Schuylkill Valley Family Adventure Racer Update #1 (5/30/2018)

We’re looking forward to seeing you all next weekend at the Schuylkill Valley Family Adventure! In the meantime, we have a few updates we wanted to pass along, to help you get ready for race day.

Gear list: A list of gear that you’ll need for the event can be found here. Each of these items will keep you and your family safe, fueled, and comfortable for the duration of the race, so we ask that you make sure you have everything with you at the start. Please take special note of the recommendation of bug spray. Some spots on the course will likely be welcome hang outs for those pesky mosquitoes.

Race-day schedule: We will open check-in at 8:00 AM. When you arrive, you will sign a waiver, pick up your t-shirt, and receive your maps and documents for the race. For those interested, we will be holding a navigation clinic at 9:00 AM (you will need to have checked in before the clinic). Finally, there is a mandatory pre-race briefing at 9:30 AM. Please give yourself plenty of time to get situated before the briefing!

Clothing: As you’ll see on the gear list, we highly recommend that everyone on your team wear long pants during the race. You may be traveling through low-lying brush and patches of thorns, so pants will help safeguard against any scrapes or scratches, and they’ll also protect against ticks. You can also expect to get your feet wet during the event, depending on which route you take and how much rain we get next week, so we suggest bringing a change of shoes and clothes for after the race.

Weather: Right now, the weather is looking good for next Saturday morning! We hope that the forecast stays friendly, but this race will take place rain or shine. If needed, we’ll modify the course accordingly.

Course considerations:

  • We have designed this race to offer families of all ages plenty of options, so you can expect frequent checkpoints to keep your kids engaged and energized. That said, every single point on the course is optional, so it’s entirely up to you how much or how little you choose to do.
  • That said, this year’s year’s course is designed to keep you out in the woods for up to two hours. This means that you will NOT be returning to a central transition area, so plan accordingly when selecting a backpack and food.
  • More so than in past years, being a bit comfortable with compass basics will help. Specifically, we recommend that you brush up on how to set and follow a bearing on your compass. If compasses scare you, there will be plenty of things for you to do that allow you to keep them in your pocket, but in a few spots, being able to follow a bearing will help. Here are a few resources to get you started:
    • Short video on compass basics
    • An article on compass basics
    • If you want a slightly more advanced compass lesson, this video shows you how to take a bearing using a map.
    • Still unsure? Attend our Nav Clinic at 9:00 AM on race morning.
  • Finally, just a reminder that this year’s course does NOT include biking.

We don’t want to give too much away, but we will say that strategy and planning are important, perhaps more so than in past years. We recommend that all families try to arrive WELL before the end of registration so you can have time to look at the maps and plan your race!

We’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors for the event: inHabit Architecture and Design, Jenkintown Chiropractic, Source Outdoor, and Wegman’s are all longtime sponsors of Rootstock Racing and the Schuylkill Valley Family Adventure, and we’re grateful for their support — we couldn’t do it without them!

We don’t expect to write again before race day, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email us or post them on the event facebook page. If something comes up that would benefit all participants, we’ll certainly send it out.

Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday!

Abby and Brent