The Advanced Buff Betty—10Hour
Live pre-race brief on Facebook the week of the race, TBA.
Saturday September 9th
Race check-in: 6:30 am
Mandatory pre-race brief: 8 am
Race start: 9 am
Race finish all teams off course: 7 pm
Post-race dinner, awards and fun: 7:15 pm
$150 per person
(Early registration through Sunday June 25th )
$175 per person
(Regular registration June 26th thru Sunday August 20th)
$200 per person
(Late registration August 21st thru Sunday September 3rd)
Due to race day logistics, there is no race day registration.
Note: A small registration fee is added by the registration company onto the race cost.
Date: September 9, 2023
Location: Shenandoah River S.P.
In 2022 we introduced the 12-hour Buff Betty and we were thrilled with the response and all the bad-ass Buff Betty’s who took on a tough course!
This year’s course will be challenging as well, especially with regard to navigation on the foot sections. Paddling will also play a big role in this race and teams can expect anywhere from 6-10 miles of paddling with the possibility of some class I & II rapids. If you have been thinking about taking on a longer race and feel that you have the fitness and navigation ability to get to the finish line, this is the race for you. Or perhaps you want to work on that navigation, test yourself and see what you can do on your own as a soloist, or leading a team without the guys around….
The team that acquires the most points in the least amount of time wins. All checkpoints will be optional with all TA’s mandatory. Teams will be able to do as much of or as little of the course as they feel comfortable doing. The course is a secret until race morning when you get your map(s) and rules of travel instructions. This race will feature live tracking.
Navigation: Map and compass navigation throughout the race with intermediate navigation and some more advanced navigation on foot sections with off trail travel from point to point. Race strategy and making good decisions will also play a big part in this race. We highly recommend at least one person on your team is comfortable and confident with map and compass navigation and reading a map.
Paddling: 6-10 miles of river paddling with canoes and kayaks. Soloists will paddle kayaks and teams, canoes. All paddling gear will be supplied and you can bring your own paddle gear, but not your own boats. As we work on the final course design over the summer we will update teams on what they can expect on the river. There may be 2 paddle legs and teams may see some Class I &II rapids.
Biking: 20-25 miles. The trails in the park are amazing and purpose built for mountain biking. You will see a lot of them and overall they are fast, flowy and well groomed. What makes the biking challenging is the elevation gain and loss in the park. You can expect some climbing on the bike and some fast fun descents. There will also be some riding on pavement, dirt and gravel roads.
Trekking: 10-12 miles of trekking on trails, roads, and some extensive off trail travel from point to point. The park is nestled between two mountain ranges so you can expect some elevation gain and loss on foot.
WHAT YOU'LL GET:
Live race tracking from our friends at Enabled Tracking
A fun, safe, challenging and creative race course design
All insurance, permits and safety staff
Beautiful custom made map(s)
Sweet schwag and our signature finisher prize
Cool prizes on the podium for the top 3 teams in each division
Fabulous Post-Race Food
All Boats and Paddling Gear provided
A great day outside with old and new friends
Most of this mandatory gear is for your safety.
Mandatory Gear for Each Racer
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)
Mountain bikes are highly recommended and cross bikes are allowed. No road bikes allowed.
Paddles and PFDs are provided by race, but racers may bring their own
Boats are provided by race
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!
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