How to play in a race course in a flood: What you need to know
How do you get to a race track in a major flood?
You’ll need to navigate some tricky water-logging obstacles that are part of the race course’s design.
The hazard is the race track’s unique combination of an open-air water course and a shallow, rocky, sandy-covered sandbar.
A combination of sand and gravel forms a barrier between you and the water.
“You are walking in an open sandbar,” says John Stoddart, a race-course specialist with the US National Park Service.
“We don’t have any of the traditional drainage systems, we don’t get drainage, we have a barrier that protects us from the water, and that barrier is very, very high.”
Stoddart says the barrier is part of race course design and helps protect the race field from water damage.
“The barrier is actually made up of a mixture of mud and rock and gravel, and it acts like a sponge, and in some ways it is a sponge that acts like an obstacle that prevents you from swimming in,” he says.
“When you are walking down a river and you get hit by water, the mud that comes up will push the rock back, and the rock that comes down will pull the mud back, but the rock and mud, in some cases, is the obstacle that keeps you from getting up into the water.”
Stollart says a good race-field design means a good barrier.
“One of the challenges of the design is to make sure that you have barriers that are going to be as resilient as possible, so that you can get out of there, and not be submerged,” he explains.
Stoddard says a race race-track design needs to incorporate features that make it safe for you to navigate in and out of the water safely.
He says, in a high-water event, a good design should include obstacles that allow you to make it to the water and get away from the debris that is moving in and around you.
“There’s nothing in this design that says that you’re not going to get out if you’re in the water,” he adds.
“It’s a combination of all the elements that will help you get out.
You need to be able to swim through it and get out, and you need obstacles to keep you out.”
How do you know when you’ve been hit by a water hazard?
It can be tough to know whether you have been hit.
“In the event that you get stuck in the sandbar, you have a very limited view of where you are in the course, and where you’re at any given moment in time,” says Stoddard.
“So if you are on the water when the barrier comes down, that means that the barrier has gone down, and so that means you are not going anywhere.”
The race-ground design is a mix of sand, gravel and rocks.
(CBC)The race course can be a little challenging to navigate and navigate the race-stage hazards, so Stoddas advice is to stay out of areas where the barriers are in place.
“That means if you have to navigate the water with the water on your back and you’re wearing a life jacket, then you’re probably going to swim into the barriers, because you’re going to need to swim out of that sandbar.”
Stollsart says if you can, do it while wearing a safety vest.
“As a race director, you can’t really say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to wear a life vest,'” he says, adding that in some places, you might have to get off the course for a while.
Stollard says if the barrier gets damaged and you have trouble getting out of it, there are ways to get to the finish line.
“If you’re standing in the middle of the course and the barriers come down, you’re a little bit out of luck,” he said.
“Some people have to turn around and get a little closer, and there are people on the course who can get up into a boat or a vehicle and take them to the racecourse.”
When to get in?
The race track design is open for the public during race weekends.
There is a permit system for the event, and race organizers will offer a race car to people who need a ride.
“Our race-rounds are usually from 7 to 10:30 p.m.,” Stoddarts says.
Stollsard says race-fields can last for hours and people can get stuck behind barriers and not get out in time.
“At some point you are going be able a little less likely to be alive, and if you don’t come out and you don, then people will get stuck there,” he notes.
“And then that’s the only way to get them out.”