We’re just a few weeks out from the race day, and as the race approaches, we wanted to send out a few details to help you get ready for what we’re expecting to be a fantastic weekend in the woods.
Unlike last year, there is no camping available at the start; however, paid sites are available at Colonel Denning State Park, just a few minutes away. Fees start at $15: http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/ColonelDenningStatePark/Pages/Stay.aspx
If you are looking for a bit more comfort and food, we recommend Carlisle, PA. There are plenty of lodging options in Carlisle. If you elect to camp near the start, be warned there is virtually no infrastructure nearby. So be prepared with food, water, etc.
Registration will take place in a small parking lot located off of Elk Hill Road in Newville, PA, coordinates: 40°16’25.8″N 77°25’47.6″W. Parking may be tight, so we ask you to do your best to consolidate vehicles at home. There will be a port-a-potty available there.
We’ll open registration at 7:00am. When you check in, you will course receive instructions, but you will not receive maps until the race starts at 8:00am. Note that each participant will receive his or her own map and clue sheet.
The race will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, and you will have until 10:00pm to make it to mid-camp. If you miss that cut-off, you will incur a 1-point penalty for every 5 minutes you’re over, so take care in the decision of whether to short-course or not.
At mid-camp, you can expect snacks, campfires (weather and fire-risk permitting), a large field to set up your tents, and great company. Make sure to fill up your hydration systems before arriving at mid-camp. We will have some water available, but it will be largely reserved for cooking.
There will be a window to begin Day 2 between 5:00am-6:00am. You will receive Day 2 maps when you begin. Once the clock starts, you will have 10 hours to get to the finish. Note that the course time for the Day 2 is substantially shorter than for Day 1.
The gear list for the race is available here. Please note the inclusion of bright clothing or packs. There are sure to be hunters out in the woods, at least on Saturday.
You’ll see that we will be transporting tents and cooking gear. Please have a bag for us to transport your gear, properly labeled. We’ll be checking these bags at registration. We ask that you respect the spirit of the event and pack lightly. We don’t want to see any portable grills or six-person tents for two-person teams, and we reserve the right not to transport equipment that we deem untenable. We have various priorities for race day and if we need to make several additional trips to mid camp with equipment because some teams bring yurts or grills, we won’t be able to accomplish other tasks we need to focus on. So, PLEASE be reasonable! One more note on this: you may want to pack a ground tarp, and we’ll transport these as long as they’re bundled with the rest of your gear. You are responsible for the rest of your food and gear, for the duration of the event.
We’re really excited for this event and can’t wait to see you all there. Over the two days, you will encounter a challenging course, and a wonderful community of friends to share it with.
If there are any other updates, we will send them out the week of the event. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with any questions or concerns.
See you in a couple weeks!
Abby and Brent