FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No. It’s a challenge. Sure, someone will be faster than everyone else and as such, there is nothing wrong with you gunning it as hard as you can; or just cruise. It’s designed to be a seriously tough, yet achievable objective. It’s also designed to be fun and for you to see the entire Hudson watershed, transforming from mountain stream to mighty river of the World. In that respect, you should definitely allow yourself time to kick back and enjoy the views at some point, right?
For the kayak, it’s a little different as tide may be the reason that you cannot finish. If the tide turns and you run out of time to run downriver with it on the ‘ebb,’ then you may simply not be able to paddle hard enough to go against it. The tide in this section of the Hudson is not strong, but it does make a difference on tired arms and legs! In this instance, that’s your cut off right there. We will be able to tow slower boats if required but the cut-off will be applied 13 miles in at Beacon. So if you are too slow to there, there will be options to get warm and dry and transit by road onto the overnight location. Don’t worry though – there will be ample time to complete the leg however for a paddler with reasonable fitness.
We will be able to come and get you at key shore-based off the river if a.) You have problems and wish to withdraw or b.) are going too slowly and we need to cut you off because the tide is turning and it will prove impossible for you to finish
The latter is unlikely as we will of course have seen you paddle pre-event at the skills check and ultimately, we will only let you commence the event if we are satisfied with your ability to complete the leg. However, if this does occur, we will cut you off, bring you ashore and then transport you to the end of the stage at Cold Spring. Your boat will follow, although we will not guarantee the arrival time of the boat as it will be collected en masse with other boats and transported together by one of our road support vessels.
Day 1: Mountain trek or fast-pack on well-made trails with significant vertical ascent/ descent. Road bike on good roads for 30 miles.
Day 2: Bike is on smoot-surfaced sealed roads for 120 miles
Day 3: Bike over 45 miles of good scenic roads – with a few hilly bits. Kayak on Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Cold Spring for 21 miles.
Day 4: Initial bike leg on good roads, through a few towns with stoplights but in general, pretty quiet. Followed by stunning urban run leg in city parks and on sidewalks; all on paved surfaces.
For a description of the route and a general overview of the map, click here.
The kayak will have a shore-based pit stop which will be pretty hard to miss and other than that, keep paddling until we tell you to step! We will issue guidance with with features and distances noted so that you can recognise these when they are approaching. These sites will be relatively obvious and will be such things as large bridges over the river and obvious shore-side landmarks. Aside from that, point the boat downriver and you will get there!
It is possible to get lost in the High Peak wilderness area if you are not paying attention the trail markers, to our guidance notes and/ or to our staff instructions. You should be vigilant to routings at all times and not simply ‘follow the crowd’ – they could be hikers out for a day in the mountains! The trail network we are using is well defined however and if you follow the signs, the instructions and the staff we have out there with you, you’ll have no problems at all.
Impossible to get lost on the kayak! But we will still issue you with some notes and images to ensure you know where you are on the route and to know when to come ashore for food, beverages and for finishing!
The Event is headquartered at Lake Placid, which is the hub for Start-line activities. It is up to you to make arrangements on your own lodgings pre-event at lake Placid and post-event in the NYC area; but on the overnights whilst you are on the event, (that’s nights 1, 2 and 3) we will be accommodating you in comfortable lodge or hotel/ motel-style lodgings. See more on accommodation here. More detail will be released nearer to the event itself.
Not much. In general, you need a road bike and cycling clothing that is sturdy and reliable. Think bulletproof not bling bling.
You will need running clothing that is comfortable, has good wicking properties and some wet weather clothing for if it turns grim. Of course some good sturdy sneakers are essential for the urban run.
For the mountain section, we will issue a mandatory kit list that includes waterproofs with taped seams, medical kit and other items to ensure you have everything you need in case you get into trouble. You will also need to carry a mandatory amount of food and water.
For the kayak, there is the option to use your own boat (including buoyancy aid and paddle) or to use ours. You do not need a kayak to take part in this event. Check out more on kit and equipment here.
With winds from certain directions, the river can get a bit choppy in places but for the most part, the paddling will be enjoyable and beautiful too. For us, the kayak leg is the essence of this adventure and a truly unique and very special opportunity for all concerned to take to the Hudson itself. Make sure you are up to the task and then simply suck it up and drink it all in! (Not the river itself).
For the bike legs, you will be required to wear a daypack and you will be able to carry what you need on your person and in small saddle or bar bags on your bike. You can re-supply at our aid stations whilst on the bike and the run.
For the mountain stage, you will be ‘self-supported’ for the duration of the stage, which means you will have a daypack with spare clothing, lots of water and all of the food you will need for the entire stage.
For the overnights and for breakfasts each day, there will be food available to purchase. For the finish, we are supplying a finishers’ celebration meal, so that one’s on us.