5K

Our friend and Teammate, Robby Brown, and his wife, Sarah, are putting on The Ava Brown Memorial 5K here in Jefferson City on April 14th in honor and memory of their daughter, Ava, who was tragically lost to SIDS in 2009 at just 8 weeks old.  Last year for this race, I wrote one of the most difficult blog posts I’ve ever written, and after re-reading it just now, I’m not ashamed to admit that I broke down and shed a few tears all over again.  For the full story of why this race is so important to us, please read why we Ran for a Reason last year.  We were completely humbled and blown away by everyone’s generosity, and we raised over $1,000 last year as a team.

Ava Brown

We would love to see you and your families join us at this year’s race.  There is a 5K Run/Walk, and there’s also Ava’s Amble, a non-competetive, non-timed, fun run for kids.  Proceeds from the event go to First Candle, a wonderful organization dedicated to advancing infant health and survival.

I will be walking at this year’s race since I will be running the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon the next morning.  However, that doesn’t mean that this race means any less to me.  With every step, I’ll be thinking of Ava and my nephew Benji.  I’ll be thinking of Robby and his family, and I’ll be thinking of my brother, Casey, and his family.

If you can’t make it to the race but would still like to donate to such a worthy cause, you can do so right here.  Every little bit helps.  Thanks, and we hope to see you on the 14th!

 

Who’s the Underdog at LBL? Oh Yeah… We are.

Okay, so we are guaranteed a top ten finish in our division… as long as we finish, that is.  There are only seven 4-person coed teams signed up for the LBL Challenge 24 Hour Adventure Race this weekend.  And that might make you think our odds of finishing on the podium are pretty good, right?  I mean we “only” need to beat 4 teams, right?  Well, let’s take a look at all the teams in our division:

Teams for LBL Challenge Adventure Race

For those of you that don’t follow Adventure Racing closely, here are abridged run-downs of each team’s accomplishments.  Let’s start with the teams that I already knew about…

GearJunkie/Wedali:

  • 1st Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 3rd Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • 1st Place at 2010 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 1st in the country in Checkpoint Tracker’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Ranked 6th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

Tecnu:

  • 2nd Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 2nd Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • 2nd Place at 2010 USARA Nationals
  • 12th Place at the Adventure Racing World Championships
  • Ranked 10th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

Alpine Shop:

  • 4th Place at 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Nationals
  • 6th Place at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 7th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings
  • Domination of Adventure Racing in the Midwest since I can remember
  • Too many other accomplishments to list

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The rest of the teams are unfamiliar to me.  Now, that does NOT mean they aren’t top-notch teams.  It just means that I had to do a little digging to find out about them, and for some of them, I didn’t find much.  Here you go…

Milton Basement Racers:

  • 7th Place at 2010 Untamed New England
  • Competed in the 2011 Adventure Racing World Championships in Australia
  • 6th Place at 2010 Huairasinchi Adventure Race in Ecuador
  • 5th Place at 2009 Untamed New England

Cumberland Trail Connection/ARMD:

  • 12th at 2011 USARA Nationals
  • Ranked 8th in the country in USARA’s 2011 Year-End Rankings

Team Punisher:

  • I couldn’t find a thing about this team, so it could be their first race, or they could be Adventure Racing Ninjas.  I guess we’ll find out.

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And then that leaves us…

Team Virtus:

  • Um…
  • Let’s see…
  • Well…
  • We have more fun than anyone else?
  • We won a fart war once?
Team Virtus is the Underdog

Underdog would look GREAT in a Team Virtus Jersey

So clearly, we will be racing against some of the best teams in the country, and that’s pretty exciting.  It’s also a little intimidating.  Obviously, we are the underdog here.  But everyone loves an underdog, right?  Except for Norfolk State since they upset my alma mater, Mizzou.  Besides, we always have the same goals going into a race, and where we finish is never one of them.  Here are our goals for this (and every) race:

  1. Be safe and come back in one piece
  2. Have more fun than everyone else
  3. Minimize mistakes and race our best race
  4. Clear the course
  5. Finish if at all possible regardless of how much it sucks (even if we have to cut out some CP’s)

To say we are excited about this race (our first coed race now that we signed Kage to a long-term contract), would be the understatement of the century.  I’m trying really hard to tone down the anticipation, though.  The last time I felt this way about a race, we got kicked in the pills repeatedly (read about the worst race ever right here).

Unfortunately, there is no online coverage this year, but be sure to check out our facebook and/or Twitter page for updates if we ever get a chance to do so.   And wish us luck.  We’re gonna need it!  LBL here we come!!!

 

 

 

 

The CAC is Coming! Info on the Next Team Virtus Adventure Non-Race.

It’s that time of year again.  Time to do some non-racing!  ‘Twas almost exactly a year ago when we dropped a Deuce on a handful of brave souls, and it was a little over 2 years ago when we held our first-ever adventure non-race (Bob’s report here, Casey’s here, and mine right here).  We’ve been scouting and planning hard for this year’s Adventure Non-Race, Carnage At the Creek (or CAC for short), and it’s going to be our best non-race yet.

