Welcome to the Actif Epica 2017 LiveBlog!

Following Actif Epica Throughout the Day

We’ll be populating this page throughout the race, with real-time updates and commentary, so you can follow along with the action. Checkpoint volunteers, the organizing team and others will be feeding us information, reports and pictures to post here— so you’ll get a birds-eye view of the whole course!

Social Media

We’ll be keeping an eye on Twitter and Instagram and reposting some things here. You can get our attention with shareable content by mentioning us @ActifEpica or using the hashtags #ActifEpica and #ActifEpica2017 on either platform. We won’t be monitoring Facebook.

Checkpoints & Timings

You can get a whole overview of checkpoint times in and out by going to this page. It will update in real time as checkpoints report in.

Final times are now posted here.

Goodness Gracious, What’s Happening During the Event

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!

Download the printable guide here

or download the on-screen guide here.


Green Action CentreGreen Action Centre Jack Frost Challenge || Bougeons en Hiver

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.


So there’s plenty around to do and have fun with while you follow the adventure!

More to come!

Exciting Pre-Race Meeting Venue! (and a few other updates)

Pre Race Awesome.

We are really excited about our new sign-in and pre-race meeting venue— The Forks Market Food Hall.

Our long-time Finish Line Sponsor, The Forks, has graciously invited us into their beautifully renovated Food Hall for our sign-in, gear-check and pre-race meeting. In addition to being stunning, The Food Hall lets us diversify participant’s food options on the Friday evening. With nearly 20 different delicious food vendors, Actif Epica will be providing racers with a gift card to purchase what they like. Oh, and we should mention The Common— located in the Food Hall, The Common offers a great variety of local craft beer and a discerning selection of wines. You could use your gift card there, too. We recommend ordering your food earlier rather than later to make sure you have time before the Pre-Race meeting at 7:15— the lines can get long when it’s nice out (and the entire city is working up an appetite while out skating the river trail).

Green Action Centre Jack Frost Challenge || Bougeons en Hiver!

The annual challenge from our friends at Green Action Centre stretches all the way back to our first Actif Epica. One of the main reasons we created Actif Epica was to encourage people to get outside and celebrate human powered activity in the Manitoba context, no matter what the weather. Green Action Centre loved the concept and developed the Jack Frost Challenge || Bougeons en Hiver to show that even if you aren’t especially inclined to travel 130km (our original distance) on your own steam in a single day, anyone can do it with friends over the course of a week. If you live in Manitoba, we highly recommend signing up! They’ll also be joining us at the Finish Line on the 18th to celebrate human resilience!

Frosty Face Winnipeg.

Also in the spirit of celebrating the crisp, clean climate of a prairie winter, Frosty Face Winnipeg is a new project that we’re proud to be partnering with. A photo project celebrating Winnipeg as a winter city, Frosty Face invites you to show your love of the cold by sharing pics of your own Frosty Face on Facebook and Instagram with the tag #FrostyFaceWpg.

Important Race Bible and Technical Manual Updates.

Racers: Some important details have been adjusted and posted to the 2017 Race Bible and Technical Manual. We highly recommend you go through it carefully. In particular, we’ve made some changes to the start times and to the shuttle— but there are other new details also. A list of updates can be found here, but please review the whole document. You are responsible for knowing its contents.