FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - (outdated from July 2018. 2019 Event updates are forthcoming)
What is new in 2018?
We're proud to announce the first craft beer & cider tent for our finish line festival. Racers and their family members over the age of 19 can enjoy a Neustadt Springs beer or Duxbury Cider after the race, until 6pm. Please enjoy responsibly. Our FINISH LINE FESTIVAL will also have a new 9ft x 14ft LED jumbotron showing the live streaming from the race, so invite your friends to Bluewater Park this year to Celebrate your Achievement and track your progress along the racecourse.
We've now required a minimum length of kayak/surfski in the Buff Long Course of 12ft. We've also changed the minimum age for the sprint courses to 14+ if the racer is accompanied by an adult (either in a team or running in the same solo wave, so that the adult can properly monitor the energy levels and proper hydration of the youth) and 16+ if the racer is competing alone. This aligns our event more closely with the youth developmental standards of relevant sport bodies such as Athletics Canada and Triathlon Canada/Kids of Steel.
What do I win?
"The 4:30pm Northern Confections Awards Show" is not to be missed. The 2018 Buff® Course top solo Male and top solo Female will BOTH win a round-trip airfare (!) to Whitehorse, Yukon courtesy of Air North, Yukon's Airline. Visit www.flyairnorth.com and for full details on where they fly from! The top Buff® Long Course tandem team of 2 across the finish line received a bonus prize courtesy of VIA Rail. We also have a legacy of handing out totally awesome prizes provided by our generous race partners, and this year will be featuring a mens and womens frame Devinci Jackson MTB to two random race recipients. Finally, our local stone winners medals are also held in high regard! CHECK THIS OUT!
NEW FOR 2018: The first Buff Long Course Relay Team across the line will receive a complimentary entry to the 2018 or 2019 Amphibious Challenge swimrun in Quebec. Swimrun is taking the world by storm and this event is Canada's premier swimrun event and only Otillo Swimrun qualifier.
Where's the racecourse?
In 2018, all courses will again be based out of, and finish in, Wiarton's Bluewater Park. Buff® Long Course racers are transported to the start by bus, and the Suntrail Course, Subaru Duathlon, Run Duathlon and Summer House Park Kids Race all start and finish in Bluewater Park.
Something's changed... can I get a refund?
Because of the logistical requirements of organizing the event, we cannot offer any refunds at any time. We unfortunately cannot downgrade or updgrade anyone either due to various disciplines being sold out. If you would like to see if there's someone wanting to register that may have missed out, feel free to post on our Facebook event and if given sufficient notice, the organizers will likely accommodate a transfer of name. If this happens, or if there is any name change to a registration, a one-time admin fee of $20 will be apply, payable by e-transfer or cash/cheque by either the existing or new registrant. More info on name changes/bib swaps/name changes are here
I swore I lost something at the Subaru BPMR! Have you seen it?
Please contact us here if you lost an item at a previous race.
How do teams work?
The team event always works a bit differently in the shorter courses than it does in the Buff® Long Course. See below:
How does the Buff® Long Course Relay work?
The Buff® Long Course Course has 5 stages: two are mtb, two are run and one is solo kayak. A relay team will be in charge of their own transportation with the exception of the person starting the race, who will be dropped off at the start. Teams can range from 2p to 5p, but each person must do at least one stage. They can hand-off wherever they’d like, and as often as they’d like, as long as the handoff is at a designated transition (T1, T2, T3, or T4). They must check in with the transition official at each transition. With these rules, they may divide the Buff Long Course as they please.
How does the Buff® Long Course Tandem Team work?
A tandem team of 2 will compete together on the same Course as the solo Buff® Long Course racers. Tandem teammates bike together (on separate bikes), run together, and compete in the same kayak to the finish line.
How do the Suntrail Course & Subaru Duathlon Teams work?
The Suntrail Course & Subaru Duathlon have 3 stages. A team of 2 will compete in the same canoe for the first leg, then bike together (on separate bikes) for the second leg, and then either run together (Suntrail Course) or paddle back in the canoe (Subaru Duathlon) on the final leg. All transportation of person and equipment will be provided by volunteers, with the exception of getting your canoe to the starting line from your car or the arena. If it's a close finish, your team time will be recorded when the last of the teammates arrives over the finish line. Team members must stay a maximum of 10m from each other at all times. In the Suntrail Course Canoe Team category, racers age 11-13 may compete if accompanied by an adult.
How Long is the Buff Long Course?
