Calleva Race

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN

The 9th edition was an incredible hit and sold out well before the deadline! Don't miss out on the most exciting race in the Washington, DC metro area. 
We’re excited to announce that, as in the past two years, the Calleva Adventure Race will be a USARA Regional Qualifier for the 2017 USARA National Championship! 3/4-person coed-teams in our Expert Category can qualify and compete for the top prize, a $400 sponsorship toward the National Championships. Link to 2017 USARA National Championship

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017   Location: TBD (Check-in at 13015 Rileys Lock Rd, Poolesville MD, 20837)

For 2017 we are changing things up a bit and having three different races, EXPERT (6-10 hours), SPORT (3-6 hours) and CHRYSALIS (2-4 hours). 

EXPERT is for advanced racers 

SPORT is for strong athletes with limited experience in adventure racing or who prefer a sprint type race 

CHRYSALIS is for beginners and families

Each race will include

  • O-course, paddling, biking
  • Post-race food and drink
  • Fantastic prizes (compliments of our awesome sponsors)

EXPERT Registration: Through June 1st - $75 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $100 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $125 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Solo, 2-person, and 3-person teams.

SPORT Registration: Through June 1st - $55 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $80 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $105 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Solo, 2-person, and 3-person teams.

CHRYSALIS Registration: Through June 1st - $35 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $50 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $65 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Two-person, 3-person, and 4-person teams.

Note: Due to permitting restrictions we are not able to offer 4-person team registration in the SPORT and EXPERT categories this year.

USARA membership is required for all EXPERT racers. Single-event memberships available on race day for $8.
What You Get:

  • All paddling gear/equipment provided by Calleva
  • Race Maps
  • Cool Race T-shirt
  • Post Race Food
  • Hours of fun!

When: August 6th, 2017. Poolesville, MD.
Where: Check-in at 13015 Rileys Lock Rd, Poolesville MD, 20837

Schedule:

EXPERT: check in starts at 7AM, race starts at 9AM, ends at 7PM

SPORT: check in starts at 9AM, race starts at 11AM, ends at 5PM

CHRYSALIS: check in starts at 9AM, race starts at 11AM, ends at 3PM

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Registration:

EXPERT: Through June 1st - $75 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $100 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $125 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Solo, 2-person, and 3-person teams.

SPORT: Through June 1st - $55 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $80 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $105 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Solo, 2-person, and 3-person teams.

CHRYSALIS: Through June 1st - $35 per racer, June 2nd - July 31st $50 per racer, (t-shirt is not guaranteed after July 10 registration), Last weekend and race day registration $65 per racer (subject to availability and t-shirts are not included). Two-person, 3-person, and 4-person teams.

Click here to REGISTER

  • No refunds after June 2nd. Online registration will close August 1st.
  • Because the Calleva 2017 Adventure Race is a USARA sanctioned race, ALL EXPERT RACE competitors must have a valid USARA membership with you when you register at the race. Single-event USARA memberships will be available at race check-in for an additional $8.00 for competitors without a current USARA membership.
  • Every racer must sign the race waiver [.pdf file] and bring it to check-in on the race day.

Mandatory Gear Required for Each Racer:
The following gear must be provided by each racer. Racers must carry these items at all times, with the exception of mountain bikes and helmets which are to be used only during mountain bike segment. Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Racers failing to present a requested item from this list will receive a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Bike marked with team number (given at check in). (Bikes will travel on dirt/gravel paths so choose wisely.)
  • Biking Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
  • Bell or horn on bike (required by park permit)
  • Water bottle or hydration system.

