Hello NorCal 40’s Competitors!!!
We are so excited to see you all tomorrow morning! It is finally here! Craneway is set, and as you can see from our little teaser video last night, we have been busy!
I am writing to give you some information about how tomorrow morning is going to go. We have a limited amount of time to get you all checked in and registered for your floater heats. In order to be efficient and stay on schedule, we are making you aware of the plan so that you can assist us. Basically, your first wod tomorrow is registering for time! If we can get all of the athletes through this process in 45 min (oh yeah) then we will stay on schedule for the whole day. If you guys aren’t warm and pansy this first test, we will be set back on our tight schedule before we even sing the anthem (surprise guest for that too!).
Here is how it will work:
-Doors will open at 6:45am. Yep, a little earlier than we first told you, deal with it and please arrive, park and walk over by 6:45am.
-First come first serve on the Check-In table. Be prepared to show ID, sign a waiver, and get numbered on both arms.
-Then, according to the order in which you registered for the event on active.com, you will be allowed to sign up for your 4 floater wods. Please see the attached doc for this order. (Note: this is a different number than your athlete number.)
-We will take 4 athletes at a time and you will sign your name under the heat time you would like on a poster board on a wall. Again, you will sign up for all 4 floaters at this time.
-Please stand in a line, in order, outside of this area and wait to be called. This process will begin at 7:00am and if you are in the early numbers and you are not there, you will forfeit your right to have prime pickings of heat times.
-Floaters 1 and 2 will be running from 8:00am – 10:48am.
-Floater 3 will be available from 11:15am – 2:03pm
-Floater 4 will be available from 11:15am – 12:36pm
-We will announce what the Floaters are tonight at 5:00pm so that you can prepare your preferences for heat times prior to your arrival. When you do this, be prepared to have a back-up plan in case your first choices are taken.
-We will be caffeinated and harassing you to get in and out of the sign-up area within 1 min (oh yeah) so please be ready, efficient and considerate to the other athletes still waiting.
-This process will be complete by 7:30am and if you are in an early heat, we invite you to get right to the warm-up area. At 7:45am we will pause for a quick welcome from TJ, the singing of the National Anthem and the first heats will start right at 8:00am!
-Wods 1-3 will be weighted the same.
-Floaters 1-4 will each be weighted .25 and be scored separately. (they do not add up to one score, just weighted less.)
-The Final wod will be for the top 5 men and top 5 women. It will be weighted as one event (just as wods 1-3). All of the scores from the day will go into deciding who the top 3 finishers (male and female) will be.
A couple of other tidbits:
-There is space both inside and out to set up tents and chairs for you to chill. If you set up outside, please stay close to the building as there is a public walkway along the water that must stay clear. You can also set up on the grass area away from the water. Please do not set up on the front of the building (the water side) until after the completion of wod 1 (the run) as that is where you will be finishing.
-Note that it got pretty toasty in the pavilion when we were setting up yesterday. With all of the windows, the place cooks when the sun is out so be prepared. Sunblock isn’t a bad idea either if it ends up being a sunny day.
-Food and drink service does not start until 11:00am so please come prepared. (This includes coffee in the morning – there is nothing close to the pavilion so stop way before. In case you are not aware, Richmond is not the safest area so do not plan to go looking for Starbucks or Whole Foods. Either bring your supplies or buy it at the pavilion. Please inform any spectators you have coming of this as well.)
-We will have a stocked Medic Tent that I pray gets very little action tomorrow. We have the basics, including ice, so feel free to stop by if you have a need.
-I am sad to report we had a little t-shirt “mix-up” (i am being nice here) and you will not be getting your NorCal 40’s (rockin!) shirts tomorrow. They will be mailed to you asap at the address you used during your registration.
Feel free to send any questions my way that have to do with the logistics of tomorrow. I will try to answer via email but will also post online if it pertains to everyone. We hope to have you guys as informed as possible so that the registration process and then the whole day flow smoothly.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and have fun tomorrow!!!
(as opposed to Lisa S. who is your ‘athlete liaison’ – suffice it to say you can call out Lisa and one of us will be able to help you!)