Event Details

About

The Tour de Skeeter is a fundraising event held by the VMCA's Student Competition Committee. This event serves to raise money for the annual award given to the winner of the student poster competition. Holding the event around National Mosquito Control Awareness Week also allows us to spread the message about the important work we all do during the year to serve the public and protect them from the nuisance and disease that mosquitoes can bring. The event is open to the public and set up as a biking activity but we'd like for people to feel comfortable walking, running, skateboarding, etc. - do what suits you!


Bike riding is a great way to get out of the house, get some exercise, and still keep a good social distance. Depending on restrictions, recommendations, and closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will be holding the main event on the Virginia Capital Trail that runs from Jamestown to Richmond, Virginia and meeting up close to the mid-point (~mile marker 22) at Indian Fields Tavern. We would love for other areas to participate so please contact us if you have a suggestion for another trail. 


What if social distancing recommendations are still in effect? 

We will plan accordingly.  You and your family’s health and safety are priority one.  If needed, we may postpone the event until later date in the summer (August) or limit the activities of the event on June 20 (biking only, either on the capital trail or a more local location for different members).  Whatever happens with the event itself, your registration cost will still get you the t-shirt and other swag, while raising funds for our student competition.

Date & Location

Saturday, June 20, 2020 (rain date: 6-27-2020)


Virginia Capital Trail 

  • 51.7 mile trail runs Jamestown-Richmond
  • starting locations and parking lots vary; view map here
  • Choose your distance! Ride 1 mile or the full distance


Meeting Point: Indian Fields Tavern (12 - 4 PM)

9220 John Tyler Memorial Highway

(near mile marker 22)

Charles City, VA 23030

(804) 829-2200 

Camping

There is a group interested in camping the weekend of the event at:

Chickahominy Riverfront Park

1350 John Tyler Memorial Highway

Williamsburg, VA 23185


This dog-friendly park offers campsites with beautiful views of the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek, 2 bathhouses, an outdoor pool, boat ramp, kayak/canoe rentals, fishing, playground, and more!


If interested in joining at the group campsite, please contact virginiamosquito@gmail.com

Transportation


SCC volunteer(s) will also be stationed on the trail and can transport you to the mid-point or back to your vehicle if needed. 

Other Details

  • Restrooms and convenience stores available along the route
  • In addition to the campsite listed above, there are several B&Bs along the trail as well as hotels, inns, and other lodging options.
  • Free audio tour of historical markers - download the izi.Travel app or go online here
  • Make sure you and your equipment are prepared; bring an emergency repair kit/bike pump. Bike repair is available at several spots on the trail, mainly at start/end points.


Check the map

Emergency Support

  • SCC volunteers will be on hand with a vehicle and first aid kits to respond to minor injuries or if you bite off more than you can chew. 
  • Emergency Contact Information Cards (police, hospitals, etc) will be provided to all participants

Registration Cost & What's Included

  • $35 Full Registration (May 29 deadline) Includes event packet (VMCA bag with t-shirt and other goodies, trail map and information card), light fare at the Indian Fields Tavern, and emergency support 1 hr +/- event time (11 AM - 5 PM)


  • Donation Option (no deadline): Feel free to make a donation of whatever amount you like (PayPal donate button at bottom of the page)


We (and ultimately, the students) appreciate all the support we get!


Event packets will be available for pickup the week before the event at Suffolk Mosquito Control. If you are not able to pick up your packet at this location before event day, please email virginiamosquito@gmail.com ASAP to coordinate shipping. 

Registration

Registration Form & Release Waiver

Please click on the register button below to fill out the registration form and release waiver. Any questions, please contact virginiamosquito@gmail.com


IMPORTANT! If you do not complete the registration form and release waiver, we will not consider you a participant on event day.

Payment

3 options:

  • Pay securely via the PayPal link below - you can pay using a PayPal account or a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, DISCOVER)                                         
  • Cash or check payable to VMCA and mail to: Jay Kiser VMCA Secretary/Treasurer, 800 Carolina Road, Suffolk, VA 23434
  • Or if you'd rather have an invoice sent to you, please contact virginiamosquito@gmail.com

Payment

Full Registration

$35.00
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