Long Creek Adventure Race

Test you navigational, riding, running, and paddling skills in the 4 or 8 hour adventure race. Competitors will navigate the Whitewater Center, surrounding public lands and the Catawba River using UTM Coordinates to find check points scattered throughout the woods. Compete solo or as a team of two, three, or four.
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Race Info

4 Hour

  • Pre-registration

    Available through November 10, 2022

    $50 Per Person

  • Day-of registration

    If available

    $55 Per Person

8 Hour

  • Pre-registration

    Available through November 10, 2022

    $60 Per Person

  • Day of Registration

    If available

    $65 Per Person

Packet Pick-Up

  • November 12th

    Ridge Pavilion

    7:30AM-8:45AM

Kayak reservations made through the Whitewater Center will be an additional $10 charge and will include a vessel, paddle and PFD. Reservations can be made during registration.

Additional Information

Race Description

  • The Long Creek Adventure Race tests solo competitors, as well as teams of 2, 3 and 4, to utilize their navigation and endurance skills during this 4 or 8 hour multi discipline adventure.
  • Racers will traverse 30-60 miles of various forms including single track trails, flatwater, paved roads and forested land to find a series of self-plotted UTM coordinate checkpoints.
  • Racers will use a map provided at the start of the race to seek out the checkpoints dispersed throughout the Whitewater property, surrounding public lands and Catawba River.
  • Strategy is vital when setting your course to capture each checkpoint as there is no right or wrong route.

Pre-race Clinic

  • An optional navigation clinic will be held on Friday, November 11th from 5:30pm-6:30pm in the South Conference Center.
  • This free clinic will go over the basic techniques for using a map and protractor to plot UTM points.
  • Any racers who are not advanced in map and compass navigation are highly encouraged to attend.
  • Standard parking fees apply.

Rules

  • There is no marked or set course. Teams must find as many checkpoints as possible in the least amount of time.
  • No cycling is allowed in Gaston County. Checkpoints on the western side of the Catawba River must be collected on foot or by boat.
  • Each team will be given one map prior to the start of the race at check-in.
  • Teammates must always be in visual contact of each other.
  • Cell phones/GPS may not be used in any way, either as a communication device or as a navigation device.
  • No use of motorized transportation, including ebikes.
  • Teams that finish after the 4-hour or 8-hour window will be disqualified.

Scoring

  • Teams will be ranked on the total number of checkpoints collected.
  • Tiebreaker will go to the team that collected their number of checkpoints in the quickest amount of time.

Equipment

  • This equipment is to be provided by competitors and will not be provided by the Whitewater Center unless otherwise indicated. Each competitor must have the following.
    • Pack to carry gear
    • Snacks/food for replenishment
    • Hydration
    • Closed toe shoes
    • Compass
    • UTM protractor
    • Bicycle and helmet
    • Kayak, Paddle, and PFD (can be rented from Whitewater)
    • Headlamp (8-hour only)
    • Bike lights (8-hour only)
    • Cell phone (For Emergency Use)
    • Pencil
    • Permanent marker

Gallery

  • Long Creek 3
  • Long Creek 1
  • Long Creek 5
  • Long Creek 2
  • Long Creek 6
  • Long Creek 4

Race Shirts

Recover Brands race shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre-register on or before October 31st, 2022.

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Schedule

4 Hour

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • 7:30am Packet Pick-Up Begins
  • 7:30am Boat Drop Off Opens at Flatwater Dock
  • 8:45am Packet Pick-Up Ends
  • 8:50am Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting
  • 9:00am Race Starts
  • 1:00pm Race Ends

8 Hour

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • 7:30am Packet Pick-Up Begins
  • 7:30am Boat Drop Off Opens at Flatwater Dock
  • 8:45am Packet Pick-Up Ends
  • 8:50am Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting
  • 9:00am Race Starts
  • 5:00pm Race Ends

Packet Pick-Up

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • 7:30am Packet Pick-Up Begins at Ridge Pavilion
  • 8:45am Packet Pick-Up Ends at Ridge Pavilion

Awards

Awards will be given out to the top three in the following divisions
4 Hour: Men’s solo | Women’s solo | Team Women’s | Team Men’s | Team Co-ed

8 Hour: Men’s solo | Women’s solo | Team Women’s | Team Men’s | Team Co-ed

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