Greetings Adventure Runners, and welcome to the 11th annual DontGetLost Adventure Running Snowshoe Raid!
Snow conditions are currently variable in The Blue Mountains. Earlier in the week there was over 80cm of fresh powder blanketing the forests making for challenging off-trail travel (the toughest/slowest we’ve ever experienced while setting checkpoints for the event!). However, with today’s thaw and rain the snowpack will consolidate considerably (it appears to have shrunk by half already). The forecast in Collingwood is also calling for double digit sub-zero temperatures Friday evening into Saturday coupled with 3-5cm of new snow, so it’s incredibly difficult for us to predict what conditions will be like come race morning. Teams may want to come prepared for snowshoeing and running with spikes, or traction-type devices on shoes in case the trails freeze into ice. We’ll have an update on the conditions at the pre-race briefing.
Blue Mountain Electronic Waiver. All participants are required to fill out the Blue Mountain Electronic Waiver before participating in the event. This can be done at any time before the race by following this link: https://www.bluemountain.ca/things-to-do/events/event-waivers
It takes just a few minutes so do yourself a favour and fill it out before arriving at the event Saturday morning. Stations will be available at Race Kit Pick-Up to execute this waiver, but there will be line-ups if everyone waits until then.
Sport Ident Electronic Timing: We'll be using the Sport Ident (SI) Electronic Timing system at the event again this year. For those not familiar with SI, each team will be given an SI Card in their race envelope which will be used to "punch" at each checkpoint thus recording your score & time. We highly recommend attaching your SI card to a glove with a sturdy safety pin. Teams who lose their SI card will be required to replace it at a cost of $75.
Pre-Race Information: We've posted a map on our website with directions to where the host-venue (Cascade Room in Grand Central Lodge) is in The Village at Blue Mountain and also where the Resort has asked us to park for the day (South Parking Lot P1). We’ll be busing teams TO and FROM the start and finish this year and the bus pick-up/drop-off is located in this same parking lot (P1). A good strategy upon arrival would be to park in P1, walk to registration with what you plan to wear in the race and everything needed to prepare your maps. You could leave your “Finish Line Drop-Off Bag” (more details below) and snowshoes in your vehicle and then pick them up enroute to the buses after the pre-race briefing. Personal effects can be left in the host-venue room (The Cascade Room) while participants are on course, although we'd recommend leaving any valuables locked in your vehicles.
It is roughly 1km from P1 to the host venue (10-15 minute walk). For this reason we need all teams ready to go immediately after the race briefing at 10:00am so we can start the race on time (we’re aiming for an 11am start). Race-Kit Pick-Up will be open from 8:30am – 9:45am and you'll be receiving maps of the course when you register, so it's advantageous to show up early and plan your route.
Finish Line Drop Bag. As mentioned above the event will have a remote Start and a remote Finish (two different locations) and teams will be bused to and from each location. If teams wish they can prepare a Finish Line Drop Bag. It is suggested to include dry tops and jackets in these bags in case you're required to wait a few minutes before the buses leave. A bag tag with your team number and zip-tie will be included in your race kit which you can be attached to the drop bag. Drop bags should be taken to the Bus Pick-Up location where there will be a Uhual Van parked next to the buses with volunteers to collect the drop bags.
Rules & Regulations: Please visit our website and familiarize yourself with the rules & regulations, as well as the gear list. We've left the gear list reasonably minimal; however, we expect each participant will use common sense and compete with clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. In previous years, we’ve had participants compete with minimal clothing and finish on the verge of hypothermia. Please be smart in your clothing selections, or carry extra gear. Right now, the forecast for Saturday is calling for a high of minus 14 degrees Celsius with a wind chill of minus 24. Be sure to double-check the forecast Friday night, or Saturday morning and plan accordingly.
Safety: We highly recommend teams carry a cell phone on the course. Reception in the forest is quite good and a cell phone would be the easiest way to notify Race Headquarters of an emergency.
Snowshoe Rentals: If you're renting snowshoes from Blue Mountain at the South Base Lodge you'll need to pick them up before the race and drop them off afterwards. The South Base Lodge is located roughly 800m south of the main village at Blue Mountain and our host room in Grand Central Lodge. Rentals open at 8:30am on Saturday.
Support DGL Juniors at the Snowshoe Raid. Our Juniors know how much energy it takes to run a great race, after the race you don't feel like lifting a foot let alone a finger for the rest of the day. This Snowshoe Raid three lucky racers won't have to worry as their post-race indulgences will be covered. Three food/drink baskets are being raffled off at the race, each filled to the brim with treats to tantalize your taste buds.
1. Dinner for Four; we've got dinner covered; basket includes meal plus everything from beverages to dessert. (non-vegetarian)
2. Time to Cozy Up; everything you need to relax and put your feet up in front of a fire for the rest of the afternoon.
3. I just ran the SSR, I Can Eat Anything I Want!! (no description needed!)
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 (give yourself a chance to win each basket!) and will be sold pre-race. Draw will take place post-race, racers must be present to collect prize! The Juniors will also be selling pouches to keep all your Adventure Running Gear. Pouches are $10. All proceeds go to support Dontgetlost Junior racers training for the National team travelling to Hungary for the Junior World Championships this July.
If you have further questions about the event please send me (Bob Miller) an email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call my cell (416-735-4021).
See you all on Saturday morning!