Welcome to Race the Phantom, we appreciate your investment of time and money in our event and the Phantom appreciates it too. So much in fact that he is willing to offer a few race tips over the coming weeks.
Phantom Tip No.1
The Phantom does not want to alarm anyone, but he must say that during his course work he noticed a lot of bear scat. Here is a link to a great read on how to avoid, and what to do if you encounter a bear while you are racing. In the Phantom’s experience the amount of noise and racers going through the woods during an event is enough to keep any wildlife at bay. http://www.bearsmart.com/play/bear-encounters/
Phantom Tip No.2
This year racers will be responsible to supply their own boats. Once boats are at the start location event staff will handle it from there. One thing to keep in mind is that there is a section of the paddle that can, and quite possibly will be, rocky. You will not have to transport your paddle gear very far either.
Phantom Tip No.3
The Phantom likes to keep things a bit old school. Racers will be required to plot the CPs, and TAs on the map using UTM coordinates. The maps will be printed on 36 x 48 waterproof / tear proof paper but that does not mean they are bulletproof so be sure to take proper care of them while racing, you will only get one copy per team. Maps will be printed at 1:50,000.
Phantom Tip No.4
Camping – NSAR will cover the cost to camp at Spednic Lake Provincial Park for one tent per team for Friday, and Saturday nights. If you plan on arriving on Friday please drop me a note so that I can make sure you have a place to pitch your tent and know when to expect you. If you have more than one tent, the additional charge per tent on the site is $5. If you are planning on staying on Sunday night (and we hope you do), we will play it by ear on pmt for that night. It may be covered by us under our original pmt……stay tuned. 🙂
Phantom Tip No.5
The race course is remote. There is not a lot of cell phone coverage in the area. For this reason strategic CPs will have a sign in sheet on which you will write the time you were there and the next CP you are going for. We will have staff ‘sweeping’ the course and checking on this info so we can keep track of where everyone is.
Phantom Tip No.6
We will be feeding you post race. If you have any food allergies of requirements, please let us know in an email now….not on race day. 🙂
Phantom Tip No.7
You may be travelling through townships, that may have stores, that may be open. For this reason, you may want to have a bit of cash on hand…..or not.
Phantom Tip No.8
The Phantom wants to make sure no one is going to try and drive home after the race so he has arranged two (2) kegs to be on ice for post race celebrations. One keg of Simeon Jones, and one keg of Melon Head, both from Picaroons Traditional Ales. It is a great camping spot, and I am sure you will all have some great stories to tell around the fire so bring your favorite mug and hang around for awhile.
Phantom Tip No.9
Be sure to review the gear list closely, but here are a few key points. You need your own boat and gear. Your bike must have front white and rear red light on it at all times. You must have your helmet on at all times when on your bike (or any other time you wish Murray). You must be self sufficient, there will be water jugs at each TA but that is about it, and it may be empty by the time you get there so bring a method to purify water. It can get cold at night, be prepared with a change of clothing, especially if it is rainy. There are lots of bugs, deal with it however you must, but be warned. You will have fun, the course is great and a good challenge, Mike has done a wonderful job.
Phantom Tip No.10
Knowing where you are on the map at all times is very important, I know this goes without saying, however in the area you will be playing, it is very important. This year’s map is as good as it can be thanks to one of our sponsors AV Group.
Phantom Tip No.11
Probably the most important rule we have is the ‘no separation’ rule. Here is the rule in case you miss it in the booklet, at the breifing, on the website…….etc. Team members MUST remain within sight and sound of each other at ALL TIMES, unless otherwise instructed by Race Officials. This is perhaps the most important rule. It will be STRICTLY enforced and can result in disqualification. 50 meters apart is too far. Race staff/volunteers have been instructed to watch teams closely to ensure this rule is being followed. In addition to the rule, some controls on the course have a bracelet attached to the punch. When you get to a CP that has a bracelet attached to it, each member of your team MUST punch the bracelet that will be attached to your wrist by race staff at the start. If even one member of your team is missing the punch on their bracelet from one of these marked controls, you will NOT get credit for that CP.
Phantom Tip No.12
The last and final Phantom Tip for 2016 will be concerning everyone’s favourite topic…….maps. When will you get them? Maps will be handed out at 10am on Saturday, 30 July, but only if you have completed registration. When does registration open? 9am. Maps are 1:50,000 and Angle of declination is 17.3 West.