Swamp Dash at Gators Bike Park

Race #1 in the Gators Race Series

Race at Chestnut Ridge


Swamp Dash is our series opening race—an experience designed with first-time racers in mind.  Located at our very own Gators Bike Park, this is the perfect opportunity to get riders comfortable with the race experience. The courses are short, on familiar trails, with small heats and lots of cowbell!

Ready to Race?

Our race day officially begins at 9:30 AM, but come early!  Your first order of business upon arriving is to check in your rider(s) at the Check-In Tent (see venue map); race day volunteers can check in there too.

We’d love for everyone to be there cheering and ringing cowbells for every wave of racers but we understand that some families have other commitments on race day.  If you can’t arrive in time for the first race, please arrive 45 minutes before your estimated start time (see schedule). It’s best when riders have plenty of time to check-in, ride around to warm up, and get familiar with their surroundings before reporting to the staging area (see venue map).  

Must Haves:

  • Bike
  • Helmet (properly fitted)
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Extra water


  • Race Plate* 
  • Chairs or blankets
  • Pop-up tents (see venue map for placement)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

* Gators Team Racers should arrive with race plates attached to the front of their bike (zip ties).  All other riders that do not have a race place will be issued one at check-in.  Do not forget to check in!!

Race Course Preview:

The Swamp Dash race course will take place on the same Gators Bike Park trails that we all know and love!

Grass Bowl Course
(0.1 miles)
Novice course for balance bikers looping through the grass bowl.
Woods Course
(0.3 miles)
Novice course for 3-6 pedalers through the grass bowl and skills loop in the woods.
Woods & Field Course
(0.5 miles, 16 feet elevation)
Novice course for 7+ riders through the grass bowl, skills loop in the woods, and flow trail in the field.

Race Schedule:

This schedule is approximate!  Please listen for your rider’s wave to be called over the PA system.  Once called, report to the staging area (see venue map), and coaches will take over from there.  

Age GroupEstimated Start Time*
Balance Bikes9:30 AM
Age 3-49:40 AM
Age 5-69:45 AM
Age 7-810:20 AM
Age 9-1011:15 AM
Age 11-1212:00 PM
Age 13+12:20 PM
Coaches Fun Run12:30 PM

Interactive Venue Map:

Click on the icons, markers, and outlined areas on the map below for race day details and where to be!

Volunteers Needed:

Great kids races are only possible with great volunteers! We need some STRONG SPOKE parent volunteers to help set up the night before the race and to help with registration, starting line, finish line, and tear down on race day. The Gators coaching staff will cover all volunteer positions on the course and will be organized separately.

Please sign up to help here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49a5a72ea1f5c34-season

Event Extras:

Available for purchase on race day:

  • Food: Sandwich (BBQ pulled pork or hot dog), chips, and drink $7
  • Drink: Swamp Water
  • Sweets: S-Quisite Treats
  • Swag: hats, car flags, water bottles

Awards Ceremony & Race Results:

At the conclusion of each age group, racers will gather at the podium to celebrate the top finishers, receive their medals, and pose for a photo op.  The podium is in front of the Gators Trailer (see venue map).  Live results will be available through Webscorer once the racing begins!


All results from the Gators Race Series will be celebrated and archived, along with photos, on the Series Results page.