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The Advanced Buff Betty—10 Hours

SCHEDULE: 

 

Live pre-race brief on Zoom the week of the race, TBA.

 

Saturday, June 22, 2024

 

7–8 am: Check-in

8:15am: Mandatory Race Brief 

9:00am: Race Start

7pm: Race Finish/All Teams Off Course

7:15pm: Post-race food, awards and fun

COST:

This year's race will be a sanctioned USARA event. An $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA and can be purchased at registration. If you are purchasing a 1-day membership, choose June 22nd as the start date of your membership. 

 

Early registration:
Monday Feb 12th thru Sunday April 7th 

$160 a person 

 

Regular registration:
Monday April 8th thru Sunday May 26th 

$180 a person 

 

Late registration:
Monday May 27th thru Sunday June 12th

$200 a person 

 

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.

THE DETAILS

 

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2024

 

Location: Occoneechee State Park

 

Duration: 

10 hour course : 9 am to 7pm

Categories:

Solo

Two-Person 

Three-Person

There is no 4 person team option for this year's race. 

COURSE OVERVIEW: 

 

This year’s course will be challenging, 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 lake paddling. 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. 

 

DISCIPLINES: 

Trekking, mountain biking, paddling, navigation with map and compass. The 10-hour course will have more advanced navigation, off trail travel and will involve more strategy and route choice options. Paddling will also play a bigger role in this race vs the 6 hour course. 

Approximate distances for all disciplines will be provided at a later date. However teams can expect roughly 5-8 miles of paddling, 12-15 miles of trekking and 20-25 miles of biking. The terrain at the park is very flat and you can expect very minimal elevation gain and loss. Most of the trekking and biking will take place on trails in the woods, with minimal pavement and park road travel.  The paddling will be on flat water. All checkpoints on the map(s) will be pre-plotted for you. 

A note on the paddling: For this year's race we are allowing racers/teams to bring their own boats. Maybe you are a paddler and would prefer to use your own speedy boat. You can use any boat you wish for your team. Kayaks, a canoe, or a combination of both. As long as the boat is in good working condition we don’t care. PACK-RAFTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.  Team will not have to transport boats on the course and boats will be staged before the start in the park. 

 

You will be asked at registration if you plan to bring your own boat. As we get closer to race day we will reach out to all racers to confirm your boat choice. 

 

NOTE: We WILL be providing boats for racers who do not have one. If you don’t bring your own boat, solo races will get a kayak and teams of 2 & 3 will get either canoes or a tandem kayak for 2 person teams and 2 kayaks for 3 person teams.  The final boat configuration will be communicated to all teams before race day. All paddling gear will be provided, but you will be allowed to bring your own paddles and PFD. 

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET:

  • 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 (we are thinking pizza) 

  • All boats and paddling gear provided (see above note about bringing your own boat)

  • A great day outside with old and new friends

 

MANDATORY GEAR:

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)

Whistle

Rain jacket (may be removed race day weather dependent) 

Mountain bikes are highly recommended and cross bikes are allowed. No road bikes allowed. 

Bike helmet

Paddles and PFDs are provided by race, but racers may bring their own

Boats are provided by race (racers may bring their own boats) 

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):

Duct tape

Race map (provided at check-in)

Race rules of travel (provided at check-in)

Race passport (provided at check-in)

Watch

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.

 

Recommended Gear

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 

Long tights/pants

Extra socks

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