Curse at the Crab

The Event

TORC presents the Curse at the Crab the 4th and final race in the TORC 2012-2013 Endurance Series.  The Curse at the Crab is a six hour race on the flowing and fun Crabree Lake County Park Trails.

Kid's Race

A kid's race will be held before the Curse at the Crab.  The kid's race will be held on the single track trails of the park.

Schedule

  • 12:00 Kid's Race registration begins
  • 1:00 Kid's Race Begins
  • 1:30 Curse at the Crab registration begins
  • 3:00 Race Begins
  • 8:30 Last Lap Cutoff Time
  • 9:00 Race End

Classes

  • Expert: Men and Women
  • Open: Men with age groups 19-29, 30-44, 45+ , Women
  • Single Speed: Men and Women
  • Juniors: Men and Women
  • Duo: Men, Women, Co-Ed
  • Recreation: A non-competitive class for riders who wish to take part in the event.  Laps will be timed, but we will not be postings standings in the race results.  Please come ride and learn the Crabree Trails.  Feel free to ride as much or as little as you wish. Partake in the experience of an endurance event while helping to support TORC.

Cost

  • $45.00 Expert, Open, Single Speed
  • $30.00 Recreation
  • $20.00 Juniors
  • $90.00 Duo
  • Kids - Free

Field Limit

Curse at the Crab has a field limit of 100 paid participants. Registration will be closed when the limit is reached.

Volunteer Opportunities

Help is needed to mark the course and clean up.  Racers who help mark the course and/or clean up get a reduced entry fee.  Please contact me for details.

Event Rules

  • All dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Portable music (MP3, IPOD, Smart Phone, etc.) players are forbidden
  • Pack out your own trash

Kids Race details:

A bit of information for the kid's race, which has been rescheduled for this Saturday, April 13, at 1:00.

The kid’s course will be as follows: enter the singletrack at an entrance at the top of the boat ramp, take the singletrack that weaves around the skills areas, go past the connections to Loop 1 and the B connector and take the doubletrack straight to the pump track. At the pump track turn right onto the Highland Trail. From here it’s the same as the 6-hour course: Highland Trail to Connector D, to the Lake Trail, and back to the boat ramp.

7-8 year olds: 1 lap. Estimated time 25 to 40 minutes*
9-10 y/o's: 1 lap. Estimate time just under 20 to a bit over 30 minutes.**
11-12 y/o's: 2 laps. Estimated time 35 to 45+ minutes.
13-14 y/o's: 2 laps. Estimated 30-45 minutes.**

*Strength and skills can vary widely among these age groups. Some riders, especially the younger and/or less experienced, may find the distance and singletrack course challenging.  We encourage you to ride along with racers of any age group, but especially those you think might take longer or be nervous on the trails alone.

**These distances may be a bit short for the older kids or more experienced riders. Encourage them to focus on a hard effort over endurance (while staying safe, of course).

VOLUNTEERS- we'll need a few course marshals and adults to ride "sweep" at the back of the race.  Please send me a message if you're able to volunteer. It's a relatively short event so an easy chance to earn some good volunteer karma.

Boys and girls of the same age will start together but they will have separate results/placings (example: Category 7/8 will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place boys and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place girls).

Entry fee: FREE, thanks to TORC.  TORC will, of course, be happy to take any donations at registration.

Registration: Race-day registration at the event, beginning around 12:00.  Please be registered by 12:45, we'll have a racers meeting at 12:50.  

Grown-ups are encouraged to ride along with their racers, just stay out of the way of the other racers - some kids may be faster than you expect.

Send me a PM with any questions or to volunteer.

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  • Susan Helm-Murtagh

    Steve, a huge thanks to you and all of the volunteers that made The Curse such a success. I know a lot of work went into the event, before, during and afterwards. (Special kudos to the folks who sat counting laps for 6 hours!) Hope we were able to generate some decent funds for the cause!

    April 15, 2013

  • David Houskeeper

    Fun race, fast trails. Almost fooled myself into thinking I was actually fast out there. Thanks Steve and crew for the CoftheC and the whole race series.

    April 15, 2013

    • Brian

      You were. Passed me on at least 3 laps.

      April 15, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    Edited results are posted on TMTB. Here's the link:

    http://trianglemtb.com/yabbse/i...­

    April 15, 2013

  • David H

    Great race.

    April 15, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    Results for Curse at the Crab are posted on TMTB. Here is the link:

    http://trianglemtb.com/yabbse/i...­

    April 14, 2013

    • Matt Jenkins

      Keith, they likely missed your exact time for the 4th lap. Maybe you came in w/ a big group or they had trouble reading the number, etc... Looks like they gave credit for the lap, unlikely they will be able to recover the actual split time for you 4th lap though.

