THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
OLD SOUTH - XPD presented by Orange Mud:
With the goal of bringing Adventure Racing back to Louisiana and Mississippi, WHOA Racing Co. is proud to announce the creation of the first expedition style race in these amazing states; OLD SOUTH - Expedition! OS-XPD aims to become one of the premier adventure races in the United States and offer teams an amazing experience of 72 full hours of racing from Natchez, Mississippi to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Racers can look forward to paddling, biking and trekking across swamps, down massive rivers and little streams, thick hilly forest and flowing flatlands, under water falls, through true Antebellum Plantations, up ridiculous inclines, down crazy cliffs, along MTB tracks and back country roads, across truly historic sites that made America what it is today and deep history at every turn! OLD SOUTH - XPD is a journey you do not want to miss!
Racers will be treated to...
-FREE Shuttle from Airport on Tuesday or Wednesday
-4 Star Hotel Night Before the Race
-Shuttle to Race Start
-Hot Meals During the Race
-Celebration Banquet with Delicious Southern Buffett
-Free Shuttle to Airport Sunday or Monday
-Amazing Swag Bags and Gear
-$1000's in Prize Value
-$1000 Cash Divided by Top 3 Teams*
Presenting Sponsor - ORANGE MUD
-Scenic Rivers Development Alliance
Gerry Lane Buick+GMC
-Moreau Physical Therapy
Disciplines & Distances
Including but not limited to: Biking, MTB Biking, Trekking, Paddling, Navigation, Orienteering and possibly more.
Canoeing: 60-70 miles. Single leg as long as 30 miles.
- Possible water: swamps, rivers, creeks and lakes.
- Racers should have experience navigating large bodies of water and around large vessels.
Biking: 100-120 miles. Single leg as long as 60 miles.
- Possible terrains: paved & dirt/gravel roads and MTB Trails.
Trekking: 55-65 miles. Single leg as long as 31 miles.
- Possible terrains: swamps, forest, paved & dirt/gravel roads, steep climbs/descents and creeks.
4 Star Host Hotel:
As part of your entry all teams/racers will be provided with a room the night before the race at the only 4 star hotel in downtown Baton Rouge; Hilton Capitol Center Baton Rouge.
If you would like a room for Tuesday or Sunday night you will need to call and book your room. We have secured a limited block of rooms at a special rate of $124.00
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 344-5866
Also, the Hotel has agreed to store all racers belongings in a secure location while we are off on the adventure!
-Custom Orange Mud + Old South Race Jersey
-Old South Long Sleeve Shirt
-Orange Mud Buff
-Old South Finisher Patch
-Old South Finisher Belt Buckle
Cash & Gear Prizes:
1st Place Team:
-Orange Mud Adventure Packs (up to 4) $145 value ea.
2nd Place Team:
-ALTRA Running Shoes (up to 4) $130 value ea.
3rd Place Team:
*Cash Prize will only be in affect if 30 teams are reached
You can rest assured on the OPS Team combined 1000's of races, 100's of AR's hosted and AR experince that goes back nearly 20 years that the course will be designed well and give you and your team an amazing experience.
Race Director: Walker Higgins
Assistant Race Director: Dustin Branton
Water Director: Dave Poleto
Mapping Crew: TBD
Safety Director: TBD
Medical Staff: Kasey Hill
Lead Organizer: Mary Fisher
Computer & Tracking: Payton Martin
Teams will travel to Baton Rouge for Check-in...
Wednesday, November 7th
Wednesday = 2:00PM-6:45pm
-Pre-Race Meeting = 7:00PM-8:30pm
Thursday, November 8th
-Shuttle Departs Baton Rouge = 7:00am (SHARP)
-Race Start = 10:00AM
Sunday, November 11th
-Race Finish = 1:00PM-3:00pm
-Post-Race Banquet and Awards = 3:00PM-5:00pm
Hilton Capitol Center Baton Rouge
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801
As part of your stay at the Hilton Capitol Center you will be provided with FREE shuttles from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday and return shuttles on Sunday or Monday. Also, the trip is only about 10-12minutes!
You will need to coordinate this with the Hilton the week prior to the race.
