​One week until Race Day 2017!

Hi everyone!  We are super excited for next week’s race and all the planning is really coming together. We wanted to send out message to remind everyone of some important things for race day.

Race starts at 9am and we have a lot of people to get through check in.  We are offering check in on Friday from 1pm until around 6pm at the Heights and again Saturday morning starting at 7am. ID is required to pick up your race kit. Please arrive early so we can get everyone through in time.  There is absolutely no race day registration.

Bib Placement:
Our race is not a chip-timed race.  You get timed because someone reads your bib number.  If your bib number is not in a visible spot we can’t score you.  Please do not pin your bib on your back, your pack or your hat.  It should be on your front and if you put it underneath your jacket be sure to show it as you come through the lap/finish line.  It really throws off the scorers if they have to chase you to get your number.

The Course:
The course is the same as last year.  It is always incredibly well marked with ribbon and black arrows on white background and has been leaf blown which makes the trail pretty obvious in most spots.  If you don’t see flags for more than 100 metres turn around and head back until you get back on the trail.  You should always be able to see the next marker at all times.  We put caution tape across any trails you are not to enter.  Do not step over caution tape or you will be off course.

The Aid Station:
The aid stations are stocked with lots of sweet and salty snacks to help you get through the race.  If you require particular items duing the race you should supply them yourself.  There is also water, Heed, Coke and Gingerale.  We try to minimize our garbage production by asking you to have the volunteers fill your bottles from the jugs instead of using multiple paper cups to fill them.  Drop bags can be left just past the start/finish area in an area marked for drop bags.  Please be very kind to our volunteers.  

Finishing Prizes:
Everyone who completes the race will receive the amazing PYP finishing socks.  These socks are hard earned by everyone who owns a pair and so we are very particular about handing them out.  If you did 3 out of 4 laps you won’t get socks, so don’t ask.  They are for finishing.  The honey and t-shirts are for starting. ;)

There are also prizes for the top three male and female in each distance so please be sure to stick around for the awards ceremony if you are a top three finisher.

The Barbeque:

The barbeque is hosted by the folks at the Heights and it is delicious.  Your ticket entitles you to one burger, hot dog or veggie burgers and the salads and a drink.  If you would like an extra burger or hot dog please purchase a ticket from the Heights.  The barbeque starts early in the day and we need to remember that there will be 50k runners out there for close to 8 hours so please don’t take extra cans of pop or bottles of water so that there are still some left for everyone.

​​12.5 / 25 / 50 km

The Heights Ski & Country Club, Horseshoe Valley

Pick Your Poison Trail Run


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Drop bags. Drop bags for multi lap runners can be left at aid station three just past the start/finish area. Please make sure you pass through the start/finish (with your bib on display!) first and then you can go to your drop bags.  

Race morning snacks. Dawn has secured our usual assortment of pastries and the Heights will have pots of coffee on in the morning before the race. Please help yourself. Of course, don't forget to sample some delicious Stoked Oats before the race and be sure to say hello to Stoked Oats co-creator Simon Donato out on course and thank him for being such an awesome supporter of PYP both as a sponsor and a racer.

Dogs. The Heights of horseshoe has let us know that dogs are not allowed on the property. If you have no choice but to bring your dog please know that it is absolutely NOT allowed in the building. This is a public health regulation.

Bibs. Our race is hand scored. There are no chips on your ankle or hidden in your bib. If we can't see your number you will not get scored. We can not see your number if it is on your back or on your hat or on your t-shirt under two layers of clothes. Please make sure it is visible as you go through aid stations and the start-finish line. 

Cups. The number of cups we throw out each year is astonishing. Please help us reduce the waste by carrying a handheld bottle or something similar to fill at the aid stations. Our volunteers are more than happy to grab your bottle and fill it up while you have a bite to eat. Also, there will be no bottled water at the bbq. The heights will provide jugs of water for you to top up your bottle if you'd like. The bbq includes a can of pop if you'd like.

Early Packet Pickup.  We have confirmed that we will again be able to offer early packet pick up on Friday afternoon at the Heights. We will be there from 1pm to around 6pm - feel free to stop by and pick up your race kit and save yourself time and stress on Saturday morning.  
Please remember that photo ID is required to pick up your race kit.
Registration will open again on Saturday morning at 7am. We'd like to have everyone through by 830am so we can make sure everyone and everything is ready for the 9am start.  

T-shirts.  We have ordered more than enough shirts for everyone but if you want to be guaranteed the size you requested then be sure to pick up your kit early. 
We recommend you bring your water bottles full and ready to go when you arrive in the morning. The Heights will have some water jugs available to fill your bottles but to avoid the chaos just come ready to race.  

Barbecue.  Your barbecue ticket entitles you to a burger/hotdog or veggie burger plus two salads and a drink and a cookie. It does not entitle you to two burgers and a separate plate piled with salad. Extra tickets are available for purchase from the Heights if you're still hungry.

Stoked Oats will be on site in the morning offering up warm samples of their oatmeal. Be sure to visit them and try some. It's the perfect fuel for your race.​ 

Saturday, April 28, 2018