Additional race information can be found at http://hardwinadventures.com/.
The CheNarr Adventure Race and Rogaine is returning for a second year from Hardwin Adventures. The first event is a 12 hour Adventure Race on the Harpeth River, in Narrows of the Harpeth State Park and throughout the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area. The AR will involve trekking, mountain biking and paddling. The second event is an 8-hr Rogaine which is a foot travel only race through the Cheatham. This year the race will be held on March 2nd. The new date should enable us to utilize more of the existing trail network inside of the Cheatham. The race will be a faster, less bushwhack heavy event than last year's installment. We also have been working with the Nashville Orienteering Club to assist building a new base map of the region. Last year we found out the hard way that the available map data for the Cheatham is dated and often erroneous.
Here's a primer for those who are unfamiliar with adventure races and rogaines. Both adventure races and rogaines are navigation-based races. That means that this course is not going to be marked like a typical Hardwin ultramarathon. Racers will be given a map, will need a compass, and will be attempting to find as many checkpoints as possible. Traditionally in an AR, racers compete in co-ed teams of three or four racers that travel together along the entire course from point to point. For the CheNarr, two person teams, same gender teams and solo racers are also acceptable. A rogaine is a similar event consisting only of foot travel that is also map and compass navigation based. The rogaine will also be a team-based event, but solos will be welcome just like the AR.
For both races, most checkpoints (CPs) are optional. Essentially, whoever makes it back to the start having visited the most checkpoints wins. If there is a tie, finishing time is used as a tiebreaker. There are penalties for being late. Arriving after the race finish time is a penalty of 1 CP, and teams will lose an additional CP for each additional five minutes that pass after the cut-off time. So don’t be late. 😉
Still don’t get it? Look over the details below and check out this explanation from the US Adventure Racing Association US that explains what an adventure race is, or head over to orienteering USA to find out what a rogaine is.
The CheNarr Adventure Race is proud to be part of the ARWS North America Series. This partnership enables us to provide some additional swag to our racers, prizes for the winners, and also means that the race winners can get entered into a drawing for a free entry to the Adventure Racing World Championship.
Race Date: March 2nd, 2024
Start Location: 2150 Sams Creek Road, Pegram, TN 37143
AR Race Course: Unmarked course that includes mountain biking and trekking in the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area and kayaking on the Harpeth River at Narrows of the Harpeth State Park
Rogaine Course: Unmarked trekking course in Cheatham Wildlife Management Area
Price: 12-hr AR - $180 per racer
8-hr Rogaine - $75 per racer
One GPS tracker will be provided per team or solo by Adventure Enablers. Team locations will be web-hosted allowing friends and family to observe progress throughout the race. We may also have the trackers displayed on a TV at the start/finish. The trackers will also greatly aid us in locating any team in the event of an emergency. Click here to see what the tracking looked like for last year's race. You will be able to download your track off the website and post it to Strava after the race.
We will have divisions for co-ed, all male and all female teams, along with male and female solo divisions.
Both the 12-hr AR and the 8-hr rogaine courses will involve a large amount of off-trail travel in a remote area with only a map and compass for navigation aids. We do not recommend a racer without previous experience with map and compass navigation to compete as a solo. If you’re new and would like to try this out but don’t have a teammate, please email Paul at email@example.com. We will try to play matchmaker and set you up on a team.
That said, if you know what you are doing, knock yourself out. We will be setting up a challenging course for you all.
Nashville has an orienteering club, Nash-O, that hosts somewhat regular orienteering meets around the City. If you’ve never done this before, we recommend honing your skills at an orienteering meet or two if you haven’t ever done this and intend on either navigating for your team or going solo. Nash-O’s event schedule can be found here. Nash O will be hosting orienteering meets on January 20th and February 10th. Their events include courses of various difficulty levels and are great avenues for learning the basics.
Custom awards will be provided for the category winning team for Coed Team, Female Team, Male Team. Solo Male, and Solo Female. In addition, awards will be sent to any solo or team who finishes top 3 overall without winning their category. Awards will be custom made and shipped out post-race.
Can I bring my own boat for the paddle section? No. We are contracting with an outfitter to provide boat rentals. We do not have a specific boat drop.
Can I bring my own paddle gear? (PFD and Paddle) Yes. Leave any personal paddle gear in a labeled paddle bag. Paddle bags will be brought to the start of the paddle leg and picked up at the end of the paddle and returned to the race start. Anyone not bringing their own paddle gear can rent from the outfitter as paddles and PFDs are included in the race price.
Do you have bike rentals? No, we do not. Last we checked, both Ride 615 and RB’s Cyclery had a couple of bikes available for rent. If you are looking to rent, do so as soon as you can, as there are not many available.
Where should I stay? There is ample space at the start line for you to pitch a tent. There will be bathrooms and water from a spigot to use as well. There are several hotels off the Bellevue exit of I-40 (exit 196.) You can get to the start line in 20 minutes from there.
Where can I eat? There are several restaurants nearby.
Where’s the course elevation profile and map? We will provide the maps just before (or maybe even after) the start of the race to keep you on your toes. The 12-hr AR contains roughly 9.5 miles of paddling, 25 miles of biking and 15 miles of trekking. The rogaine essentially has as much trekking as you can do in 8-hrs.
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