So far, so good, it looks as though Sunday’s race will be going ahead! Some of Santa’s elves, who will remain nameless but we know who you are, might have arrived early and helped clear some snow away from the trails before today’s rain 😉 Thank you Seb for the trail condition updates and trail care.
Please find your Racer Event Timings and Order sheet in your email. For your convenience, I have attached the Bib numbers, People on Site, and race routes, again. Remember, that you should arrive no more than 15 minutes before the start of your class. There will be no changes on race day other than withdrawal or addition of dog names.
We will be doing the Race Meeting virtually, Ian Cranstone is your Race Marshall on race day, and we will be sending you a Race Meeting email on Saturday instead of holding a meeting in person. You are required to read the Race Meeting Notes to ensure that we have a safe race. There will be a silly question from those notes that the parking attendant will ask each racer on arrival. You will not be permitted on site until you can prove you have read the race meeting notes.
The parking attendant will have a list of people who are permitted in the race area.
Everyone, other than racers, who may be closer than 6 feet is expected to wear a mask, for the start in particular, since communications are necessarily loud (and maybe moist, as Justin Trudeau would say). Racers are asked to do their best to stay 6 feet apart when passing, and to make passes as quickly as possible. Please take special care with our more at risk members while anywhere on-site.
Bring your own bib. There is a PDF file attached within in the email with bib numbers. Please print your number and attach to yourself, or your equipment, on the day of the race. If you don’t have a bib, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the finish timer knows your number when you cross the line.
After the class is run, we will have a brief award meeting, and then you will be asked to leave unless you are in the next class. Feel free to stay and chat outside the event area, but continue to maintain social distance and/or masks. Our comfort level with holding future COVID events depends on how safe we thought this one was.
There is a kitchen with drinks and pre-packaged snacks on site (cash only). Please wear a mask when close to the kitchen tent and bring exact change. You will put your payment in a container that no one will touch, so no change will be given. You may order pizza by Saturday at noon; paid for electronically in advance. It must be a whole pizza, so we can give you the unopened box. We will discuss pricing depending on the pizza ordered. Contact dryland2@MushLarose.ca for details.
******************** IMPORTANT NOTICE ********************
Anyone travelling from a Grey and/or Red Zone for COVID are asked to not come. Current red and grey zones are listed below:
Control (stringent measures) – RED City of Hamilton Public Health Services Halton Region Public Health York Region Public Health Durham Region Health Department Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
Lockdown (maximum measures) – GREY Toronto Public Health* Peel Regional Health Unit
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
Tentative Race Classes
6 km 1 or 2-dog Bikejor
6 km 4-dog Cart (Open, Nordic*)
6 km 1 or 2-dog Scooter (Open, Nordic*)
2 km 1 or 2-dog Scooter (Open, Nordic*)
6 km 1 or 2-dog Canicross
2 km 1 or 2-dog Canicross
*Nordic class includes any dog that could reasonably get a Performance Evaluation Number (PEN) from the CKC (i.e., any dog that looks like a purebred). The race Marshal will be the ultimate judge of which dogs qualify. We will use the 1.25 factor for calculating qualifying times for SD/SDX miles in this class.
We may cancel any class that does not have a minimum of 4 teams.
The days are getting shorter, so this race may start as early as 8:15 am and will finish no later than 3 pm.
NOTE: If we have enough snow, we may convert to a sled/ski event. If too much for dryland and too little for a snow race, then the event could be rescheduled or cancelled. Please check the website before heading out.
COVID19 Race Conditions
Each race class will be run as a separate event with its own awards, in order to limit people on-site to a max of 25. The schedule will depend on how many teams register for each class, and will be emailed to the participants 3 days in advance of the race. Registration is limited to how many we can fit on-site for each class, and the available daylight hours.
Race meeting notes will be emailed out in advance – this is a MUST read. There will be a bizarre fact in the notes that you must know to prove you have read them. Anyone who doesn’t know the fact will not be allowed to race.
***Racers should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before their class for carts (15 minutes for small team classes); and should leave immediately following the award ceremony for their class (unless they are also in the next class).***
Because of the 25 person limit, teams are asked to limit themselves to the driver and 1 handler (plus any volunteer). You must bring your own handler – there will be no volunteers to help your team to the start-line.
