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Pre-Race Instructions for ADVENTURE RACE SERIES EVENTS

You are ENCOURAGED to make a copy of this information FOR YOUR TEAM

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 Safety is important to us. Please watch for other competitors who may need assistance and report accidents to our Race Officials if aid is needed. Teams are allowed to help other teams and Teams are required to assist other Teams in danger or in distress. Teamwork is valued both within your team and between teams, however Teams are not allowed to provide answers to Race tasks or puzzles, or to give information on Checkpoints to other Teams in the Race.

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Each participant needs to make a copy of the Waiver & Release Form, sign it and turn it in to the Race Official at Check-in on the morning of the race, if you have not already mailed it to the Race Director. Click here to print out the Waiver & Release.

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Each Team should be sure to print out and bring copies of the maps of the race area. Click here for Bayard maps.

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On race day between 7:30am and 8:00am, enter the parking area of the race site listed on the AR Series Updates page. After passing the entry gate, proceed to the east paved parking lot, closest to the river.

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Starting by 8:00am on Race Day, Teams should enter race site (as stated in AR Series Updates page) and proceed to check in with Race Officials at Race HQ. Walk – DO NOT DRIVE – to the Main Transition (MT) area to Check-In with Race Officials.

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Check-in will be from 8:00am to 8:30am, with Race Officials at Race HQ (marked with bright yellow banners). Check-in and complete any needed paperwork with the Race Officials. AFTER your team has completed check-in,  Enter the Main Transition (MT) ONLY at its entrance. Store your bikes and other gear in the MT as directed by the Race Staff. 

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Deliver only your kayaks and/or canoes to the Paddle Staging Area at the north side of the Main Transition.  After checking in with the Race Official by the MT, leave only your boats at the Paddle Staging Area. Your paddles, and lifejackets will be placed inside the MT. After dropping off your Paddle gear, get your bikes and other gear. Store your bikes and other gear inside the MT. Complete your set up in the Main Transition by 8:45am -- and be ready for the Team Meeting at 8:45am.

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On race day just prior to 8:45am, all Teams are to assemble on foot with your Essential Gear just south of the Main Transition Area near the Race banners, as directed by Race Officials. Here you will receive final start instructions. Of The Essential Gear, Teams will not need bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddles, or life jackets with them at the starting line. Teams will need to have all other Mandatory Gear listed in The Essential Gear list -- those marked as "Mandatory at all times."

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Team Meeting and Start -- On race day just prior to 8:45am, all Teams are to assemble on foot with your Essential Gear on the Start Area in front of the Main Transition Area. Line up as directed by Race Officials to receive final start instructions. Of The Essential Gear, Teams will not need bikes, kayaks, canoes, paddles, or life jackets with them at the starting line. Teams will need to have any other Mandatory Gear listed in The Essential Gear list. We plan to start the race at 9:00am.

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Volunteers -- Race Officials on the course are volunteers, giving their time to help make this day of adventure both a success and a challenge for you. Please follow their instructions and carefully follow the written instructions they provide at various Check Points. If you have an emergency, ask them to notify the Race Headquarters. They are here to ensure safety and fair play. It would also be considerate for you to thank them as your pass through their Check Points and when you see Race Officials along the course. Without generous volunteers, races such as the Performance Adventure Racing Series would not be possible.

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Remain together as a Team through each portion of the Race. There is no advantage to being separated. Separated Teams will be stopped until reunited. Excessive separation will result in severe time penalties or disqualification. 

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Always read all instructions before proceeding to be sure that you understand what is required.  During all Stages of The Race, Team members must stay close together and have plenty of fluids.  Bring whatever else you may want, but do not forget your Essential Gear (mandatory equipment). Follow directions of Race Officials and your printed instructions.  

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There may be portions of this course where you are allowed to travel on paved roads or parking lots. If instructions cause you to follow parallel to any paved roads on foot, such as a trek or portage, your Team must stay on the left side of the road, facing any traffic. You may move across paved roads (with caution), but (unless in Race Instructions) Teams may not remain on pavement as you travel on foot. Infractions will result in severe Team penalties. From the Start signal, Teams will have some mystery events and check points along the course at seemingly random locations. Always announce your Team Name and Number to Check Point officials as you approach.

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Kayak/canoe Portages -- Whenever required to portage your kayaks or canoes, your “boat” is NOT ALLOWED to be touching the ground while moving. Your team may use a wheeled device to transport your boat during the portage, but any conveyance must also be carried securely on the boat during any paddling on water. If you chose not to use a wheeled device, your team must carry the kayak or canoe off the ground when it is moved over land, including any beach, trails, or roads.

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There could be Team mystery events and check-in points along the course at seemingly random locations. There will be Instruction Sheets that Teams must retrieve and carry, record, or hole-punch along the course when completing a check-in. Do not lose your Instructions or maps. Teams need to have all Instructions and maps with the Team, until told to turn them in to a Race Official during the Race. Teams need to complete all challenges prior to the finish to have completed The Race.

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If the race is held at Guana Research Reserve: In the southern part of Guana Reserve (south of the fence to the Guana River Wildlife Management Area-WMA), Teams must stay on designated trails and use wooden bridges and boardwalks, unless directed by Race Instructions to do otherwise.  Teams are NOT allowed to cross any man-made, wooden bridges either on foot or on bikes ONLY WHEN TRAVELING WITHIN THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA (north of the dividing fence). In the WMA, if biking, dismount, take your bike around the bridge on foot, and continue on the course as directed in your instructions. In this race when in the WMA ONLY, bridges are considered as obstacles and may not be touched. Cheating will result in disqualification or severe penalties.

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Best wishes to your Team for a safe and successful race –

 from The Race Officials and Race Managers

of Performance Multisports.

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