2018 Sylvan Racer Update #1

Greeting racers!

We are less than two weeks out for the inaugural Sylvan Adventure Race! The course is done, the maps are finished, and the extended forecast looks promising! As the race approaches, we wanted to share with you a few details to get you ready for May 12.


We have a group campsite reserved at Tohickon Valley Park for both Friday and Saturday nights. Some of you have already reserved a spot at registration. If you haven’t, and you plan to stay over either night (even in your vehicle), make sure to let us know. Cost for the group site is $5 per person per night.

Please note that there is a bike drop on Saturday morning, roughly 20 minutes from check-in (no, we’re not telling you which direction until race week). We have capacity to transport bikes for the first 17 people that reserve a spot at the campground (14 of those slots have been claimed). Everyone else is on their own to get their bikes to the drop before checking in Saturday morning.

The Course

The Wednesday before the race, we will send out a second update with the bike drop location and a rough course schematic.


Below is what you can expect on race morning:

5:30AM — Bike drop opens. You must drop your bike before you go to check-in. Anything you leave with your bike must be taken when you depart.

6:00AM — Check-in opens at Tohickon Valley Park. You will get some of your race maps when you arrive.

6:00AM-7:00AM — Paddle drop at Tohickon Valley Park. Make sure to have team gear bundled together or in a bag. Liquids in the paddle bag are prohibited, and you will be responsible for taking all staged paddle gear (including bag) with you in the boat.

7:00AM — Racers will board busses to the start.

7:30AM — Pre-race briefing at the start.

8:00AM — Race begins. The course will be open for 12 hours.


Gear list is available here.

When selecting a pack for the race, be prepared to carry everything with you for most, if not all, of the event. You should also be prepared to carry your running shoes with you when you’re on the bike. You will likely have an opportunity to access your cars at some point during the second half of the race, but timing will largely be dependent on route choice and speed.


This event is a part of the US Adventure Racing Association National Points Series and a regional qualifier for the USARA National Championship. For insurance purposes, all participants are required to purchase a valid USARA license. The cost is $8 for a one-day license or $35 for an annual license. If you did not sign up for your license upon registration, please bring cash or check with you to check-in. We cannot accept credit cards.

You’ll hear from us again the week of the race, but in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing you in the woods!