Teams will be required to use trackers to help the race keep tabs of your whereabouts, for safety and to keep an accurate leader board. This fee will be separate from your entry fee and will most likely fall in the $40-60 range per a team.
The OLD SOUTH Race Rules are taken from common adventure race practices along with standard United State Adventure Racing Association (USARA) rules guide. Some rules may be put in to place that are unique to OLD SOUTH. Please know and study the rules so you and your team are not caught off guard as ignorance is not excused.
Official Rules will be supplied to the Team Captain prior to the race.
This is a bare essential list of required gear that individuals and teams will need to carry during a race. Gear checks may happen at anytime on course. Penalties are assessed based on the Event Rules document.
Teams should pack additional food, clothing & gear as needed to complete the course. Bring your own water needed to start race. We supply water at Main TA but use of personal team water supply to start is preferred. Water supplied on the course will be outlined during pre-race meeting.
Mandatory Team Gear:
-Cell Phone to be sealed for emergency only!
-First Aid Kit:
Adventure Medical Kit Ultralight .7 (or build own kit as long as the contents are the same)
Mandatory Individual Gear:
-Two (2) Liter Minimum Hydration Capacity
-Bike (Mountain Bike highly recommended though bike with fat tires will suffice. Other bikes are acceptable though most times riding conditions strongly favor mountain bikes!)
-Head Lamp or Flashlight
-Bike Front White Light (Head lamp acceptable)
-Bike Rear Red Light
-1 Red Glow Stick in case of bike rear light failure (Per person)
-Batteries to last through nocturnal aspects of event
-Lighter or Waterproof Matches (Per team)
-Survival blanket for all events 24hrs or longer (Per person)
Individuals are required to bring personal paddles and life vests unless decussed with race officials prior to the race.
Paddle Gear Bag: It is your responsibilty to insure that your gear in safe and secure in your paddle bag. (May be required to carry during portion of course depending on details provided at check in)
Additional Gear to consider:
-Padded paddle seat
-Folding Knife (with serrated edge)
-Waterproof Dry Bag (for cell phone, etc.)
-Food & Nutrition to last event
-Bike Tube(s) & Pump
-Back Up Compass
-Glow Sticks to be seen at night
-Epipens are recommended for individuals with a prescription
-Waterproof rain jacket
There will be two price increases leading up to the race. Please take advantage of the incredibly low beginning rate.
Price Increase Schedule:
-Starting Price $550.00 per person
-After Jan 30th $600.00 per person
-After Sept 4th $650.00 per person
Racers will be able to ship bikes to a local bike shop for assembly. We are working out details currently. Once finalized we will have all info here.
All teams will be supplied with idenitcal 16 ft canoes that will be transported along the course. Teams are required to bring their own paddles, certified life vest and (1) gear bag for safe transporting along the course.
Racers are allowed one medium sized (1) gear bin: 35 gallon is the largest allowed!
Recommended Gear Bin:
Pro tip: mark your gear bin on all four sides with unique colored duck tape for easy identification.
No, support crew needed or allowed. All teams will be supported by the race staff. The race staff will transport/advance all bikes, gear bins, paddling equipment and boats along the course.
Racers will pay individually.
1. Online Registration:
-Register early and save!
2. Mail Check:
-Current price + $20 setup fee (each teammate) - Contact WHOA Racing before doing so.
3. Payment Plan:
-Mail checks in 3rd's for current price +$50. If you do not complete payment in current price plan then your fee increases to the next plan + the initial $50 for the Payment option.
Teams will need to determine a Team Name & Team Captain. Team Captains will register first and set up the Team. All Team Members then need to register while linking themselves to the Team. All Team Members will pay for their own registration ONLY!
The historical averages for November 8-11th in these areas are between a low of 47 and a high of 71 degrees. Expect this but prepare for possible nights in the 30's and days in the 80's. Really, we never know what we are going to get!
-REFUNDS: There will be NO refunds.
-Transfers: We are willing to transfer your registration to another Racer for $20+ processing. If you are doing so after OS Gear and swag has been ordered you will be given the original racers gear. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to transfer.
-Rain Checks: There will be NO rain checks.
First Timers & Newbies:
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