Spafford Health and Adventure

Yarker, Ontario, Canada


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Because.... Life is an Adventure

© 2020 Spafford Health and Adventure

March 7-8, 2020

Land O’Lakes Winter Ultra Race Rules

  1. The mode of transportation (foot, ski or bike) must be kept for the entire distance.

  2. Racers must sign in AND out at each checkpoint. The time that is spent at a checkpoint (CP) is part of the overall time.

  3. No outside assistance to advance up or down the trail.

  4. All mandatory gear must be with the racer at all times. Know how to use your gear and make sure it is working.

  5. Racers may share gear and assist each other; however, each participant must have their own mandatory gear at all times. Gear checks may be performed any time on course or at checkpoints/finish at the discretion of Race Director.

  6. Snowmobiles have right of way. You must pull to right side of the trail and let them pass. They may be moving fast and not see you; always assume you aren't visible and get yourself clear of their path.

  7. Racers may share gear and assist each other; however, each participant must have their own mandatory gear at all times. Gear checks may be performed any time on course or at checkpoints/finish at the discretion of Race Director.

  8. Racers may use snowshoes, but they must be used or carried the entire distance.

  9. The race officials have the right to remove or disqualify a racer at any time during the event for reasons such as safety of the racer, insufficient gear, littering, cheating.

  10. If you are going to sleep between checkpoints, bivy just off the main trail, but still in sight of the trail so you can be seen.

  11. If you bivvy and want to be evacuated attach the emergency sign (which you will receive prior to race start) clearly visible alongside the trail. 

  12. Racers need to deal with any gear or mechanical problems themselves on the trail. At checkpoints outside help can be used to help solve the problem. 

  13. Flashing LED lights must be on front and back of each racer at all times.

  14. Littering is strictly prohibited.

  15. No outside help is allowed. Racers may only accept help from officials or other racers.

  16. Racers must follow the official race route.

  17. All racers MUST check in & check out at ALL of their respective checkpoints along the course. Make sure the volunteer takes your race number.

  18. Headphones are discouraged, but if you choose to use them have them only in one ear.

  19. Race directors decision are final.

  20. All cut-off times for checkpoints and total time allowed for the 100 mile course will be published in advance, and finalized at the pre-race check in to allow for modifications if the snow conditions are extreme.

Gear Rules

Mandatory Gear

  • Head lamp

  • Spare batteries

  • Flashing red LED lights (and spare batteries), both on front and back of sled or bike or racer.

  • Reflective material for front and back

  • 2 sets of outdoor matches in waterproof container

  • Fire starter (matches or lighter)

  • Winter sleeping pad

  • Bivy sack or tent (NO space blankets)

  • Sleeping bag rated down to -20F or lower

  • Down jacket

  • Emergency whistle

  • Compass

  • GPS

  • Personal first aid kit including blister dressings, space blanket, hot shots

  • Stove - multi-fuel stove and fuel to melt snow and prepare meals

  • 1 pot (with at least 1 litre volume), 1 cup and bowl with spoon

  • Enough emergency food provisions to last 48 hours

  • Small saw

  • Vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles with total volume of at least 3 litres

Recommended Gear

  • In the past Trackleaders has made spot trackers available to racers on a voluntary basis at a nominal cost. We hope this continues for future races.

  • Helmet for bikers

  • Extreme conditions mittens, head gear and outerwear.

  • Insulated water container(s).

  • Extra red blinking lights/batteries.

  • Extreme conditions mittens, head gear and outerwear, including waterproof items. Near or above frezing and rain/snow can be among the most dangerous of conditions once you are wet.

  • Down/synthetic sweater, spare undershirt/socks etc.

  • Over-boots, gaiters.

  • Duct tape, Vaseline, sunglasses, lip-balm, moleskin, ibuprofen, etc.

  • Map/compass/gps.  Reflective vest.

  • Lots of food. Preferably items which remain chewable at way below zero.

  • Sleds or backpack for runners, skiers. Assorted tools/waxes as needed.

  • Judge your gear based on your mode of transport and skills. 

  • Be aware that you may be out there for a long time, in temps below freezing, or wet conditions, and assume that you won’t have any help.  If you need to sleep on the trail for a night until we figure out you are in trouble, make sure you can survive.

  • Down sweater, spare undershirt/socks etc.

  • Over-boots, Gaitors.

  • Duct tape, vasoline, sunglasses, lipbalm, moleskin, ibuprofin, etc.

  • Map/compass/gps.  The maps provided with your racer bag do you no good in you truck.

  • Reflective vest good idea.

  • Sleds or backpack for runners and snowshoers. Assorted tools/waxes as needed - carried from start to finish.


Race directors AND their volunteers have the discretion to implement and interpret the gear requirements as they see fit at check-in and during the race. The race directors’ decision is final.

If you start with it, you finish with it (no drop bags).