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.

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, Pete Beers.  Pete was a tremendously warm and caring person, a true am...
09/01/2020

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, Pete Beers. Pete was a tremendously warm and caring person, a true ambassador for the cycling community, and a pioneer of riding the gravel roads in Loudoun County. He will be greatly missed by so many. You are loved, Pete. Ride in peace.

Dear Pete,

You are loved. We will miss you more than words can say.

Assuming you can see us now, you must be saying "We should go for a bike ride and pedal through those tear drops!" There have been many.

Your place on this earth was far bigger than your fat tires and (many) infectious Pete-isms.

You inspired so many. You gave so much. So many of us will struggle knowing we won't be able hug you again...for no real reason, except that HUGGING IS AWESOME. ♥

However with your guidance and with what you've taught us, we will carry on. And we will do so with love, compassion and kindness.

Thank you, Pete. You are loved.



#wsgfabr

08/31/2020
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Rosaryville pre-race email was just sent out to all registered races.

https://www.ex2adventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-RHM-Pre-Race-Email.pdf

All Rosaryville racers that did not select a corral (check-in time) now have one.  You can check your corral by going to...
08/31/2020

All Rosaryville racers that did not select a corral (check-in time) now have one. You can check your corral by going to the RunSignUp page for the race (there is a link to it from the EX2 race website). Remember...your corral time is the time you check-in for the race. All the details will be send out tomorrow in an email. We'll also post a video.

Current Rosaryville HM/10K registration status:10K has a waitlistHM has 2 open spots11 virtual spots open
08/30/2020

Current Rosaryville HM/10K registration status:

10K has a waitlist

HM has 2 open spots

11 virtual spots open

The EX2 trailer is out of storage and preparations for the Rosaryville race are underway!!!
08/30/2020

The EX2 trailer is out of storage and preparations for the Rosaryville race are underway!!!

Rosaryville Half Marathon/10K in-person race update...1. Everything is a go for the race on 9/6...and we are stoked!2. I...
08/29/2020

Rosaryville Half Marathon/10K in-person race update...

1. Everything is a go for the race on 9/6...and we are stoked!
2. I was out on the course this week doing some clean up on some of the lesser used sections that we use in the race. Things are looking great! Rosaryville is such an awesome place!
3. I'll be assigning check-in times (corrals) for anyone that has not yet selected one. Check your email or the race website for instructions on how to pick a corral. You can see you corral via the Find A Participant page on the RunSignUp registration page. 10K check-in times will be between 7am and 8:30 and half marathon between 8:30 and 10am. It's important that you are on time.
4. Each check-in group is 25 people max and then we'll do staggered starts of 10 people every 5 minutes.
5. I will send out all the race details and instructions no later than Monday to all registered racers. It will cover check-in, race start, aid stations, food, etc. I also plan on posting a video to social media discussing the event.
6. We still have some people on the waitlist and unfortunately time is running short to be selected. I think we'll have a few more people drop out this week, but how many I'm not sure. I'm sorry that I can't be more definitive.

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

#ex2adventures #rosaryvillehalf #trailrunning Pic: Swim Bike Run Photo

I spent today pre-running the full VentureQuest course. I’ll post more info about distances and some hints on what to ex...
08/28/2020

I spent today pre-running the full VentureQuest course. I’ll post more info about distances and some hints on what to expect soon. But for now enjoy some of the awesome views on the course.

08/28/2020

This year’s in-person VentureQuest on 9/20 is sold out...but...you can:

1. Join the waitlist...we might have a few teams drop and spots could open up.

2. Sign up for the “on your own” edition. Real course, real maps, real adventure racing only 30 minutes from DC!! The course is marked and open from 9/21 to 9/27.

#ex2adventures #ecochallenge #worldstoughestrace

08/28/2020

Looking for 2 sweeps for the Rosaryville race on 9/6.

Sweeps are 8:15am (10K) and 10am (HM)

We’re so excited for the Rosaryville race coming up on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The race is sold out, but we might b...
08/27/2020

We’re so excited for the Rosaryville race coming up on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. The race is sold out, but we might be able to get in a few more so be sure to join the waitlist if you want to race. There are only about 20 virtual spots left as well.

The trails were looking great today!! If this will be your first time to Rosaryville, you are certainly in for a treat. Its such an awesome park!!!

PS...if you are racing and haven’t selected your check-in time yet, please do that soon. Instructions were sent via email.

08/26/2020

Soooooo stoked for this year’s VentureQuest Adventure Race!! September 20th is the in-person race...and a new “on your own” format is September 21-27! Now only a few spots left for the in-person event!!!

