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FAQs - Arctic Fox Winter Stage Race

What can we expect at the Arctic Fox?

The Arctic Fox Winter Stage Race is a 2-part race that you (and your teammate) can take part March.  Each stage will have designated disciplines (ski, snowshoe, bike, run, etc. depending on where you are taking part) and involve overland navigation. Our goal is to create stages that are roughly 3-4 hours in length. The Arctic Fox - Calgary, will be winter biking and running while the disciplines for the Arctic Fox in other locations will be announced once confirmed.

Where is Arctic Fox happening?

The Arctic Fox is a regional race taking place throughout Alberta. Currently we have races confirmed in Calgary with the possibility of other locations. Though we don't anticipate going far from urban centres, you may need to drive to access each stage depending on where you live.

Does this mean I can sign up for more than one Arctic Fox?

Sure can, though that's completely up to you! Make sure when you are registering to race, you chose the location that suits you best! 

Is the course the same for everyone?

Yes, each stage will have a designated set of check points and you will receive race instructions, maps, check points and all necessary information beforehand so you can plan your routes accordingly. 

What's the FamJam?

The Arctic Fox Winter FamJam is a family friendly event designed to introduce your adventurous family into the the sport of adventure racing. This event will be orienteering (on foot) and designed for you and your crew to shorten or lengthen the course based on ability and comfort. You can expect 1.5-2 hours of outdoor fun!

How do you know we’ve made it to each checkpoint (CP)?

We'll be using a typical adventure racing control card where you'll have to 'punch' your control card at each checkpoint so we can confirm you've made it there.

I'm new to adventure racing, is this for me?

YES, this race is for you! Though we'd love to be developing a race where teams can face off head-to-head, a virtual stage race is the perfect opportunity to go out and test your skills with your teammate. There is very little stress compared to a conventional adventure race, given that you can decide when to race and if something goes astray along the way you can always come back another day (during the given time frame) and begin again. 

Navigation? I get lost in my own house!

Well it’s a good thing that the race isn’t until March! We’ll be hosting a handful of small-group navigation clinics in the near future. Keep an eye on our Master Classes page for more details. Remember, our goals is to create safe and challenging stages for athletes of all abilities, so a basic understanding of how to read a map and use a compass will go a long way. 

What categories are there on Race Day and how many people are on a team?

Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to our community. As a result, we will have Male, Female, Co-Ed and Non-Binary categories for all our races. We see you.. and you belong in our events! The Arctic Fox can be completed as an individual or in a team of two. 

Can I use my e-bike?

Yes! Well, sort of. We want people to participate within the limits of their ability and if that means you are using an e-bike, then so be it. It just means that we'll have you declare you've used an e-bike and we'll list your results differently than others. We won't prize (or place) those on e-bikes, but you'll still be eligible for the same fun as everyone else - including draw prizes!

Hey, wait a minute, couldn't someone cheat?

Yup, sure could. Fortunately there are no grandios prizes for first place (none in fact) and they'll only be cheating themselves in the end. If we suspect someone (or a team) of cheating, there are ways to determine the authenticity of their efforts - we just hope we don't have to do so. Also, at this point, we are planning to give recognition to placing teams and individuals, but prizing will be kept to the draw-type for everyone's benefit!

I'm not much of a runner, can I just choose the stage/discipline I'm good at?

You bet! In Calgary, for example, at registration, you'll be given the choice to sign up for solo or team, and either the Running Stage or the Biking Stages...or both! We hope that registration is pretty straight forward!

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