2018 USARA Nationals

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On Thursday, the adventure racing team departs for Bloomington, IN for the 2018 USARA National Adventure Racing Championship. We will be racing on foot, bike and canoe with a time limit of 30 hours starting at 7am Friday and ending at 1pm Saturday.

We will be going up against the best in the nation. Teams that are way more elite then we will ever be. I won’t sugar coat, we don’t belong there!

Before you say “That is being pessimistic”, we take pride in the fact that a team such as ours, can go up against the best. It’s rare in other sports that the playing field is leveled where the most inexperienced teams can go against the elite. Just because you play peewee football, doesn’t mean you get a chance at the Superbowl.

For those that don’t know about adventure racing, let’s break it down.

Unlike other sports, we have no clue about the course until we get our maps on Friday morning an hour before the race starts. We must pack all gear, food and water for the duration of the race. No out side support is allowed. There maybe limited locations in which we can resupply on water much less food. No GPS allowed, only map and compass.

We will spend the duration of the race continuing to move forward, from location to location, discipline to discipline, all while looking for small orange and white flags know as checkpoints (CPs). CPs are either pre-plotted on the map or we have to plot with a UTM plotter before/during the race. They are what you are after. The team with the most CPs in the least amount of time wins.

Even though the race director has placed the checkpoints out there, you make your own path to get them. Not everyone goes the same way. Not everyone gets all the checkpoints. That makes adventure racing as much about strategy as it is being physically fit.

We are racing as a three person coed team as we always do. Kiersta Tucker is our female, Travis is the second male and I (Aaron) am the navigator. That places us in what is considered the premier division.

Our longest race ever was Nationals in 2015. We lasted 24 hours before one of us was falling asleep. Being realistic, our goal is to finish strong with minimal mistakes. Get everything we go after. Race our race, not worrying about what others are doing.

While Kiersta is in great physical shape, Travis and I are 50lbs heavier than most of the top racers. Still, we don’t let that stop us and we give it everything we got.

We will be happy with whatever outcome because we are doing something amazing for us. To me at least, it’s about going way out of my comfort zone and doing something crazy. It may suck or hurt during, but at the end, you have accomplished something that is not common.

I want to thank each and every participant that came out to a VINDURA event in 2018. You are what gave us the opportunity to cover the cost of Nationals and new race packs. No outside sponsorship financially, just loyal participants that made this happen. We are representing you and everyone in the Lake Cumberland area.

We would like to also thank SWORD for their continued support fueling our races and Mike at OutThere USA for helping us secure those new awesome MS-2 race packs.

If you want to follow our “dot” online during the race, check the VINDURA or USARA Facebook page for a link to the tracker.

We will see you at the end.

2018 Noctua – Race Communication

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We wanted to provide you with some last minute information and reminders. Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday night (June 9th).

  • Location: 1200 State Hwy 3189, Nancy, KY US 42544, Shelter #1
  • Bib/Shirt Pickup: 7PM Shelter #1. Left at the first stop sign in the park.
  • Pre-race meeting: Meet at shelters #1 at 830PM for a pre-race safety meeting.
  • Race Start: Around 9PM.
  • Race HQ Map: Parking, HQ and restrooms can be found on here
  • Weather: Expected to be clear and around 77 degrees at race start.
  • Creek crossings: Extremely low. You may be able to keep your feet from getting wet.
  • Trail conditions: Dry with some muddy spots. We received a lot of rain this spring.
  • Timing: Gun start. No chips.
  • Live Results: Unofficial results will be live here: http://vindura.fit/live They are updated every 30 seconds.
  • BIBs: Please wear it on your FRONT and keep it visible at all times. Know your number as you may be asked by race staff along the course and as you cross the finish line (its dark).
  • Fueling/Hydration: Make sure to be well hydrated before starting the event. No aid stations on course as this is a self-supported event as the website list. Pack in your water and energy needs. This is part of the adventure. 
  • Bug Spray: Bug spray is highly recommended.
  • Headlamp: Don’t forget your headlamp. If it runs on regular batteries, bring extra. If its rechargeable, make sure to have a full charge.
  • Last minute course change:  Unless we find things different during course setup tomorrow, we will be using a portion of the campground road as the connector trail has not been established yet. When you exit the trail at the campground boat ramp, you will find barrier tape leading you to the road. Consider this a little cross country section. Once on the road, you will find white arrows on the right side of the road, along with signage showing the way.  It should still be fairly light out at this time so we don’t believe you will have trouble following the signage.
  • Roads: All roads are open to public traffic so pay attention.Click here for an idea of what sections of road will be used during the race. There should be a volunteer at each road crossing to help with traffic.
  • Restrooms:  By playground area
  • Course Markings: Expect the course to be well marked with reflective markers, signage, tape and cones. White reflective tacks are placed every 200 meters and with 2-3 additional tacks after every intersection. Orange reflective tacks mean wrong way. With all of our events, it is the responsibility of the participant to know the course prior to the start. Course maps will be provided ahead of time and available at staging. Staff/volunteers will be placed along the course at key spots to assist with course direction.

