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Event #1 - Pocahontas Diet Adventure Race
****Because of all the recent rain, the lake is flooded and currently closed to the public. We will send out an update around midday on Saturday to let you all know whether or not the park expects the lake to be closed on Sunday and thus whether the paddling portion will be canceled. **** *** There are two events going on today! Read both, make a choice, but only sign up for ONE event. Note that the start times are different for each event. *** Event #1 is a "barebones" adventure race which combines both foot and paddle orienteering in one race with most of the time spent on foot. There will be a mass start at 11:30 and you will have up to 4 hours. There will be penalties which begin at 1 minute over 4 hours. Read this full posting for all of the details. STARTS: There will be a mass start at 11:30 am. (Feel free to arrive any time after 11:00 to check in.) LOCATION: Pocahontas State Park. 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield VA. From the main entrance station along Beach Rd, follow the signs toward the pool parking and look for the red & white arrow signs. We'll be between shelter #2 and the pool. COST: Maps are $5 each. Park entry is $5, unless you have a state park pass. OTHER: - Bring your own compass, or borrow one of ours (on a first-come basis). Be prepared to leave car keys or an ID as a deposit when borrowing. - Dress appropriately for the weather and for travel both on & off trail. The event may get canceled in case of adverse weather. - Feel free to post comments or contact one of the organizers if you have any questions. *** Our meets wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. We will need volunteers with control pickup, so please consider offering some of your time at this or another upcoming meet. *** +++++ When you RSVP, please answer the question & indicate: (1) how many maps you will need, (2) if you can help to collect controls at 3:30 pm. This really helps us with planning! +++++ RACE DETAILS: The adventure race will be a mass-start race beginning at 11:30am and lasting up to 4 hours. It will consist of foot and paddle points. Competitors will get as many of the pre-plotted controls as they can in any order in 4 hours. Penalties will be assessed for being over time. All maps are orienteering maps. - You will be given a 1:10,000 orienteering map which covers mostly areas north of Swift Creek Lake and the northern picnic shelter loop. - Optimal route to get all foot controls will be about 8-9.5k. Most controls will be advanced ones. - Optimal route to get all the paddle controls will be about 7.2k to 9k. - PFDs/Life Jackets are required to be worn on the paddle section. - Bring a boat for the paddle section. Alternatively, both canoes and kayaks may be available to rent from the park, but you'll need to arrange that on your own. - If you bring your own boat stage it on the grass to the East side of the boat ramp parking lot. - All controls will be optional, so you can spend as little or as much time as you want out there. COURSE DESIGNER: Alec Richardson

Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Road · Chesterfield, VA

Respond by: 9/23/2018

What we're about

The Central Virginia Orienteering Club (CVOC) is a group dedicated to orienteering and adventure racing in the Richmond and central region of Virginia. We are chartered with the national organization, Orienteering USA. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map & compass and can be done on foot, bike, or by boat.

Head out into the woods to find specific locations shown on your map, making choices along the way of the best routes between them. Orienteering is great for improving your map reading or wilderness navigation skills or preparing for adventure races. Race against the clock for the shortest time or do it as a fun walk in the woods!

People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Come join in the adventure!

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