EX2 Adventures

EX2 Adventures EX2 Adventures produces trail running races, XTERRA off-road triathlons, mountain biking races, and adventure races in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
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EX2 has produced over 250 events around Northern Virginia and Maryland and is one of the largest adventure sports companies in the country. We produce 18-21 events a year, including numerous distances of trail running races, an XTERRA triathlon and duathlon , and several adventure races. Over the past 18 years, EX2 has also produced over 50 cross-country mountain bike races including the popular Cranky Monkey series. We love what we do.

Blue Crab Bolt Update...hey everyone!  Just a quick update on the first Blue Crab Bolt on Saturday June 27th.  That race...
06/04/2020

Blue Crab Bolt Update...hey everyone! Just a quick update on the first Blue Crab Bolt on Saturday June 27th. That race is definitely NOT happening as scheduled.

I'm working with the park to see if a postponement (to July 18th) is possible or we'll need to cancel all together. Since the second Blue Crab Bolt is scheduled for July 27th those races will either both happen or neither of them will.

Please allow me some additional time to work through the details and see what is possible.

All registered racers and those on the waitlist have received multiple updates via email. If you have a question, please let me know.

#ex2adventures #trailrunning photo: Swim Bike Run Photo

06/03/2020
2020 XTERRA EX2 cancellation

We are disappointed to announce that the 2020 XTERRA EX2 is cancelled. All registered racers and those on the waitlist have been notified via email. Next year’s event is July 11, 2021. We sure will miss heading to Rocky Gap this year!

#blackouttuesdayRacism has no place in our world. We all have a role in eliminating it. Black Lives Matter.Listen. Refle...
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday

Racism has no place in our world. We all have a role in eliminating it. Black Lives Matter.

Listen. Reflect. Learn. Think. Act.

The winners of the special categories in the Virtual Backyard Burn are listed below!  Amazing creativity!!!!Best post ra...
06/01/2020

The winners of the special categories in the Virtual Backyard Burn are listed below! Amazing creativity!!!!

Best post race meal and/or beverage
Congrats to Dave French, Tyler Wean, and Steve Frostad for winning this category. A special shout out to Steve. We all wish him the best and are sending him healing vibes during his chemo treatments!

Most elevation gained
Congrats to Geoff Patterson who climbed over 4,500 feet in Washington, DC over 10 miles! Yup...it's true!

Least elevation gained
Congrats to Jon Aikman who ran a 5 miler with 0 (yes, zero) feet of elevation gain. He also ran it in less than 30 minutes...that's FAST!

Cutest racing companion
Congrats to Crystal Kominar and her late dog companion Storm. We know Storm is in a better place with endless treats and shoes to chew on!

Most interesting thing seen during your race
Congrats to Todd Davis for his super strange sphinx replica and goat on top of a boat pictures. Interesting indeed!!

Most creative route
Congrats to Valerie Garrison for her Tetris route! Very impressive!

Most laps
Congrats to Paula McKinney who rocked out 100 laps during her 5 mile run! Nice!

Best finish line photo
And last but not least...congrats to Marc Villa for his AMAZING finish line photos. This was Marc's first EX2 race and we can't wait to welcome him to a real EX2 race in the future.

This morning we hosted the virtual awards ceremony for the Virtual Backyard Burn.  Thank you to those that joined us for...
05/31/2020

This morning we hosted the virtual awards ceremony for the Virtual Backyard Burn. Thank you to those that joined us for the zoom call. We feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community of athletes!

Your generous donations provided more than $5,500 for the Capital Area Food Bank! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Enjoy the beautiful day outside!

Results can be found here. Congratulations to all the runners!!
https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/90865#resultSetId-194342;perpage:100

It's Friday again and once again it's time for Friday smiles...and today we'll add leaps! This photo is from our Blue Cr...
05/29/2020

It's Friday again and once again it's time for Friday smiles...and today we'll add leaps! This photo is from our Blue Crab Bolt Trail Running Race last year at Little Bennett Regional Park. Did you know that Little Bennett is over 3,700 acres...that's a BIG regional park!? As comparisons, Lake Fairfax is less than 500 acres, Rocky Gap is 3,000 acres, and Shenandoah River "Andy Guest" State Park is 1,700 acres.

