Low entry fees, beginner friendly (6 hours), great venue with fun trails.
If you are thinking about trying an AR, do this race!
Ok, done with the preaching.
Jenn and I raced as 2 females. Several AR pals were there volunteering or racing and it was a good atmosphere.
A short prologue involved running to three nearby checkpoints. We did fine on this, but because I was running, we started the next section in the back of the pack, I'd say.
|Actually, yes, that is us in the back of the pack.|
It was the right choice. I think we passed several teams who had a hard time with some of those CPs and/or wasted time on the trails. It was clear when we arrived at the next bike drop, there were far fewer bikes there, and we stayed near the front-ish of the people who opted to bike first.
Here's the thing about paddling.
We suck at it.
OK, we probably aren't that terrible, but it just never feels 'right' for me and Jenn. I was trying to steer, but the boat kept listing to the right. Perhaps because of wind, or damage sustained during the NCARS race last summer, I dunno. That was somewhat annoying, but nonetheless, we made it to the first 4 paddle CPs without disaster.
On our way to the 4th one, we debated the merits of going out for the farthest away and last CP. We calculated that it would take us nearly the rest of available race time and decided we just didn't want to risk getting caught out without enough time to finish by the cutoff. We can't really 'sprint' in the canoe if we have to. So, we finished up with all but the one paddle CP, and about 50 minutes early.