2018 ducoMT Race Communication

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We are honored to have you attending our race. Several are coming from way off! We are working to make this a great weekend of racing for everyone so everything you need to know before getting to the race. The rest is part of the adventure! See you Saturday!

Money Wrench

There are several other events going on in the park this weekend (BBQ Cook Off and small fishing tournament). This is great to see, however, it has required some last minute changes. We are working to coordinate a few last minute details with regards to the paddle leg and overflow parking to accommodate everyone. We will have all the details by the time you check-in on Saturday morning. If you are attending the Navigation Clinic, we will let you know there.

Race HQ

Shelter #2 is our race HQ. Take the first left when you come to the first stop sign within the park. You will see Shelter #2 up on the small hill to your left. Park Address: 1200 State Hwy 3189, Nancy, KY US 42544

Nav Clinic

The navigation clinic will be at Shelter #2 at 6PM on Friday evening. Bring your compass.

Check-In

Check-in will be at Shelters #2. You will get maps at check-in. Please see the schedule below for pre-race meeting and start times.

Rules and Gear

Make sure to check the rules on the website if you haven’t. Biggest rule we will enforce is the 30 meter rule for team members. Remember to have all mandatory gear as there may be a gear check.

Rogaine

Mandatory Gear & Rules

Adventure Race

Mandatory Gear | Rules

 

Race Day Parking

Take the first left when you come to the first stop sign within the park. Primary parking will be near the restrooms/playground area before you get to . Look for a RED parking sign. The neighboring shelter has been rented, so we want to leave as much parking near the shelters for them. We are talking to the Park about overflow so come to Shelter #2 if in doubt of where to park.

AR Gear

Any other gear may be staged with your bikes. We ask you keep it orderly. No gear staging out of tents or vehicles.

AR Bike Staging

Bike gear staging will be at Shelter #2. You will see your bikes approximately two hours into the race.

AR Boats and Personal Paddle Gear Staging

Boat and personal paddle gear staging location will be available at check-in. It is a 2 minute drive. We will bring your personal paddle gear back to staging for retrieval later. Anything you leave here must go with you when you leave this TA.

Post Race

We will be feeding you Fazoli’s post race along with awards for the top team in each category. Each racer will receive a medal so make sure to get it!

Schedule

  • Apr 21st 07:00AM – AR Check In/Maps
  • Apr 21st 09:00AM – AR Pre-Race Meeting
  • Apr 21st 09:30AM – Rogaine Check In/Maps
  • Apr 21st 10:00AM – AR Starts
  • Apr 21st 11:00AM – Rogaine Pre-Race Meeting
  • Apr 21st 12:00PM – Rogaine Starts
  • Apr 21st 04:00PM – Time Cutoff
  • Apr 21st 04:15PM – Meal/Awards

2018 Edurus Race Day Communication

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Race Day Communication

Thank you for signing up for the third edition of Edurus 10K Trail Run. We have a record number of racers this year despite the weather forecast. The race will take place rain or shine. However, we are making some changes to things to make things slightly easier on you. We realize the latest forecast is not looking ideal,but this isn’t a road race right? It’s (Always) An Adventure!

For those that are not familiar with us, we are a small grassroots organization based out of Pulaski County. Our main focus is to create unique experiences for endurance athletes through different types of events. Adventure racing is at our core so you find AR elements blended into our other events. We strive to create quality events but you won’t find a lot of flash at our events. We focus on providing you with a great course and a solid challenge. We tend to find ways to make you hurt a little more as you are paying us good money. Please stop by and say “Hi” or express how much you dislike us after the race.

Here is everything you need to know for race day. We will see you early Saturday morning.