Staggered starting times over 3 hours...small groups of 30 start every 30 minutes. Things will be WAY spaced out.

Our latest newsletter was emailed out last night.  If you missed it, you can read it via the link below.  It includes an...
08/25/2020

Our latest newsletter was emailed out last night. If you missed it, you can read it via the link below. It includes an update on what we've been up to since the spring and then a look ahead to our fall events.

https://conta.cc/2QnxIAi

08/22/2020

Attention Rosaryville racers...

Please check your email to select your check-in time.

08/22/2020

2 spots are now open for the Rosaryville Half Marathon on 9/6

you can register now.

08/20/2020

Over the past 4 months, the EX2 community has donated $13,874 to local charities through our virtual events.

So thankful.

Heads up to registered riders and those on the waitlist for the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder.  A ride update and survey w...
08/20/2020

Heads up to registered riders and those on the waitlist for the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder. A ride update and survey was emailed out this morning. The goal of the survey is to gather input on how people are feeling about doing an in-person ride this year with staggered starts, etc. I would appreciate it if you took a minute to complete the survey. Thanks!!

#ex2adventures #gravel #gravelgrinder #loudoun1725gravelgrinder #loudouncounty #cycling #virginiagravel #middleburg #loudouncounty #middleburgva #loveloudoun pic: the legendary Bruce Buckley

08/19/2020

Volunteers Needed For Rosaryville (9/6) and Fountainhead (9/26+27)
6:30am to 11:30am.
Positions are no-touch and social distanced.

Fountainhead Half Marathon and 10K update: We are proceeding with an in-person race on Saturday September 26th and Sunda...
08/19/2020

Fountainhead Half Marathon and 10K update: We are proceeding with an in-person race on Saturday September 26th and Sunday September 27th. Barring any significant changes in conditions or new restrictions at the state or county level, we plan to proceed with the race. A list of our precautions is on the race registration page.

The in-person races will have 150 person cap per morning with staggered starts over 2 hours. In addition, we have a virtual option that can be run any time between September 19th and October 4th. The swag is awesome for both in-person and virtual.

All registered runners were sent an email today with more details and options should they not want to run in-person. If you haven't seen the recent emails, please contact [email protected].

Once I get a more accurate picture of how many people that are already registered (about 150) want to stay in the race, I will start down the waitlist (currently at about 200 people). If you want to race, I would suggest you add yourself to the waitlist.

Both the EX2 race page and the RunSignUp registration page have been updated with the latest plans and information.

#ex2adventures #fountainheadhalf #trailrunning #runmoretrails

Rosaryville Half Marathon/10K registration update:   The in-person race is capped at 300 starters (140 10K runners and 1...
08/16/2020

Rosaryville Half Marathon/10K registration update: The in-person race is capped at 300 starters (140 10K runners and 160 half marathon runners spread over a 3-hour start window). In addition, we have 100 virtual slots. Here is where we are as of today:

10K - 13 spots available and working down the waitlist (37 on waitlist)

Half Marathon - 5 spots available and working down the waitlist (7 on the waitlist)

Virtual 10K - 24 spots available

Virtual Half Marathon - 24 spots available

#ex2adventures #rosaryvillehalf #trailrunning #runmoretrails Pic: Swim Bike Run Photo

Some great coverage of Eco-Challenge by the US Adventure Racing Association (USARA).  Give their new website a look.  US...
08/14/2020
USARA

Some great coverage of Eco-Challenge by the US Adventure Racing Association (USARA). Give their new website a look. USARA is starting a new re-launch and has a brand new board...who are all really awesome people. I'm looking forward to great things coming out of USARA in the coming months and years.

🌏New Eco-Challenge Alert!🌏 We have launched a dedicated section of usara.com to feature coverage on #WorldsToughestRace Eco-Challenge: Fiji. We have blog articles, links to third-party press, a place for competitor race reports when available, and interviews with racers/team assistant crews/volunteers. Most excitedly, we will be posting episode recaps after the premier on August 14th on Amazon Prime Video.

🗺 Visit http://www.usara.com/eco-challenge-coverage.html to never miss a link. 🗺

#USARA
#adventurerace
#adventureracing
#weARtogether
#ecochallengefiji

It's time...time to fall in love with adventure racing all over again.  All 10 episodes are available on Amazon Prime.I ...
08/14/2020
Watch World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji Season 1 - Prime Video

It's time...time to fall in love with adventure racing all over again. All 10 episodes are available on Amazon Prime.

