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#23021 - 08/15/06 01:41 AM EMS Sprint Adventure Race at Ringwood State Park (Oct 14th)
chazman Offline
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Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 944
Anyone ever done it? The description on the Website is almost non existent... I'm guessing on purpose. Times for the 2005 race ranged from 4 - 8 hours but they make it out as a "sprint" course with a total (run, bike and paddle) of 20-30 miles. Anyone want to share their experience while I try to round up a partner? Thanks in advance.

PS: For a point of reference I can cover a century on a road bike in under 6 hours, 4 hour marathon, paddling... what's that? Map reading... never in a race... this aside they look like fun.

#23022 - 08/15/06 01:24 PM Re: EMS Sprint Adventure Race at Ringwood State Park (Oct 14th) [Re: chazman]
The Lisa Offline

Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 411
Loc: Da Bronx
I have mountainbiked at Ringwood - there is some pretty technical terrain there and lots of hills, great fun to be had. The event sounds like a blast too. Hmmmm, mmmmm, must check schedule and see if I could fit it in. There is enough time to beg/borrow gear.

#23023 - 08/15/06 08:07 PM Re: EMS Sprint Adventure Race at Ringwood State Park (Oct 14th) [Re: chazman]
mgs Offline

Registered: 09/27/02
Posts: 264
Loc: albany, ny
I did a 24 hour race, or at least I should say, I started a 24 hour race in Ringwood. We missed the cutoff time for a checkpoint about 13 hrs into it (we were over 75% finished mileage wise) and I did the EMS Sprint Race in Harriman earlier this year.

If you can't navigate, these races are brutal, frustrating and way longer than they need to be. However, the sprint races are really good, in that the courses are smaller so the teams bunch up and you can almost play follow the leader for most of it and there generally isn't an orienteering leg (which the longer races usually have) which saves alot of time.

The navigation in Ringwood isn't that bad, there are well marked trails and in the EMS series you can use your own maps, and there are plenty of good trail maps available for that area. You could probably do the whole race and stay primarily on trails. The mountain biking ranges from technical single track to firebreaks and wide trails.

Physically you should have no problems given the times you can do, I've finished about 4 or 5 of the sprint series races and I'm nowhere near a 4 hour marathon. They are a blast, fun wise, you can't get any outside help, but teams can help one another on the course, in every race I've done, I've always helped and been helped by a wide variety of characters.

#23024 - 08/31/06 05:56 PM Re: EMS Sprint Adventure Race at Ringwood State Park (Oct 14th) [Re: mgs]
chazman Offline
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Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 944
mgs... sorry, I just saw this reply. Thanks! Great info. I'm really looking forward to this race, it will be a first for me and my partner. Riding the Golden Apple century in a couple weeks and then it will be full on running / mt. biking mode to get ready for the EMS race. What did you wear for a life jacket? I was going to borrow a water ski vest... is that OK? You never have to run wearing this thing do you?



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