Note: whether we choose to hold future COVID friendly events depends on how well social-distancing rules are respected. All present will be expected to wear a mask whenever they will be closer than 6 feet. When racing leave the most distance you safely can between yourself and the other racers. Please take any garbage home with you and avoid exposure to frequently touched surfaces. Bring your own hand-sanitizer to use before and after touching anything that did not come with you.
Proof of vaccinations is required in electronic format 7 days prior to the event, if we do not already have them on record. All dogs must be vaccinated for Rabies and Parvo/Distemper, or have a vet certified exception to run on Mush Larose trails, or at Mush Larose events. Send proof of vaccination to email@example.com. Due to the difficulty in getting vet appointments, a 3 month extension past expiry dates can be granted with proof of a scheduled vet appointment. Please contact us in advance to confirm.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
For each class we will need: Start and finish timers, parking organizer, trail help, team fetcher (only to keep the teams aware of when they will need to go to the start line), setup and take down help. Email our club volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what volunteer role you can help out with by Saturday Nov 21, so we can have a schedule e-mailed out before the race. See below for more details.
Registration will be on-line only, closing November 21st at midnight.
This race is $10 in addition to a 2020-21 Mush Larose season membership or a weekend pass.
Should you have any questions or difficulties with the registration process please contact email@example.com for assistance.
Renewal/registration of membership is $50 for the season per sled/skier ($100 household maximum) or $15 for a weekend only membership, under 16 are free with a minimum of one adult membership in the household. Membership includes participation in other club events and use of the groomed sledding/skijor trails throughout the season. Payment before or at time of registration by etransfer or Paypal only.
Season memberships, weekend memberships, or associate memberships can be purchased here: https://mushlarose.ca/membership/ . Payment for weekend memberships will only be accepted once your class has been confirmed.
Any changes or cancellation notice will be posted online at www.mushlarose.ca.
There will be badges and ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
Depending on COVID numbers at the time, there may be limited snacks and drinks available. Pizza may be made available, ordered and paid for in advance, as entire pizzas sm/med/lg, so the purchaser would be the only person to open the box. Details to come closer to the event date. There is no water on site. Please bring your own.
This race is dedicated to recreational mushers and dog-powered sports enthusiasts and is open to all breeds. It also serves as an opportunity for experienced dog mushers to enjoy the trail and share their knowledge. Most importantly it is a chance to “get working dogs off unemployment” and have a great time socializing with other dog lovers.
Dogs are required to be in harness for bikejor, scooter, and carting classes. Canicross participants must have their dog(s) securely attached to them with a belt, dogs may wear a harness or run with a non-choke collar (canicross only). Racers under age 18 must wear a helmet and eye protection, except for canicross. Racers in the 4 dog cart class must be a minimum of 16 years of age, or proven to handle 4 dogs in advance – subject to race marshal approval. Cart drivers must have a tie out line with them, so they can stop and anchor the dogs to a tree should they need to (in case of injury or serious tangle). Any participant may be disqualified if their equipment or their treatment of the dogs is deemed unsafe or unacceptable by the race marshal. No loose dogs on site. Please clean up after your dogs.
Spectators are not encouraged at this event due to COVID event limits. To remain COVID safe, do not touch anyone else’s dog or equipment.
For more information please contact:
Races depend on volunteers!
In past years nearly all the participants volunteered for something. We hope to get this kind of great participation level again this year, so we can spread the work around. That’s what makes these events run smoothly! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what activity you would prefer, and which races you are in, so we can schedule around it. Volunteer positions are:
Timer (2 per event) – records arrival/departure times – there is a head timer to help you.
Parking organizer (1 per event) – ensures that the arriving teams park a reasonable distance apart on one side of the lot, alternating side from class to class to keep people separated as much as possible).
Team Fetcher (1 per event) – ensures that each team arrives at the start line in time (but does not touch dogs or equipment).
Trail Help (2 for the long course of this event) – ensures that each team turns corners in the correct direction and kindly informs (and/or stops) non-race traffic while race is in progress.
Set-up (1 person) – Comes Saturday from 2-5 pm to help mark out the trail, and remove any debris, etc.
Take Down (1-2 people) Helps the organizer take down trail markers and pack things up after the last class.