I had several friends compete in the race and it was the real deal. The show is dramatized for sure...but the race was 100% legit.

And PS...don't forget to sign up for VentureQuest!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08F6W65KD?fbclid=IwAR3AVwEZ0-cjheZppphjE-Sdq7580wbQIkGRKxHc5g-udvdPt-NT_viCXZM

From the creator of Survivor, 66 teams descend upon Fiji to compete in the most epic global adventure race ever attempted. Bear Grylls hosts this 11-day expedition that pushes competitors to their physical and emotional limits. For the veteran teams the goal is to win – but for most, the dream is ...

Thank you again to everyone that made a donation to one of our three charity partners during the Blue Crab Bolt Virtual ...
08/14/2020

Thank you again to everyone that made a donation to one of our three charity partners during the Blue Crab Bolt Virtual Challenge. Together we raised $7,608 in total with $2,301 directed to Button Farm Living History Center, $3,196 directed to Interfaith Works, and $2,111 directed to Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts - MORE.

We were proud to partner with each of these organizations that do SO much for the community in Montgomery County, MD.

EX2 Adventures's cover photo
08/13/2020

EX2 Adventures's cover photo

Make sure to check out the #WorldsToughestRace airing tomorrow on Amazon Prime Video  ...and then when you say..."I want...
08/13/2020

Make sure to check out the #WorldsToughestRace airing tomorrow on Amazon Prime Video ...and then when you say..."I want to do that!!" ... sign up for VentureQuest!!!

VentureQuest is one of the longest running adventure races in the entire country and it returns on September 20th this year! Started in 2000, VQ has challenged over 3500 athletes in its 20 year run.

Are you ready?

https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Lorton/VentureQuestAdventureRace

#ex2adventures #venturequest #adventureracing #adventure #WorldsToughestRace #ecochallenge #weARtogether Pic: Swim Bike Run Photo

Our social distancing plan and other precautions for the Rosaryville Half Marathon and 10K have been approved by the PG ...
08/13/2020

Our social distancing plan and other precautions for the Rosaryville Half Marathon and 10K have been approved by the PG County Health Department and MD DNR. Barring any significant changes in conditions or new restrictions at the state or county level, we plan to proceed with the in-person race on 9/6 with our social distancing plans in place. We are cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to have the in-person race. A list of our precautions is on the race registration page. In addition, we have added a virtual option where runners can run the race any time between 8/22 and 9/13. The swag for this race is pretty awesome and includes one of our super-soft shirts, a coaster medal, and a new fox logo buff. These items will ship to you for the virtual race.

I have been in communication with everyone that is registered for the race or on the waitlist. If you haven't seen the recent emails and are signed up or on the waitlist, please contact [email protected].

We have over 100 people on the waitlist and although not everyone on the waitlist will want to still race in person, I don't think we'll clear the full waitlist. I should know in the next 10 days.

Both the EX2 race page and the RunSignUp registration page have been updated with the latest plans and information.

#ex2adventures #rosaryvillehalf #trailrunning #runmoretrails

Congrats to Philip Wadsworth and Jen Norris for winning FREE 12-packs from Athletic Brewing Company!!!A few pretty cool ...
08/12/2020

Congrats to Philip Wadsworth and Jen Norris for winning FREE 12-packs from Athletic Brewing Company!!!

A few pretty cool facts about Athletic Brewing...it's really good, it's non-alcoholic, and it has super low calories (like 65 calories or less). Give it a shot if you enjoy craft beer!

Congrats again to Brian Poulin!!  You won the final $100 giveaway from Baird Automotive during the Blue Crab Bolt Virtua...
08/11/2020

Congrats again to Brian Poulin!! You won the final $100 giveaway from Baird Automotive during the Blue Crab Bolt Virtual Challenge!!!

Keep an eye out for a check coming your way courtesy of Joey Baird and Baird Automotive in Arlington. Remember that all EX2 racers receive 10% off any service.

Thanks Joey and Baird Automotive!!!

Congratulations to Judy Armor and Dan Soliman on winning the $25 gift card drawing courtesy of Erik A. Scudder, CFP - In...
08/11/2020

Congratulations to Judy Armor and Dan Soliman on winning the $25 gift card drawing courtesy of Erik A. Scudder, CFP - Integrated Financial Partners!!

A huge thank you to Erik for your partnership with EX2 over more than a decade!!

Erik is the best in the business when it comes to financial planning for yourself, your family, or your business. If you don't have a plan, or aren't as confident in your financial plan as you'd like to be...give him a call at 703-840-4291.

