Information for Registered Racers

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3/24/17

 

6 Hour Racers - we are biking on Sunday!

3/16/17:  EMAIL SENT TO 2 HOUR RACERS:

 

We are quickly approaching The Meltdown on March 26th! After this week’s snow and upcoming fluctuating temperatures it is sure to be an official Meltdown.

Please check your registration information and contact us for any needed corrections: http://goalsara.org/2017-races/the-meltdown/registered-racers/

 

We have put all the information you need  into a pdf which can be downloaded here: http://goalsara.org/2017-races/the-meltdown/info-for-racers/
(this document also includes information for the 6 HR bike/foot event; please disregard the bike information)


What should I expect for the adventure run? :  (this is also written in the pdf)  This event will include navigation to a variety of checkpoints via foot travel only, and, of course, strategy. If there is snow cover, racers are welcome to optionally use snowshoes, skis, Yaktrax or spikes for any or all sections of the course.


At check-in you will receive your race instructions, checkpoint clue sheet and passport.  The 6 hr event will begin first at 9:15am.  Once the 6 hr event begins, you will be given your race map.  It will be an orienteering map. You will have 15 minutes to look at the map and ask us any questions you may have. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with these types of maps ahead of time the website below may be helpful. Essentially, these maps are super detailed maps of the trails and features in the park.  http://www.gaorienteering.org/Education/BeginnerGuide/map_reading.htm
 

At 9:30am the 2 hour race will begin. Solos and teams will have up to 2 hours to visit as many of the checkpoints as possible. When you find a checkpoint flag you will use the attached punch to mark the appropriate box on your passport.
 

The race is points based scoring.  This means that each checkpoint is worth 1 point.  You have up to 2 hours to collect as many points as you can and return to the finish area.  Your strategy may include skipping some points, or trying to go for all of them.
 

If you are over the 2 hour time limit, you begin to lose points.  If you are one minute late you lose a point.  You have a cushion of 59 seconds.  Once the clock hits 2 hours 1 minute, you lose a point.  Additional points will be lost every 5 minutes late thereafter (2 hours 6 minutes, 2 hours 11 minutes, etc.).   In other words---don’t be late!
 

Weather policy:Both races are  rain or shine. We will only cancel in the event of a severe snowstorm actively occurring the morning of the event, making road travel impossible. 

 

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Check your inbox for a final email before the race.

 

3/16/17: EMAIL SENT TO 6 HR RACERS:
We are quickly approaching The Meltdown on March 26th! After this week’s snow and upcoming fluctuating temperatures it is sure to be an official Meltdown.

Please check your registration information and contact us for any needed corrections: http://goalsara.org/2017-races/the-meltdown/registered-racers/

 

We have put all the information you need  into a pdf which can be downloaded here: http://goalsara.org/2017-races/the-meltdown/info-for-racers/

What should I expect for the 6 HR adventure race :  (this is also written in the pdf)

This event will include navigation to a variety of checkpoints via foot and mountain bike (weather permitting) travel, and, of course, strategy.  If conditions do not permit, this event will be a foot only event.  Due to potential winter weather, final decision on race format may not occur until day of event.   If there is snow cover, racers are welcome to optionally use snowshoes, skis, Yaktrax or spikes for any or all sections of the course. If trails are too wet, modifications will be made to the biking section in order to minimize environmental impact.

 

At check-in you will receive your race instructions, checkpoint clue sheet and passport.  The race will begin with a prologue activity during which you will receive one of two race maps, either foot section map or bike section map (if weather permits biking).  The foot and bike sections of the race will be done separately.  You will have the choice to either start with the foot map section or the bike map section.  Once you collect as many checkpoints as you can in your initial event you will return to the start/finish area to score your initial event and receive the other race map.  All checkpoints are optional.

The map you will be using is an orienteering map. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with these types of maps ahead of time the website below may be helpful. Essentially, these maps are super detailed maps of the trails and features in the park. 
http://www.gaorienteering.org/Education/BeginnerGuide/map_reading.htm 

 

The race is points based scoring.  This means that each checkpoint is worth one or two points.  Your team has up to 6 hours to collect as many points as you can.  Your strategy may include skipping some points, or trying to go for all of them.
 

If you are over the 6 hour time limit, your team loses points.  If you are one minute late you lose a point.  You have a cushion of 59 seconds so once the clock hits 6 hours 1 minute, you lose a point.  An additional point will be lost every 5 minutes late thereafter (6 hours 6 minutes, 6 hours 11 minutes, etc.).


You must complete all sections together as a team unless otherwise specified by the race director.
 

The start/finish area may optionally be used as a transition area during the race.  Except for biking gear, all mandatory individual and team gear must be carried at all times during the race.  All mandatory biking gear must be carried during the biking sections of the race.  Racers are permitted to leave biking gear and some food and water with their bike when not biking.


Weather policy:

Weather conditions will determine if the event will be bike and foot, or foot only.  In circumstances of substantial rain, the course will be modified in order to preserve the integrity of the trails. The final decision will be made just before the race. We are planning on a bike and foot course. Either way, you won't be disappointed!

 

Both races are  rain or shine. We will only cancel in the event of a severe snowstorm actively occurring the morning of the event, making road travel impossible. 


Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Check your inbox for a final email before the race. 

1302 SPELLMAN DRIVE

DOWNINGTOWN, PA 19335

610-466-7015
INFO@GOALSARA.ORG

 

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