I’m running really late on getting a race schedule put out this year as I’ve just been really busy. The tenative plan is to host the SPROUTE on June 2nd with 4 hour and 10 hour course options. I’ll host the Tidewater Traverse in early September with two course length options, but I don’t have a date yet. I’m also hoping to have a new race in November! More details and registration for the SPROUTE will be available in a few days!
It’s been awhile since I posted something on the Splash Blog part of this website, so I figured now is as good of time as any to do something about it!
I got a phone call two days ago from our shirt printer letting me know that Zorell did not have the quantity of shirts I wanted in the color I needed! Ahhhh!!! Zorell offered the same shirt with a pocket as a free upgrade. Who wants a tee shirt with a pocket? No me! I had to switch to 100% cotton tee shirts. I’m totally bummed abut it because I really like the weight and feel of the Zorell Z100 shirts compared to the typical cotton shirt. Oh well…
I spent most of today preparing the longer of the two off trail (well, 50% off trail) orienteering sections for the Storm the Eastern Shore Adventure Race. I woke up to rain, but it cleared off by 10:30am and it turned into a really nice day of trekking. 14 more o-flags are now in place and ready for Saturday, (or will the racers be there Sunday?)
I’m not sure if the rain brings out the chiggers and seed ticks, but I saw tons of them. Good thing I loaded up with 40% deet! I remember looking down at my gaiters multiple times and saw 100 little specks moving around! Now I’m out of the woods, showered, and bug free! I think the deet did the trick because I don’t feel any bites or itching. If you are racing this weekend, don’t forget your bug spray (and carry one with you too).
Tomorrow morning I get to go out on the major paddle/trek/portage for the race to set those flags(with volunteers “Double Trouble”). Last two times I went out there I used zero bug spray and saw zero ticks or chiggers. I won’t have to worry about the bugs, but I will have to worry about the rain. I think it is going to really come down on us tomorrow! What would “Storm the Eastern Shore” be without a little rain though? Do any of you remember the 2006 Storm the Eastern Shore race when it poured on us hard when we were on Mockhorn Island? That was the best!
Hello again Storm Racers! Here is your final update before the race:
1. Team list: The team list has been updated with all 22 registered teams. I’ve sold out of all of the maps I ordered, so the starting lineup is set. I’ll still allow teams to add team members until Thursday the 22nd.
2. Mandatory gear updates: Every racer must carry one US quarter ($.25) on the race course. You will know when to use it when you get there.
3. Gear attached to bikes: You may attach helmets, bike shoes, water bottles, bike tools to your bike as long as they are all securely attached to it. Anything that falls off your bike during transport (inside a 24 foot truck) will be left in a pile for racers to identify. We will not sort through your gear if it falls off.
4. Maps/plotting: I mentioned before that no points would be plotted before the race starts. That is actually not true. You will need to plot 1 point before the race starts on a 1:30k scale topo map. The rest of the points can be plotted at the first major transition area about 8-12 hours into the race. You will use a variety of maps during the race. Expect to have Topo maps (scales 1:30k, 1:24k, 1:15k), satellite imagery, and what I’d like to call a “pirate treasure map”. The pirate treasure map would just be a hand drawn map, not to scale, with various distinct objects on it. Instead of finding treasure at the X’s, you’ll find O-flags…
5. Gear bins: You will have access to gear bins at two locations during the race (and twice at one of the locations). Please plan on racing up to 12 hours at a time without bin access.
6. Stores on course: You will pass some stores, fast food, gas stations, etc on course. They are all fair game. Don’t forget to carry money!
7. Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel: The CBBT has been known to restrict access to vehicles that have boats and bikes on racks if it gets windy. My recommendation is to show up early (on Friday) just in case.
I’ll see you all on Saturday!
Hello racers! Registration for the Storm the Eastern Shore Adventure Race will be closing shortly. I’ve ordered 22 sets of race maps. There are currently 18 fully registered teams and 3 additional teams telling me they are heading down. That means I have 4 sets of maps left available for the next 4 teams to register (including the 3 that mentioned they were coming). Once the maps are gone registration will be closed so get your registration in ASAP if you want to race!