Highlights

  • Live results should be posted available at http://vindura.fit/live. Official results will be posted later Saturday to the website but should be found on RunSignup within an hour of the race.
  • Packet pickup will start at 730am. We will have a brief safety meeting at 845am. After that we will meet at the starting line at 855am.
  • Please try to arrive early so we can get everyone taken care of before the safety meeting.
  • Restrooms should be open Saturday as Friday is opening day for PC Park Campground.
  • We always like to make you suffer but don’t want to make you miserable within the first ten minutes of the race so we have removed the two water crossings.
  • The course will different than years past.
  • This is a gun-timed event, not chip-timed. Faster runners towards the front, slower towards the back at the start please. You will have around 800 meters of pavement and double track before entering the trails to pass people.
  • Due to the weather, we want to get you in and out as fast as possible. If you are one of the top 3 male or females, we will brief photo op directly after the third person in your gender group finishes.
  • Everyone make sure to get your finisher medal after you finish. They will be handed out at the finish line.
  • This is a self-supported event meaning bring your own water and goodies. We do not want to waste product from sponsors or their money, so due to the weather and the expectations that runners will want to get racing and leave quickly, we will not have some of the normal conveniences such as coffee. We hate to throw good product away! There will be access to a public water facet at the shelter. Due to a logistic snafu, there will not be SWORD.
  • Please do not leave any items at the shelters during the race as they will not be supervised. Once our staff finishes registration, they will not be returning to the shelter.
  • Registration is still open until 830am tomorrow if you have anyone that wants to join you. However, we are capped at 85 slots at this point.
  • We will take a limited number of onsite registration tomorrow morning. Please bring cash or check for $45 exactly as we may or may not have change.
  • If you plan to be a frequent flyer at our events, make sure to pick up your small VINDURA passport (a small piece of paper) at registration in the morning. We recently decided that instead of giving away frequent participant discounts for just showing up, we want to make you earn them by running the course. You will want a way to carry your VINDURA Passport in a pocket or tuck it somewhere as you will encounter an orange/white checkpoint flag along the course with a punch. You will want to stop and punch your VINDURA Passport as it will be your passport to discounts in future events. Three different punches will earn you a $15 discount off regular pricing to a future event. Some events will be double or triple punch events. We will explain this in the morning.

Logistics

  • Location: 1200 State Hwy 3189, Nancy, KY US 42544
  • Staging: Staging is at Shelter #2 at Pulaski County Park.
  • Packet pickup: Packet pickup is at Shelter #2 starting at 730AM.  When you arrive in the park you will come to a stop sign and the General Store will be ahead on your right. Turn LEFT at this stop sign and you will see the shelters up on the hill on your left. If you pass the General Store you have gone too far.
  • Starting Line: The starting line has moved back about 500 meters. It is almost to the stop sign coming into the park. When you start, you will make a loop on the pavement around the shelters before crossing the original finish line. Please arrive at the starting line 5 minutes prior to the race.
  • Parking:  By shelters #1/2 and the playground area. Left at the first stop sign in the park. Look for parking signs.
  • Fueling/Hydration: This will be a self-supported event. Pack in your water and energy needs. This is part of the adventure.
  • Course Markings: Expect the course to be well marked with signage, tape, and cones. With all of our events, it is the responsibility of the participant to know the course prior to the start. Course maps will be provided ahead of time and available at staging. Staff/volunteers will be placed along the course at key spots to assist with course direction.
  • Checkpoints: There will be one checkpoint along the course. You are not required to stop here but their will be a staff person there. If you wish to withdraw, please do so here.

Course Map

Schedule

  • Mar 24 07:30AM – Packet Pickup (Shelter #2)
  • Mar 24 08:30AM – Onsite registration closes
  • Mar 24 08:45AM – Pre-race meeting (Shelter #2)
  • Mar 24 08:55AM – Meet at starting line.
  • Mar 24 09:00AM – Race starts
  • Mar 24 11:30AM – Race time limit

Rules

  1. No outside assistance.
  2. Stay on the set course.
  3. Complete within the two hour time limit
  4. Check in at mandatory checkpoint(s).
  5. No littering on the course. Pack it in, pack it out.
  6. No dogs allowed during the run for the safety of all involved
  7. Use proper trail etiquette.
    o Pass on the left when possible.
    o Announce that you are passing.
  8. Course remains open to the general public so please be courteous.
  9. Be a positive representation of the sport.
  10. While not enforced,if wearing earbuds, please do so only in one ear.