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Racer Information

SHUSWAP ULTRA - RACER INFORMATION/RACE RULES

(UPDATED FEBRUARY 1, 2022)


Mega love for supporting Shuswap Ultra hosted by Lewiston Ultra Events. Lewiston Ultra Events is owned and directed by one devoted trail runner that is working hard to ensure participants have the greatest experience, get the biggest bang for their buck, create lasting memories and give back.

 

WHEN: Saturday, September 24 @ 8am (60KM) & Sunday, September 25 @ 8am (20KM) & 9am (10KM)

WHERE: Start @ Klahani Park in Salmon Arm & Finish @ Mara Hills Golf Resort in Sicamous (60KM) & Start/Finish at Larch Hills Nordic Chalet (20KM & 10KM)

MANDATORY RACER CHECK IN: 7am until approx. 7:50am (60KM), 7am until approx. 7:50am (20KM) & 8am until approx. 8:50am (10KM)

 

PRE RACE MEETING: 7:50am (60KM) (20KM) & 8:50am (10KM) (course conditions, cautions/reminders, etc)

Crew, family and community are encouraged to CARPOOL & participate in the start/finish line festivities. There is plenty of parking but please give yourself time to check in and get orientated.

 

The Shuswap Ultra course is open to the public on race weekend. Please be mindful, courteous and aware of other users.

 

There is NO PUBLIC/CREW ACCESS ON THE TRAVERSE. Crew, family, cheerers are NOT PERMITTED to go beyond Larch Hills Nordic Chalet. Runners are transitioning/crossing the road in several area and the road is narrow with wash out. We also need to ensure we have access for medical support, if needed.  Crew, family, cheerers are welcome to join race day festivities at the start/finish line.

TRANSPORTATION NOTE (60KM ONLY): Shuttle from Mara Hills Golf Resort (finish) to Klahani Park (start) must be pre-purchased (in registration). The 60KM event is point to point. Return transportation is not included in registration & must be purchased additionally. If you chose not to purchase a shuttle ticket, please ensure you have arranged for return transportation to Klahani Park.

RACE PACKAGE PICK UP:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2022

Noon - 8pm

KINTEC SALMON ARM

117 Hudson Ave NE

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

(250) 517-7337

 

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKAGE PICK UP.

Government issued identification is required to pick up race package.

 

It is acceptable to pick up for another registered runner with written confirmation (text/email) and/or copy of photo ID.

 

NOTE: BIBS ARE FOR ASSIGNED RUNNER ONLY. BIBS SHOULD NOT BE PASSED ALONG TO ANOTHER RUNNER. ROGUE RUNNERS ARE NOT COVERED UNDER OUR INSURANCE POLICY & IF IDENTIFIED, THE ROGUE RUNNER & REGISTERED

RACER CHECK IN (RACE MORNING):

All runners are required to CHECK IN RACE DAY MORNING. Runners that have not checked in will be marked DNS (Did Not Start).

We will attempt to contact runners that have NOT checked in & have picked up their Race Package. We will call contact #'s provided in registration, including emergency contact.

 

Racer Check In is open from 7am until approx. 7:50am (60KM), 7am until approx. 7:50am (20KM) & 8am until approx. 8:50am (10KM)

RACE DAY TEMPERATURE:
*High of 17° & low of 5° (on average)

 

SUNRISE & SUNSET:

*6:50am/6:35pm

 

RACE COURSE:
The 60KM distance starts at Klahani Park in Salmon Arm and brings racers into the inviting South Canoe trail system where they will journey into the Larch Hills Traverse to experience a variety of ecosystems, each offering their own unique character. Throughout the day, runners are rewarded with forests, fens, fresh single track trails and remarkable viewpoints overlooking Shuswap & Mara Lake(s). The final descent brings runners down fast, flowing switchbacks and into unique private trails on Splatsin First Nation land. The finish line is a short jaunt on Old Spallumcheen road and into the impressive lake front Mara Hills Golf Resort. The 60KM distance is a point to point event; racers will have the option to 'add on' shuttle for travel back to Klahani Park or have the option to secure their own means of transportation.

