There is a lot of info here -- We've tried to answer all of the most commonly asked questions. Please read thru these prior to emailing your question.
Q: When & where will goodie bag pickup be?
A: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Northwest Texas Healthcare System Pavilion Auditorium - See location map HERE
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 3:00pm - 9:00pm - Just before entrance to Palo Duro Canyon on right side of road
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 7:00am - 9:00am - Just before entrance to Palo Duro Canyon on right side of road
*If you don't want to wait in line to get your goodie bag & t-shirt, you can choose to have it mailed to you when you register
GOODIE BAGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP AFTER 9:00am ON SATURDAY
Q: Do I really have to ride for 24 hours?
A: The short answer is NO… unless you are racing competitively. While there will be many people who will complete (or attempt) the 24 Hours solo, most choose to do it as a team. Non-Competitive teams may be made up of as many riders as you would like. Your team may choose to attack the 24 Hours in many ways. Here are examples of what some teams have done:
- Assign hours to a specific rider so they know when they are riding.
- Each rider rides when they want and for as long as they want.
- Everyone sticks together – ride as a team & rest as a team
Q: Do I need to reserve a camping spot at Palo Duro Canyon?
A: No. We take care of everything. When you register, we'll contact you via email asking your camping needs. A camping spot will be assigned to your team. Camping assignments will be emailed out prior to 24 Hours in the Canyon. We will assign camping spots with electricity and water hookups for teams utilizing campers or RVs.
Q: What campgrounds will be used for the weekend?
A: We have every camping spot in Palo Duro Canyon reserved for the event.
Q: Which campground will I be in?
A: You will be assigned a spot based on the following criteria:
- Timeliness of registration
- Whether you are riding competitively or non-competitively
- Road or Mountain Bike
- If you need electricity or not for a camper or RV
Q: What hotel is closest to Palo Duro Canyon?
A: The closest hotel will be in Canyon (9-10 miles from Palo Duro Canyon). It is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (2901 4th Ave) -- (806)655-4445
Q: What if I am from out of town and can’t make it on Wednesday for packet pick up?
A: No problem. Goodie Bags may be picked up at the gate to Palo Duro Canyon on Friday, June 3rd 3:00 – 9:00 pm or Saturday June 4th 7:00 – 9:00 am. Goodie Bags will not be available after Saturday. You can also choose to have your bag mailed to you when you register for a small fee or have someone else pick it up for you.
Q: Will I have to pay to get into Palo Duro Canyon?
A: No. Your registration fee covers entrance into the park. You will receive a wristband in your packet that allows you free entry into the park. If you have friends or family who are not participating, they will have to pay to get in.
Q: What is provided for the weekend?
A: Your registration gets you:
- Entrance into Palo Duro Canyon
- Camping Spot
- Event t-shirt
- Goodie bag
- 2 Meals – Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights
- Stocked rest areas
- 24 Hours of fun!
Q: What are we having for dinner?
A: We will be serving the following (subject to change):
- Friday Night – Pasta Feast
- Saturday Night - BBQ Sandwiches
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Here is a suggested list of items that will make your weekend more enjoyable:
- Helmet – REQUIRED
- Bug spray
- Lights for night riding
- Headlight and Taillight REQUIRED
- Ice - may be purchased at the Trading Post or in the town of Canyon
- Camping supplies
Q: What routes will we be riding?
A: All routes will be clearly marked for you to easily follow. ROAD: See map on website MTB: See map on website
Q: Is the 100 mile route for competitors only or can anyone ride it?
A: The 100 mile route is only for 24 Solo racers and those racing in the Slicks & Knobbies categories .
Q: What happens when the sun goes down? How do I ride safely?
A: When the sun goes down, you are required to have adequate lighting for your bike. This can be done in a variety of ways from as simple as flashlights to a bike lighting system. You MUST HAVE 1 headlight & 1 taillight from dusk to dawn.
Q: Are there age breakdowns for the competitive race?
A: Yes, we have the following age breakdowns for competitive racers: Junior / 18-34 / 35-49 / 50-59 / 60-69 / 70+ --- These categories are only for solo racers. Teams are not split in age categories.
Q: What teams may participate in the competitive race?
A: We allow 2 and 4 person teams that can be made up of all male, all female, or mixed
Q: Are registration fees per person or per team?
A: Registration fees are per person
Q: Can we register a 3 person team in the 4 person category?
Q: When is the last day to sub/change a competitive racer on my team?
A: No changes may be made after competitive registration closes - which happens 2 weeks prior to the event.
Q: Will you keep my time that I ride for me and my team?
A: We will have electronic chip timing for competitive participants only. This will be done for award purposes. We encourage non-competitive participants to set a goal for yourself and/or your team and keep track of your own progress.
Q: How does the timing work for competitive racers?
A: Each team or solo racer will have a timing chip assigned to them for the event. Teams will exchange their timing chip in the designated timing chip exchange zone upon completion of a lap. Timing chips may only be exchanged there -- not on course.
Q: If I am racing, can I use more than 1 bike?
A: Yes, as long as it is the same type of bike in the category that you are racing in (Geared, SS, or Road).
Q: Can I use a time trial bike on the road course? A: Yes
Q: How do I get registered?
A: Registration is online only.
Q: When can I register my child(ren) for the kids race?
A: You can sign your child(ren) up on Wednesday at packet-pick-up or Saturday morning starting at 8:00am at the Mack Dick Pavilion.
Q: What is a Ghostrider?
A: A Ghostrider is someone who can't make it to the event or doesn't ride bikes but wants to support the cause. By registering as a Ghostrider you are making a donation to support 24 Hours in the Canyon and we'll send you this year's Ghostrider shirt. Ghostriders can even fundraise and earn the awesome fundraising incentives found HERE
Q: What is the Red Eye Rider Award?
A: This is for Non-Competitive riders - we will meet at 2:00 am in Mesquite Campground and check- in. Anyone who checks-in and rides a lap will be entered into a drawing for a new bike light.
Q: What happens if I register and then can’t make it to the event?
A: While we will miss you at the event, we cannot refund any registration fees.
Q: What if it rains? Will you re-schedule the event?
A: Cancelling 24 Hours in the Canyon will be a decision that will be made the day of the ride. If the decision is made to cancel the event, we will not be able to make it up. All announcements of closing of trails or cancelling the event will be made at Palo Duro Canyon.
Q: Are dogs allowed in the Canyon?
A: Yes, but they MUST remain on a leash.
Q: Do I have to raise money for 24 Hours in the Canyon?
A: Fundraising is not a requirement for 24 Hours in the Canyon. However, we encourage you to try to raise some money to be donated. All proceeds are donated, & we have many fundraising incentives to reward you for your efforts. Click HERE to see fundraising incentives.
Q: When will I receive my fundraising incentives?
A: Fundraising incentives are available when you pick up your goodie bag.
Q: How long after the event can I raise money and earn fundraising incentives?
A: We will still qualify you for incentives for 1 week after the event.
Q: Where does the money from 24 Hours in the Canyon go?
A: ALL proceeds from 24 Hours in the Canyon are used to fund the 24 Hours in the Canyon Cancer Survivorship Center at 4514B Cornell. The proceeds are donated to the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation (a 501c3 - non-profit) which oversees the center.
Q: Do corporate matching funds count?
A: Yes. Please check with your employer to see if they will match any money you donate to a non-profit organization. This is an easy way to fundraise.
Q: Who do I make a check out to?
A: 24 Hours in the Canyon
Q: If I need a camping spot prior to or after the event, how do I that?
A: You will need to coordinate that thru Palo Duro Canyon or the Texas Parks & Wildlife website