6 Hour Race

  • FEES
  • GEAR

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

NCARS is back in action for 2017!

Our 3rd year and we have some changes. This year you will have one more hour and the paddle section has been removed. You will still have the opportunity to get wet, you just won’t need a boat. Teams of 1-4 will trek by foot through the Uwharrie Mountains and mountain bike through beautiful scenery. The objective of the race is to gather a punch from as many Check Points (unmanned flags in the woods) within the allotted 6 hours.

The 6 hour race is designed for the beginner racer who wants a taste of the longer races but over a more manageable distance. You get all the disciplines but not the greater physical and strategic demands

We will have a big group start at 2pm.
ALL races will swim to start the race.
Free camping both Friday and Saturday nights

  • 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 (6 hour): 8:00 P.M.
  • Dinner and awards (6 Hour): 8:00 P.M.
6 Hour Race
Team Size Team cost per racer cost
Solo $80 $80 per racer
2 Person $160 $80 per racer
3 Person $240 $80 per racer
4 Person $320 $80 per racer

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 National Forest!
USARA membership is available at registration for $8.00.

6 Hour Race:
  • A functional MOUNTAIN bike; no road or cycle cross bikes
  • CPSC marked bicycling helmet on any bike section.
  • Food and drink to last the duration of the race
  • A pen/ pencil/ sharpie
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Individual headlight with extra batteries
  • Type I, II, or II PFD, permit may require for swim section.
Required Team gear:
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Cell phone with charged battery
  • Basic first aid kit
Recommended gear:
  • Waterproof map case
  • Water purification method
  • Spare bike tube, method of tire/tube inflation and bike repair kit
  • Bike lights with extra batteries on the bike legs; white front, red rear
6 Hour Race

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

Points will be placed on natural features hill tops, stream intersections, coves or at obvious trail intersections. The bike section will be on all different surfaces from pavement, mud hard packed trails, and gravel roads. These are the oldest mountains in the USA so only the hardest rocks and terrain remain. How will you stack up?

The hike section can last till 8pm just before sunset so keep your head lamps handy in case you need them. We will be working with Carolina Orienteering Klubb on the set up of the orienteering course. Marked maps and availability to look at the master map are options. You will need a compass!

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

Park maps

6 Hour Race: 21-35 miles

Bike distance will be 16-24 miles. The trek will cover 4-7 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. Race pace for adventure racers is around 4-5 miles an hour. You CAN do this!!

The maps given at check in are all that are needed to run the race. MyTopo maps contain topographic lines, manmade features, and trails. The map will be pre-plotted or you will need to copy the course from a master map located at check-in. 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. No GPS use is allowed.

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.


This is an event that is being conducted on the Uwharrie National Forest and is authorized under a Special Use Permit.
USDA – Forest Service Nondiscrimination Statement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
You may use USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Forms AD-3027 or AD-3027S (Spanish) which can be found at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or upon request from a local Forest Service office. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Usted puede usar la forma de discriminación AD-3027 o AD-3027S en Español, la cual se puede encontrar en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/es_us/sp_complaint_filing_cust.html o puede obtener en cualquier oficina local del Servicio Forestal. El Departamento de Agricultura ofrece oportunidades de programas y de empleo libres de discriminación.