The 20KM & 10KM distances showcase the gorgeous and established cross county ski area & will start and finish at Larch Hills Nordic Chalet. Runners will weave through pristine single track & a variety of forest, including jaw dropping older growth cedar and hemlock. 20KM runners will continue on to the infamous, super cute & intimate Cec's Cabin while the 10KM participants will begin the subtle decent to the finish line and back to the gorgeous Chalet.

 

60KM EVENT (8AM START):

LEG 1-KLAHANI PARK TO LARCH HILLS NORDIC CHALET (AS1) – 14KM

Elevation gain: 550 meters
Elevation loss: 175 meters
Estimated completion time: 1.5 hrs – 2.5 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track

Route: 10th Ave SE parallel trail, South Canoe Trailhead, Lower Hobby Horse, Upper Hobby Horse, Horsin’  Around, X-Cut, Stubby’s, P2, Triangle, Bear Den, Mo Budda, Coffee Time, Metford Road, Raven’s Ridge, Metford Road to Larch Hills Nordic Chalet

LEG 2-LARCH HILLS NORDIC CHALET TO CEC’S CABIN (AS2) – 16KM

AS2 – DROPBAG OPTION
Elevation gain: 530 meters
Elevation loss: 320 meters
Estimated completion time: 1 hrs – 2.5 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track
Route: Moose Snowshoe Trail, Larch Hills Road, Ermine Frolic, Ridge Run, Upper Lost In The Woods Snowshoe Trail, South Hub (Penti’s Shelter), Reino’s Run, Ermin Frolic Loop, Bruin’s Ramble, Cottonwood Cutoff, Treebeard’s Trail, The Greenway, Around-The-Hill Greenway Loop, Larch Hills Road, Hemlock Glide, White Pine Walk, Larch Hills Road to Cec’s Cabin

 

CUT OFF: Runners must leave Cec’s Cabin by 2pm. All runners after 2pm cut off will be assisted off the mtn & brought back to the start line.

LEG 3-CEC’S CABIN TO WATER STATION (AS3) – 10KM
Elevation gain: 340 meters
Elevation loss: 285 meters
Estimated completion time: 2 hrs – 4 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track
Route: Larch Lake Loop, Moonwalk, Clearcut Connection​

CUT OFF: Runners must leave Cec’s Cabin by 2pm. All runners after 2pm cut off will be assisted off the mtn & brought back to the start line.

 

LEG 4-WATER STATION TO THE WOODS (AS4) – 10KM
Elevation gain: 300 meters
Elevation loss: 575 meters
Estimated completion time: 50 min – 2 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track
Route: Clearcut Connection​

 

LEG 5-THE WOODS TO MARA HILLS GOLF RESORT (FINISH LINE) – 10KM

FINISH LINE – DROPBAG OPTION

Elevation gain: 150 meters
Elevation loss: 625 meters
Estimated completion time: 50 min – 2 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track, Double Track, Paved Road
Route: Clearcut Connection, Sicamous Switchbacks, Private Land, Splatsin First Nation Private Land, Old Spallumcheen Road to Mara Hills Golf Resort

CUT OFF: Runners must cross the finish line by 8pm to receive official finish time & finishers medal.

 

20KM EVENT (8AM START):

START/FINISH – LARCH HILLS NORDIC CHALET

Elevation gain: 585 meters
Elevation loss: 585 meters
Estimated completion time: 1.5 hrs – 4 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track

Aid Available @ 2KM, 15.5KM & 18.5KM

Route: Moose Snowshoe Trail, Larch Hills Road, Ermine Frolic, Ridge Run, Upper Lost In The Woods Snowshoe Trail, South Hub (Penti’s Shelter), Reino’s Run, Ermin Frolic Loop, Bruin’s Ramble, Cottonwood Cutoff, Treebeard’s Trail, The Greenway, Around-The-Hill Greenway Loop, Larch Hills Road, Hemlock Glide, White Pine Walk, Larch Hills Road to Cec’s Cabin, Pileated Promenade, Blue Sky, South Hub (Penti's Shelter), Upper Lost In The Woods Snowshoe Trail, Ridge Run, Ermine Frolic, Larch Hills Road, Moose Snowshoe Trail