Mandatory Gear Required for Each Team (one per team): 
The following gear must be provided by each team. Teams must carry these items at all times. Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Teams failing to present a requested item from this list will face a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Cell phone fully charged, in off position (for emergency use only)
  • Waterproof bag to keep your cell phone and anything else you don't want getting soaked dry! 
  • Official Calleva Race Passport and set of rules (provided by Calleva)
  • Calleva Race Map(s) (provided by Calleva)
  • Compass
  • Pen or pencils
  • Medical kit as indicated below
  • OPTIONAL: Bike tire repair kit and bike tool; spare tubes, pump (or other tire inflation device)
  • Waterproof Map Case (This can be anything from a store bought case to a couple of gallon size ziplock bags and maybe a little duct tape)

Transition Gear: 
With each bike you may stage: 
  • bike shoes and helmet,
  • bike repair kit,
  • pump and other bike related gear

Calleva may transport your bike and gear to a transition area. All gear must be securely attached to the bike. Calleva is not responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. Water will be available at some transition areas. No food may be left with the bikes.


Emergency First Aid Kit (to be carried by each team at all times). SUGGESTED ITEMS BELOW:


  • 2 doses of pain/fever medication (Ibuprofen/Tylenol)
  • 2 doses of Benadryl / generic allergy medicine
  • 2 Betadine, iodine or alcohol swabs
  • 4 standard Band-aids
  • (1) 3" ACE Bandage
  • (4) 4"x4" gauze pads * Medical tape or duct tapeht
  • Antibiotic Cream: i.e. Neosporin The brand names are cited as references and may be replaced by an equivalent product. 

Recommended Gear 
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry bag to keep all your gear dry. 
Forbidden Equipment  
Teams found with any forbidden equipment will be disqualified from the race immediately
  • Unofficial race maps
  • Weapons
  • G.P.S. (Global Positioning Systems)

Mandatory Gear Required for Each Racer:
The following gear must be provided by each racer. Racers must carry these items at all times, with the exception of mountain bikes and helmets which are to be used only during mountain bike segment. Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Racers failing to present a requested item from this list will receive a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Mountain Bike or Cyclocross marked with team number (given at check in).
  • Biking Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
  • **New** Working front AND rear bike lights
  • Space Blanket (These are available at most outdoor retailers. They will keep you warm in case of emergency)
  • Whistle
  • Water bottle or hydration system.

Mandatory Gear Required for Each Team (one per team): 
The following gear must be provided by each team. Teams must carry these items at all times. Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Teams failing to present a requested item from this list will face a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Cell phone fully charged, in off position (for emergency use only)
  • Waterproof bag to keep your cell phone and anything else you don't want getting soaked dry! (You and your bag WILL get wet.)
  • Official Calleva Race Passport and set of rules (provided by Calleva)
  • Calleva Race Map(s) (provided by Calleva)
  • Compass
  • Working Headlamp or small flashlight
  • Pen or pencils
  • Medical kit as indicated below
  • Money for emergencies
  • Bike tire repair kit and bike tool; spare tubes, pump (or other tire inflation device)
  • Waterproof Map Case (This can be anything from a store bought case to a couple of gallon size ziplock bags and maybe a little duct tape)

Transition Gear: 
With each bike you may stage: 
  • bike shoes and helmet,
  • bike repair kit,
  • pump and other bike related gear

Calleva may transport your bike and gear to the transition area. All gear must be securely attached to the bike. Calleva is not responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. Water will be available at some transition areas. No food may be left with the bikes.


Emergency First Aid Kit (to be carried by each team at all times):


  • 2 doses of pain/fever medication (Ibuprofen/Tylenol)
  • 2 doses of Benadryl / generic allergy medicine
  • 2 Betadine, iodine or alcohol swabs
  • 4 standard Band-aids
  • (1) 3" ACE Bandage
  • (4) 4"x4" gauze pads * Medical tape or duct tapeht
  • Antibiotic Cream: i.e. Neosporin The brand names are cited as references and may be replaced by an equivalent product. This mandatory emergency first aid kit will be checked at certain points in the competition. This is a minimal treatment list.

Recommended Gear 
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry bag to keep all your gear dry. You will cross deep water a few times during the race.

