Shenandoah Strong

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Shenandoah Strong
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Join us for one of our favorite races...the Shenandoah Strong. If you are ready for an adventure race that will put your skills to the test all in one day, keep reading! This event is good for first-time adventure racers who may not have all the disciplines nailed yet and for those who really want to push themselves hard! It's also perfect for anyone who wants to hone their navigation skills without too much pressure because here's a fun twist--we've released the maps early (scroll down to check them out and start strategizing)! Racers will have 8 hours to cover up to 45 miles via kayak/canoe, foot, and mountain bike over rugged and beautiful terrain, picking up checkpoints along the way in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in the spring. You'll tackle 10-15 miles of trekking, 12 miles of paddling on the Shenandoah River, and about 15-20 miles of mountain biking on some uh-mazing trails. You'll feel challenged for sure, but you'll have a great time doing it...and that finish-line feeling? Come feel it for yourself!CALLING ALL TENDERFOOT RACERS: Is there someone on your team age 9-16 years old who is ready to race? We have a category for you! You'll have the same map and Rules of Travel as all other teams, but you'll be in a special category and you will have a fabulous time learning you can push yourself to the next level. The top 10 teams in the Tenderfoot category get a spot on the podium and prizes!
Tenderfoot, Soloist, Two Person Team, and 1 more
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Sat, Apr 13, 2019
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Bentonville, United States
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Where and when
Downriver Canoe Co, 884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610, USA
Start times
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019
Tenderfoot: TBCSoloist: 9:00 AMTwo Person Team: 9:00 AMThree or Four Person Team: 9:00 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Shenandoah Strong
Two Person Team
Three or Four Person Team
$25 - $130
Route information
12 miles of river paddling
10-15 miles of trekking
15-20 miles of mountain biking
**Paddle Section
**Boats will be provided. Two-person and three-person teams will get one canoe. Four-person teams will get two canoes. Soloists will get a kayak. Canoes will come with single-blade paddles. Kayaks will come with double-bladed paddles. PFDs will also be supplied. No outside canoes or kayaks are permitted. Outside paddles and PFDs are permitted. Canoes, paddles, and PFDs will be located at the canoe put in. You will not need to carry paddles or PFDs. If you bring your own PFD and paddle you will not need to transport them. You will not need to portage the canoe for any great distance. Personal PFDs must be class III (non-inflatable).
**Bike Section
**Bike choice is up to you. We highly recommend a bike with front suspension. Racers must use the same bike throughout the entire race. In the event of mechanical failures, replacement parts can be used but they must be provided by the team, other racers, or an event official. No outside assistance is allowed. Bikes will not be checked for mechanical worthiness, but we recommend your bike be in good working order.
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How to get there
Downriver Canoe Co, 884 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610, USA
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Race-Day Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief/Race Start/Finish:
Downriver Canoe Company, 884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610
​The start and finish area is at Downriver Canoe Company, located just outside Shenandoah River State Park. If you are staying in the park (and it is a great place to stay!) or visiting the park and accessing it through the main entrance, you are responsible for park entrance fees.
Looking for things to do or a place to eat while you or your fans are in town? Check out our handy-dandy guide to our hometown!
Skyline Ranch Resort: 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. Accommodations include chalets (up to 6 people), cabins (up to 6 people), and RVs (up to 4 people). Visit the website or call 540-635-4169 ext.1
​Shenandoah River State Park (cabins, camping, RVs), 350 Daughter of Stars Dr. Bentonville, VA 22610, (540) 622-6840
​"Cabbin" at the Mountain Home B&B - 3471 Remount Road, Front Royal. $20 per bed (shared room, like a hostel) includes fresh linens, shower, breakfast, and other things they provide to their usual guests (Appalachian Trail hikers). Contact them directly for the $20 price at MountainHomeAT@gmail.comExternalLink.
​Quality Inn - 10 S Commerce Ave Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-3161
Super8 - 111 South Street, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 636-4888
​Camping and RVs:
Low Water Bridge Campground (RV hookups and tent camping), 192 Panhandle Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610 (just across the river from the start/finish line), (540) 635-7277
​Shenandoah River State Park (cabins, camping, RVs), 350 Daughter of Stars Drive Bentonville, VA 22610, (540) 622-6840
​Skyline Ranch Resort, 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-4169, $40 for RV site
Event day logistics
**Packet Pickup:
**Race-day packet pickup and transition setup: 6:00 am-7:45 am at Downriver Canoe Company (884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610)
During packet pickup the team captain must be present, all forms must be completed for every team member, and fees must be paid for USARA membership if necessary. If you do not have all the forms for all team members, we will not give you your race packet until we have them in hand. During packet pickup, you will receive maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race numbers. USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership, $35 for a yearly membership, or proof of USARA membership are required and can be paid at packet pickup. Participants younger than age 16 do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.
Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Downriver Canoe Company, 884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610
6:00 am-7:45 am: Race packet pickup and transition setup
8:00 am: Load buses for the race start
9:00 am: Race start
5:00 pm: Race finishes
5:15 pm: Post-race food and awards ceremony
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