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If you’ve never experienced racing a canoe on the snow, your chance to do just that is coming up!

On February 19, 2018, be one of the 60 awesome teams that will connect and compete for prizes.

Race Day: Monday, February 19, 2018, Louis Riel Day, 12:00 noon to 5:00PM

Registration now open – sign up your team today!

Race Course

The course consists of a straight, snow-packed 200-metre track of four lanes. Each heat features four teams racing head- to- head. The top four teams (with best times) will challenge each other for the win in a final heat. The team who completes the course in the fastest time wins the race, has bragging rights and will be awarded the Grand Prize for heat time.


A Wild Winter Canoe Race team is comprised of five adults. No paddles at this event. Ingenuity and teamwork = the winning formula! Dress as a team. Impress the judges. Watch for prize announcements.

Each team must have a designated Team Manager who is responsible for communication with race organizers and will ensure all crew members are kept informed of updates/changes as they unfold.

Training Days

Propelling a canoe with your foot takes a little practice. Teams will have the opportunity to test their skills in preparation for the race. Training times on the frozen Red River at The Forks are scheduled for Saturday, January 20, 27 and February 3 between 1:30 and 3:30. Watch for sign-up and updates.


Team registration fee is $300 or $60/member. Registration fee entitles each member to a swag bag with goods, gift cards and coupons.

Secure storage will be available at registration at The Inn at The Forks. There is a $2 fee for this storage of your gear. Information and arrangements at the Registration Check-In desk on the day of the race.

Safety and Waivers

Crew members are responsible for their own safety while participating in the 2018 Wild Winter Canoe Race.

Each Team Manager is responsible for ensuring that the Team Roster is completed online in full. The Team Manager is also responsible for ensuring that all individual crew members bring a hard copy of their signed Participant Waivers and identification on Race Day.

Equipment and Clothing

Race canoes will be provided by race organizers.

Team gear is the responsibility of the individual teams.

Teams will be dressed in a themed uniform or color scheme (preferably bright colors as they’re more easily seen against the snow). Harness your creativity! The bolder, the better! Watch for the prize announcement for this category.


Footwear that can maximize your grip will increase your winning advantage in the race – think crampons/soccer cleats. Footwear is the responsibility of individual teams and their team members.

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Race Rules

The emphasis for the 2018 Wild Winter Canoe Race is fun and friendly competition. However, there are some rules required to maintain the safety of the racers and spectators as well as to ensure fair competition. All teams should be apprised of the Race Rules of the competition before race day.

While the emphasis is fun, friendly competition, rules have been developed in order to maintain the safety of the racers and spectators as well as to insure fair competition. All teams should be apprised of the rules of the competition before race day.

1. General Regulations and Administration


  1. Waivers: All team members must sign a Participant Waiver stating that they have read the conditions of the waiver and are aware of the risks associated with the races, accept the risk and therefore waive any right they may have to any course of action against any or all of organizers and officials for injury of loss/damage to personal property.
  2. All Team members must return a signed Waiver at the check-in desk on the day of the race.
  3. 18 Years of Age: All team members must be at least 18 years of age. All team members must submit a photocopy of government issued photo identification (driver’s licence or passport) with their signed Waiver.
  4. No Drugs or Alcohol: No team member can consume drugs or alcohol on the day of the event prior to the conclusion of the races. The Organizers reserve the right to refuse permission of a team to participate in the event if a team member appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  5. Team Rosters: Team captains must submit their team name, all team members names and email addresses using our website no later than Feb.12/18.
  6. Cancellation: The team captain will be responsible for notifying Inclusion Winnipeg in the event of withdrawing from the race 24 hours before the race in order to notify an alternative team on the wait list.

2. Competition Format


  1. Team placements in the heats and lane assignments will be assigned randomly. The standing of the team will be determined by the finish time.
  2. There will be 3 heats. All teams will run a qualifying heat. The 12 teams with the best times will advance to the semi-final. The four teams with best finish times in the semi-final will advance to the final heat. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the team with the fastest time in the final heat.

