2012 Races

March 23, 2012 by Chris · 11 Comments 

Hello Racers!

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!


Storm Update #3

September 19, 2011 by Chris · 4 Comments 

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!

Storm Registration Closing Soon

September 15, 2011 by Chris · 4 Comments 

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!


Storm Update #2

September 14, 2011 by Chris · 2 Comments 

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?


Storm Update #1

September 9, 2011 by Chris · Leave a Comment 

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:

1 Sunglasses at night 27
2 Team Punishment 22
3 Untamed adventure 18
4 Team Trailblazers 18
5 Adventures for the Cure 18
6 Odyssey Adventure Racing/ 16
7 16
8 Factory Refurbished 14

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!

Storm the Eastern Shore Team List

September 9, 2011 by Chris · 1 Comment 

I’ve updated the Storm the Eastern Shore team list. You can find the current list here: 17 teams and growing…


Tidewater Traverse Registration

July 21, 2011 by Chris · Leave a Comment 

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!


TT Team list posted

July 14, 2011 by Chris · 6 Comments 

17 teams and growing. Is your team on the list? Race day is getting very close!


Bike-O this weekend

July 14, 2011 by Chris · Leave a Comment 

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!


Tidewater Traverse Update #1

July 13, 2011 by Chris · 4 Comments 

Hello TT racers! We only have a little more than 2 weeks to go until the Tidewater Traverse. Course preperations are going well and we are on track to give you a great race! Here are some new details:

In case you missed the update on the race page, the race start/finish line will be at Rainbow Acres Campground in King and Queen County where we held our 2010 Tidewater Traverse. The course is completely new. You will travel less than 5% on any roads that you raced on last year and all trekking and paddling is new.

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Gear staging:
There are no pre-race gear drops to make. All of your gear will be at the campground when the race starts. Expect to pass the campground about halfway into the race (a little earlier) one time only. That means you should be expecting to carry about 10 hours of food/calories with you during the race.

Water: We will stage water on the course for racers. With the exception of the paddle portion of the race, expect to have access to water every 3-4 hours. During the paddle section, expect to carry enough water on your boat for a 3 hour paddle plus 3-4 hours of additional racing.

Camping is available before and after the race. Contact Rainbow Acres Campground for arrangements (804-785-9441). Their fee is $27 per campsite (up to two people) and $5 per additional person.

Ticks: The ticks are not as bad in King and Queen County as we had at Pocahontas State Park during the SPROUTE. I spent the last weekend trekking in the woods and only remember seeing 4-5 ticks and only one was in me. They are out there though, so please prepare to bring/wear bug spray during the race.

Briars: The briars can be a pain in the butt sometimes in eastern VA. Well, King and Queen is no exception. When hanging flags, I did my best to change the course to limit the briars as much as possible. Like in all of our races, you will see briars out there. I recommend wearing gaiters.

O-Relay: Normally we do not want teams to split up in our races. In the TT, there is one exception! We will be running an orienteering relay somewhere on the course. What does this mean? Well, I have 4 mini 1-3 point o-courses set. Each one can take 10-20 minutes to complete. Only one racer at a time is allowed on the relay course. Racers must alternate when returning from each section. Every racer must go out at least once. The courses will be identified to you by difficulty, so you will be able to send your racers with less navigation experience out on the easier sections.

That’s it for now! Questions?


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