08/10/2020

Heads up to
Rosaryville and Fountainhead racers...I just sent an email update to all registered and waitlisted racers.

Who is ready for VentureQuest...September 20, 2020!!  We also plan to leave the course up for 7 days after the event and...
08/10/2020

Who is ready for VentureQuest...September 20, 2020!! We also plan to leave the course up for 7 days after the event and will mail you a map if that's your jam. 20 years ago...VQ is where is all started for EX2. This year VQ will again be staged out of Pohick Bay Regional Park in Lorton, VA. Soloists and teams of 2 or 3 will have up to 5 hours to tackle a tough (but doable) course that includes paddling, mountain biking, and trekking...all while finding your way with a map, compass, and your brain!

Registration will re-open tomorrow...first to those on the waitlist and then to everyone else. Space is limited due to our COVID plan so if you want to race don't delay and get on the waitlist TODAY!! Start times will be staggered. All registration fees are refundable should we need to cancel due to COVID restrictions.
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#ex2adventures #adventureracing #adventure #WorldsToughestRace #ecochallenge #weARtogether Pic: Swim Bike Run Photo

Thanks again to our partner Moss Building & Design for their support of the Blue Crab Bolt Virtual Trail Running Challen...
08/09/2020

Thanks again to our partner Moss Building & Design for their support of the Blue Crab Bolt Virtual Trail Running Challenge! And that outdoor adventure prize pack...so awesome!! Congrats Chris!

MOSS Building & Design was proud to be a sponsor of the Blue Crab Bolt Challenge hosted by EX2 Adventures. As part of our partnership, we raffled off an outdoor adventure package to one lucky participant. We appreciate all of the entries very much (the interest was incredible!), and after a random selection, we'd like to congratulate Chris Sperry on being the recipient of the gift certificates to Harpers Ferry Adventure Center and Harpers Ferry Brewing. Congratulations Chris and enjoy!

We've got some good news and some not great news coming this week about the Rosaryville Half Marathon and 10K on Septemb...
08/09/2020

We've got some good news and some not great news coming this week about the Rosaryville Half Marathon and 10K on September 6th. Registered racers and those on the waitlist...keep an eye out for an email on Monday. Hint...there is more good news than bad news...especially for those already registered.

#ex2adventures #rosaryvillehalf #trailrunning #runmoretrails photo: Swim Bike Run Photo

Today would have been our Blue Crab Bolt at Little Bennett...what a beautiful morning for a race!  We hope you get out t...
08/08/2020

Today would have been our Blue Crab Bolt at Little Bennett...what a beautiful morning for a race! We hope you get out to enjoy a local trail wherever you are today! Have an awesome weekend everyone!!

PS...stay tuned for information about our fall events. There will be several announcements made next week.

#ex2adventures #bluecrabbolt #trailrunning #runmoretrails photo: Swim Bike Run Photo

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Just wondering when the Blue Crab Bolt swag will be sent out? Thanks for a fun challenge!
As long as I’m just walking, I figured I may as well walk in the woods on an orienteering map. I traveled down to Huntingtown, MD to do a “score o” course (basically, find any controls you want in any order). I was one of the original mappers of this park, which has several flat open areas but is mostly steep wooded ridges. Aside from the numerous (*numerous!!*) spiderwebs, it was mostly pretty enjoyable. Slow though! Just 4.5 miles in 2 hours. I blame the hills (and the walking.)
EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 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]
A short (short!) walk on a side trail off the Towpath (Lock 7). I was going to walk in my neighborhood but husband was going for a short run here so I tagged along. PF is not bad today! Hope for better days and maybe a run soon.
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]
#Triathletes, make the most of your #COVID19 @GoZwift indoor training and help us gain valuable insight into the effects cycling has on run performance w/at home research.
Here are some photos from my spring Backyard Burn, which I ran on Sunday, April 12. My route was a cross between trail and street: I ran through the woods in my backyard to the street. Then down the street to a local park for more woods and trails. The problem was, I didn't have Andy to mark the course for me. So, I got lost in the park and ended up running 6.5 miles. :-) #EX2Adventures #VirtualBackyardBurn
500 laps around the back yard good enough for the 5-mile "most laps" award? Garmin could not handle the tiny course so it so it took 1:48...
Just did my virtual Backyard Burn 5 miles! I missed the electricity of other EX2 runners around me but it was a beautiful day. My running route looks like a turtle laying on his back? LOL, Cheers!!
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