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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:



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Non-Race Non-Info for Non-Racers – The Deuce is almost Loose!

All of you non-racers who are non-racing at this weekend’s adventure non-race should listen up or else you might be non-aware of some important details.  Please make sure you read all of this post, top to bottom.  Got it?  Good.

Bob and I are almost done getting the course ready for you.  We’ve literally put lots and lots of minutes into planning this thing.  In fact, just this last Sunday we both went out there to mark a few checkpoints.  Don’t believe me?  Here is photographic non-evidence:

Bob setting up the non-race course

Okay, so now it’s time to drop some knowledge bombs on all of you regarding The Deuce.  Remember, though… Daylight savings kicks in this weekend, so don’t forget to set your clocks! Below you will find all of the important info…

Sunday, March 13th

Start Location:
Bob’s Pad
150 A. Rief Court
Holts Summit, MO 65043

Non-Registration / Map Hand-Out:
9:00 – 9:30ish

Pre-race Non-Meeting:

Start Time:
10:00 AM

Mandatory Team Gear:

  • Compass – 1 per team (we have a couple if you need to borrow one)
  • Map Case or really big Ziplock bag for the map – 1 per team
  • Bike Tool, Spare Tube, Pump or Inflator

Mandatory Individual Gear:

  • Rain Jacket (just in case)
  • Bike – Mountain or Cross Bikes would work – you choose
  • Bike Helmet to protect your melon
  • Red Blinky Tail Light for Bike
  • Enough Water and Food
  • Enough Clothes to be safe and comfy
  • Headlamp or small flashlight (just in case)
  • 50 feet of rope and a shovel – for the mystery event

That’s right… There will be a mystery event for you all to enjoy.  Make sure you’re prepared for anything, and I mean ANYTHING! Want a hint?  Here you go:

Luke as Bear Grylls squeezing water out of poop

You might have to drink water Bear Grylls style (and yes, that's real poop)


Bob climbing deer stand

You should also be ready for some climbing... I hope you're not afraid of heights.

Okay, okay…  There will be no drinking poop-water or climbing or anything like that.  And no, you don’t need to bring 50 feet of rope and a shovel for the mystery event.  I REPEAT: There is NO need to bring 50 feet of rope and a shovel so PLEASE don’t go out and buy these things and blame me later. There will be a mystery event,  but it doesn’t require any extra gear.  It’s nothing too crazy, but it should be fun (I hope).

Good news on the maps… Thanks to Kelly Sumner of Off Road Fixation, we should be able to print our own maps.  I have copies of the maps, but I still need to get to a printer.  If all goes well, there will be no charge for the maps.  So if you see Kelly, give him a bear hug from all of us at Team Virtus.

If there is gear that you don’t have and need to borrow, please let us know.  We’d be happy to help you out.  And if you have any questions at all, please contact us.  We’re really looking forward to it, and we hope you are to.  And if you’re one of those unlucky people who isn’t going to be non-racing this weekend at the non-race, then you’re going to feel like this:

dead turtle

Don't miss the Deuce!

It’s not too late to non-race!  If you want in, though, you have to let us know TODAY!  We’ll be printing the maps tonight.  We’ll probably print a few extra maps, but we’d really like to know how many people are going to show up.  Hope to see you out there… Yes You!

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