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Shenandoah 24 (Epic) or 8 (Strong) Hour Adventure Race
April 14, 2018 @ 08:00 - April 15, 2018 @ 17:00
Now in year 8 the Shenandoah Epic adventure race has become one of the must-do adventure races every year. Whether you are a returning athlete or trying a 24-hour race for the first time, this is definitely an event you want on your race calendar. The Shenandoah Epic dishes up some challenging trekking, biking, and paddling that will test teams for a full 24 hours. With both optional and mandatory checkpoints on the course, seasoned adventure racers and those new to the sport will be able to plot their adventure to match both skill and endurance level.
Race Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief: TBD Friday, April 13. Packet pickup 5:00-7:30. Pre-race brief 7:30 pm.
Gear Bin and Bike Drop: TK
Race Start/Finish: Downriver Canoe Company (884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610)
The start and finish area is actually located just outside the Shenandoah River State Park, but you cannot access the start and finish area through the normal park entrance. The start and finish line area is accessed off Indian Hollow Road. If you are staying in the park or visiting the park and accessing it through the main entrance, you are responsible for park entrance fees.
Soloist (Male & Female)
Two-person team (Female, Male, and Co-ed)
Three-/Four-person team (Female, Male, and Co-ed)
All prices are per person.
Super early registration is $225.00 per team member & $250 for soloists until November 30, 2017
Early registration is $250.00 per team member & $275 for soloists until December 31, 2017
Regular registration is $275.00 per team member & $300 for soloists until February 28, 2018
Late registration is $300.00 per team member & $325 for soloists until close at midnight April 10, 2018
The Shenandoah Epic is part of the USARA series. An additional $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration.
From Northern Virginia, take I-66 West to exit 13 (Linden). Turn left off the ramp. Go one block to a stoplight where you’ll take a right onto Rt. 55 West. At the fifth stoplight, turn left onto 340 South. Drive eight miles and take a right onto Indian Hollow Road (Rt 613) after passing through Bentonville. Downriver is at the bottom of the hill on the right before you cross the river.
Friday, April 13, 5:00 pm-7:30: Race packet pickup, TBD
Friday, April 13, 7:30 pm: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains) at TBD
Friday, April 13, 8:00 pm: Bike drop TBD
Saturday, April 14, 6:00 am: Transition area opens at Downriver Canoe Company 884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610
Saturday April 14, 9:00 am: Race start at Downriver Canoe Company
Sunday April 15, 12:00 pm: Race finishes at Downriver Canoe Company
Sunday April 15, 12:30 pm–2:30 pm: Post-race meal and awards ceremony at Downriver Canoe Company
Friday, April 13, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm TBD
During packet pickup the team captain must be present, all forms must be completed for every team member, and fees must be paid for USARA membership if necessary. If you do not have all the forms for all team members, we will not give you your race packet until we have them in hand. During packet pickup you will receive T-shirts, sponsor giveaways, race bibs and race numbers. USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership or $35 for yearly membership are required for the Epic and can be paid at packet pickup.
See Who Is Racing
The heart of a great event is its volunteers. If you have a passion for helping out and are interested in volunteering, we’d love to have you join the fun! We have options for individuals, groups and families. Donations to charities are available. Looking to complete service hours? We can help you out with that, too. Click here to sign up as a volunteer.
Supplied Gear Canoes, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel.
Mandatory Gear Mandatory gear will not be checked during check-in. Random checks on gear will be performed during the race. Penalty points will be assessed for any missing items. These items are not all inclusive of items you will need to complete the race. You will be out in the elements for up to 24 hours. Bring other equipment as appropriate to get through the event. At all times during the race each racer must have in their possession the following equipment unless otherwise stated in the rules of travel:
Updated mandatory gear for paddle: glow sticks—1 per person, 2 per boat
Pack to carry gear
27-gallon HDX storage tote for gear bin (1 per team. http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-27-Gal-Storage-Tote-in-Black-HDX27GONLINE-5/205978361 or https://www.lowes.com/pd/Centrex-Plastics-LLC-Commander-27-Gallon-Tote-with-Standard-SnapLid/3551290)
Enough food for replenishment
Hydration system (Hydration pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)
Headlamp with extra batteries
Knife with minimum 2.5-inch blade
Emergency blanket or bag
1 long-sleeve wool blend or other type of insulated top (no cotton)
Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entire race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)
While biking each racer additionally must have:
Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
Rear light (must be capable of blinking)
Front light with enough battery power to last 12 hours.
While paddling each racer additionally must have:
PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)
Updated mandatory gear for paddle: glow sticks—1 per person, 2 per boat
ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
General Race Rules (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
Fully charged cell phone in watertight bag
Dry bag or method of keeping equipment dry in the event of bad weather and during the canoe section
Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube
Emergency First Aid kit – Teams may use the Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight 0.7 or build their own kit as long as the kit contains the following listed required contents. (8) 2×2 or 3×3 sterile dressing, (2) 3×4 non adherent sterile dressing, (1) conforming gauze bandage, (4) 1×3 adhesive bandage, (3) knuckle adhesive bandage, (1) tape ½”x 10 yards, (1) swift wrap elastic bandage, (8) 200-mg ibuprofen, (2) antihistamine (Diphenhydramine), (2) afterbite sting relief, (1) moleskin, (5) towelettes, (3) antibiotic ointment, (1) tincture of benzoin, (3) butterfly closure bandage, (2) pair nitrile gloves, (1) tweezer,(3) safety pins, (1) duct tape.
