Adventure Addicts Racing

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The Addiction

Episode One—The Piedmont
July18–21, 2019 

The Addiction is a 2-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race—where teams of 2, 3 and 4 will trek, bike, paddle and navigate using a map and compass across a 150 to 160 mile linear racecourse in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Teams will travel through dense forest and trails, small Virginia towns that are all but forgotten with the rise of the industrial age and the decline of the railroad, and paddle historic rivers that were once the highways of Colony Virginia.​

 

The Piedmont is one of 5 distinct geological regions that make up the state of Virginia. Our vision for the race is that every episode of The Addiction will take place in a different region of the state. Virginia is a playground for outdoor adventure from the Cumberland Plateau to the Great Appalachian Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Tidewater region that flows into the Atlantic. 

With numerous outdoor recreation spaces—from state parks and forests to smaller local parks and trails systems—there is so much great land to play on. The Piedmont region is rich in American history—from the last battles of the civil war, to Jefferson’s Monticello, the rise of the railroad, where tobacco was king and people lived and died by the flow of the mighty and historic James River. 

 

When:

Friday July 19th thru Sunday the 21st (pre-race activities the afternoon and evening of July 18th) 

 

Where:

The Piedmont region of central Virginia. Teams will traverse a 150-160 mile linear race course. Will you go north, south, east, or west? 

 

To keep you guessing, the location for the pre and post race activities will be announced on June 3rd giving teams plenty of time to make hotel and travel arrangements. Note that the pre and post race activities location may not be the finish line:) 

 

How long: 

Teams will have up to 48 hours (plus maybe a few extra) to complete the course. This time frame will depend on the race start time on the morning of Friday July 19th. True to the spirit of expedition races all checkpoints will be MANDATORY and teams that miss a checkpoint will be short coursed but allowed to continue on. 

 

Who:

Teams of 2, 3 and 4. Co-ed or same sex teams. 4 person teams make up the premier division and will be eligible for prizes.
No soloists allowed for this one. 

 

Disciplines: 

 

Paddling: with provided canoes: 32-35 miles on moving water. Expect some class I and II water. 

 

Biking: 80-90 miles on a combination of double and single track trails, fire roads, gravel and pavement.  Possible MTBO relay (mountain bike orienteering) section in which all team members will be required to complete the section on their own. 

 

Trekking: 30-35 miles. Combination of trails, fire roads, gravel, off trail bushwhacking, foot orienteering leg 

 

Navigation: Teams can expect full on map and compass navigation for the entire race. 

Support Crews: Not permitted, we will provide all logistical support.

The Addiction has been cancelled. Please email us if you have questions.
Team Communication #1 (PDF)—April 17, 2019

Adventure Addicts Racing is not responsible for your actions once you become addicted to adventure, adventure racing, being outdoors, navigating through the woods, riding your mountain bike in awesome places, trail running, or paddling down beautiful rivers. You may spend more money on gear, including bikes, backpacks, paddles, canoes, headlamps, etc. Please consult your financial advisor and/or spouse before making any large gear purchases. Be warned that your addiction to adventure may also lead to recurring day dreams about said gear or experiences using that gear while at work. Try to stay focused as most of us need our day jobs to support our addiction.

The Addiction is a 2-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race—where teams of 2, 3 and 4 will trek, bike, paddle and navigate using a map and compass across a 160 to 180 mile linear racecourse in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Teams will travel through dense forest and trails, small Virginia towns that were all but forgotten with the rise of the industrial age and the decline of the railroad, and paddle historic rivers that were once the highways of Colonial Virginia.​

 

The Piedmont is one of 5 distinct geological regions that make up the state of Virginia. Our vision for the race is that every episode of The Addiction will take place in a different region of the state. Virginia is a playground for outdoor adventure—from the Cumberland Plateau to the Great Appalachian Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Tidewater region that flows into the Atlantic. 

With numerous outdoor recreation spaces—from state parks and forests to smaller local parks and trails systems—there is so much great land to play on. The Piedmont region is rich in American history—from the last battles of the civil war, to Jefferson’s Monticello, the rise of the railroad, where tobacco was king and people lived and died by the flow of the mighty and historic James River. 

The Addiction is a sanctioned USARA event and 2019 Regional Qualifier for the USARA National Championships held in September.

 

When:

Thursday, July 18th: Pre-race

Friday July 19th thru Sunday the 21st: Race!

(Teams will be transported to the race start)

 

Where:

The Piedmont region of central Virginia. Teams will traverse a 160-180 mile linear race course. Will you go north, south, east, or west? 

 

To keep you guessing, the location for the pre and post race activities will be announced in April, giving teams plenty of time to make hotel and travel arrangements. Note that the pre- and post-race activities location may not be at the finish line. :-) 

 

How long: 

Teams will have 48 hours PLUS to complete the course. The race will finish on Sunday, but the exact time is to be determined based on the final course. 

 

Race scoring:  True to the spirit of expedition races, all checkpoints will be MANDATORY and teams that miss a checkpoint will be short-coursed—but allowed to continue on. Full course: the first team to cross the finish line with all CPs acquired wins. Short course: teams that miss any checkpoints will be moved to a short course and be ranked below all full-course teams. Teams that lose a teammate will be allowed to continue the race unranked. Important note: the minimum number of team members is 2 and the maximum number of team members is 4. Therefore, if a 2-person team loses a team member, the remaining member must join another team of 2 or 3 to continue the race. Ditto for a 3-person team who loses 2 members. 

 

Who:

Teams of 2, 3 and 4. Co-ed or same sex teams. 4 person co-ed teams make up the premier division and will be eligible for prizes.
No soloists allowed for this one. 

 

Disciplines: 

 

Paddling (with provided canoes): Moving water. Expect some class I and II water. 

 

Biking: A combination of double and single track trails, fire roads, gravel and pavement. 
Possible MTBO relay (mountain bike orienteering) section in which all team members
will be required to complete the section on their own. 

 

Trekking: Combination of trails, fire roads, gravel, off trail bushwhacking, foot orienteering leg 

 

Navigation: Teams can expect full-on map and compass navigation for the entire race. 

Support Crews: Not permitted, we will provide all logistical support.