Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know what time to be at my starting point?

ANSWER: To be sure, this is key to your team’s success! It is difficult to predict with accuracy how long it will take your teammates to complete the stages ahead of your start. Each team can come up with their own solution but a suggestion is to have teammates phone in when they finish their stage. They can call a Team Manager, who will coordinate with each remaining member, or directly notify the person that is to start several stages following. Remember to allow for travel time and set up time.

What if we don't have a canoe?

Teams are responsible for their own canoe, paddles, life jackets or personal floatation devices (PFDs), and mandatory safety kits. Canoe outfitters can be recommended. (ie MEC Mountain Equipment Co-op in Toronto, Golden Beach Resort at Rice Lake) etc.

What style of canoe can I use?

Racers must use a "standard non-racing style canoe, lake-worthy for possible wavy conditions, with single blade canoe paddles." No kayaks or kayak paddles are allowed. A Canadian-government approved personal floatation device (PFD) of appropriate size is mandatory. Remember to put your phone and any other valuables in a waterproof sack, after all this an Adventure Relay

What's should be in our boat "Safety Kit"?

Boat safety kit must include: a bailer, whistle or a horn and rope. If you are bringing your cell phone please remember to put your phone and any other valuables in a waterproof floatable sack.

When I have completed my stage, what do I do for transportation?

ANSWER: Transportation to and from checkpoints is the responsibility of each team. You should arrange in advance for a ride from a teammate.

Is it okay to leave belongings at the start of my stage?

ANSWER: We don't recommend leaving anything unattended. Your belongings are your responsibility. Arrange with a teammate to take care of your belongings.

What if I get hurt?

ANSWER: Event Officials will be patrolling the course. First-aid kits as well as emergency supplies of food and beverages will be available at Checkpoints. As a precaution, you must carry a whistle and are encouraged to carry a cell phone in the unlikely chance that you are alone on the course. An emergency phone number will be printed on the maps issued to you at the start of your stage.

What happens if the teammate before me doesn’t finish their stage?

ANSWER: Each stage has been assigned a Default Start Time and a Did Not Finish penalty. When the Default Start Time has been reached, all remaining people waiting to begin their stage will be instructed to depart. See General Rules for details.

How does it work after sunset for night stages?

ANSWER: Several precautions are in place for night stages. All participants on the course MUST provide and display a flashing red light (facing rearwards) and a bright navigation light facing forwards. It is strongly recommended that cyclists also use a bar-mounted headlight. Participants may be ACCOMPANIED by another person (team member or not) who has completed a waiver and checked in as an escort at the stage start.

Is it possible to get lost?

ANSWER: Yes, you can get lost if you do not closely follow your maps or learn how the trail is marked. Please review the instructional videos and course maps. Ideally, visit the area and hike or bike your section a few days before the relay. If you do get lost, call the emergency number on your maps and a course official will guide you back on to the trail or have someone pick you up.