In the past, it's been between 100 and 107km long and usually takes 8-12 hours to complete. It can differ in distance every year because the organizers' ultimate goal is to build a unique, spectacular course, not necessarily to stick to a round number. If that's just too much racing, be sure to check out the equally spectacular, more achievable Suntrail Course (2-3h to complete) or do the Buff Long Course with a buddy or two by racing relay. Or lend a helping hand by volunteering and get the best spectator seating in town... plus volunteer perks! There’s also the Summer House Park Kids Adventure Race, fun activities at the finish line in Wiarton's Bluewater Park, and lots of fun all around the Bruce Peninsula during race weekend.
I don’t own a boat, is this race for me?
We had a fleet of rental kayaks and canoes courtesy of the great people at Suntrail in Hepworth as well as Explorer's Tread in Lions Head, but they went quickly. All race rentals are picked up at Friday check-in (or Saturday morning for Suntrail Course/duathlons) at Wiarton Arena and dropped off at your last transition area... exactly when you're done using them. All other rental info is on this website under "rental gear". In future, register real early and select a rental during online registration. IMPORTANT: Registration refunds will not be provided on the basis that the organizers cannot confirm your boat reservation.
Note: All Suntrail Course & Buff® Long Course participants have to have some paddling experience in advance of the race, and have to sign an affidavit of skills. Racers signed up to Run Duathlon, of course, do not!
I don’t have a good enough MTB, is this race for me?
At this time, our Mountain Bike rentals are almost sold out. Racers may still be able to request one during online registration. Registration refunds will not be provided on the basis that the organizers cannot confirm your bike.
Is it necessary to ride a Mountain bike?
Pretty much! All courses include a significant portion of trail riding, so you will want to bring your mountain bike, preferably with suspension although not mandatory. Considerations include very rocky trails, mud, and steep, uneven descents. Access points are often quite far away if there's a breakdown. We strongly discourage using any bicycle with thin tires, even on the sprint courses, as you may find long sections unrideable. IMPORTANT NOTE: Road bikes and Cyclocross bikes are NOT allowed on the Buff® Long Course, and not recommended for Suntrail Course, Subaru Duathlon & Run Duathlon. A recently-tuned Mountain Bike is actually part of the mandatory gear for the Buff Long Course, but we do not want anyone to have to walk their bike out of the woods so please consider using a recently-tuned and reliable mountain bike for a enjoyable race experience for the sprint courses as well. All Kids Race participants need to bring a suitably-sized bicycle.
How environmentally-friendly is this exactly?
We recognize the privilege of hosting an event within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Preserve and take the responsibility very seriously. Each year we take several initiatives to minimize environmental impacts including: consolidating transportation wherever possible, making use of existing infrastructure, and ensuring the finish line party is both low-waste and low-impact. This event is Bullfrog Powered.
How much does it cost?
The Subaru BPMR proceeds directly benefit the non-profit Peninsula Adventure Sports Association, supporting outdoor sport infrastructure on the Bruce Peninsula. Signing up early has its benefits, so if you haven't done so, decide soon and then use it as motivation to get out training! Full Subaru BPMR Pricing is HERE at the bottom of the page. The Summer House Park Kids Race takes place concurrent with the Subaru BPMR and is $20 per child including HST, a great value with the welcome gift and medal they receive. All Kids Race monies benefit New Hope Community Bikes.
I’m from outside of Canada, is this race for me?
Yep! We just ask that non-Canadians and/or non-residents purchase Emergency Medical Travel Insurance before heading up to the event.
What's Adventure Racing Ontario?
The Subaru BPMR is a qualifying race for a province-wide adventure racing series. Teams in the Buff® Long Course Tandem and Buff® Long Course Relay Categories qualify for a maximium of 50 points at the event, so first place Subaru BPMR Buff® Long Course Tandem will receive 50 points, Second place Buff® Long Course Tandem will receive 49 points, and so on. All Subaru BPMR Tandem Teams who finish will rank higher than Relay Teams. More info & full series rules can be found at www.adventureracingontario.com
How Do I Get Around?
The organizers will provide transportation for Buff® Long Course solo & tandem racers and their gear. For Buff Long Course relay teams, it's "self-supported" which means the person(s) not racing are responsible for transportation & gear movements throughout the course at all times, with the exception of transportation to the start line which can be accommodated. Regional maps will be available at the race, with the transitions marked, for relay teams. The sprint courses will start and finish in Bluewater Park in Wiarton, adjacent to racer check-in at Wiarton Arena. Bikes & bags will be transported to any off-site TA's for all sprint course racers (so that they're exactly where you need them) but Suntrail and Subaru course racers will need to get their boats from the parking lot to the starting line in time for the 10am race start.
Where are the transitions?