Forbidden Equipment  
Teams found with any forbidden equipment will be disqualified from the race immediately
  • Unofficial race maps
  • Weapons
  • G.P.S. (Global Positioning Systems)
Mandatory Gear Required for Each Racer:
The following gear must be provided by each racer. Racers must carry these items at all times, with the exception of mountain bikes and helmets which are to be used only during mountain bike segment . Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Racers failing to present a requested item from this list will receive a time penalty or disqualification.
  • Mountain Bike or Cyclocross marked with team number (given at check in).
  • Biking Helmet (CPSC, ANSI, or SNELL certified)
  • **New** Working front AND rear bike lights
  • Bell or horn on bike (required by park permit)
  • Space Blanket (These are available at most outdoor retailers. They will keep you warm in case of emergency)
  • Whistle
  • Competitors are responsible for their own food, hydration, and electrolyte replacement
  • Knife, min blade 1.5”, folding OK
  • Water bottle or hydration system.

Mandatory Gear Required for Each Team (one per team): 
The following gear must be provided by each team. Teams must carry these items at all times. Race officials will make random spot checks at any time during the race. Teams failing to present a requested item from this list will face a time penalty or disqualification.  
  • Cell phone fully charged, in off position (for emergency use only)
  • Waterproof bag to keep your cell phone dry
  • Official Calleva Race Passport and set of rules (provided by Calleva)
  • Calleva Race Map(s) (provided by Calleva)
  • Compass
  • Working Headlamp or small flashlight
  • Pen or pencils
  • Medical kit as indicated below
  • Money for emergencies
  • Bike tire repair kit and bike tool; spare tubes, pump (or other tire inflation device)
  • Waterproof Map Case (This can be anything from a store bought case to a couple of gallon size ziplock bags and maybe a little duct tape)

Transition Gear: 
With each bike you may stage: 
  • bike shoes and helmet,
  • bike repair kit,
  • pump and other bike related gear

Calleva may transport your bike and gear to the transition area. All gear must be securely attached to the bike. Calleva is not responsible for any lost or damaged equipment. Water will be available at some transition areas. No food may be left with the bikes.


Emergency First Aid Kit (to be carried by each team at all times):


  • 2 doses of pain/fever medication (Ibuprofen/Tylenol)
  • 2 doses of Benadryl / generic allergy medicine
  • 2 Betadine, iodine or alcohol swabs
  • 4 standard Band-aids
  • (1) 3" ACE Bandage
  • (4) 4"x4" gauze pads * Medical tape or duct tapeht
  • Antibiotic Cream: i.e. Neosporin The brand names are cited as references and may be replaced by an equivalent product. This mandatory emergency first aid kit will be checked at certain points in the competition. This is a minimal treatment list.

Recommended Gear 
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry bag to keep all your gear dry. You (and your gear) WILL get wet during the race.

