River Flow Data from USGS at Ferndale Monitoring Station
The course is approximately 18.5 miles long. The actual passing of the timing chip from the biker to the canoe will take place on the pavement immediately in front of Riverside Park on Park Drive. The timing chip should be worn on the wrist so that if your canoe capsizes, you will not lose it. The canoeist is responsible for the road biker’s finish time. Please be ready and in position when your teammate is approaching. When you receive the chip from the road biker, you must swipe the chip to create a finish/start time, canoe to Ferndale, and then pass the chip to the Cyclocross Biker. The course is considered class 1 (on a 1-6 scale) but represents deceptive hazards due to log jams, submerged logs, undercut trees and other obstructions. At the completion of the canoe leg, the canoeists will beach their canoe between the two buoys. One buoy will be stationed 1/4 of the way across the river, the other on the sand bar. Both paddlers will carry the canoe, paddles, and life jackets up the sandbar to the finish line (about 30-40 yards; the mountain biker may help). After crossing the finish line, the canoe will be put in the storage area temporarily (usually by volunteers) and the Cyclocross Rider can go get on their bike. You should retrieve your canoe immediately from the storage area.
There will be a pre-race meeting at 9:30 AM on race day at Riverside Park in Everson. IT IS MANDATORY THAT ALL RACERS ATTEND THIS MEETING TO GET THE LATEST SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE.
Race Timing Chips will consist of the chip on a wristband, and must be passed onto the next racer at each leg exchange area according to the rules. Canoeists: Swipe chip in front of the bulls-eye to create a finish/start time in Everson, at Riverside Park as you are responsible for the Road Bikers finish time. Please be in position when your team mate is approaching. Canoe to Ferndale, pass chip to Cyclocross Biker.
A designated team representative must pick up the team’s race packet prior to the race. The packet includes the team timing chip, racing bibs & T-shirts. The designated team representative must distribute items to team members. There will be no extra racing bibs at the exchange areas.
MANDATORY CANOE INSPECTION: All canoes must be inspected before being allowed to race. Canoes dropped off at Riverside Park on Saturday will be inspected that same day from 12:00-5:00pm. Canoes arriving Sunday, Race Day MUST pass thru an inspection gate between 7:00-8:45am before being dropped off in the staging areas on the grass. We strongly advise you take advantage of the Saturday inspection and drop off as it will make Race Day much easier for your team. Canoes dropped off Saturday will be watched by the local Boy Scout troop overnight — there is a small donation but it is well worth it, as you won’t have to deal with your vessels on Race Day. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to the mandatory canoe inspections, racers that have not passed the inspection process WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Please note that this process must be started by 8:45am on race day in order to have the inspections completed prior to the mandatory pre-race meeting, there will be no inspections once the meeting has started. It is strongly recommended that racers get their inspection out of the way on Saturday so they have one less thing to worry about on race day.
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(18′ maximum length allowed in Recreational Divisions, all other Divisions 18’6″) This should only exclude racing hulls. For example: 18’ Jensens, Sundowners and Trippers would qualify. “Pro-boats” (327s) and “cruisers” (432s) would not qualify.
On-site race officials will determine the time for an early release if your teammate is late in coming into the Race Exchange area. Be sure to attend the Pre-Race meeting on Race Day for details.
History of Flow Rates of Nooksack River
Here’s a PDF that shows the last 10 years of the flow rates of the Nooksack River.
The canoe launch will be at Riverside Park (left turn onto Park Drive after crossing bridge over Nooksack River when entering Everson from the west). Vehicles are to head directly to parking area as directed by volunteers who will be wearing orange OR green jackets BEFORE unloading canoes.
Parking for participants will be at the intersection of Stickney Island Road and Trapline Road, right across the street from Riverside Park. On Saturday, vehicles will be allowed to unload their canoes for inspection at the main park entrance and lot, however on Sunday, vehicles are not allowed in the park and they must unload and carry their canoes from the Stickney Island lot ¼ of a mile away. Again, this is why we strongly encourage you to drop your canoe off on Saturday and leave it in the care of the Boy Scouts overnight.
Park Drive directly in front of the park will be closed from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM to all vehicles to facilitate the exchange. Traffic between Lynden and Everson will be rerouted to Van Buren Road and Hampton Road during the exchange time.
Infraction of the rules by one team member may disqualify the entire team.
It is important for all racers to show their bib numbers when crossing the exchange area. Timing of individual legs may vary based upon exchange area layout. Therefore, personal time kept by racers may not correspond to official results.
If you want to volunteer for the Canoe Leg of the race, please fill out our Volunteer Form.
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