We hope that everyone is staying positive, healthy, and active. Have an awesome weekend. Stay tuned for more information later next week about our plans for the rest of the summer.

#ex2adventures #trailrunning photo: Swim Bike Run Photo

05/28/2020

A few announcements. Hope everyone is healthy and staying active!!!

Super excited to say that we've reached our $5,000 fundraising goal for the Capital Area Food Bank in our Virtual Backya...
05/25/2020

Super excited to say that we've reached our $5,000 fundraising goal for the Capital Area Food Bank in our Virtual Backyard Burn!!! Thank you so much to all those that contributed. Together we really make a difference!

There is still a few days left to complete your run!!! All registered runners will be invited to our special virtual awards ceremony that is coming up this Sunday at 9am.

Pause. Reflect. Remember. Honor.
05/25/2020

Pause. Reflect. Remember. Honor.

It's Friday again and time for Friday smiles.  This photo is from our Blue Crab Bolt Trail Running Race last year at Sch...
05/22/2020

It's Friday again and time for Friday smiles. This photo is from our Blue Crab Bolt Trail Running Race last year at Schaeffer Farms and it captures well the joys of trail racing!! We hope that everyone is staying positive, healthy, and active. Have an awesome weekend. We miss you!

#ex2adventures #trailrunning photo: Swim Bike Run Photo

"Virginia’s long and rich history persists in a large number of historic sites that continue to survive the march of tim...
05/22/2020

"Virginia’s long and rich history persists in a large number of historic sites that continue to survive the march of time. Many of these sites are vulnerable to neglect and deterioration due to insufficient funds, inappropriate development and/or insensitive public policy.

In an effort to advocate for these sites, the Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list has been presented for nearly 20 years. It continues to raise awareness of Virginia’s historic sites, encouraging citizens, localities and organizations to continue to advocate for the protection and preservation of these places. The list has featured buildings, archaeological sites and cultural landscapes across the state that face imminent or sustained threats to their integrity or survival."

Save the gravel!!

AmericasRoutes.com & Mosby Heritage Area Association

https://preservationvirginia.org/our-work/most-endangered-historic-places/

https://americasroutes.com/

Big news from our friends at America's Routes.

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Preservation Virginia identifies commonwealth’s most endangered historic places.

This year’s list reflects importance of historic preservation in time of crisis and recovery and how, now more than ever, we can look to our history for encouragement.

RICHMOND, Va. (May 19, 2020) – A sacred Monacan Indian Nation site in Fluvanna County; a historic church more than a century old in Danville; and a 300-mile network of rural roadways in Loudoun County are among Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020 unveiled today by Preservation Virginia.

Each May — National Historic Preservation Month— since 2005, the nonprofit releases a list of
historic places across the state that face imminent or sustained threats to their integrity to
encourage individual citizens, organizations, and local and state government to continue advocating for these places’ protection and preservation.
Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2020 includes, in no particular order:

● Rassawek, the historic capital and sacred site of the Monacan Indian Nation, located at the confluence of the Rivanna River and James River in Fluvanna County.

● Alexandria Elks Lodge #48, a community hub for African American Elks and residents in
the Parker Gray Historic District for over 115 years.

● James Street Holiness Church, founded in 1891 in north Danville by African American preacher Bettie Thompson.

● Pine Grove School Community, a rural African American community of businesses,churches, cemeteries and homes of students who attended the Pine Grove Rosenwald School in Cumberland County.

● Western Loudoun County's Rural Road Network, a living museum of 300 miles of gravel roadways that traverse the Loudoun Valley.

● Historic Metal Truss Bridges statewide. In 1975, Virginia had approximately 620 metal
truss bridges; only about five percent remain today.

