Cycle 32km over river trails, single track, park roads and the Trans Canada Trail to Beady Park in Headingly, Manitoba. Then hop in your canoe or kayak and paddle the swift-moving Assiniboine to the finish line at Winnipeg’s most popular landmark, The Forks. 

Racers compete as teams of two or solo.  Most teams complete the course between 4 and 6 hours.

+ WHAT TO EXPECT

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TEAMS

Teams of 2

Teams of 2 people will be required to complete all disciplines of the race course and each member will carry all mandatory gear items throughout the entire race. Teams of 2 can be of any gender and all teams will be ranked in the same category. Each racer will ride their own bikes and paddle in a canoe together. Participants under 16 must race with a guardian.

Solos

Individual racers will be required to complete all disciplines of the race course and carry all mandatory gear items throughout the entire race. Solos will be separated into male and female categories. Racers must be 18 years of age to race solo. Racers may use kayak OR solo canoe

Open solo / Team

Racers may register in this category as a solo OR team. This category will be timed but will NOT be ranked. Mode of transport is flexible and will be noted on results (acceptable options include tandem bike, tandem kayak, SUP or voyageur canoe). Each racer will both bike and paddle in a boat together (all team members must be in the same boat). All bikes and boats must be human powered.

All racers (solo or team) must have minimum 1 support crew member to transport and pick up equipment from the transition zone at Beaudry Park.

+ RACE RULES

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  1. The race package given to each team and solo will include all maps required for the race and course instructions. The maps provided in the race package are the only maps permitted on the course.
  2. Racers must check in with each marshal and transition point on the course. It will be their responsibility to ensure that their race number is recorded by officials for timing and safety purposes.
  3. The course instructions will include brief descriptions of particular obstacles to watch for throughout the course and a list of all checkpoints on the course.
  4. Teams or solos must travel through all checkpoints in the order specified by race management. All racers must follow the mapped route without deviation.
  5. The first team or solo (solo racers ranked by gender) to have all members cross the finish line and have passed through all checkpoints in order will be the winners of the race.
  6. All team members and solos must wear the race jersey provided at all times during the race. It must be worn as the outer layer (so it is in plain sight at all times). If you are a sponsored team or solo, you may affix your sponsor's logo on the jersey so as it does not cover official race sponsors or numbering.
  7. Teams and solos are encouraged to help each other while on the course. No penalty will be incurred for receiving assistance from another team or solo. Teams and solos are required to assist any racer that is in need of medical assistance. The assisting team(s) or solo will be given a time credit from race officials for the amount of time assisting.
  8. Weather conditions may restrict safe travel for certain sections of the course. Race management reserves the right to make changes to the course or restrict travel on certain sections due to weather conditions.
  9. Teams or solos found traveling on restricted roads, cutting the course or areas designated by the race director as "out of bounds" will be disqualified, no exceptions.
  10. Mandatory gear must be carried at all times and racers may be subject to inspection at any point on the race course to ensure compliance. Racers not carrying all of the mandatory gear will be assessed with a time penalty or disqualified.
  11. All participants must wear your helmet at all times while on their bicycle. Failure to obey this rule will result in disqualification. Biking terrain can include roads, secondary roads, limestone paths, double track trails and single track trails. It is an open course to the public and all participants must obey all traffic signals, rules of the road and give pedestrians the right of way. Please be respectful when passing pedestrians and slow down.
  12. All participants MUST wear their PFD zipped up on the paddling portion of the race at all times. Failure to respect this rule will result in disqualification.
  13. You must obey course marshals and safety personnel at all times. Show your appreciation for all volunteers.
  14. Team members must travel together and not be separated by more than 50 feet.
  15. All event participants must act in an environmentally responsible manner at all times during the event. No litter, gear or any other object can be left on the racecourse, at the start line or host site except in designated disposal locations. It's very important that we look after our environment. If a competitor or team notices litter, gear or any other object left by another participant it is that team's or solo responsibility to pack it out to the next checkpoint to be left with the checkpoint staff.
  16. No teams or solos shall receive assistance from any persons outside of the race. If teams or solos are violating this rule they will be disqualified. I.E. Directions from helicopters, Rides in any vehicle Communication via cell phone - etc...
  17. The maximum time allowed to complete the entire race course is 6 hours. Teams or solos which miss cutoff times or are still on course after the 6 hours may be removed from the course at the race organizer's discretion.

