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Racing the Hurricane at Shenandoah Tough

Press Release / 12.09.2018

Hurricane Florence is predicted to move into the East coast of USA on Thursday 14th September and the organisers of the Shenandoah Tough are carefully watching the forecasts and weather models and preparing contingencies for the race.  Maps of the storm’s trajectory show it is most likely to make landfall between northern South Carolina and North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and may be the most powerful storm to strike the Carolinas in nearly three decades.

The race is being held in the Shenandoah valley to the North in Virginia and is expected to receive significant rainfall from Hurricane Florence.  Race Director Mark Harris said “Anyone who is racing, coming out and volunteering, make sure you are preparing for wet weather, especially on the last couple of days of the race.  It is going to rain, we know that one way or another. Safety is our main concern for participants, staff, volunteers.”

Teams are starting to arrive in Orkney Springs and registration starts at 11am Wednesday local time.  While the official start is schedule for 8am Thursday morning, given the bad weather coming Mark Harris has hinted that the start may even be brought forward to Wednesday afternoon to allow teams to get ahead of the weather.  

The course is set to cover 250 miles non-stop in a 3.5 day time window.  21 teams have entered and nine of these are in the ARWS Mixed category and eligible to win the entry to the AR World Championship in November.

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