On sections of the course there will be points where you can drop your bike outside of a transition area. You may want to bring a lock to secure your bike in these situations. A bike lock is not mandatory.
USARA and North American Adventure Racing Series The Epic is part of the USARA and North American Adventure Racing Series. If you’d like to compete in these series, you are responsible for registering your team. Some additional information on the different race series follows.USARA is the longest-running series. To register your team to be part of the series you can do so on line at www.usara.com. Finishing teams will earn points toward rankings in the series.The North American Adventure Racing Series, or NAARS, is an expanding series that has different events across the United States. The Epic is a prestige race in the NAARS series, allowing you to earn extra points.
The main TA is located at Downriver Canoe Company, where the finish area is located. In this location, teams can stage out of their vehicles. You will be passing through this area toward the very end of the race.
Road and cyclo-cross bikes are not permitted. Racers must use the same bike throughout the entire race. In the event of mechanical failures, replacement parts can be used but they must be provided by the team, other racers, or an event official. No outside assistance is allowed. Bikes will not be checked for mechanical worthiness, but we recommend your bike be in good working order.
All paddle equipment will be provided including watercraft, PFD, and paddle. You do not need to bring any personal paddle equipment; however, if you’d like you may bring your own paddles and/or PFD.
Teams will be provided with maps to complete the course. Maps will be at 1:75,000 and 1:24,000 scale. Mandatory checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Some optional checkpoints will need to be plotted on the 1:24,000 scale maps by teams using provided UTM coordinates. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.
Click here for the General Race Rules.
Looking for things to do or a place to eat while you or your fans are in town? Check out our Activities Guide to our hometown!
Quality Inn – 10 S Commerce Ave Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-3161 Mention “Adventure Enablers” and get a double occupancy room rate for $72 per night.
Skyline Ranch Resort: 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. Visit the website or call 540-635-4169 ext.1
Shenandoah River State Park (Cabins, Camping, RVs), 350 Daughter of Stars Dr. Bentonville, VA 22610, (540) 622-6840
“Cabbin” at the Mountain Home B&B – 3471 Remount Road, Front Royal. $20 per bed (shared room, like a hostel) includes fresh linens, shower, breakfast, and other things they provide to their usual guests (Appalachian Trail hikers). Contact them directly for the $20 price at MountainHomeAT@gmail.com.
Super8 – 111 South Street, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 636-4888
Rainbow View and Valley Vista Cabins: Cabins in Linden with hot tubs and mountain views. The owners are offering a $25 per night discount when you mention you are participating in an Adventure Enablers event.
Camping and RVs:
Low Water Bridge Campground (RV hookups and tent camping), 192 Panhandle Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610 (just across the river from the start/finish line), (540) 635-7277
Shenandoah River State Park (cabins, camping, RVs), 350 Daughter of Stars Drive Bentonville, VA 22610, (540) 622-6840
Skyline Ranch Resort, 751 Mountain Road, Front Royal, VA 22630, (540) 635-4169, $40 for RV site
Photographer Vlad Bukalo was on course to take some great race-day photos of you and your team in 2017. Click here to view and purchase them. You looked great out there! We will have a photgrapher on course for 2018, too.
Info to come.
Tracking and Results
Friends and family will have a lot of opportunities to watch and cheer you along throughout the course. We will identify key areas for viewing during the pre-race brief. Updates and pictures of the race will be posted online at our Facebook site and on Twitter. We have staff dedicated to posting updates and providing information on the race throughout the entire event.
Shenandoah Epic Tracking and GPS
You can have family and friends follow all the races online at http://www.adventureenablers.com. This year we will be allowing teams to carry GPS enabled devices that can record GPX tracking data and also send data out during the race. You can use any GPS device you choose. At the start of the race we will seal your device in a bag and check that it has not been opened at the end of the race. We highly recommend that you also have a backup battery pack with your GPS device so that it lasts the full 26 hours. Your battery pack and GPS device should be in a water tight bag or be water proof. The bag that we will be placing your GPS device in is 6” x 9”. This is optional.Any GPS devices being found used for navigation or routes posted by teams after the race that did not have GPS device sealed prior to race start are grounds for disqualification.
Prizes & Awards
First place 2- or 4-person coed team will receive $1000 in sponsor gear. Second place, $750 in sponsor gear and third place, $500 in sponsor gear. All other divisions will receive prizes generously donated by our sponsors.
Cash prizes will be awarded as follows for divisions with eight or more teams/soloists:
Division 1st 2nd 3rd
3-/4-Person Coed $500 $300 $200
3-/4-Person Male $500 $300 $200
3-/4-Person Female $500 $300 $200
2-Person Coed $300 $200 $100
2-Person Male $300 $200 $100
2-Person Female $300 $200 $100
Solo Male $200 $100 $50
Solo Female $200 $100 $50
Liability waiver and photo release (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)
USARA one-day membership and USARA release form (Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)
Medical History Form (Epic Only, Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)
Front Royal Canoe liability waiver (Epic Only, Must be completed by all racers before race packets are distributed to the team)
All racers will be required to purchase a race-day USARA membership for $8.00, already have a valid USARA membership, or purchase a 1-year membership ($35). Please bring exact change or check. Under 16 year olds do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.
Cancellation and Transfer Policies
Click here for information.
We have posted an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions on the Adventure Enablers web site. Please check this page if you have any questions regarding the race. If you don’t find the answer or need clarification, please post the question on our Facebook page so that everyone has the benefit of seeing the answers.
Organized by: Adventure Enablers