+ MANDATORY GEAR

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INDIVIDUAL GEAR (TO BE CARRIED BY EACH MEMBER AT ALL TIMES)

  • 1 Liter minimum capacity, water bottle or hydration bladder
  • 1 Lightweight Rain Jacket
  • 1 Race jersey (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)

Recommended (but not mandatory)

  • 1 Pair of rain pants, long pants or tights
  • 1 Long sleeve synthetic shirt
  • 1 Pair sunglasses

TEAM GEAR (OR INDIVIDUAL IF RACING SOLO, TO BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES)

  • 1 Set of maps (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)
  • 1 Passport (Provided by Swamp Donkey AR)
  • 1 Cell phone (in a waterproof case or "double" ziplock bag)
  • 1 Basic First Aid Kit

Recommended (but not mandatory)

  • 1 waterproof map case

MOUNTAIN BIKE: TO BE CARRIED DURING EACH BIKE SECTION

Individual

  • 1 Bike
  • 1 Bike helmet (must be worn at all times)
  • 1 Spare Tube
  • 1 Pair of bike gloves
  • 1 Liter minimum capacity, water bottle or hydration bladder individual (and 1 per team)

Individual (and 1 per team)

  • 1 Tire Pump
  • 1 Set of Tire levers

Recommended (but not mandatory)

  • 1 Inner tube patch kit
  • 1 Chain repair tool
  • 1 Set of allen keys / hex wrenches
  • 1 Bike computer (highly recommended)

PADDLE: TO BE CARRIED DURING EACH PADDLE SECTION

Individual

  • 1 kayak (or solo canoe)
  • 1 Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with whistle attached - must be Canada Coast Guard approved (must be worn at all times)
  • 1 Canoe paddle or Kayak paddle
  • 1 Throw bag (or 15 meter of floating rope)
  • 1 Pump or Bailing device

Team

  • 1 Canoe
  • 2 Canoe or Kayak paddles
  • 2 Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) with whistle attached - must be Canada Coast Guard approved (must be worn at all times)
  • 1 Throw bag (or 15 meter of floating rope)
  • 1 Bailing device

+ SCHEDULE AND FEES

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RACE WEEKEND

7:00 - 8:00 AM - Registration (next to Children's Museum). Race jersey, bike plates and maps picked up here

8:15 AM - Racer welcome and last minute tips

8:30 AM - Race Start

1:00 PM - Top teams medal presentation

Hang out and enjoy the day at the Forks with us!


RACE FEES - SOLO

Before May 15 - $80.00 per person + fees + GST

After May 15 - $95.00 per person + fees + GST


RACE FEES - TEAM

Before May 15 - $160.00 per team + fees + GST

After May 15 - $190.00 per team + fees + GST


RACE FEES - OPEN

Before May 31 - $80.00 per person + fees + GST

After May 31 - $95.00 per person + fees + GST


CANCELLATION POLICY

50% Refund prior to April 30

25% Refund between May 1 and May 31

No Refund after June 1


What do my fees include?

  • Numbered Pain in the ASSiniboine Bike Plate
  • Online posting of race photos by Kelly Morton Photography
  • Emergency Medical Service Team Fee
  • A fun and well organized race with other awesome racers!

  • + FAQS

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    I'm not an Adventure Racer, but I've got a team that would like to race...can we race?

    YES! The goal of this event is to encourage first time racers to participate and experience the world of multi-sport. We welcome all racers both new and returning.

    I don't get out much, and am not a super athlete is this too hard for me?

    NO! Well probably not. The idea of adventure racing is to work together as a team - everyone works together as a team to accomplish the most difficult tasks. The race can be completed without ever running a step. This adventure race is more about perseverance though the various disciplines than it is about fitness.

    I'm not sure that I really understand adventure racing, how do I get started?

    Easy! Read up on the race details above, check our registration page for more details or contact us with your questions.

    Do we need to carry our lifejackets for the entire race?

    No. Your life jackets will only be carried for water sections of the course or where there is a safety concern regarding water.

    I have no experience with a map and compass for navigation. Can I participate in the Swamp Donkey Adventure Race?

    You can sign up for navigation training online at Wilderness Supply. Courses are offered at various dates ahead of time and information regarding these courses can also be found on their website.

    I am borrowing my friend's mountain bike. Do I have to worry about it in transition areas?

    The bike will be under supervision in the transition areas and for mountain bike events or triathlons this is a common procedure. There will be no shopping for bikes in the transition area!

    Is a throw bag the same as a throw line?

    A throw bag qualifies as a throw line. You do not necessarily need to buy a throw bag. The requirements for a throw line, is that the line/rope is 15 meters in length and that it floats. You can bring 15m of yellow polypropylene rope (which naturally floats), or 15 meters of any rope and attach a float to one end.

    + VOLUNTEER

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    Want to watch and support friends and family who are racing? Thinking about competing someday? Want to be part of an exhilarating experience? Join us as a volunteer!

    Volunteer positions include:

    Check Points (CP's)
    Transition areas (TA's)
    Marshalling Points (MP's)
    Base Camp
    Gear / Bike or Canoe Transport
    Safety

    If you have an area that you would prefer to work please let us know, and we will try our best to accommodate you. Without the help of our volunteers the race would not exist! Come be a part of it!

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