18 Hour Race

  • FEES
  • GEAR

Check-In Date: Saturday, June 3rd , 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Race Start: Saturday, June 3rd, 2pm
Race HQ: Badin Lake Group Campground; Troy, NC
Disciplines: Trekking, mountain biking and paddling
Waivers: All participants must sign a USARA Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement
More Info: www.ncars.info

NCARS is back in action for its 3rd year in Uwharrie!

Teams of 1-4 will paddle in Badin Lake, trek by foot through the backwoods of the Uwharrie Mountains and mountain bike through beautiful scenery - hmmm, didn't we say this was an overnight race...

This 18 hour race will push the elite teams while also providing the overnight experience that new teams need in preparation for the 24+ hour events.

The Uwharrie 18 race is a USARA Nationals Qualifier and is being designed by long-time racer Michael Beacham. We look forward to welcoming you to North Carolina in June!

  • Check-in: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 11:00 A.M.-12:45 P.M.
  • Mandatory pre-race meeting:1:00 P.M., at the starting line
  • Race Starts: 2:00 P.M.
  • Race End: 8:00 A.M., Sunday, June 4th, 2017
  • Celebration breakfast and awards: 8:30 A.M, Sunday, June 4th, 2017

USARA Membership: Show proof of membership or pay $8 on race day
USARA membership is available at registration for $8.00.

Team Size Team total Price per Racer
Solo $175 $175
2 Person $350 $175
3 Person $525 $175
4 Person $700 $175

What Do I get for my fees?
Maps, a T-shirt, Post-Race Food, Prizes from USARA, EMT/First-Aid Personnel (although we hope you won’t need them), Smiling Volunteers at HQ and TAs, and a Wonderful Adventure in the Uwharrie!
Post-Race is a Hot breakfast- Pancakes, eggs, beacon (haven’t run out yet), sausage biscuits & drinks.

Boats: Each team needs to either

1) Provide their own kayak / canoe or
2) Rent one.  We will provide additional rental information soon.

    Required individual gear:
  • A functional MOUNTAIN bike; no road or cycle cross bikes
  • A functional MOUNTAIN bike; no road or cycle cross bikes
  • CPSC marked bicycling helmet on any bike, ropes section and moving water class 3 or greater
  • Type I, II, or II PFD while paddling (PDF may also be required for swimming)
  • Light stick on PFD if paddling between sunset and sunrise ( all teams will be on water at night 2017)
  • Food, drink to last the duration of the race
  • A pen/ pencil/ sharpie
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Individual headlight with extra batteries
  • Bike lights with extra batteries on the bike legs; white front, red rear
Required Team gear:
  • UTM plotter with 1:24,000 scale
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Light sticks on stern and bow. ( all teams will be on water at night 2017)
Recommended gear:
  • Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions
  • Waterproof map case
  • Water purification method
  • Spare bike tube, method of tire/tube inflation and bike repair kit

We will have a big group start at 2:00 P.M.

With a mandatory activity. Individual and team gear will not be needed for this section.

This race is set up in sections to be completed in order. Each section will have points that can be skipped so you can met any cut off times that maybe in place.

The bike section will be on all different surfaces from pavement, mud hard packed trails, bushwhacking and gravel roads. Single track ridding can be expected. The boat section will start on Badin Lake. Teams can bring any man-powered boat they or their team would like to navigate out on the lake. Portage will be required, portage wheels not encouraged. The trekking section(s) are set with points on natural features: hill tops, stream intersections, coves or at obvious trail intersections. This year we are teaming up with Carolina Orienteering Klubb to set some of the trekking points. This will mean some more detailed orienteering maps with different scales. This will keep you on your game as you look around in the dark.

These are the oldest mountains in the USA so only the hardest rocks and terrain remain. How will you stack up?

This is a typical design however full race details for each race are given at the race start.

44-74+ miles

Bike distance will be 30-45 miles. The trek will cover 6-15 miles. The boat is flat water and covers 8-14 miles. You may consider skipping some CPs in order to have enough time to complete other CPs. Some CPs maybe mandatory in order to be an official finisher so read all directions on race day.

MyTopo maps contain topographic lines, manmade features, and some trails. Other maps of the area can be used during the race. Maps of the Badin Lake area can be found online for both the national forest as well as the state parks in the area. The MyTopo maps and those given at check in are all that are needed to run the race. Some race check points for the race will be on a master map or pre-plotted points on the maps. Other points will require UTM plotting at 1:24000 scale to get them all.

Michael Beacham and Matthew Getz are the Race Directors. Many more will be involved in pre-running the course, setting flags, staffing transition areas and organizing HQ on race day. Volunteer registration is also online.

As for all races we hope for good weather but in order to keep this race from just being about surviving reasonable weather is preferred. In the Uhwarrie, the weather can come in fast so make sure you race prepared. Weather will happen. It is an adventure, after all.

Please check Troy, NC in Weather Underground, www.wunderground.com, for the latest weather forecast. Expected sunset for early June is 8:35 P.M. and sunrise 6:09 A.M.

Friday and Saturday Night Camping is free for teams at the Badin Lake Group Camp More details may be found on Facebook or in pre-race emails to participants.


This is an event that is being conducted on the Uwharrie National Forest and is authorized under a Special Use Permit.
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