Actif Epica is a self supported ultra endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions. It promotes health benefits associated with outdoor activity in winter and celebrates southeastern Manitoba communities and the surrounding prairie along the historic Crow Wing Trail. The race starts in Emerson (200km), Ridgeville (162km) or St. Malo (120km) and finishes at The Forks, Winnipeg.
Icy temperatures, windswept trails, big skies and huge landscapes await participants as we Celebrate Human Resilience.
There are a number of Check Points, most but not all of which are staffed with volunteers, along the route that allow participants to take shelter if necessary (they also act as a means for us to keep track of participants as they progress through the race), but there are long stretches of unsupported road and trail where participants need to be able to take care of themselves. Food is usually provided at some Check Points, but this can’t be relied upon. Participants must be able to make it through the race without assistance, even if they may be able to enjoy some ‘bonus’ meals along the way. To get a more complete sense of what is required for participants to support themselves through the race check out the Race Bible.
THE CROW WING TRAIL
The historic Crow Wing Trail first opened in 1844 and stretched from Upper Fort Garry to St. Paul Minnesota. Trader Peter Garrioch and his friends, fearing the Sioux Indians on the west side of the Red River, decided to open a trail on its east side where there was a good supply of wood and water.
This new trail quickly became popular as a main trading route. From Fort Garry it followed the eastern side of the Red River through what are now known as the communities of St. Adolphe, Niverville, Otterburne, St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Malo, Ridgeville and Emerson. The Crow Wing Trail Association was formed in 1999 to build the section of Trans Canada Trail from Winnipeg to Emerson.
This regional trail association consists of representatives from the rural municipalities of Ritchot, Niverville, De Salaberry, Franklin, Emerson and Roseau River First Nation. We are indebted to the Crow Wing Trail Association and all they do to help make this event a success.
THE RACE ROUTE
To look at last year’s race route in detail check out our GPS mapping. We don’t anticipate huge changes for 2019, though there will almost certainly be some.
We’ll post a finalized 2019 route likely near the New Year.