 

10KM EVENT (9AM START):

START/FINISH – LARCH HILLS NORDIC CHALET

Elevation gain: 189 meters
Elevation loss:  189 meters
Estimated completion time: 1 hrs – 2 hrs
Trail Type: 75% Single Track with some Double Track

Aid Available @ 2KM & 6.5KM

 

Route: Moose Snowshoe Trail, Larch Hills Road, Ermine Frolic, Ridge Run, Upper Lost In The Woods Snowshoe Trail, South Hub (Penti’s Shelter), Reino’s Run, Ermin Frolic Loop, Bruin’s Ramble, Cottonwood Cutoff, South Hub (Penti's Shelter), Interpretive Trail/Coffey's Climb, Interpretive Trail, Larch Hills Road, Stig's Loop, Interpretive Trail, Frodo's Bog, Upper Lost In The Woods Snowshoe Trail, Ridge Run, Ermine Frolic, Larch Hills Road, Moose Snowshoe Trail

COURSE MARKINGS:

The course will be marked with flagging tape and arrows. Once you pass a flag, the next one should be visible. Runners are required to stay on course and cross any roadways/transitions at designated locations ONLY.

 

PACERS:

There is no pacing.

Non-participants (human & animal) are not permitted to accompany runners along the course.


THE BIBS:

Medical & Emergency Information is on the back of your racer bib (you are encouraged to complete your medical info, emergency contact, etc).

 

60KM: #1-300, 20KM: #20 - …, 10KM: #10 - …

 

Racers are required to check in at aid station. Bib # must be worn on the front of your body and visible at all times.

 

DROP BAGS:

There are no drop bags for the 20KM & 10KM event; Lewiston Ultra Events is not responsible for damaged or lost items. 

 

60KM racers are invited to bring TWO (2) drop bags; one accessible at Cec’s Cabin (AS2) and the other accessible at Mara Hills Golf Resort (finish line).

 

CEC’S CABIN (AS2) drop bags will be brought down to the finish line (Mara Hills Golf Resort) at 3PM.

 

Drop bags MUST be dropped off at Race Package Pick Up (Friday, Sept 23 @ Kintec Salmon Arm between 12pm-8pm) and should be an appropriate size and sealable or have zipper. We will not be accepting plastic bins, suitcases or large drop bags; Lewiston Ultra Events is not responsible for damaged or lost items.

 

Drop bags will not be accepted on Race Day. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

AID STATIONS:

Check in/aid stations will be stacked with friendly volunteers and is a fun & encouraging stop along your race journey.

 

Basic first aid items including hand sanitizer, disposable gloves and masks will be available at aid stations.

 

The predictable ultra tasty treats will be available as well as GLUTEN FREE & VEGAN options. You can pick your fluid of choice from water, electrolyte or pop. If you prefer something special, we recommend you carry the item(s) with you.

 

THERE IS NO WATER FILL STATION AT THE START LINE.

 

Lewiston Ultra Events is cupless. Disposable cups will not be available. Please bring your water bottle(s) or bladder for fluids on race day.

 

Racers are required to check in at each aid station. Bib # must be worn on the front of your body and visible at all times.

 

DROPPING FROM THE RACE:

If you decide to drop from the race, YOU MUST DO SO AT THE CHECK IN/AID. You will notify the aid station captain (to avoid Search & Rescue) and turn in your bib #. If you cannot make it to the check in/aid station, STAY ON THE COURSE and the sweep will assist you. DO NOT GO OFF COURSE. If we cannot account for you, an expensive search & rescue operation will be initiated, and you may be billed.

 

MANDATORY DROP OUT:

Check in/Aid Station Captains, medical support & Race Director have the absolute authority to withdrawal a runner from the race should they feel it unsafe for the runner to continue (dehydration, hypothermia, debilitating injury, unprepared for the conditions, etc). The runner MUST comply with this decision.

