Registration will take place in Brigantine, New Jersey. We will send the exact location to you in our next update, as we’re still finalizing the bus pick-up. There are plenty of lodging options close by, but camping in quite limited.
To accommodate the scope of the race and give racers a full fourteen hours on course, we are trying a new system this year.
- We will be hosting a virtual pre-race briefing on Facebook Live on Thursday night at 9:00pm EST, which will include discussion course instructions and schematic. This will be viewable in non-live format once the discussion has closed, and we will answer any follow-up questions in the comments through Friday at 5:00pm.
- We are offering an optional (but encouraged) on-site check-in on Friday evening the Garden State Inn in Absecon, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. There, racers will hand in their waivers and receive maps for section 1. If you are unable to attend Friday night, please let us know no later than Thursday. We will send you a PDF version of the same maps.
- On Saturday morning, please will arrive at the check-in location in Brigantine ready to drop off bikes and paddle gear and board busses promptly at 4:45am. Those who did not check in Friday night will be expected to bring signed waivers with them (we will not have copies available that morning). Everyone will receive the remaining course maps when they get on the busses.
Gear list is available here. Please be aware that you will likely encounter ticks out on the course. For this reason, we highly encourage you to wear long pants and come prepared with bug spray or lotion. We are also putting into effect a mandated five-minute tick check at the end of the trekking section. We will have tick removal tools available there.
For the race, the biking is purely utilitarian, designed to get you between the foot and paddle. For that reason, we are allowing racers to bring any bike they choose, so long as it is not motorized in any way.
(We’ll add that we are also confident that there is enough navigation and strategy on this course to negate any speed advantage of fancy road bikes!)
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. If you did not pre-pay for your license at registration, bring cash or check – or your annual card – with you to check-in. We cannot accept credit cards.
We could use a few additional volunteers for race day. If you have family or friends who plan to travel with you that weekend and might be interested in helping out for all or part of the day, let us know. They would earn a credit toward a future Rootstock event (transferable to you, if they’re not racers!).
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 some 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.
2. 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.