2017 Frequently Asked Questions

About the Bike Course

Remember:  Helmets are mandatory for all riders.

1. Does the course have a lot of hills?

On the 5 and 10 mile course, this being Woodbury, hills are difficult to avoid. But, the average rider can easily handle the few that are on the courses.  There may be a couple of spots where children may need to walk their bikes uphill, such as on Quassuk Road and Bacon Pond road on the 10 mile course.  Please also advise children to walk their bike down steep hills and through crosswalks.  For those riding the 25 and 50 mile courses there are several challenging hills.  If hills are a concern, it is suggested that a driving tour sometime before the ride would be advisable.  The course maps are on our web site.

2. Will automobile traffic along the courses be stopped?

No.  Traffic will not be stopped for riders.  Please observe traffic laws particularly at intersections.  Rider should keep to the right side of the road and close to the shoulder when riding.  When making left hand turns, cross at the crosswalks with the help of a volunteer or police. 

3. Will my child be able to ride the full distance?

A healthy and fit child between the ages of 6 and 8 should be able to handle the 5-mile course.  An older healthy and fit child should be able to handle the 10-mile course.  We do not recommend the 25-mile or 50 mile course for children under age 16. The final decision for a child to participate is that of the parent(s) who will be accompanying them.

4. How long will the course take to ride?

The course can take as little time or as long as you like, as you will be riding at your own pace.  But, an average rule of thumb is to plan on 30-60 minutes for the 5-mile course, 45-90 minutes for the 10-mile course, one and a half hours for the 25-mile course and 3 hours for the 50-mile course.

5. Will there be water stations on the course?

There will be a water station for the 5 and 10-mile courses at the Emergency Services Building on Quassuk Road.  An additional station will be at the intersection of West Morris Road and Rte. 109 on the 25 and 50 mile course.

6. Will the course be marked?

All courses will be marked with Go the Distance signage.  And, on the 5 and 10-mile courses, volunteers wearing bright red Go the Distance T-shirts will be available at key intersections to assist riders.

7. Can I ride the course more than once? 

Absolutely.  You can ride the course as many times as you like. But, understand that volunteers will only be on the courses between 7:45 and 11:00 A.M.   Vehicles will clear the course and remove signage following those starting at the published start times.  The Go the Distance event ends at 12:00 noon. The course roads and course maps are available on our web site for use anytime.

8.  Will there be any technical support on the course?

Volunteers will be on the course throughout the morning to provide some limited technical support.  SAG vehicles will be covering the 25 and 50 mile bike courses.  There will also be a bike repair technician at the school for technical assistance.

9. Are there activities after the ride?

There will be a raffle drawing and silent auction after the rides beginning at approximately 11:15 A.M.  Winners need not be present to accept their prizes.

Please remember, an adult MUST accompany children under the age of 16 on the ride


About the Road and Trail 5K Race and Walks

1.  What are the conditions the roads and trails?

The 5K course begins and ends on paved roadways and has scenic segments of dirt, gravel, or turf pathways. Review the route map link to familiarize yourself with the off-road sections.

2. Will roads be closed during the race?

No. Police and volunteers will minimize runner interference by controlling traffic at key intersections.  The course will be run clockwise so runners will run with traffic and cross the road at only two locations.   Runners should stay on the shoulder of the road and run in single file except to pass.

3. Will there be any water distributed on the course?

No.  Please be sure to hydrate yourself before you run. You will find ample water supplied at the Mitchell School before and after the race.

4.  Will the course be marked?

The course will be clearly marked with Go the Distance signage.  Volunteers wearing bright red tee-shirts will be stationed along the course to direct you.

5.  Will prizes be awarded in specific categories?

Yes, prizes will be awarded for ages on or under 13, 19, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 & 70 and older; both men and women.

6.  Will the 5K walk be on the same course?

Yes, 5K walkers follow the same course and start immediately after the 5k race leaves the start line.  Walkers also must walk on the right side of the road.

7.  Does the course have a lot of hills?

The 5K course is generally flat with only 1 relatively small hill.

Note: Children ages 12 and under in 5K race and 5K walk must be must be accompanied by an adult.


About the K-5 Grade Race Events

1. Where will the events be held?

All K-5 events will be held on the Mitchell School Athletic Field (play ground) and is safe for runners.

2. Will the courses be marked?

Yes, the courses will be marked with signage at the start locations and routes will be clearly marked.  Volunteers will help direct the runners to the appropriate courses based on their registration number and provide necessary instructions.

3. What level of parent supervision is required?

Although volunteers will control racers during each event, parents should plan to supervise young children at all times during attendance of Go the Distance. They should make sure their child/children are at the start locations for their respective events at least 10 minutes before the published start time.

4.  Will prizes be given to the winners?

Yes, the top three winners in each event will receive ribbons that will be awarded after the races are completed.