2019 Crooked Compass Racer Update #1

Hello Rootstockers!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all next month at the Crooked Compass Adventure Trek! This year’s race brings us to Cunningham Falls State Park, with sweeping views, rugged terrain, and exciting features to keep you on your toes all day.

We write now with a few race-day details, to help in your planning and preparation.

Start location: check-in will take place at the park’s Manor Area, 6709 Cunningham Falls Park Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. When you drive through the gate, bear left to parking area at the end of the drive (Do not drive into the actual campground.)

Check-in will open at 7:00am, with race briefing at 7:45am and start at 8:00am. At check-in, you will receive some of the course maps, plus instructions. Maps are 1:24,000 and 8.5×11 or smaller. They will be pre-plotted and on water-resistant paper, but as you’ll see on the gear list, we recommend some means of protecting your maps from the elements (ziplocks, map case, etc…). Each participant will receive their own set of maps.

Lodging: We have a block of rooms at the Super 8 in Thurmont, MD with a discounted rate of $85/night.  The hotel is near gas stations, some fast food, restaurants, and a grocery, and they offer breakfast. Rooms are first come-first serve, so call the hotel (not the corporate office) at 301-271-7888 to reserve. Use the code/mention “Rootstock Racing” to lock in the discount. In terms of camping, here is the site for reservations at Cunningham Falls.

Course Notes:

  1. There are sections of the course that will be quite rocky.
  2. Be prepared for a running separator to start the race. Once you’ve retrieved your passport, you’ll be off in the woods quickly, and we want to avoid a bottleneck at the start.
  3. You will receive additional maps on the course.

Finally, if you know of anyone else who’s planning on signing up, give them a heads up that we’ll be placing our t-shirt order on 3/20. So, they should register before then to guarantee one!

See you in the woods!