Race Series FAQs

 

What should my child wear on race day? 

Closed-toe shoes, helmet, race jersey (if they have one), sunscreen, and bug spray. 

What should we bring on race day?

Water, water, and more water!  Snacks, and probably more snacks.  Lawn chairs, blankets, and pop-up tents. Sunscreen and bug spray.  Noisemakers.  More cowbell.  

Can we set up a tent?

Yes, but please refer to the Venue Maps for designated areas where tents can be set up without interfering with the race.  

When will my child race?

It differs by race.  We will post a rough schedule of start times based on groups of riders (sometimes age-specific, sometime course-specific) to each race page on this website.  These times are estimates – please arrive at least 30 minutes before!  And remember, there are multiple waves in each group. 

There will also be a Webscorer “start list” with categories and wave assignments for each rider.  This will not be available until the day before the race and will not have estimated start times.  However, you can see how many racers (and waves) are in your child’s category.

What is a wave?

A race “wave” (aka “heat”) is a small group of racers that will start the race together.  We use waves to keep the riders SAFE.  Less congestion at the starting line = fewer collisions!  

This can be a tough concept for kids. A racer who wins their wave may not win the overall category and therefore might not end up on the podium.  For instance, your child may fall into a category of 50 riders; those 50 will be broken into smaller waves (usually 8-10 riders).  As each wave finishes the race, their finish times are recorded but their finish place is not final until all racers from the category have finished. A rider in an early wave within their category might be in second place after their race but end up in 7th overall after all times are recorded. Check out the Webscorer “start list” to see how many riders (and waves) are in your child’s category.

Though we celebrate all finishers, the top three places in each category make the podium.  Please educate and set expectations with your child on the concept of waves prior to race day.

Do we need to check in before the race?

Yes!  We depend on the check-in process to ensure all racers are identified in our timing system, know their wave assignment, and have a race plate.  Your child’s wave number will be written on their hand.

How will I know when my child should report to the starting line?

Listen for wave numbers to be announced over the PA system.  Waves start in numerical order.  Please have your child to the staging area several waves ahead of theirs.  In some races, like Chestnut Ridge, multiple waves may be released one after another so you can’t always count on the previous wave completing before the next starts.  When in doubt, check the “now racing” sign, or ask a coach!

How will I know which wave or category is actively racing? 

Listen to the PA system for who’s racing, who’s up next, and who’s at the podium. We hope to be able to provide signage with “now racing” and “now staging” wave numbers as well. 

Can I track my child’s location during their race?

We do not track riders’ locations, just their starting wave and finish times.  We’ve heard there are some cool GPS trackers out there that you are welcome to use!

What if my child doesn’t know where to go or gets lost during their race?

We don’t think that will happen and here’s why.  We use race tape, not just in the congested starting and finishing areas, but even back in the woods, to help our riders navigate the course.  The race directors have taken special care to identify any tricky areas where signage and/or a coach will be positioned to help direct traffic. We send each wave with a “rabbit” (the coach who leads the way) and a “sweep” (the coach that rides behind the last racer) to make sure everyone finishes.  Check out our race previews on each race page for additional insight.

What if my child sustains an injury?

New at the Scorcher, we will have a Medical Tent with trained medical personnel on site (see venue maps for location).  The medical team will be in contact with the race staff and coaches via walkie talkie.  

How do you track the finish times?

We use a system called Webscorer for all racing data—from registration to finish results.  We won’t bore you with the details but registrants get placed into categories based on age, gender, and sometimes a choice made during registration.  The categories are then broken down into small waves of riders who will start at the same time but will be ranked based on their finish time within their category.  

Live results are available on Webscorer.  A link is generated at the start of the first race and will be shared on the Band App and social media.  Beware ~ LIVE results can be confusing if you forget about the concept of waves.  As each wave finishes the race, their finish times are recorded but their finish place is not final until all racers from the category have finished. A racer who wins their wave may not win the overall category and therefore might not end up on the podium.  Though we celebrate all finishers, the top three places in each category make the podium.  Check out the Webscorer “start list” for each race to see how many riders (and waves) are in your child’s category.

How can I tell if my child made the podium?

Live results are available on Webscorer.  A link is generated at the start of the first race and will be shared on the Band App and social media.  Beware ~ LIVE results can be confusing if you forget about the concept of waves.  As each wave finishes the race, their finish times are recorded but their finish place is not final until all racers from the category have finished. A racer who wins their wave may not win the overall category and therefore might not end up on the podium.  Though we celebrate all finishers, the top three places in each category make the podium.  Check out the Webscorer “start list” for each race to see how many riders (and waves) are in your child’s category.

Where can I find my child’s finish time and other race results?

Live results will be available on Webscorer.  A link is generated at the start of the first race and will be shared on the Band App and social media. We will also post the link to this website after race day.  Race results for the entire Gators Race Series will be archived on the Race Series Results page.

Can my child “ride up?”

No.  If you attempt to register for a race in which your child is ineligible (ex. a 7-year-old in a 9+ advanced race), you will get an error.  This is intentional and our way of preventing a child from getting in over their head.  We understand there are some talented young riders out there, but for their safety and the consideration of the staff, “riding up” is not permitted.  Check out COMBO races where younger riders are welcome to ride advanced courses.