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Backyard Burn Fall Trail Running Series
Race Day Information for Race #2

Dear Backyard Burn Competitors:

The Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series continues this Sunday at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, VA.  Prepare for a great day as you and close to 300 trail runners enjoy a fast and fun course that includes forested and lakeside single-track, challenging hills, and open fields.  We wish you the best of luck! 

Schedule for race day, Sunday, October 15, 2017:

- Check-in/packet pick up opens @ 7:30am (we recommend arriving by 8am)

- Pre-race brief @ 8:50am

- Race start @ 9am

- FREE Kids ‘Race’ @ 10:45am (for kids 2-11)

- Awards @ 11am

SEE BELOW for detailed info on course conditions, weather, parking, directions, check-in, course description, course marking, aid stations, post-race food, awards, sponsors, giveaways, etc.

- Course Conditions and Weather:  We scouted the trails a few days ago and they were dry and in good shape.  The much-needed wet weather we are receiving today (Mon 10/9) and forecasted for later this week should keep the dust down and actually improve the trail conditions.  The race day weather forecast is calling for sunny skies, warm race time temps in the low-70s, and a low chance of precipitation.  The forecast often changes this far out.  So, as we get closer to race day, please check the weather and plan accordingly.    

- Directions to Lake Fairfax Park (1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston, VA 20190):  Lake Fairfax Park may be reached by taking Beltway Exit 47A which is Route 7 or Leesburg Pike west for approximately 7-8 miles to a left on Baron Cameron Avenue.  Take the second left on Lake Fairfax Drive which will lead you directly into the park.  Enter the park and the staging area will be at the big tent, directly on your right.  This is a NEW STAGING AND START/FINISH area for the Fall BYB.  Follow the race parking signs.  Park and follow the signs to check-in.

- Parking:  We will be parking all vehicles in grassy fields and the Water Mine Parking lot.  Both parking areas are close to our new staging and start/finish area, which is near the main entrance to the park.  There is plenty of parking but we always advocate carpooling, if bringing family and friends. 

- Check-In:  Check-in opens at 7:30am. Check-in will take place in the big tent adjacent to the grassy parking area.  At check-in you will receive your race number and t-shirt (one/person for the series).  Please arrive early to help alleviate backups.  It takes time to park, check-in, use the restroom, warm up, and attend the pre-race brief.  We recommend arriving by 8am. 

- Restrooms:  Portojohns will be available near check-in.  PLEASE arrive and take your restroom break early.  We order enough porto-johns for our anticipated numbers but if everyone tries to use the restroom 15 minutes before the race then we will have long lines. 

- Race Start:  The race begins at 9am SHARP!   Both 5 and 10 mile racers will start at the same time.  The pre-race brief will begin at 8:50am and take place near check-in.          

- NEW STAGING AREA:  The staging and start/finish area has been changed from previous versions of the Lake Fairfax Backyard Burn.  The overall loop course is almost the same but the start and finish will now take place in a different location, near the main park entrance.

- Race Course:  This one lap 4.9 mile course is super fun and filled with forested and lakeside single-track dirt trails.  Two laps will be completed by the 10 mile racers.  There is a prologue, which extends the courses to 5.1 miles and 10.0 miles respectively.  To separate the field of runners, the race will start with .7 miles of running on grass and wide trails.  Most of the single-track sections are moderately technical.  Please watch your footing, as there are several sections with roots, rocks, and steep slopes!  To view a course map and course description, visit the following link:

- Race Strategy/Trail Etiquette:  Many of the single-track trails at Lake Fairfax are tight and narrow and passing may be difficult in some areas.  So, it is suggested that you factor this into your race strategy.  At the beginning of the race, there is .7 miles of grass and wide trail, perfect for passing, but you will hit single-track after this section.  So, it is recommended that you place yourself appropriately at the start line, with faster runners near the front, mid pack racers near the middle, and ‘back of pack’ runners near the rear.  Also, proper trail etiquette should be practiced.  Overtaking runners should use audible signals ‘passing on your left’ or ‘passing on your right’ and, when possible, slower runners should allow them to pass.  Keep in mind, however, that it is the responsibility of the overtaking runner to pass safely. 

- Course Marking:  The course will be marked with pink surveying tape and arrows.  Course marking will be heavy before and after all trail intersections but light along the rest of the course.  

- Mile Markers:  Mile markers will be placed each mile.  A mile marker will also be posted ½ mile from the finish.  Keep in mind, the 10 mile racers will see these mile markers twice, once on each lap. 

