Fencers and parents should familiarize themselves with the event COVID protocols outlined here: https://www.theaustinchallenge.com/covid-19.html If you can not abide by these protocols, please do not register for this tournament.
Given the worsening COVID situation across the country, and at the strong encouragement of USA Fencing, the Austin Challenge date is being moved to April 3-5, 2021. With the date change, the Austin Challenge will return to being an SYC as originally planned, rather than an RYC, and will also include a Regional Cadet Circuit event. We will post an updated event schedule by December 21st, and will reopen the event for new registrations shortly after the holidays.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Please review the schedule carefully as some events are at different times of day in April than they had been scheduled for in December.
As a registered fencer, you have two options for your current registration:
We really appreciate all of you who have been willing to support our event in this challenging and constantly-changing situation, and we feel confident that by moving the event it will be safer, stronger, and more enjoyable for everyone.
Austin Fencers Club
UPDATE, JANUARY 25: With the new event dates, the refund policy and deadlines are:
UPDATE, DECEMBER 14: Due to the event moving to April, fencers who want to withdraw can do so through December 23, 2020. To withdraw, email Cathy Mallet at email@example.com with your fencer's details. The USFA will process these refunds after Dec 23. If you want to participate in the event in April, you do not need to withdraw. Your registration will be carried over to April. An updated schedule is available at https://www.theaustinchallenge.com and will be posted on this page by the end of the day December 21.
Brenda Waddoups - Bout Committee Chair
Mark Stasinos - Head Referee
Ovy Waddoups - Head Armorer
HOTEL INFORMATION is at https://www.theaustinchallenge.com/hotelsmealstransport.html
AIRPORT Austin Bergstrom International Airport, 22 miles from the venue
Rush hour travel: If you are traveling to or from the airport during rush hour, or if you have a tight timeline for making your flight home, consider taking State Highway 130 as an alternative to I-35. Highway 130 is a toll road and is a longer route (in miles) between the airport and the venue, but traffic levels are considerably lighter than on I-35. At rush hour the I-35 route can increase your drive time by 30 minutes or more over the 130 option. Check with your car rental agency before deciding on your route, to see if they impose any surcharges for toll road travel, which is charged electronically to the vehicle (i.e., no need to stop to pay at a toll booth, just drive on through). The 1-35 route is fine during non-rush-hour travel.
AIRPORT SHUTTLES In addition to rental cars and taxis, transportation options from the airport to the venue include: Wingz https://wingz.me/airport/AUS SuperShuttle: Airport Reservations: 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826)
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Saturday, April 3
Sunday, April 4
Monday, April 5
The Open Registration period will change on Mar 6, 2021.
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