Two Rivers Update #1 (12-hour) – 11/14/2017

Greetings racers!

We are less than three weeks out for the Two Rivers Adventure Race, and as the race approaches, we wanted to share with you a few details to get you ready for December 2.

Lodging

We recommend that participants in the 12-hour race look for lodging in Newark, Delaware, specifically between Exit 1 and Exit 4 off I-95.

The Course

The Monday before the race, we will send out a second update with the bike drop and start locations and a rough course schematic. In the meantime, we have received some questions and concerns regarding the paddle, and we want to assure you that if the conditions are dangerous — high winds and rain or especially cold temperatures — we will cancel the paddle and alter the course accordingly.

In addition, we are encouraging all racers to bring dry clothes and shoes to change into when they get off the water. Accordingly, we will transport one bag per team to the end of the paddle, in which you may store that change of clothes (note that we will only transport clothes and shoes — no food or water or other gear). We will also transport your wet kit back to the finish line. Note that any mandatory gear left after the paddle must be replaced before you can continue. 

Timeline

We have made a few small changes to the published timeline for the race. Below is what you can expect on race morning:

5:00AM — Bike/paddle drop opens. You must drop your gear before you go to check-in. It is roughly 30 minutes from there to registration.

Here, you will leave your bikes and paddle gear (paddles and PFDs, if you’re bringing your own). Please have your paddle gear appropriately bundled and labeled with your team name. You may leave food, water, shoes, and helmets on your bike. Be prepared to take everything with you when you pick up your bikes.

5:30AM — Registration opens. You will need to sign waivers, pick up your team numbers, and drop your dry clothing for transport to the end of the paddle. Teams are permitted one bag each, and the bag must be labeled clearly with your team name. We reserve the right to inspect bags if they seem heavier than they should be!

6:45AM — You will board busses for the race start. You will receive maps as you get on the bus — one set of maps and instructions per team.

7:30AM — Pre-race meeting. Here, we will offer an overview of the course and answer any questions.

8:00AM — Race begins. The course will be open for 12 hours.

8:30PM — Post-race awards and celebration at a nearby restaurant. Directions will be provided at the finish line. Your first burger and beer are on us.

Gear

Gear list is available here. Note the updated inclusion of bright colored clothing or packs. There may be hunting activity in parts of the course. Also, given the time of year, this could be a cold-weather event, and our gear list reflects that. Depending on your route choice, you may also find yourself getting wet. Please take these gear and clothing requirements seriously and be prepared.

Fees

This event is a part of the US Adventure Racing Association National Points Series and a regional qualifier for the USARA National Championship. For insurance purposes, all participants are required to purchase a valid USARA license. The cost is $8 for a one-day license or $35 for an annual license. Please bring cash or check with you to check-in. We cannot accept credit cards.

Miscellany

  1. When selecting a pack for the race, be prepared to carry everything with you for the duration of the event. This means all your food and water (though there are opportunities on course to resupply, if you choose — make sure to bring cash if you plan to do that) and all of your clothing and mandatory gear. You should also be prepared to carry your running shoes with you when you’re on the bike. You may have an opportunity to access your cars in the last 1-2 hours of the race, depending on route choice.
  1. Be aware that bikes will be transported by U-Haul during the race. You may attach your helmet and shoes to your bike at your own discretion.

You’ll hear from us again the week of the race, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing you in the woods!