We hope you are excited and ready to go for the National Championship race next week. This will be the first of two updates between now and race day. All race updates will be available on the website in addition to you receiving them by email. If for any reason we need additional updates they will also be distributed by email and posted to the website.
As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Now, onto the update!
Effective immediately all land within a 30-mile radius of Lakewoods Resort is embargoed to all racers. The intent of this embargo is to keep things as fair as possible for all racers so please respect it. Violation of this embargo by racers may result in disqualification.
If you're curious to at least see what the maps look like for the area we suggest you check out the sample map posted on 180 Adventure's website at this link.
While reviewing the registration documentation we discovered that some of you signed the USARA waiver, but others appear to have been given the RunSignup standard waiver. We need to be sure that everyone has read and signed the USARA waiver prior to the race. We still want to take care of it online so you can complete your waiver by clicking on the link below. Please note that EVERYONE must complete this waiver.
Our apologies for the inconvenience on this one, and thank you!
COVID Code of Conduct
Our COVID Code of Conduct is posted here for you to review. Be prepared to have a mask with you at all times during the race weekend. Please be aware that repeated lack of cooperation with mask guidelines may ultimately lead to penalties for your team up to and including disqualification from the event. We will outline specific guidelines on mask usage in the final race update.
Invoicing for your final balance
You will receive an email from RunSignup for the balance due for your registration in the next day or so. If you believe the amount is incorrect please let us know before you submit payment. We will not be accepting payments on-site, so if you have any issues submitting your payment please let us know as possible.
The final gear list is posted on the website at this link. PLEASE review it carefully to be sure that you have everything you need for the race! You should always be prepared for gear checks at any time.
There are a few specific things pertaining to gear that we want to point out about the gear list:
Paddling Gear Request
We made a separate section for this just to be sure that no one missed it. If your team needs paddles or PFD's please fill out the form below so we can be sure to have enough for everyone.
Paddle Gear Request Form
Tracking and race coverage
As you all know we will have tracking for all teams. We will also have a robust media team out there capturing photos and videos of all of you and posting regular updates. We will release specifics on how to access all of this in the final update. Links and information will be available to you well ahead of the race so that you can share them with family and friends prior to your arrival at Lakewoods.
Team Bio and photo
We would love to post a team photo and brief bio for all our teams on the tracking site. The bio does not have to be lengthy, even a sentence or two highlighting your experience in adventure racing and the National Championship will be great! You can submit all bio information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use of the new Garmin AR mode
Garmin has recently released a new adventure racing mode for many of its watches. This mode allows you to use your watch while recording your route while only having access to basic watch functionality, (time, timer, barometric altimeter, etc.). We're still working out a few details with Garmin but the hope is to allow the use of Garmin watches in AR mode only for the race. Please note that you will likely be required to have the latest version of the Garmin software on your device so make sure it's up to date. We will have additional details on how this will work on race day in our next update.
That's it for your first update. Just a reminder to please complete your payment as soon as you receive your invoice, submit the paddle gear request form (if needed), and complete your waivers as soon as you can.
We have a competitive field of over 50 teams from all over the country and a fantastic course waiting for you. The weather is, so far, looking to be great for racing, and our race director, Paula Waite, has even said that the bugs are "not that bad, for Wisconsin". (Those of you that know Wisconsin bugs will know that this means you should probably still pack that bug spray.) We can't wait to see you all in Wisconsin!
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