 

RECOMMENDED GEAR:

The Shuswap Ultra does not have a mandatory gear list. Racers will be journeying through mountain terrain and the following recommendations are for your safety. Weather is variable & can change dramatically. Runners need to be prepared for all types of weather conditions: hot, cold, wind, rain etc.

 

If you were to injure yourself with a rolled or sprained ankle between Check In/Aid, it would be a slow slog and additional time spent out in the elements before you get assistance. Hypothermia is extremely dangerous and warm clothing, fluids, etc can be a game changer.

 

Seriously consider carrying the following items:

  • Hydration pack (bladder) and/or handheld bottles with a minimum of 1 litre

  • 1000mg of salt

  •  400-600 calories MINIMUM

  •  Whistle

  • Space blanket/Emergency Bivvy

  • Windproof/water resistant light weight jacket

  • Race course map/KMZ file

  • Bear Spray (if you know how to use it)

  • Gloves/mittens, buff/touque/hat, additional warm layer (long sleeve light weight)

  • Cellular phone (percentage of the course does have cell coverage)

  • Sunscreen, lip balm/protection, sunglasses

  • High energy fuel/drink

  • Headlamp (60KM racers SHOULD HAVE A HEADLAMP with them or in their drop at Cec’s Cabin); it gets dark early & quickly!

 

The ‘OTHER’ Race Rules:

  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older on race day

  • Poles are permitted

  • NO LITTERING. You will be disqualified from the race and banned future entry

  • Follow the course as marked/flagged in the direction of the race

  • DO NOT GO OFF THE COURSE

  • If you encounter an injured runner, please consider staying with them until medical attention or help arrives or if safe to do so, continue to the next Aid Station and report first name & bib # and approx. coordinates

  • Please use washroom facilities if available or common sense when relieving yourself

  • No storing food or supplies along the trail/course

  • Runners are expected to be mindful of other runners and perform in a sportsmanlike manner

  • Runners/participants are responsible for all forms of medical coverage (costs of rescue services, treatment, hospitalization, emergency evacuation (air lifting) and helicopter/ground search)

 

CELLULAR RECEPTION/WIFI:
The Larch Hills Nordic Society has a cellular coverage map on their website (https://skilarchhills.ca/maps/) however, this map only references the trails around the Larch Hills Nordic Centre and does not include the entire course.

 

Cellular reception is intermittent through out the race course.

 

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS:

Runners aren’t the only ones that enjoy the trails on the Larch Hills Traverse. These trails are home to black bear, grizzly bear, cougar, bobcat, moose, deer, squirrel, etc. It is highly unlikely for a potential meeting with our furry friends but in the off chance of an encounter, they want as much to do with you as you want with them.

 

If wildlife activity has been reported on the course or near the course prior to, or on race day, the course may be modified.

 

To learn more about wildlife encounters in British Columbia and the DOs & DO NOTs visit:

 

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/misc/bears/bearsaf.html

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf

 

To learn more about bear spray and the DOs & DO NOTs, Banff National Park has this complete YouTube video:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIvpLzHiCrg

 

COURSE EMERGENCIES:

If you encounter an injured runner, please consider staying with them until medical attention or help arrives or if safe to do so, continue to the next Aid Station and report first name & bib # and approx. coordinates.

If you have cellular reception, please call race headquarters @ 587-899-7125.

DO NOT GO OFF COURSE. If you have become disorientated, please back track or retrace your steps to the last flag

 

you seen. The course will be marked with flagging tape & arrows.

 

THINGS TO BRING (CREW, SUPPORT & POST RACE):

  • Folding chair/lawn chair

  • Sunscreen/bugspray

  • Water/snacks

  • Post race warm clothes (jacket, pants, gloves, etc) AND sandals (you’ll likely want to kick off those runners as soon as possible)

  • MORE COWBELL!

 

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS:

Contact info@thelewistonultra.com and/or Kara @ 587-899-7125.

 

Thank you for choosing Shuswap Ultra as part of your 2022 race schedule; we are incredibly honored to be part of your journey and excited to host you!