Hello again Storm Racers! I’ve addressed a few questions to some racers over email so I’d like to share those with you as well as a few more pieces of information:
1. Race Start and Finish line: The race start and finish line will be at the same location as race check in. Racers will be able to leave cars parked overnight near the location (we will show you at check in).
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2. Southeast Expedition rental boats: If you rented a boat through Southeast Expeditions please let me know what you rented (and what you need for paddles and PFDs) and I can make sure they are there on race morning for you. Boats are still available for rent if you are looking for one.
3. Wet: You will get wet in this race. I’d suggest you have your phone, first aid kit, extra socks, and anything else important to you in a good solid dry bag inside of your backpack. A short swim or two isn’t out of the question in this event
4: Water on course: We will be providing water at most transition areas. You will not need to pack any water in your gear bins. We will provide one gallon of water per person to carry in your kayaks for one of the paddle/trek legs. This should be in addition to what each racer should already be carrying (at least 3 liters). There is running water in the bathrooms at the race start location.
5. Paddling: No sails. They might help you, but you can’t use them without being disqualified.
6. Biking: You will see mostly paved roads.
7. Checkpoints: Many of the checkpoints in this race will be a question about an object along your route. Typically something like: “There is a white historical marker sign at this location. According to the sign, what year did Bob Jones die?” Be prepared to write down those answers on your passport. I recommend bringing a sharpie marker with you as they write easily on the tyvec passports.
8. Boat delivery: You will need to deliver your kayaks and paddling gear bags to race staff no later than 8am on the morning of the race so we can get them staged for you on time.
9. Plotting prerace: There will be no plotting of checkpoints before the race. Checkpoints for the first 7-10 hours of the race will be provided preplotted by race staff. Of the remaining points, racers will have to plot about half on the clock (the the other half will be preplotted).
10. Prologue: Not this time. When I say go (at 9am), the race is on!
That’s it! Any questions?
Hello Storm Racers!
The Storm is only 2 weeks away! It is time for your first update!
1. Race Check-in: The race check in location will be Shelter #1 at Kiptopeake State Park and will be available 3 hours before race start.
2. Gear bins: I do not expect racers to put water in their race bins. I will provide water on the course whenever you have access to your bins (and maybe a couple other times too). You may put fluids in your bin if you choose, but I wouldn’t worry about water.
3. Portage: Yes, there will be some portaging as part of this race. The exact amount will be based on team navigation choices and weather. Expect at least 1/2 mile, but could be as far as 2 miles if you choose to. I recommend bringing a good set of portage wheels.
4. Race timing: I expect top teams to finish this course in 24 hours. This should leave plenty of time for most teams to finish the full course.
5. Biking: Most of the biking will be on paved roads. You must bring a mountain bike. No road bikes or cyclocross bikes please.
6. Untamed NE Series Points:
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|5||Adventures for the Cure||18|
|6||Odyssey Adventure Racing/ImONpoint.org||16|
7. Rental Boats: Rental boats are still available from Southeast Expeditions. Tandems are $100 and solos are $75. Contact them directly to make your reservation (make sure to mention the race): 757-331-2680
Questions? I’ll see you all in two weeks!
I’ve updated the Storm the Eastern Shore team list. You can find the current list here: http://www.hradventure.com/?page_id=1615. 17 teams and growing…
There are only 8 days left until the Tidewater Traverse! 22 teams are currently registered. You can find an updated list on the race page. I’ve also ordered the maps from Mytopo. I’ve added a couple extra maps to the order. If you want to race register as soon as possible. Once these last maps are taken registration will be closed!
I’m ahead of the curve on preparing for this race, so my brain has been spinning thinking of other things I can add to the course. I’ve got a surprise leg almost worked out. I really want to spill the beans to you all now, but it has not been fully approved by all parties involved (the insurance company, hopefully they don’t spoil the fun). I’ve got my fingers crossed!
17 teams and growing. Is your team on the list? Race day is getting very close!
Tim Gilbert is hosting a Bike-O this Saturday at Pocahontas State Park (the location of the SPROUTE this year). Race start is from noon until 2pm. There are 34 controls to find in a 3 hour time limit. Head out there to get in a little navigation practice before the Tidewater Traverse!