Beaver Freezer Competitor Update #2
We are just a few days away from the 1st annual Beaver Freezer Marathon! Here is some information to keep you updated and help you prepare:
A big thank-you!
Refreshments and entertainment
Race course update
Safety and mandatory gear
Prizing and awards
Driving directions and parking
Bib pick up
A BIG Thank-you!
Our crew of Busy Beavers has been working hard lining up volunteers, preparing the course and ensuring everything is ready. We are especially grateful to a few volunteers who have put a huge effort into making this happen:
Darrel Philion and Reg Peer have been out on the course night and day getting tracks down and packing it. The recent snowfalls have made it very difficult to get through areas but they have persevered!
Cindy Pruce from the Sault Cycling Club has been keeping everyone updated on social media, gathering draw prizes and organizing the beer tent.
Cassandra Nielson has been handling the hefty process of registration; handling all of the questions and sorting people into the proper categories.
Joey Kirkwood has been organizing the Transition Areas, gathering supplies and coordinating volunteers.
Wayne Westman has personally cut all 300 wood cookie medals. Not with his teeth, mind you, although he is as industrious as a real beaver in spirit. You will be able to choose your favorite beaver when you finish!
Please pass on your appreciation when you see these champs on the racecourse!
Refreshments and entertainment
Barban Construction and Pino’s will be providing snacks and drinks at all the Transition Areas and the finish line.
Greg Maclachlan will be playing a few music sets for everyone starting at 1230 and again after the race once he finishes the 10km race with his daughter. Check out his new album!
Outspoken will be on site for everyone to enjoy a beer after the race and watch the finishers come in.
Depending on your starting discipline please show up wearing your bib at the startline at least 20 min prior to your start time to check in. Check in will be near the backstop at the start / finish line.
42km Course 24km Course 10km Course
0800 Runners 0900 Runners 1000 Runners
0820 Skiers 0920 Skiers 1015 Skiers
0840 Fat Bikes 0940 Fat Bikes 1030 Fat Bikes
Race Course Update
The race course will start and finish from Hiawatha Highlands but the disciplines will have a staggered start time to help spread the athletes out. Also, the first few kilometeres of the course vary for each discipline to also disperse the groups. Please see the attached map to help you visualize the course. Each trail will be well marked and color coded to keep you on the right track. Long distances on the lakes may be marked with the occasional spruce bow.
Once racers have turned onto the Mabel Lake trail every discipline will follow the blue flagging, signs and markings. At this point the route will be an open course and may have non racers out and about along the way including snow machines. Use caution and listen for vehicle noise especially on the narrow trails.
Marshals will be at key spots throughout the race to ensure everyone is okay and on the correct course. Depending on snow conditions there may be last minute rerouting that differs from the maps on the website. Currently we have the race going out through Caribou Lake and not St. Joe’s Lake and we are still trying to push the trail through Crystal Lake. See the maps below for the most current routes.
Enormous amounts of snow for this time of year continue to fall. It has made the trails, streams and lakes very soft. Our volunteer groomers Darrel and Reg have a good trail laid down and Jack Trombello and Allen Orlando continue to maintain the Mabel Lake trail in an amazing condition.
The forecast is calling for more snow and cold conditions leading up to the race and a sunny -4°C day for the race.
Running - this will be slow and difficult and snowshoes will make a huge difference keeping you afloat. Be prepared for slush if you venture off the groomed trail and you are not wearing them.
Fat biking - The course has been groomed with snow machines and has been packed several times. The cold temperatures will keep it solid but low air pressure will go a long way to keep you afloat.
Skiing - The course will be tracked to the Mabel flats turn around and back. For the 24 and 42 km race you will depart classic grooming here and venture onto snowmachine / fat bike groomed trails. Currently with the amount of snow we have been getting, skating is not recommended due to narrower trails. Classic skiing will likely be the best option.
Safety and Mandatory gear.
Safety is our top priority for this race and we are working with Sault Search and Rescue, Canadian Ski Patrol and over 60 volunteers to keep everyone safe on the course. The ice conditions are very safe and many people have been out pre skiing / riding the course as well as recreational users including snow machines and ATVs. They may be on the course during race day so make sure to thank them for packing down these awesome routes.
Please have a contingency plan to be picked up at a TA in case of a non medical issue such as a mechanical breakdown or fatigue. We will have some emergency transport but would like to reserve that for medical situations only. If you do leave the course, please check in with a TA or race headquarters so safety crews are not out looking for you.
Mandatory Safety Equipment
Due to recent supply chain issues our ice pick for self rescue and whistles may not arrive in time to get them into your race kits. After consulting our safety team it has been agreed that the ice is thick and safe enough that these will not be mandatory. We do still require you to have a whistle with you that is readily accessible. If you would like to bring or make your own ice picks you please do! Please learn how to use them as well. Ensure the sharp points are not in danger of injuring you in the event of a fall.
To be carried by each racer at all times while on the course.
Mask protected in plastic bag in case of evacuation
Windproof / waterproof jacket
Hat or buff (provided)
Bottle for hydration (provided)
Helmet (fat bikers only)
Tools, pump and tube (fat bikers only)
This may make your race much more enjoyable
Covid 19 Protocol
Algoma Public Health has provided guidance regarding self assessment that all racers and volunteers should undertake prior to attending the race. Please take the time to do this and only attend if you are clear. Grocery stores are providing free rapid antigen tests and it is advised to take one prior to joining the event.
You are not required to show proof of vaccination for outdoor events however you are required to wear a mask if you are closer than 2m to people not in your household.
Please ensure you are wearing a mask during race check in and you stay 2m apart when not wearing a mask. For more information please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread
Prizing and awards
There will be draw prizes for competitors and volunteers closer to the end of the event so please hang around and enjoy refreshments from Outspoken while you listen to Greg Maclachlan and friends play music.
Every competitor will receive a handmade wood cookie medal with your favorite beaver image burned into it. The beavers were designed by Shannon Ramsey and the race logo was created by Conrad Wojcik. Special thanks to Wayne Westman for hand cutting over 300 wood cookies and Todd Dolk for the wood burning!
Driving directions and parking
Driving directions can be found here on the website. Teams are required to get themselves to and from Transition Areas. Please drive slowly especially in the residential neighborhoods.
Parking Please park in the East and South parking lots shown on your map below. Please do not park in the North parking lot of the Kinsmen Center or in the church parking area to the South.
Racer kit pick up
The Watertower Inn will be staffed with volunteers in the East Ballroom to hand out your kits on Friday March 04 from 1630 to 2000 (4:30 - 8:00PM)
Use code Beaver Freezer to receive a 10% discount off accommodations and receive a grab and go breakfast.
Algoma Bicycle Company will have any remaining kits for pick up on Saturday March 05 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM for anyone coming in from out of town.