Ambush is very proud to partner with the Traingle AR club or Raleigh-Durham to produce this premiere event. The guys of TriangleAR really know their way around the area and have set a great course utilizing the best elements of both parks. It is challenging, yet not overwhelming, and no matter what your ability or experience level, you will have fun!
The race includes mountain biking on singletrack trails and gravel & paved roads, trekking, life vest assisted swim, trail running and a navigation element with true "O" maps provided by Backwoods Orienteering Club.
Part of the challenge, and a lot of the fun, is the surprises that the race will throw your way, so we can't disclose the exact distances of each particular element. It would be more useful to simply view the race in terms of time and to realize that you'll be on the course for 6-8 hours, and plan accordingly. You'll bike more than you'll hike, you'll hike more than you run, and you'll run more than you swim.
A detailed pre-race bulletin with timeline and driving directions will be posted here on or about Sept 18.
Umstead Park in Cary is only minutes away from your location: (map)
Virginia Beach, VA
The race is open to solos, but most people find it more fun if they team up with one or more friends. Not only that, but you can save money by registering your team all at once. Team sizes can be anywhere from 2 to 4 people, any gender composition. Masters are welcome.
SPECIAL 9-1-1 CATEGORY: In an effort to increase competition and level the playing field, the 9-1-1 classification is open to solos or 3-person teams only. If you have a 2 or four person team, you are welcome to race in the 'open' category.
Racers and all team members must be full-time employees of Governmental Police/Fire/EMS agencies..this includes positions such as Animal Control, Dispatchers and any Military equivalent of these positions such as Military Police or Medics. No part-time, reserve, volunteers or privatized agencies may enter this category. Must present Employment ID at check-in to verify. Winners in these categories will be the 2005 Carolina Police and Fire Games Medalists and will be provided awards through that organization.
The awards categories are subdivided according to how many people we get in each of the classifications, and usually go three deep. If the category is less than 5 teams, that category will be rolled up into the next applicable category. 9-1-1 Teams are eligible for special awards through the 2005 Carolina Police and Fire Games.
Awards generally go three deep based on the following categories: open (overall winners), coed, all female, male masters, female master, coed masters. In addition, there may be special awards to recognize outstanding achievement (such as fastest splits, best foot-O score, etc.).
Each team/SOLO must have :
Compass/Waterproof map case/whistle (park requirement for orienteering)
Mountain Bike/helmet/repair kit
lighting system for each team member/SOLO to complete 30-45 minute run in the dark.
PFD (life vest) for each team member
One team/solo waterproofed cellphone
Recommended: (not mandatory)
Bike lock - you will need to leave your bike unattended at one point during the race and will probabaly feel better about the whole race if it's there when you come back
Extra Food/Water for transitions
small first aid kit
The course is not marked and you will need to navigate throughout the race using maps provided to you. The maps will be a variety of styles and scales suitable to the task at hand, and although the navigation is not "tricky", you will need to know how to read a topo map and use a compass if you hope to do well.
The maps are premarked with checkpoint locations and it will not be necessary to plot CP locations from UTMs.
The orienteering element will utilize 'true' "O" maps provided by the Backwoods Orienteering Club, so be sure and hit a few "O" meets before the race to brush up on your skills.
Special 9-1-1 category:
Racers and all team members must be full-time employees of Governmental Police/Fire/EMS agencies..this includes positions such as Animal Control, Dispatchers and any Military equivalent of these positions such as Military Police or Medics. No part-time, reserve, volunteers or privatized agencies may enter this category. Must present Employment ID at check-in to verify.
3 person teams:
*teams must register all at once to receive the discounted entry.
If you register on or before August 24, you will receive a high-quality wicking event T-shirt. (otherwise a limited number may be on sale at the race for $15)
There is no race day registration. To compete in the 9-1-1 Adventure Challenge, you must register on or before 10pm Wednesday September 20.