● Halifax Roller Mill, a three-story, flour and feed mill built in 1915 to use electric power rather than water in the Town of Halifax.

“We understand we are living through quickly evolving times during this pandemic. Life has changed, and our mission to protect and reuse historic places has become more challenging,” said Preservation Virginia CEO Elizabeth S. Kostelny. “While we continue to see historic places of all types remaining resilient across the state, our list highlights longstanding issues that need to be addressed and cannot be forgotten during times of crisis.” For example, Kostelny said four of the seven historic places cited this year are connected to underrepresented communities. One is Rassawek, the historic capital of the Monacan Indian Nation. “Our capital city was a contemporary of Jamestown, but much larger and more complex, and it lasted as a community far longer,” said Tribal Chief Kenneth Branham. “It is for us a sacred place of great cultural significance, and it is for all Americans a place of historical importance.” Now threatened by a water intake station, this sacred site is in peril. Two of this year’s listings are transportation-related, reflecting the rate at which Virginia is losing bridges and roads important to its historic landscape, with significant efforts needed to foster these places before they are lost. With museums temporarily closed and future funding opportunities potentially in doubt, preservationists are now approaching their work in new and creative ways, says Kostelny. “Over the next few years, as we adapt to the challenges of living in a post-pandemic world, Preservation Virginia will help to counter the specific threats identified in this year’s Virginia’s Most Endangered Historic Places list. In addition, we will demonstrate how—using proven tools of historic preservation as well as innovative new models and collaborations—Virginia’s historic places help recharge our spirits and restore local communities.” “Now more than ever, we can look to our past for renewal and strength.”

For more information on each location, contact the following: Rassawek (Marion F. Werkheiser, 703-489-6059); Elk's Lodge #48 (Carol Black, [email protected]);

Halifax Roller Mill (Carl Espy, 434-476-2343); Historic Metal Truss Bridges (Kristie Kendall, 540-347-2334 ext. 706); James Street Holiness Church (Rita Smith, 434-792-2021); Loudoun’s Rural Roads Network (Jane Covington,[email protected]); Pine
Grove School Community (Muriel Branch,[email protected]), Preservation

Virginia (Will Glasco, 804-338-1357 or [email protected]).

About Preservation Virginia

Preservation Virginia is a private, nonprofit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889 that is dedicated to preserving, promoting and serving as an advocate for

Virginia's cultural and architectural history.

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We're almost at our goal of $5,000 raised for the Capital Area Food Bank!!!  And we're getting some AMAZING submissions ...
05/21/2020

We're almost at our goal of $5,000 raised for the Capital Area Food Bank!!! And we're getting some AMAZING submissions for our special contests. You won't want to miss the awards ceremony to see who wins!!!!

Best post race meal and/or beverage
Most elevation gained
Least elevation gained
Cutest racing companion
Most interesting thing seen during your race
Most creative route
Most laps
Best finish line photo

05/19/2020

Hemlock Backyard Burn (6/21) is now CANCELLED.

It's Friday again and time for Friday smiles. This Friday I'm missing the awesome EX2 team that comes together to make o...
05/15/2020

It's Friday again and time for Friday smiles. This Friday I'm missing the awesome EX2 team that comes together to make our races the special events that they are. As a race director I create the plan, but it's the EX2 staff that execute the event and make all the magic happen. Our staff are all part-time employees with diverse backgrounds and day jobs (teacher, paramedic, veterinarian, attorney, project manager, and a stay at home dad just to name a few). The common bonds of loving the outdoors, creating something bigger than ourselves, building community, and helping people push their limits are what drives us. We look forward to the future when we can all come together again and create EXcellent EXperiences (EX2…get it?). Have an awesome weekend everyone!

#ex2adventures #trailrunning #triathlon #xterraplanet #mountainbiking #adventureracing

Update from Dr. Cheryl at Pow-Her Chiropractic about their office re-opening.
05/14/2020
Pow-Her Chiropractic

Update from Dr. Cheryl at Pow-Her Chiropractic about their office re-opening.