Sorry, but exact locations are under lock & key until race weekend! We do this because we use a lot of private property on the race course. Are you coming to train? If so, just run on the public Bruce Trail. If you're biking make sure you have permission from landowners, or visit the Bruce County Mountain Bike Adventure Park at Abermarle for a taste of the terrain.
What happens if I get lost?
The course will be well-marked and major turns are well-signed to minimize the risk of getting lost. If you are lost on a trail, retrace your steps to the last junction. If you still cannot find your way, blow your whistle three times and wait for a response. As a last resort, use your fully charged cell phone and the Chief Safety Officer phone number that will be provided to you at registration/gear check and/or printed on your gear stickers. There will also be volunteer “sweeps” throughout the course.
What if it gets dark and I’m not finished?
The organizers will make sure this doesn’t happen. For safety reasons, we are required to have time cut-offs at specific points along the course. Cut-off times are strictly adhered to, and will ensure that racers are off the course by nightfall.
Is the trail marked?
The trail will be marked with the exception of any paddling stages. Safety boats will be on hand to assist with open water navigation.
What accommodations are there for persons with a disability?
The race course involves highly variable terrain and watersports. Persons with a disability that limits their ability either to cycle, traverse uneven terrain on foot, or paddle in open water are encouraged to consider the relay. Those who simply have difficulty running on trail can also compete in the paddle-bike-paddle Subaru Duathlon where there is under 300m of running to connect the course, all on even ground.
What happens if I capsize?
Grab your paddle, and place it in your boat. Then grab your boat. For the most part the paddling courses follow the shoreline and you should be able to get to shore, however safety boats will be available to assist in getting you back into your boat.
What’s the Kids Race?
The SUMMER HOUSE PARK Kids Adventure Race is a fun event run entirely within Bluewater Park, benefiting New Hope Community Bikes. It is timed as best as possible to allow you to finish the Suntrail Course or duathlon and cheer on your kids. If you absolutely rock the Buff Long course with a good time, you may arrive in time as well. Specific details are HERE
Can I paddle a SUP/rowboat or a tandem kayak in Suntrail Course?
On the Suntrail Course & Subaru Duathlon, only canoes qualify for prizing in the team category & only solo kayaks/surfskis qualify for prizing in the solo categories. If you plan on paddling anything other than a solo kayak, surfski or canoe in a sprint course, or if you plan on using an outrigger in any discipline, you can certainly race in the "open category" where you will not be racing for prizing & you will have to do some of the boat transport yourself or get a friend to transport it. Open category racers will still be entered into the draw(s) for random prizes and will of course get a welcome package, racer meal, post-race masasage and a finishing time.
What do I pack in my "Suntrail Course/Duathlon" Transition Bag?
All Transition Bags have a size limit: it MAY NOT exceed 60L of capacity and is advised to be no bigger than an airline carry-on. In the Sprint courses, you'll be accessing your transition bag twice, both times off-site from the start/finish. You'll need to pack that bag with your bike gear and run gear, and have enough room to stow some of your paddling gear (not your paddle or PFD, they will be tagged separately) and bike gear combined. At registration, your bike helmet, PFD, and paddle(s) which will receive their own tag with your race number. You will want to wear some footwear in your first stage paddle because you'll need to run 300m on sidewalk to access your bike bag at the TA. Note: If you have registered for the Run Duathlon you will obviously only want bike gear in your transition bag because you'll have started the race wearing your running gear. All bags & gear will come back to the Wiarton Arena by the end of the day unless you've opted for the DO NOT LOAD release when checking in.
What if the water’s unsafe?
In all courses, an alternate route has been developed and will be prepared in the event that the race Safety Officer determines that Georgian Bay conditions are or are expected to become unsafe for paddling. Be prepared for a slight delay if this happens to allow racers to retrieve any checked running gear they may require for the alternate route.
What do I pack in my "Buff® Long Course" Transition Bags?
All Transition Bags have a size limit: it MAY NOT exceed 60L of capacity. Please aim for a bag that would meet size requirements for airline carry-on.
When you check-in Bag 'A' will contain your biking gear. When you finish the paddle you take your bike gear out and put your paddle gear in the bag. So make sure its the appropriate size for a lifejacket etc. If possible, the bag goes back in your boat. If its a rental, don't put the rental items in your bag. Just put the rental stuff in the hatch. This bag goes straight back to the arena.
When you check-in Bag 'B' will contain your running gear. At the end of the first bike ride you take your running gear out, run a loop, and put your run gear back in the bag. It gets moved to the second run. When you finish your second bike ride you take your run gear out of the bag, put your bike gear in the bag, and run to the finish- so make sure you can put your helmet and bike shoes in the bag. All bags & gear will come back to the Wiarton Arena by the end of the day.
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