The Buff Betty 



Date: September 25, 2021


Location: Shenandoah River State Park



4-hour course : 9 am to 1 pm







Biking, trekking and paddling with map

and compass navigation specifically for the 8-hour race.



Saturday, September 25


6:30am to 8:00 am: Check-in

8:00am: Mandatory Race Brief 

9:00am: Race Start

1:00pm: Race Finish/All Teams Off Course

1:30pm: Awards/Post-Race Fun

Not quite ready to spend 8 hours playing in the woods?  If not, the 4-hour “Taste of the Race” Buff Betty is the race for you! 


The perfect race for those curious about the sport and ready to give it a try! Maybe you have heard about adventure racing from a friend, or binge-watched Eco-Challenge Fiji and thought to yourself, "that looks like fun! Sort of…..:)"


This 4-hour Buff Betty is designed as a very, very beginner friendly race. Teams and soloists will trek on trails, mountain bike some great beginner friendly trails, and do a short but very scenic paddle on the Shenandoah River. The navigation for this race will be very easy. If you can read a basic park map and can follow trails, you can do this! Even better, the map you get will be much better and of higher quality than a basic park map! All the checkpoints will be on trails, trail intersections, or very identifiable features. The goal is to introduce you to how adventure races work, and to make sure that you have a great time!. Just a  taste of what you can expect in a longer, harder race. We expect the winning team to finish in roughly 3 hours. 


$45 per person

(Early registration through July 21)

$60 per person

(Regular registration July 22 thru September 8)

$75 per person

(Late registration September 9 thru September 21)

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.


What You’ll Get:

  • Beautiful Map(s)

  • Sweet Schwag

  • Cool Prizes

  • Fabulous Post-Race Food

  • All Boats and Paddling Gear

  • 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)


Rain jacket 

Face covering or mask

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

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)


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