Well this is it!
Participants will be arriving at The Forks from all over starting at 3:00pm. The forecast looks insanely balmy— which could prove a very interesting challenge as those out on the trail balance soft snow, muddy patches and trying to find the right balance while trying to stay both dry and warm. We’ll be kicking off our live event coverage later today, but here are a few final pieces of information we’d like you to know about.
Hospitality House Donations
We’ll be accepting donations for Hospitality House at the Actif Epica sign-in desk (in The Forks Market Food Hall) starting at 3:00pm, and again at our finish line starting at 1pm on Saturday. Tax deductible receipts will be available for donations of $20 or more. If you prefer to donate online, please do so at Canada Helps.
Updated Spectator’s Guide
Thinking of heading out on the trail to try and spy on some of the action? Download our updated Spectator’s guide, full of interesting facts, great viewing spots and points of interest along the way.
Spectators and supporters are encouraged to follow the race by visiting checkpoints and watching along the route. As the race is self-supported, no assistance is to be provided to anyone taking part (time penalties or disqualification will result).
That said, if a participant requires assistance for safety/emergency reasons (frostbite, hypothermia, exhaustion) your help would be appreciated by the race organizers. As a spectator, please strive to be self-sufficient, too, as race volunteers are focused on ensuring the safety of racers and do not have the ability to assist others. Dress warm, bring food/ water along for the day (or visit some of the great local businesses along the route) and have fun out there!
Green Action Centre’s annual “get outside and travel on your own steam” event is wrapping up. They’ll be with us at the finish line, congratulating participants of the week-long challenge as well as Actif Epica participants. If you haven’t done so already (and think you’ve racked up enough KMs throughout the week, you can still sign-up).
Niverville Family Snow Day: Noon to 3:00pm
A great way to see the action along the trail! The Niverville Family Snow Day is at our mid-point checkpoint and is timed perfectly to catch some of the excitement. Come out, join the fun and play in the snow as cyclists and runners from Actif Epica race on in. The outdoor snow activities will be taking place at the Niverville Arena, from 12:00-3:00 PM. Families will participate in skating, snow shoeing, snowman building, tobogganing, snow painting and possibly quinzee building.
Hey there, Frosty Face
Or maybe there’ll be more ruddy faces. But like Actif Epica, Frosty Face Winnipeg wants to show the world that around here, we know how to get outside and have fun, no matter what the weather. They’ll be on hand to snap some pictures of our finishers, Jack Frost Challenge participants, and just about anyone else who’s around having a good time outside at our finish. Keep your eyes open, and share your own pictures on Instagram, with the tag #FrostyFaceWpg.
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So there’s plenty around to do and have fun with while you follow the adventure!
More to come!