2018 Frequently Asked Questions

About the Bike Course

Remember:  Helmets are mandatory for all riders.

1. Does the course have a lot of hills?

The 11-mile course has what would be considered moderate but typical hills for the area. The average rider can easily handle the few hills that are on this course. 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 at all times, particularly at intersections.  Rider should keep to the right side of the road and close to the shoulder when riding and avoid obstructing vehicle traffic.  Use hand signals when making turns at intersections..  

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

A healthy and fit child between the ages of 10 and 16 should be able to handle the 11-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 rider should plan on 1 to 1.5 hours for the 11-mile ride, 2 hours for the 25-mile ride and three and a half hours for the 50-mile ride. 

5. Will there be water stations on the course?

There will be a water station 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.  Course 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 8:30 and 12:00 Noon. Vehicles will clear the course and remove signage following those starting at the published start times.  The Go the Distance event ends at 1:30 P.M. 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 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 12 Noon.  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 Bike Rodeo

1. What is a Bike Rodeo?

A Bike Rodeo is open to all but is designed for new riders, usually children, to learn and improve biking safety skills. Older riders may use the event as a refresher course. Parents of children 12 years and younger are encouraged to accompany their child to provide support as some events may be challenging to younger children.

2. Where will the events be held?

All Bike Rodeo stations will be in the Mitchell School parking lot.

3. How does the Rodeo work?

Stations are set up to develop individual bike riding skills. Riders will receive a bike inspection and helmet fit check then ride each of the stations with oversight by Go the Distance volunteers. Riders will receive a scorecard to record and check off their ride ability.

4. Do I have to bring my own bike?

It's best to use your own bike if possible to ensure the fit is safe and appropriate. We will have some bikes available for registrants.

5.  Do I have to have my own helmet?

It's best to bring your own helmet if you have one. Some helmets are available to borrow for registrants.

6. Is there a planned sequence of stations?

Yes, they are set up in order of perceived difficulty level. Depending on skill level, riders can repeat stations or skip stations at their discretion.

7. How does a rider know to go to the next station?

Rodeo volunteers at the stations will guide riders. Riders can repeats a station as often as they like; then move ahead to the next station. A volunteer will sign off each rider's score sheet when they show sufficient mastery of the station.

8.  How long will it take to ride all the stations?

It all depends on the rider. They can practice one station repeatedly until they feel comfortable with their skills or they can ride all the stations and repeat each as they like. There is no strict sequence.