POW-HER Post COVID19 We're Opening!

05/13/2020
Positively Chiropractic

More great advice from Positively Chiropractic!!

Don’t underestimate the benefit of self massage, stretching, and gentle resistance training for arm pain!

05/13/2020

Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder is POSTPONED
until October 25th

Woohoooo...we've just passed $3,000 in donations for the Capital Area Food Bank and we still have a few more weeks to go...
05/12/2020

Woohoooo...we've just passed $3,000 in donations for the Capital Area Food Bank and we still have a few more weeks to go in the Virtual Backyard Burn. Because you all are so awesome, we've raised our fundraising goal to $5,000. We can do it!!!

https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Reston/VirtualBackyardBurn

Today I ran for Ahmaud Arbery. It’s up to all of us to stand up and fight against racism, injustice, intolerance, and di...
05/09/2020

Today I ran for Ahmaud Arbery.

It’s up to all of us to stand up and fight against racism, injustice, intolerance, and discrimination.

These things have absolutely no place in our world.

#irunwithmaud

75 runners already signed up!!  Join the virtual fun!!The race is free to participate.  During checkout you can optional...
05/06/2020
Virtual Backyard Burn

75 runners already signed up!! Join the virtual fun!!

The race is free to participate. During checkout you can optionally choose to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank (we've already raised over $1,000!) and buy EX2 swag.

Awards for top 5 in each age group, plus awards for:

Best post race meal and/or beverage
Most elevation gained
Least elevation gained
Cutest racing companion
Most interesting thing seen during your race
Most creative route
Most laps
Best finish line photo

https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Reston/VirtualBackyardBurn

The Virtual Backyard Burn is on Monday May 4, 2020 to Saturday May 30, 2020. It includes the following events: 5 Mile, 10 Mile, and Half Marathon.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from our friends at Coyote Grille!!!
05/05/2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo from our friends at Coyote Grille!!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Lakota the Cinco Diva!! We look forward to seeing many of you today for party kit pick-ups between 1-3pm. We are so thankful for the overwhelming participation!! Each bag has a few fun extras. Please take pictures of your home fiestas and tag us💚❤️

05/05/2020
Positively Chiropractic

More great advice from Kathleen Coutinho from Positively Chiropractic!! As someone who has back pain pretty much every day...I'm going to try these!! Thanks Dr. Kathy!!!

Adductor tightness might be the link to your lower back pain

Check out the latest news from Pow-Her Chiropractic!
05/05/2020
Pow-Her Chiropractic

Check out the latest news from Pow-Her Chiropractic!

Have you seen our latest news?

Up next for parks we REALLY miss racing in is Seneca Creek State Park.  This expansive park covers 6,300 acres along bea...
05/05/2020

Up next for parks we REALLY miss racing in is Seneca Creek State Park. This expansive park covers 6,300 acres along beautiful Seneca Creek as it meets the Potomac River. The Clopper Lake area is wonderful place for a hike, mountain bike, horse ride, paddle, disc golf game, fishing adventure, or picnic! Clopper Lake has an awesome 3+ mile trail around it that we use in our Blue Crab Bolt 5K each June. You can connect to miles and miles and miles of singletrack from the Clopper Lake area including the Seneca Greenway Trail. You may not know that the popular mountain bike destination Schaeffer Farms is also part of Seneca Creek State Park.

We’ve hosted our Blue Crab Bolt 5K/10K Trail Running Race at Clopper Lake for the past 10 years and it’s always a very popular event. The views of the lake from our staging area are AMAZING and the trails are SWEEEEETTTTT!!!

#ex2adventures #trailrunning pic: Swim Bike Run Photo

05/02/2020
Rails to River XC in 2021!!!

Today would have been the first annual Rails To River XC Mountain Bike Race at Lake Fairfax. We can’t wait to host the event in 2021!! Thank you to Frank Raiti the Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts - MORE trail liaison for Lake Fairfax and Anne and Todd Mader from The Bike Lane for all your support of the event. It’s greatly appreciated!!!

