STEP 1: YOUR TEAM
They can be anywhere, as in ANYWHERE — you can be in Ashland, your brother can be in Idaho, your best friend is climbing the Andes and your niece is a champ at paddling Puget Sound. Your team can be 1 person or 6 people, and you can opt to do one leg or all six, or any combination thereof.
STEP 2: REGISTER
Once you have who is on your team, pick a name for your team and register. It’s $65 per person, so a three person team, for example, costs 3 x $65, or $195. Every person who registers gets a cool pint glass, medal and t-shirt.
STEP 3: MAP YOUR ROUTE
This is where it gets fun. So let’s say you are doing leg one, the 13k cycle ride. Your mountain bike crazy brother is in Idaho and he is taking on leg 5. Your niece, the one paddling around Puget Sound, she’s taking on leg 2. Then it’s back to you to take on leg 3, the 30k cycle ride, and your best friend hiking in the Andes? He says he is up for the 6k trail run leg. Your brother decides he is a wimp if you do two legs and he only does 1, so he agrees to do the takes on the final 6k road run as well. Now it’s up to each of you to figure out your routes. Ashland has lots of hills and one thing that has made the Siskiyou Challenge so much fun (besides the great music, amazing food and some very funny costumes) is you get to run and bike through the mountains, paddle across lakes and ride your bike through the rolling hills surrounded by farmland. So be creative. Find a great route. Challenge yourself. Include hills and great views. Plan to take pictures - there are prizes for the best documented race. There are also prizes for the most remote, the most unique and the most geographically diverse team. The way you win the BIG prizes this year, however, is by getting your friends to sponsor you and raising the most money- because Rogue Valley Farm to School needs your support!
STEP 4: RECRUIT YOUR SPONSORS
Your grandmother would love to give you $5 a mile (km really), your friends love Rogue Valley Farm to School, so they agree to give you $10 a km, meanwhile your brother is getting his friends to sponsor and your niece is doing a killer job. Turns out your best friend in the Andes has a whole social media following and before you know it, you are raising $3,000 on top of your registration fees, and well on your way to winning the super awesome GRAND PRIZE for raising the most money!
STEP 5: TRAIN
Post your training runs on social media.
STEP 6: RACE!
Then watch the results come in. Not happy with your time compared to other athletes racing the same leg? Do it again!! Beat yourself! Beat that person in Monterey that is just a second ahead of you. The best times for each leg get a prize too, as does the team with the best combined time for all six legs.
And here’s the thing- you can start racing on April 1 and finish up April 24th, or you can do it all in one day. It’s up to you and your team. But chances are good, if you do it April 1st, you are going to need to do it again on April 24th, as the top times start coming in.
What you need:
An approved device for recording your time and length of route.
The following are approved:
Take a picture of your time and then upload that and your time into your leg’s time for your team.
And you are raising money to help Rogue Valley Farm to School!