- NO EARPHONES or LOUD AUDIBLE MUSIC:  The use of EARPHONES or LOUD AUDIBLE MUSIC that restricts hearing is not permitted during any EX2 race.  Why, you may ask?  Well, for the following three reasons:

  1. Safety – we need to look out for each other!  Our courses are held on trails in remote areas.  If someone gets injured out on the trails, we rely on racers to notify us so we can activate emergency response.  So, we need racers to be alert and able to hear calls for help. 
  2. Courtesy – trail races are very different than road races.  Passing is usually not a problem in road races but passing can be a challenge on single-track hiking trails.  To pass safely, trail etiquette suggests using audible signals such as passing on your left.  Passing someone who can’t hear you is difficult and frustrating.
  3. Community – at EX2 Adventures we strive to build community.  Please use your time with EX2 to unleash yourself from your device, enjoy the sounds of nature, talk to people, make some friends, and have fun.   

- Aid Stations:  This race has four on-course aid stations and one post-race aid station.  All aid stations will be stocked with water and Gatorade. The aid stations will be spaced 1.1 - 1.4 miles from each other.  The 5 mile racers will have three opportunities for aid at 1.4M, 2.6M, and 3.9M.  The 10 mile racers will have seven opportunities for aid at 1.4M, 2.6M, 3.9M, 5.2M, 6.3M, 7.5M, and 8.8M.  First aid kits and emergency communication will be available at each aid station.   

- Recovery Tent:  Dr. Kathy Coutinho, local ‘chiropractor to the athletes’, and her staff from Positively Chiropractic will be on hand offering up their chiropractic, massage, active release therapy, and first aid services to all comers.  Stop by the ‘Recovery Tent’ to take advantage of these FREE services.  Come see how Dr. Kathy can help you ‘always move forward’. 

- Post Race Beverages/Food:  Water, Gatorade, and sodas will be available after the race.  Food includes pizza, breakfast burritos, bananas, trail bars, chips, cookies, bagels, peanut butter, M&Ms, etc.  FREE food and beverages will be available at the finish line for all racers and volunteers. 

- Kids Race:  At 10:45am, all kids aged 2-11 are invited to participate in the FREE kids race for treasure.  We will match kids in age groups and have them run a short out and back ‘race’.  After they run, all kids who participate can grab something from the Treasure Box!  

- Awards:  The awards ceremony will take place at 11am!  Awards will be given to the top five male and female racers in each age group for both the 5 and 10 mile races. 

- Photos:  Professional photographers from Swim Bike Run Photography will be at this event capturing the spirit of adventure and friendly competition. They offer digital downloads and traditional prints.  The talented photographers at SBR take thousands of photos at each race and they all go online within 7 days of the event.  A link to their website will be available from the ‘results’ webpage.

- Sponsor Giveaways:  Below is a rundown of all our sponsor giveaways.  We will randomly select winners for the giveaways using a variety of different methods.  We have a lot of swag to give away but you must be present at the awards ceremony to win.  So, please plan on sticking around to join in the fun!

- Baird Automotive $100 Benjamin Bash:  Benjamin, C-note, Hundie, Charlie, 100 Clams, Big One - call it what you will but it all means the same thing….$100 of cold hard cash.  Back by popular demand, race or volunteer in any of our eighteen (18) races in 2017 and you could win a crisp $100 bill, generously furnished by longtime EX2 racer and all around good guy, Joey Baird of Baird Automotive.   

- Integrated Financial Partners Surprise Swag Raffle:  At all races in 2017, fellow racer and IFP Financial Advisor, Erik Scudder will give away $50 in swag.  He likes to surprise us with what he gives away but it is always nice stuff.  Just stop by their table, fill in one of their forms, and you are eligible to win.  Erik is also known for bringing hot coffee on cold mornings! 

- Drink More Water – Hydration System Giveaway:  Drink More Water is committed to help you achieve peak performance by, well, drinking more water.  Not only do they supply tons of water to EX2 (literally), but they will randomly give away water bottles and/or hydration systems at each race of the season.  Pretty cool, huh?  Racers and volunteers are eligible.

- Free Racing and Post-Race Photos from Smiles of Fairfax Corner:  We are thrilled to welcome, ‘Smiles’ as our newest sponsor.  Offering general, restorative, cosmetic, and sedation dentistry for the whole family, Smiles is all about community.  At each race, they will give away $100 of EX2 racing and provide all podium and post-race photography, free for download from the EX2 Facebook page.  So, after the race, head over to their table to get your photo taken in front of the big, cool banner.  Smile big for Smiles of Fairfax Corner! 

- Volunteers:  Finally, we can always use the help of volunteers.  If any of your friends or family can help out, please ask them to sign up online at the following link:  Volunteers help with check-in, aid stations, course marshaling, timing, food distribution, course sweeping and course demarking.  Times vary from 7am-11:30am and shifts are usually 2-4 hours.  Volunteers receive free food, a cool race t-shirt, $15 off a future EX2 race or $5 off EX2 merchandise, and our sincere appreciation. Plus, volunteering at EX2 races is fun!

Thanks for participating in the Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series.  We are looking forward to a fantastic day.  See you this Sunday!

Jim Harman
Race Director
EX2 Adventures




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