      1 · April 14, 2013

    • Keith Hackal

      Thanks

      April 14, 2013

  • Shelly Leslie

    What an awesome first time race experience for me and my duo partner! We had a blast. Every rider was courteous and friendly. (SOO much better than crit racers!) Special thanks to Steve for answering our pre-race questions! We look forward to riding with TORC in future events. Good job everybody.

    April 14, 2013

  • Keith Alexander

    Fun day in the woods - every person I encountered was pleasant. Thanks to Steve and the gang!

    April 14, 2013

    • Debbie

      Indeed! I agree Keith! I've never seen so many pleasant passers in one race before! And believe me, they all passed me at least once. lol. And Housekeeper passed me so fast I almost didn't recognize him!! :-)

      April 14, 2013

    • Debbie

      A personal thanks to Moshe, who was the most dramatic cheerleader I've ever seen. Got an extra lap b/c of him.

      April 14, 2013

  • Rich

    Had a great time. Thought the race was well done, and flowed well. Thanks

    April 14, 2013

  • Debbie

    Thanks Steve, for an awesome racing season!! :-)

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    The race is on!!! Most of the rain bypassed the park. Please come on out. Meanwhile, I need to have some help with course marking at 9:00 AM and cleanup after the race is over. The first two people to volunteer for each job gets a free entry to the race.

    2 · April 12, 2013

    • Ed

      I think that riders meeting is for the kid's race... registration doesn't even open until 1:30...

      April 12, 2013

    • Debbie

      Thanks Ed! Good catch...I didn't catch the times listed earlier. Too much multi-tasking I guess.

      April 12, 2013

  • Debbie

    Women's SS

    April 12, 2013

  • jj

    Riding with another group. I really hope to make it to more event's this year

    April 12, 2013

  • Eric Sjoerdsma

    It's looking like rain tomorrow... Will that effect the race? When will we know if the race is still on for sure?

    April 11, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      Freaking weather... Why can't it rain early in the week so we can do our race? OK - I'm calm now. Just like last week, whether we can do the race or not will depend on how much rain falls at Crabtree. The good news is the rain is supposed to clear out by noon. Furthermore, the heat and emerging leaves have done a great job drying out the trail this week. So, I'll be in contact with the park in the morning to get a sense of what condition the trails are in. Hopefully, we'll be able to make a call around noon.

      April 11, 2013

    • Eric Sjoerdsma

      cool! Thanks for the quick response and putting all this on! I'm really looking forward to it!

      April 11, 2013

  • Bryan Engle

    Duo with Bryan Mohorn

    April 11, 2013

  • David Houskeeper

    Just a little race sponsorship information to pass out. Thanks to these sponsors for supporting the race:

    Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches will be providing post race food.
    Jimmy Johns will also be providing some swag. Thank you Jimmy Johns.

    $50 gift card was donated to the race from the Clean Machine in Carborro. Thank you Clean Machine.

    2 · April 10, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    Folks, there is much more information on the kid's race over on TMTB. Please check it out: http://trianglemtb.com/yabbse/i...­

    April 10, 2013

  • Christopher Mumford

    Hi Steve. What time do you expect the kids race to be over? My 9 yr old has a 2pm soccer game at Triangle Church and really wants to do the race. Where can I find info on the route? Thanks so much for organizing this event.

    April 5, 2013

  • Mike Koppen

    Steve I hope you have a great turnout I am lacking Funds for this one and someone to watch the kids. To all who participate enjoy, TORC rocks and if this event is like 6BC it will be epic!!

    April 9, 2013

  • Susan Helm-Murtagh

    Entry for co-ed duo class

    April 9, 2013

  • Dylan Tastet

    I'm only fifteen but to pay online it is asking for the expert price. Is there a way I can pay the junior price online?

    April 8, 2013

    • David Houskeeper

      You can change the price. Just change the data field box from $45.00 to $20.00 as you register and use the paypal feature.

      April 9, 2013

  • Keith Hackal

    They are calling for rain again, is there another rain date if we get a lot and the trails close?

    April 8, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      At this point, we don't have a rain date for the rain date. For now, looks like there's only a chance of showers. Here's hoping they'll all miss Crabtree. :-) Plus, it's going to be much warmer this week and the trees are getting leaved out. Nothing drys the trails quicker than leaves on the trees and warm weather.

      3 · April 8, 2013

  • Robert Moss

    It is on :-{ !!

    April 8, 2013

  • James

    Would love to race The Crab but too long of a drive. Good Luck all.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Nathan M

    So I rsvpd can I pay at the race?

