Just a few more days to the first event of the 2015 Ontario Ultra Paddling Point Series that includes the Big East River X 40km event, the North Bay to Mattawa race in July and the Muskoka River X Classic and Coureur de Bois in September. We hope everyone has been training hard and is ready for some long-distance paddling action this year. Currently, the water levels on the Big East River are in good condition and the current is reasonable. The weather looks good but they are calling for stronger winds so you may experience some wave action on the return trip across Lake Vernon. Please be prepared.
REGISTRATION: You can still register on-line if you have not done so already. This will save you a few dollars and make your on-site registration process move along faster. All paddlers MUST attend on-site registration starting Friday at 3pm until 9pm and then again Saturday morning at 6am to 7:30am. This is necessary to ensure we have confirmation of who exactly is on-course, receive your waivers/medical forms, and provide you with your boat number, race maps and meal tickets. We may also need to measure your boat if there are any questions about which class you fit into. Please don’t wait until the last minute or you risk missing this process and potentially not being able to participate. Registration is located INSIDE Algonquin Outfitter’s Huntsville store.
PARKING: Please note that the event that was planned by the Chamber has been cancelled so please feel free to use the public parking lot next to River Mill. (Currently marked as a No Parking Zone in the competitor document). Please park in the public parking lots and NOT is the store parking lots. We have rented River Mill Park on Saturday so please feel free to use this grassy area for pre-race staging.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for reading the Big East River X Competitor Document and fully understand the mandatory equipment needs as per Transport Canada, as well as safety procedures. This includes everyone wearing a non-inflatable PFD at all times when on the water. We will review the course, event process and safety procedures mandatory race briefing 30 minutes which all participants are responsible for attending.
See you all this weekend! The River X Crew….