Storm Update #2
September 14, 2011 by Chris
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?