    April 6, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      Yes, it is possible to pay at the race. However, it makes registration easier for us and quicker for everyone if you pay online.

      April 6, 2013

  • Sean

    Are there still slots for the 4/13 event? I would not have been able to make it on 4/6, but now, maybe.

    April 5, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    Folks, we got rained out. The trails are soaked. We're postponing until 4-13.

    April 5, 2013

    • Debbie

      Good! That means a bigger response from all those coming back from the Warrior Creek race! :-)

      April 5, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      That is the upside!!

      April 5, 2013

  • Ed

    I will be attending the race but will not be able to sign up until race-day... if it happens tomorrow.

    April 5, 2013

  • Steve Rogers

    With regard to the rain, the trails were in pretty good shape before the rain, but they've gotten about 1/4 of an inch since it started. If it keeps falling through the night, I'm sure the trail will be saturated and we'll postpone until next week. Looks like we should be able to make a call by noon.

    April 4, 2013

  • Debbie

    Hey Steve, I notice the rain date is 4/13...do you have a deadline by which you'll call it? Sorry...no pressure...just lining up alternative plans. ;-)

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Mike Reardon

    Steve, I wont be able to make this. The three o'clock start time is a deal breaker for me...according to my better half. I hope you guys rock while others simply roll

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having never done an endurance race, will water be provided for refilling? Or do we need to pack everything we need on our person. Thanks!

    April 3, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      We have big jugs of both water and Heed at the Start/Finish line which you'll pass after each lap. Feel free to fill up as often as necessary.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Debbie

    Most likely will sign up day of if spot is available. Will ride SS.

    April 3, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      We'll make a spot available!! Come on out. (BTW - I bet you'll win the SS Women class.)

      April 3, 2013

    • Debbie

      Haha! Not if the other girl shows up!! :-)

      April 3, 2013

  • Rich

    Open 45+

    April 2, 2013

  • Shelly Leslie

    Registering as a Women's Duo with Heather Pinney (already registered.) Looking forward to it, thanks!

    April 1, 2013

  • Anthony J Roberts

    Should be gettin off of work around noon every day so time shouldn't be an issue

    March 31, 2013

  • Brent Eischen

    can I race my tandem..have rigid fork I want to try

    March 31, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      Sure, but I'm not going to have a trophy for you all!

      March 31, 2013

  • Anthony J Roberts

    My buddy and I are interested in volunteering, I've helped set up multiple races before so if you need more help I'd like details

    March 28, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      We'd be delighted to have some help. How much time do you have?

      March 31, 2013

  • Brian

    Men's duo w/ Michael Tuohy

    March 31, 2013

  • Anthony J Roberts

    Are you expecting a pretty big turnout?

    March 28, 2013

  • Jairo

    I have never done a race like this, what is the average number of laps completed by riders on a ride like this for the open class 45+? It is 6 hours for each rider to complete as many laps as possible? Do the laps have to be consecutive or are breakers between laps allowed? Thanks

    March 13, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      In this race, you ride as many laps as possible in the time allotted. You can take breaks between laps to eat, drink, nap, etc., but the clock never stops. The important rule, with respect to time is you must start your last lap prior to 8:30PM. Trail conditions will dictate the course which will influence the total number of laps. In any case, the average rider will probably complete 8-9 laps. I believe last year's winner did 12 laps. Hope this helps!

      March 14, 2013

    • Jairo

      Thanks Steve

      March 17, 2013

  • Mike Reardon

    Steve...I will see you there!

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning on spending the entire day at Crabtree this Friday to get to know the course. Any idea on the course direction/route at this point? Thanks!

    1 · February 28, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      Weather, conditions on the ground and how we lay out the kid's race will dictate the trails we actually use in the six hour race. You can count on going in a clockwise direction and using nearly all the exterior trails. We may get to use some of the interior trails, as well.

      February 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great! Thank you.

      February 28, 2013

  • Nelson Henriquez Dommar

    Hi,
    How long is going to be the race for Open Class?

    February 13, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      There is no fixed number of laps in a six hour race. You simply ride as many laps as you possibly can. The only limit is that your last lap must start prior to the last lap cutoff time of 8:30PM. The winner is the person who completes the most laps in the least amount of time.

      February 13, 2013

  • Nelson Henriquez Dommar

    How many laps for the Open Class?

    February 13, 2013

  • Dave W

    Any payment methods other than PayPal? That's my only drawback at this time.

    February 12, 2013

    • Steve Rogers

      You can send a check me a check made out to TORC for the entry fee if you prefer.

      February 13, 2013

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