Whatcha doing tonight...or another time since it will be recorded?  How about watching some trail running films???https:...
05/01/2020

Whatcha doing tonight...or another time since it will be recorded? How about watching some trail running films???

https://www.trailfilmfest.com/

Story 0002: Ariel will be showing at the Trail Film Festival's Virtual Film Festival tonight (Friday at 8:30pm).

It follows @alaguilles fastest known time (FKT) run on the Camino Ignaciano. It’s not too late to get a ticket, tell your friends, and join thousands of runners across the country for two hours of trail running films to support the YWCA COVID Relief Fund.

#ForEveryRun #KeepRunning #YearofTrails

https://www.trailfilmfest.com/

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WE NEED TRIATHLETES FOR RESEARCH We are still seeking subjects for an at home research study any triathlete can do. It involves using your smart trainer (must have power measurement), Garmin run dynamics, and a little bit of time to perform some bike (1 hr) to run (5k) workouts (3 total). The study is open to men and women. Runs can be done right from your front door or treadmill to minimize transition time. I have completed the entire study myself in less than 10 days and actually learned a lot about my own run performance. Please PM or email me for information and share! [email protected]
Trying to get in the virtual racing spirit! Completed my submission for EX2 #virtualbackyardburn today to makeup for the Pohick 10 mile course. Not the same as the #ex2adventures community, but can’t wait to see what the Zoom awards ceremony looks like!
Let the hill training commence 🥺🥺
Just wanted to declare that half of the t-shirts I wear are from EX2 races... #WhyOnlyHalf #NeedMoreEX2
It's official. Mary Baldwin University joins #NCAA triathlon today.
I've got a friend looking for research help. Its just a survey. https://aut.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fiDOABvMZMovOt
Just wanted to thank the person who was out on the trail today clearing a path for tomorrow’s race! While I’m not participating, my horse and I got to enjoy the trail today thanks to you! ❤️
Please join us and support the mission to find a cure for paralysis at the Run In The Dark 5km/10km event at National Harbor on November 13, 2019. The event is organized by the Mark Pollock Trust and hosted by Lagan US, Inc. Mark Pollock is a truly inspirational individual. He is both blind and paralyzed from the chest down. The resilience Mark has shown throughout his journey and his mission to find a cure for paralysis in his lifetime and walk again is remarkable and inspiring. He has immense strength of spirit, good humor and positive outlook, here’s a link to one of his many TEDTalks; (TEDTalk - Mark Pollock) In order to achieve his goal to find a cure for paralysis, Mark and his team have created a foundation, the Mark Pollock Trust, which hosts annual 5K / 10K runs called Run In the Dark held around the world each year on an evening in mid-November. This year, on Wednesday November 13, 2019, more than 25,000 people from 50 cities worldwide will participate in the event. Lagan US are fortunate to take on the challenge to serve as host and lead sponsor for the Run In the Dark event this year for the DMV area at National Harbor. The goal have 300 - 500 participants this year and set the stage for a much larger event next year. It would be great if you, your colleagues and friends and family come out and join us as participants, volunteers or corporate sponsors. There are links below to learn more about Mark and the event as well as a document with additional information about the event and corporate sponsorship opportunities https://runinthedark.niftyentries.com/Run-In-The-Dark-Washington https://www.runwashington.com/events/run-in-the-dark-dc-at-national-harbor/
The DC Triathlon Club invites EX2 outdoor enthusiasts to join us at our free off-road multisports seminar on Nov 11th. Come learn about SwimRuns, off-road triathlons, cyclocross, adventure racing and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/538962100214060/
Just out of curiosity, did anyone end up with a women’s small or medium venturequest shirt who would rather have a women’s XS? Somehow I ended up with xs when I ordered med. I’d be up for meeting up and trading if anyone’s interested
If anyone has registered for the Gravel Grinder and can't go, DM me. 80 Mile preferred.
Thank you guys for putting on another great race today. My wife and I will be back for more and we also spread the word to every runner we know.