Arlington Disaster Relief Trials 2019
Test Your Bike. Test Yourself.
September 14, 2019 Gateway Park
2018 was the costliest year on record for the US in terms of disasters. When roads became gridlocked or damaged during disasters, people turned to their bicycles to flee from danger, assist in the response, or to return to normal.
The Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) simulates an emergency which blocks the roads, and forces participants to use their bicycles to transport emergency supplies, critical messages, and (simulated) medicine throughout the county while traversing obstacles like downed trees and rough terrain.
The Disaster Relief Trials is a bicycle competition which challenges participants to consider how their bike could be a resource during an emergency (with the hopes you will carry this knowledge to expand the scope of your bike transportation capabilities!). It simulates a disaster blocking roadways, and challenges participants to use their bikes to pick up food, water, and other emergency supplies from checkpoints throughout Arlington County while completing emergency preparedness challenges and traversing obstacles, such as barriers and water crossings.
Final scores for 2019’s competition are here. See you in 2020!
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!
Early Bird Pricing: June 3-June 23 Responder/E-Sponder I/II – $25 Family/Team Responder-ESponder – $60
Registration: June 24-August 11 Responder/E-Sponder I/II – $40 Family/Team Responder/E-Sponder – $90
Late Registration: August 12-September 9 Responder/E-Sponder I/II – $55 Family/Team Responder/E-Sponder – $125
Riders can qualify for a $10 Equity Individual Registration Fee ($20 for families) if they currently qualify for benefits under any of the following government aid programs below. Please fill out this form to receive a discount code.
Finish Festival at Gateway Park
Community members, families, observers, and Disaster Relief Trial (DRT) participants are invited to attend the DRT Finish Festival! While the participants bike around Arlington, test yourself on emergency preparedness skills and get your family in tip-top shape for an emergency, including free bike maintenance/assessment. Plus, eat delicious food from local food trucks, bring the kiddos and watch them do our “Kiddie DRT” course, get free swag, play lawn games, try out new fitness activities, and more!
- Responder I – Single Adult on standard bike, including bike racks, panniers, body packs, etc.
- E-Sponder I – Single Adult on e-bike, including racks, panniers, body packs, etc.
- Responder II –Single Adult on cargo bike (front bucket or longtail), or standard bike with trailer.
- E-Sponder II – Single Adult on electric cargo bike (front buck or longtail) or e-bike with trailer.
- Family Responders – Up to 2 adults and between 1-4 children under the age of 14, any combination of non-e-bikes.
- Family E-Sponders – Up to 2 adults and between 1-4 children under the age of 14, any combination of e-bikes.
- Team Responders – Teams of 2-3 adults, any combination of none e-bikes, both standard and cargo.
- Team E-Sponders – Teams of 2-3 adults, any combination of e-bikes, both standard and cargo.
The Essential Elements Challenges
There are six essential element challenges located at checkpoints throughout the county, including
- Physical Barrier, simulating a downed tree or other obstacle blocking passage; up to 1 meter high.
- Water Crossing at least 15 cm deep.
- Rough Terrain, which may cause riders to dismount their bicycles; at least 400 meters or longer.
- Food pick-up and Drop-off station of non-perishable food.
- Water pick-up and Drop-off station; participants must supply their own water receptacles.
- Medication (simulated) pick-up and Drop-off station.
Emergency Preparedness Challenges
Additional emergency preparedness challenges will be located checkpoints and can be completed for additional points. Potential preparedness challenges include:
- Critical Message – Successfully picked up from one checkpoint and correctly delivered to another.
- Water Filtration – Successfully demonstrate the ability to filter water to a safe drinking level. Test your own filtration system or select and test a filtration system supplied at the checkpoint.
- Tourniquet Application – Successfully demonstrate the ability to apply a tourniquet.
- Animal Evacuation – Successfully pick up and evacuate a (simulated) pet in a carrier.
The top finishers in each category will be awarded prizes. Points will be awarded for successfully completing the essential elements and emergency preparedness challenges, as well as per pound of emergency supplies successfully transported. Bonus point will be awarded to participants who successfully complete all five checkpoints.
Points will be distributed accordingly:
- 10 points per successful completion of each Essential Element challenge
- 10 points per successful completion of each Emergency Preparedness Challenge
- Up to 15 points for successfully delivering (simulated) undamaged medication
- 1 point per pound of emergency supplies transported
- 50 points upon the successful completion of all Essential Elements at the 5 checkpoints
- Bike helmets required
- No GPS systems are allowed. A map will be provided.
- Teams must stay together at all times.
- Cyclists must obey all traffic laws and trail etiquette, including 15 MPH speed limit on multimodal paths.
- Use the PAL mentality: be Predictable, Alert, and Lawful.
The Finish Festival will be located at the DRT Start/Finish line in Gateway Park in Rosslyn. The excitement of the Disaster Relief Trials can be enjoyed by all from 10am-2pm.
Appearing at the Finish Festival:
- Arlington County Police Bike Program
- Arlington County Public Health
- Washington Area Bicyclist Association
- Kasper’s Cargos Bicycle Copilots program
- League of American Bicyclists
- Kiddie Disaster Relief Trials
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington
- Hands 2 Heart
- American Red Cross
- Acme Pie
Help build a stronger and more resilient community while promoting your company by sponsoring the DRT! Multiple sponsorship levels available. Learn more!
Want to experience the Disaster Relief Trials without completing the course? Sign up to volunteer during the event here.
The Disaster Relief Trial is supported by these great partners:
- American Red Cross
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington County (AWLA)
- Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
- Arlington County Parks and Recreation
- Arlington County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
- Arlington CERT
- Bike Arlington
- NCI Emergency Management
- Phoenix Bikes
- Spokes, etc. Bicycles
- Team Rubicon
- Team Sticky Fingers