Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Bear Creek Lake S.P. /
Cumberland State Forest, VA
Duration: 8-9 hours (Final time will be determined once course outline is done)
Solo (Male or Female)
Two-Person (Male, Female or Co-ed)
Three-Person (Male, Female or Co-ed)
Photos from Vladimir Bukalo:
Final racer update (1/25/21):
Racer Update #2 (1/13/21):
Racer Update #1 (12/29/20):
Update 10/28/20: The Chill is now full. If spaces open up, we will reopen registration for those spaces. Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates
An adventure race in the dead of winter. Yep that’s right! Why not! Because adventure knows no season.
The Chill is back this winter for its 6th Edition! If you love being outside in the winter—with crisp cold air, clear woods, no spider webs, and the chance of some white stuff on the ground—then The Chill is for you!
Back for it’s second year at this location, with a brand new race course! Nestled in the heart of central Virginia lies Cumberland State Forest—the second largest forest in the state of Virginia. It is a recreational playground rich in history with nearly 100 miles of combined trails, forest service roads, fire roads and creeks to explore. It has adventure written all over it, especially in the winter! The launching point for the race is Bear Creek Lake State Park, which is located in the heart of the forest. At the finish line, you'll be rewarded with a hot dinner and beverages.
You never know what the weather will bring come race day, and that is what makes The Chill so fun.. Rain, snow, ice, sleet or shine, get ready for an awesome winter day outside!
Note: We have a 150 racer cap for this event. Registration will close if we reach that number before January 24th. We recommend registering as early as possible to guarantee a spot on the starting line!
The Chill Winter AR February 4, 2023 Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest/
$85 per person
(Early registration through Sunday November 22nd)
$105 per person
(Regular registration November 23rd thru Sunday January 10th)
$125 per person
(Late registration January 11th thru Sunday January 24th)
Due to race day logistics, there is no race day registration.
Note: A small registration fee and sales tax are added by the registration company onto the race cost.
What You’ll Get:
Fabulous Post-Race Food and Beverages
A Great Day Outside with Old and New Friends
A note about Schwag:
In an effort to eliminate waste and giving you stuff you don’t want, we have made a change to the registration process and our fees. Moving forward, race entries will not include a shirt or other schwag items. We have decreased the registration fees by the amount we would normally pay for shirts. This race's schwag item is a set of awesome micro-fibers sleeves, priced a $14.
So if you want it great, if not great! If you want one, though, be sure to order when registering, as we won't be ordering extras. We will still have cool finishers prizes!
Saturday, January 30
9:30am: Mandatory Race Brief
(We will also be doing a live online Facebook race brief the week of the race.)
10:00am: Race Start
7:00pm: Race Finish/All Teams Off Course (for a 9 hour course)
7:00pm-8:00pm: Post-Race Dinner/Awards
(Note: our usual fun and lively post-race dinner and awards may look different, due to COVID-19 and state social distancing guidelines. We will make an announcement on what we have planned closer to the race, once we have more information.)
Teams will trek, bike and navigate through the Cumberland State Forest and Bear Creek Lake State Park. The team that acquires the most checkpoints in the fastest time wins.
Navigation: Expect full on map and compass navigation for the entire race. Don't know how to navigate? We recommend that you are familiar with using a map and compass or have at least one person on your team that is. Teams may also be required to plot UTM coordinates before and during the race. We will update teams with this information before race day. We recommend that at least one teammate is able to plot UTM coordinates using a UTM plotter.
Foot: Hiking, trail running, off trail travel from checkpoint to checkpoint. Distance TBA
Biking: A combination of forest roads, trails, gravel roads and pavement. Distance TBA
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Due to the nature of a winter race outside in the elements, most of this mandatory gear is for your safety. Make sure you have the gear and warm clothing you need to stay warm, dry and safe!
Mandatory Gear for Each Racer
Face covering for when social distancing is not possible
Backpack and a way to carry water (e.g., camelbak, water bottles, etc.)
Food and water for the race
Space blanket (We recommend the SOL Space Blanket)
Fleece hat or buff
A long sleeve wool or technical shirt
Mountain bikes are highly recommended and cross bikes are allowed. No road bikes allowed.
White front bike light (headlamp ok)
Back red blinky on bike
A sense of adventure!
Mandatory Gear for Each Team
Compass: just in case you get lost. But don't worry, you won't get lost!
A UTM plotter with a 1;24:000 scale (Note, we are working on providing plotters to all teams at check-in)
Bike tool, spare tube(s), pump or CO2
Basic medical kit (We recommend the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight 3)
Race map (provided at check-in)
Race rules of travel (provided at check-in)
Race passport (provided at check-in)
Cell phone (fully charged)
Small dry bag for the safe-keeping of your cell phone. These bag(s) SHOULD BE WATERPROOF. It is to your benefit to make sure you have the best waterproofing system you can find.
Waterproof map case (this can be as simple as zip lock(s) bags and duct tape or a store bought case)
Map board for your bike
Long fingered gloves
The closest small town is Farmville, with too many lodging options, hotels and airbnb's to list here.
Bear Creek Lake has great cabins available that we highly recommend if staying the full weekend. (ReserveAmerica). We recommend making your reservation as soon as possible.
The race will sell out the park that weekend. Camping IS NOT available due to the winter
season and all the campgrounds are closed. Camping IS NOT allowed in the state forest.
A portion of proceeds from this race will be donated to the Virginia Association for Parks, a non-profit organization that supports Virginia State Parks.