3. Racing Regulations


  1. Racing Lanes: all 4 lanes are approximately 1.5 metres in width and 200 metres in length. Each lane has a designated marker with lane number.
  2. Start Line: a start line will be marked with an official starter(s).
  3. 6 Metre Leg In Line: a 6 metre marker will be positioned at each lane.
  4. Finish Line: a finish line will be marked by an electronic timing device.
  5. Entrance: The area immediately preceding the start line will be used as an approach for canoes to proceed to the assigned lane.

4. Marshalling


  1. Teams should plan to be on site one (1) hour before the race time and check-in at the check-in desk. There will be an opportunity for a ‘practise’ run prior to the race once a team has checked-in.
  2. Teams will be marshalled to the marshalling area after check-in.
  3. Teams will be notified twenty (20) minutes ahead of their scheduled race start time.

5. Starts and Starting Procedures


The first 5 metres of the race course constitutes the Start Zone. A team may enter the start zone when permitted by the Start Officials. They will not enter the racing lanes until all teams from the preceding race are clear of the finish line and the Starter has assigned a lane to the team.


  1. The Starter will notify the teams to line-up in their respective lanes before the start of the race; the race will start without your team if your team chooses to ignore the line-up instructions. Competitors will hear: “Heat #1: Team name and Lane #”.
  2. When the Start Officials are satisfied that the canoes are lined up in their respective lanes, the Starter will be signalled.


  1. When the Starter is satisfied that all of the canoes are correctly aligned, the Starter will inform the teams when there is five, four, three, two minutes remaining before the start time.
  2. Teams must be attached to their starting positions at least two minutes before the designated start time.
  3. The Starter will alert the teams by one verbal cue “ARE YOU READY”. The Starter will raise an ORANGE flag. When the Starter is satisfied that all teams are ready a WHISTLE will signal the start of the race and the orange flag will be dropped.


  1. It will be considered a False Start when, before the starting whistle sounds or before the ORANGE flag is dropped:a) A canoe is out ahead of the rest of the Start Lineb) Any canoe is already being moved ahead after the ‘ARE YOU READY’ commandc) Any other condition arises that, in the opinion of the Starter, compromises a fair start.
  2. In the case of a false start, the Starter will instruct the teams to realign their canoes at the starting line, provide a TWO MINUTE warning and repeat the Starting procedures.


Race Course Marshalls will be placed at the start, at the 6-metre mark and at the finish line.

6. Race Conduct


  1. Each canoe must stay in its proper lane within the lane delineators throughout the race. Teams are to attempt to avoid collisions. The team members are responsible for their own steering. If a team impedes or interferes with any of its opponents or gains any advantage thereby, it will be disqualified.
  2. Each team member with the exception of the member at the stern must have ONE LEG IN THE CANOE beginning at the 6-metre mark and at all times thereafter during the course of the race. If for some reason a team member falls, the team is required to resume the heat so as to minimize further time penalty. If a team, in the opinion of the Head Referee, has gained an advantage as a result of a team member not having one leg in the canoe during the race, that team will be disqualified.


  1. Each canoe must finish in its assigned lane, within the defined boundaries of the course, with the team fully intact.
  2. The canoe is deemed to have completed the race when entire canoe travels across the finish line.
  3. The time of the canoe’s finish will be taken at the instant that the nose of the canoe reaches the finish line.
  4. In the event of a dead heat, where two or more canoes finish at the same time, the officials will instruct those teams to race again in order to determine the team that will advance to the next heat.

7. Protests and Disqualification


  1. Protests by teams will be limited to race conduct and race rule infractions only. The Team Captain must report a protest to the Head Official immediately following the race.


  1. The Head Official may disqualify a team for reported infraction of rules, abusive behavior to competitors, volunteers or officials, unsportsmanlike conduct.
  2. Lane Race Marshalls will signal any race rule infractions they have observed while a race is underway to the Finish Line Official by blowing a whistle and notifying offending team(s) of the specific infraction.
  3. The Head Official will decide on all protests and disqualifications. The decision of the Head Official is final and binding.

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