Forbidden Equipment  
Teams found with any forbidden equipment will be disqualified from the race immediately
  • Unofficial race maps
  • Weapons
  • G.P.S. (Global Positioning Systems)
1) Safety rules:
  • In case of emergency please call 911 first and then inform race officials. The phone number of race HQ is printed on your rules of travel.
  • All teammates must remain within 100 ft distance from each other at all times. If a team is found separated on the course, it will be disqualified or fined a time penalty at the discretion of the race officials.
  • Time limits may be established for each section of the race. Teams that do not make the designated cut-off time will not be allowed to continue, or will be redirected to alternative routes.
  • During the race each individual and team must carry the entire set of mandatory equipment. The list of the mandatory items is published in the race description and these items might be checked at some CPs or elsewhere on the course.
  • Each team gets rules of travel before the race start, but only after a team checks in the morning of the race (see race schedule). Teams must follow these rules, as well as directions from the race officials at TAs and on the course. Travel on unauthorized roads is forbidden. Anytime there is a specific route to follow, you are required to do so. In all other cases you will decide the route between CPs by yourself.
  • Biking without a bike helmet is forbidden. On all water sections racers must properly wear a personal flotation device (PFD), as described in rules of travel. Racing bibs provided to all racers before the start must always be over clothing and over the PFD (always on top).
  • If for any reason a team member is unable to finish the race, you must inform the race officials. Your leaving the race course must be always verified by race officials. 
VIOLATION OF THE SAFETY RULES IS GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
2) Race ranking:
  • Teams cannot skip mandatory CPs. Skipping any mandatory CP or acquiring mandatory CPs in the wrong order is grounds for team disqualification. See rules of travel for more details.
  • Teams can acquire any number of optional CPs unless some minimum number of optional CPs is required by rules of travel.
  • Checkpoints may be worth varying point values, and will be listed in the rules of travel. Scoring will be based on total points collected by a team or as described in the rules of travel.
  • The timing of the race begins at the start of the race and officially ends when the entire team crosses the finish line. There will be a one point penalty for crossing the finish line after the official end of the race and an additional 1 point penalty for every minute after. (In other words, if you finish 1 second after the race ends you will have lost 1 point, at 1 minute after the race ends you will have lost 2 points, at 2 minutes after you will have lost 3 points, etc.)
  • The ranking of the race is determined by the race officials after the team timing and points are adjusted by the penalties and bonuses. The team with the highest number of Optional Check Points (plus all mandatory) will be the winner of the race.  In case of a tie, the team with the fastest total race time will be ranked higher.
  • Teams that miss any of the cutoff times specified in the rules of travel and get redirected to an alternative route will be ranked behind all teams who made the cutoff despite any differences in adjusted timing.
3) Bonuses and penalties
  • Race officials reserve the right to award bonuses and penalties throughout the race. Bonus time might be awarded to teams who have aided others in distress.
  • Teams that violate any safety rules or rules of travel will be disqualified from the race or fined a time penalty.
  • Teams that are more than 10 minutes late to the race start will be unable to start the race and will be disqualified.
  • Teams that have or try to use any forbidden equipment or unofficial race maps will be disqualified from the race.
  • Littering is strictly prohibited and is grounds for disqualification. Trash bags will be provided at transition areas.
  • Use of cell phones, except for emergencies, is grounds for disqualification. During the race your cell phone must be turned off at all times.
  • Teams that lose mandatory maps, passports, or rules of travel will get a 2 hour time penalty for the first offense and disqualification for the second one. Teams may be able to get new maps, passports, or rules of travel in some transition areas. Teams will lose all (or some) optional CPs points or time bonuses from the lost passport.
  • No outside assistance is allowed during the race. Teams can get help only from another team that is still officially in the race. Teams can use local stores to buy food and water, as well as ask local people for directions. Any other types of help or assistance are grounds for disqualification.
  • A racer may lodge a protest anytime during the race. The protest must be in writing, turned in to a race official at a TA or at the finish line no later than one hour after the official race finish.

For sponsorship opportunities, please, contact Matt Markoff (matt@calleva.org)
We always need volunteers! For volunteer opportunities, please, contact our volunteer coordinator (callevaracer@gmail.com). Middle and high school students can get up to 8 hours of community service for helping us with the race. Every student must be accompanied by an adult, number of spots is limited.

About Us

We provide an annual adventure race that gives athletes the opportunity to test their limits or just have a fun day banging through the woods, pedaling through beautiful countryside, and paddling our local waterways. (For most it is a combination of both!) With various choices for race length and skill level the race can be a challenging match for all takers.

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Calleva.org - Outdoor sports camp
A List - National racing list
Untamed New England - Adventure racing site

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  • Thank you very much for putting on a great race. We had a blast and look forward to the next one.
  • Great race!!! Can not wait to do it again next year.
  • Thank you for the amazing race you put on this past Sunday. Incredible inaugural race!
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