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Shenandoah Tenderfoot Adventure Race
April 15, 2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00
The Shenandoah Tenderfoot adventure race (AR) is our original beginner AR, simple enough to enjoy but challenging enough to be considered an adventure race. The Shenandoah Tenderfoot AR is basically an off-road, all-terrain, high-octane scavenger hunt with paddling on the Shenandoah River and biking and trekking in beautiful Shenandoah River State Park. It’s perfect for families and for beginner adventure racers–you can choose how far and how hard you race. And after this event, you’re sure to be hooked!
The morning of the race, we’ll give you a map with checkpoints and a list of “Rules of Travel.” This gives you clues to checkpoints and tells you how you’ll get to them–by trekking, paddling, or mountain biking. Teams will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as possible. The highest point accumulation in the shortest amount of time will determine ranking. Once the teams have found all of the required checkpoints, they sprint back to cross the finish line.
We offer two “types” of Tenderfoot categories: Family and Adventure Class. The family team (with 2- or 3-person teams) must have at least one member younger than age 16 and participates in a shorter, easier version of the Adventure Class course. (It’s still an achievement for teams but not meltdown inducing.) The Adventure Class (soloist or 2- or 3-person teams) offers a longer, more challenging course with a lot of optional opportunities to really have an adventure and hone those navigation and trail skills. (Note: We have found that if the youngest team member is 13 or older, Adventure Class is a better choice, offering more of a challenge.)
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Race-Day Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief/ Race Start/Finish Sponsored by Downriver Canoe Company
Downriver Canoe Company 884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610 The start and finish area is actually located just outside 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.
The Tenderfoot is designed for beginner adventure racers and for families. Those who register as a Family will face a shorter/easier course than those who register in the Adventure Class category. If you have only one participant on your team who is aged 13 or older, you may want to consider tackling the Adventure Class rather than register in the Family category.
Two-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)
Three-person teams (Female, Male, or Co-ed Adventure Class)
Family Teams (2 person, 3 Person) To qualify as a family team at least one team member must be younger than 16 years old and one team member must be older than 18 years old.
6-20 miles (depending on route choice)
Registration fee is per team member.
2- and 3-Person Teams (Adventure Class, adults, non-family)
Super Early Registration is $60 until 12/31
Early Registration is $70 until 1/31
Regular Registration is $80 2/28
Late Registration is $90 until registration closes at midnight April 10, 2018 or sells out
Super Early Registration is $70 until 12/31
Early Registration is $80 until 1/31
Regular Registration is $90 until 2/28
Late Registration is $100 until registration closes at midnight April 10, 2018 or sells out
Family, 2- and 3-person teams (At least one team member must be between the ages of 8 and 15, and at least one team member must be age 18 or older.)
Super Early Registration is $45 until 12/31
Early Registration is $55 until 1/31
Regular Registration is $65 until 2/28
Late Registration is $75 until registration closes at midnight April 10, 2018 or sells out
An additional $8 race day fee is required by USARA and can be paid on race day or during online registration. USARA fees are not required for participants 15 and younger.
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.
Downriver Canoe Company (884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610)
Sunday, April 15, 8:00 am-9:00 am: Packet pickup and transition set-up at at the race start area (Downriver Canoe Company)
Sunday April 15, 9:30 am: Pre-race brief (Mandatory for all team captains) at the race start area
Sunday April 15, 10:00 am: Race starts
Sunday April 15, 1:00 pm: Race finishes
Sunday April 15, 12:00 pm-2:30 pm: Post-race food and award ceremony
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.
Early packet pickup (optional): Saturday, April 14, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at Downriver Canoe Company (884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610)
Race-day packet pickup and transition setup: Sunday, April 15, 8:00 am-9:30 am at Downriver Canoe Company (884 Indian Hollow Road, Bentonville, VA 22610)
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, maps, rules of travel, ePunch, and race numbers. USARA fees of $8 for a one-day race membership, $35 for yearly membership, or proof of USARA membership are required and can be paid at packet pickup. Participants younger than age 16 do not need to pay for the USARA membership but they still need to complete the USARA waiver.
Canoes, paddles, PFDs, race maps, race passport, ePunch, rules of travel.
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 3 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:
Pack to carry gear
Enough food for replenishment
Hydraton system (Hydraton pack, water bottle, etc. with capacity to carry at least 2 liters)
Closed-toe shoes must be worn during the entre race (no bare feet or open-toe sandals)
While biking each racer additionally must have:
Mountain bike (mandatory for Strong) or any bike that has two (or three) wheels for the Family Adventure. The terrain will not be paved so just make sure your bike can go on hard packed dirt trails and gravel roads.
Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certfied)
While paddling each racer additionally must have:
PFD Class III (provided by Adventure Enablers)
ePunch (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
Race maps (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
Rules of Travel (Provided by Adventure Enablers)
General Race Rules (Provided by Advneture Enablers)
Fully charged cell phone in water tight bag. Ideally bring a smart phone so you can take pictures on the course
Dry bag or method of keeping equipment (cell phone) dry in the event of bad weather and during the canoe section
Bike tool kit and at least one spare bike tube
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. Checkpoints will be pre-plotted. Additional maps can be used at the discretion of the racers.
Click here for the General Race Rules.
Lodging & Things To Do
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
Updates and pictures of the race will be posted online primarily on our Facebook site and also on Instagram and on Twitter. Results will be posted here once available.
Prizes & Awards
All divisions will receive prizes generously donated by our sponsors. Awards will go three deep.
Info to come.
Click here to view Bushnell Photography’s photos from the 2017 Tenderfoot.
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
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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, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by: Adventure Enablers