Race week final instructions
Welcome everyone to the 24th running of the Knee Knacker…runners, volunteers, family & friends. The final countdown has started, and there’s the usual flurry of activity this week. Runners, congratulations on making it to the start line. I hope you have trained well, tapered well and are ready for Saturday. Volunteers, my sincere thanks for all that you have already done, and for everything you’ve signed up to do!
Below is some important info to help you through to race day. There are some changes this year, so please read the details and feel free to call me at 604-787-8097 if you have any questions.
We are also posting info and reminders on Facebook, so if you want to join the conversation, please do.
1. There is absolutely NO day-of-race registration.
If you have not picked up your race packet and registered by Friday night, July 13th, you will not be in the race. Please bring picture identification to package pick-up, as we will attach a medical wristband to your wrist once we have identified you as the registered runner. If you have someone else picking up your race package, please let me know ASAP, and you MUST produce picture identification prior to the race Saturday morning.
2. Your entry is NOT transferable.
You cannot sell or give it away to anyone else. If you are injured or do not intend to run this year’s race for other reasons, please let me know by phone or e-mail. There are no refunds.
3. The Knee Knacker 2012 start is off of Westport Rd., Exit 4.
There is very limited parking at the start, so we encourage you to take the bus from Panorama Park. If you do drive to the start, please respect the neighbours and plan on walking a bit to get to the start line.
4. Volunteer requirement.
Remember to send in your volunteer hours. We recognize that many of you already volunteer in many ways – thank you for this. If you have donated or fundraised this year instead of volunteering, there is no need to send in your form – we have already noted those who have raised funds. The Knee Knacker community has already raised over $13,000 for North Shore Rescue and the total is still growing day by day. Thank you!
5. Have fun. Remember to enjoy the mountains, trees, trails & fellow runners along the way!
Volunteers – Please treat them well! Once again, we will have over 250 volunteers working together to help you meet your individual Knee Knacker goals. Your thanks and co-operation ensures that many of these volunteers come back year after year. Volunteers are the backbone of the Knee Knacker – without them we would not be able to put on the run. In keeping with their importance we invite all volunteers to the Awards Banquet free of charge. Please take the time to recognize their work both during the run and at the Awards Banquet.
Community Support – We are a not-for-profit, volunteer run organization. The funds raised go directly to North Shore Search and Rescue who are extremely grateful for the additional donations this year. This helps buy and maintain equipment that NSSR needs to save wayward trail runners, hikers and the like. North Shore Search and Rescue leads all race day emergency response & we are immensely grateful for their support.
Aid Stations, Cut-offs & Checkpoints – We have 11 aid stations on the course.
We highly recommend that you carry at least one water bottle and food between aid stations — the longest stretch between aid stations is in the first quarter, and with the forecast of warm temperatures and sunshine, you will want to be prepared.
As in past years, there are three mandatory checkpoints – Cypress Bowl, Cleveland Dam and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (LSCR). It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you’ve been noted at these checkpoints. There are 2 parts to this – volunteers and chip timing. As you approach the aid station, there will be volunteers noting your number and time. Smile at them and make sure they see you. Wave if you need to. Additionally, we have introduced chip timing this year, so ensure you run over a timing mat at each of the above mentioned checkpoints.
Friends and family are welcome at 10 of the 11 aid stations. We request that spectators do not go to Black Mountain, as the access way up there is a bit challenging and it’s the same route as the runners will be using coming down into Cypress. Also, please ensure any support crew stay within a ‘reasonable’ boundary of the aid stations, and no, they cannot give you aid on the way up Nancy Greene Way!
Drop Bags, Transportation and Parking – Drop bags will be transported from the start to the halfway point at Cleveland Dam aid station, for your use. These bags will then be transported to the finish line for pick-up. A bag with your number on it is provided with your packet pickup. You are welcome to use your own bag if you prefer as long as you clearly mark your number on it and keep it to a ‘reasonable’ size.
We highly recommend that you park your vehicle at the finish line (Panorama Park in Deep Cove), as there is very limited parking at the start. Free pre-race bus transportation is available from the finish in Deep Cove to the start off of Westport Road. These 3 buses will leave from Deep Cove at 4:40am, 4:45am and 4:55am. The last bus will leave at 4:55am sharp!
Specific Race Rules
Please review the following important race rules. The race committee has two sanctions for infractions of rules. Disqualification means the runner will not appear as an official finisher in the race results. Future entry denied means that an application for a future Knee Knacker Race will be returned.
Infractions resulting in disqualifications are:
- Shortcutting of the course;
- Missing a checkpoint;
- Getting in a moving vehicle;
- Failing to remain at a checkpoint for medical evaluation on request of checkpoint personnel;
- Running with a dog, pole, or any other aids;
- Failing to withdraw on request of race officials; and
- Impeding another runner.
Infractions resulting in denial of future entry are:
- Running as a bandit or pacing and/or crewing for a bandit runner;
- Having crews drive cars to areas designated as off limits;
- Failing to withdraw from the race for missed cutoff times;
- Failing to respect private property; and
- Mistreating aid station personnel, other volunteers or other runners.
The race committee reserves the right to impose sanctions for behaviour not specifically mentioned.
Registration, Package Pick-up and Race Briefing
Thursday, July 12 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm & Friday, July 13 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
NOTE: Race Briefing is Friday, July 13 from 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Parkgate Community Centre – 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver
Registration & race packet pick-up is on Thursday and Friday night at Parkgate Community Centre. This is mandatory for all runners. First-time Knee Knacker runners are also required to attend the course briefing on Friday @ 7:00 p.m.
There is absolutely NO day-of-race registration. If you haven’t registered by Friday night, you will not be in the race.
Please bring along picture identification as we will be attaching a medical wristband to your wrist once we have identified you as the registered runner. If someone else is picking up your race package, please advise us on who this person is before Package Pick-up and remember to bring your picture id to the start.
Day of Race Check-In
Saturday July 14, 2011 – 5:15am – 5:40am
There is a mandatory check-in for all runners at the start area from 5:15 am to 5:40 am. Please do not confuse this with the mandatory registration on Thursday & Friday nights. There will be no race packets or race numbers given out on race day. These must be picked up on Thursday or Friday evening.
Awards and Banquet!
Saturday, July 14, 2011 – 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Everyone is welcome! We will celebrate the 24th Knee Knacker this year with catering from Tommy’s Catering and our traditional awards for all finishers. We will start dinner service right away to keep the evening moving & hungry racers, friends, family & volunteers fed!
The banquet will be held at the Parkgate Community Centre, 3625 Banff Court, North Vancouver. Parkgate is just a few kilometers from the finish & showers are available for a nominal cost of $2.00 payable at the Community Centre. This makes it even easier to ease those aching muscles before dinner! If you haven’t already RSVP’d please contact Bev McKenna through the website ASAP.
For a full Race Weekend Schedule, please go here.
We are here to help you reach your individual goal on race day. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the committee members if you have comments or questions.
I wish you the all the best in your 2012 Knee Knacker adventure, and I look forward to seeing you soon!
KKNSTR Race Director