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.
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…
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.
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.
- 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)
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
- 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
- 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:
- 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
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.
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.