CAC non-race Trail Info

Hopefully this doesn't ruin the secret location of part of the race.

We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for all of the details of this Adventure Non-Race.  Well, wait no more!  Here you go…

Entry Fees:

NONE!!!

Location:

Racer check-in and pre-race meeting will be held at the Pine Ridge Campground in Mark Twain National Forest.  Team Virtus has enough clout to offer you free camping at Pine Ridge!  Okay, so it’s free for anyone to camp there, but it’s still a pretty good deal.  No showers, though, but there is a vault bathroom and drinking water available.  Rumor has it that Team Virtus will be camping there on Friday AND Saturday nights.  Feel free to join us before and after the non-race for some more fun.

For directions, here is a Google Map.

Dates and Times:

Non-Racer check-in will take place between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 21st, 2012.  That’s right.  It’s the day before Earth Day, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by non-racing in the great outdoors!

Pre-Race Non-Meeting will start at 8:45 AM, and the non-race will start at 9:00 AM sharp.

Divisions:

Solo, Duo, Trio, Quad, Male, Female, Coed, etc.  You can do this non-race however you want to, but please don’t be stupid about it.  YOU are responsible for YOU!  We cannot and will not guarantee your safety.  We are setting up the course, but you are choosing to take part in this non-race of your own volition.  If you’re a newby, then don’t try this alone.  Find an experienced teammate.  Don’t have one?  Leave us a comment, and we’ll hook you up.

The Course:

Both the 12 hour and 24 hour courses will start and end at the same location.  Just kidding.  Our CAC will definitely be long and hard, but it won’t be that long.

The course will have a 10 hour time cutoff so that even the beginners will have a chance to finish, but a lot of you will finish in roughly 6 hours.  We are much more confident with our time estimates thanks to our friend and AR guru, Kelly Sumner of Off Road Fixation.

Estimated Distances:

  • Bike 15 – 25 miles including single track, gravel, and pavement
  • Run, hike, trek, bushwhack, crawl, crab-walk, or whatever 5-10 miles
  • “Water Event” for 2-5 miles (Muwahahahaha!  You’ll have to show up on race day to find out what that means)

Mandatory Gear:

Individual Gear for the Entire Race:

  • Backpack with at least 50 ounces of hydration (bladder, bottles, old Boy Scout canteen, whatever)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Wool or Synthetic Stocking Cap
  • Whistle
  • Headlamp
  • Camera (okay, it’s not mandatory, but we’d love it if you took some photos during the race!)

Individual Gear for the Bike Leg:

  • Mountain Bike
  • Helmet
  • Rear-Facing Red Blinking Light (Yes, this is mandatory since you WILL be biking on roads)
  • Spare Tube

Individual Gear for the “Water Event”:

  • PFD (That’s a Personal Floatation Device and it’s NOT to be confused with a Portable Document Format or PDF) – If you don’t have one, surely you can borrow one.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, and you will not have to carry it with you through the whole race.  If you can’t find one, let us know, and we’ll hook you up.  You don’t have to worry about paddles or a boat.
  • A Five Dollar Bill. Or 5 One Dollar Bills.  Half of a Ten Dollar Bill will not be accepted.

Team Gear for the Entire Race:

  • Compass
  • Cell Phone in waterproof container (make sure it’s charged!)
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Iodine Tablets or other water treatment method

Team Gear for the Bike Leg:

  • Bike Tool
  • Pump or Inflator
  • Patch Kit

Awards Ceremony:

Yes, there WILL be awards.  Overall winner gets free entry into our next non-race.  Other schwag and awards will be given out after the last non-racer non-finishes the non-race by crossing the non-finish line.  I’ve finished a race MANY times after the awards ceremony.  That ain’t gonna happen at our non-race.  Anyone that has the cojones to drag themselves across the finish line deserves to be present for the awards ceremony regardless of how long it takes them.

Post-Race:

We will be providing baked potatoes, sour cream, butter, some Rotel Dip (which is delicious on the ‘taters!), and possible some other things.  I’m sure we’ll have some beer and soda, but depending on how many people show up, we may not have enough.  I don’t wanna make any promises I can’t keep, so you might want to bring your own.

Like I said earlier, we’ll be camping after the race if you want to hang out and have a blast with us.  Some of the best memories are made AFTER a race, you know.

Volunteers:

If you’re bringing a spouse or friend that doesn’t want to non-race but would like to help out, please let us know.

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Snowy Sign

Damn! Now you're SURE to know where the secret location is.

So that should be enough info for you.  If you have any questions about the non-race, please let us know.  We really do think this will be our best non-race yet, and if it sucks, we’ll give you your money back.  Guaranteed.

One last thing… And this IS IMPORTANT!!!!  If you want to non-race, then you need to let us know.  You can either leave a comment below, or you can use the Contact Us form.  It’s important that we know how many maps to provide, how many potatoes to make, how many beverages, etc.  So please let us know as soon as you can.

All skill levels are welcome.  This is a great way to get your feet wet if you’re new (It’s FREE for crying out loud), and it’s also a great way to get ready for other races if you’re an experienced racer.  So come and enjoy our CAC.  We really hope to see you there.

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