The Beaver Burrr
Length of Challenge:
Disciplines and Distances:
Trekking (6 km)
Singhle-track Mountain Biking (16 km)
Lake Paddling (7 km)
November 1, 2021 through April 30th, 2022
*The competitive period ended on April 30th, but the courses will be available for teams through December 31st 2022.
Price: $25 single set of maps, $10 for each additional set of maps
The Beaver Burrr is located in Beaverdam Park, just north of historic Gloucester, Virginia. For more info about the park, follow this link to their website. https://www.gloucesterva.info/497/Beaverdam-Park
This is a family friendly virtual course for anyone interested in learning how to complete a typical Adventure Race. The navigation is very straight forward so this is a great opportunity for those new to using a map and compass.
For participants who do not own their own boat, the park rents canoes and kayaks from the office at the south parking lot. Teams will need the ability to transport the boat via their vehicle for about 13 miles.
Competitive participants have up to 8 hours to complete the course. Fast teams should be able to complete the course in under 6 hours. It starts off with a 6 km trek, followed by a 16 km mountain bike ride and ending with a beautiful 7 km lake paddle. For teams and solos who want to be officially ranked, there is a "competitive period" that lasts through April 30th. After that, teams are welcome to register for the race and complete it for AR training or just for fun.
Registrants will receive a set of high quality CalTopo color maps with preprinted checkpoints, clue sheet and race details, all printed on durable waterproof paper. We also include a clear map bag to keep everything organized while you're on the course. We ship the packet using FedEx which typically takes 2 to 3 days to arrive. Extra sets of maps are available as an "add on" for teammates who want to practice navigation as well.
Once you've completed the challenge, you will receive your race results/score and map overlay of your gps track via email. Up until April 30th, you will have the option to be ranked against the other participants.
For those who want to share the stoke with the AR community, feel free to submit photos and video of your experience to be shared on thisABILITY's social media.
Optional Navigation Training Video:
For participants who would appreciate some navigation training prior to completing the course, there is a free "add on" that when selected, you will be sent a link to a YouTube tutorial that will go through the Beaver Burrr in detail to include overall strategy, how to attack each checkpoint and numerous other pro tips to be sure your experience is a success. Participants who choose this option will not be included in the official rankings.
There is plenty of free parking in the Start / Finish parking lot during daylight hours. Both the north and south lots are closed and gated at sunset, so be sure to leave enough time to be off the course before dark.
After you're done with the course, consider, visiting the historic Gloucester Courthouse area just outside the park. There you will find quaint shops and unique dining options.
To learn more about our Virtual Adventure Race courses, visit the "how it works" page here.