Welcome to the Lapine Loop. While the details of the course are kept secret till race day, and a few are still not solidified with our permit, we wanted to give racers a heads up about a few things particular to this race. So read below and get excited.
Mandatory Gear is listed here, but there are a few additions and clarifications for the Lapine 2020. So please make sure your entire team reads this and that you ask any questions to our staff before the race.
Masks - each team member must carry a mask, and have it accessible for use in certain situations in the race. If you are a forgetful person, you might want to bring a few. This is 100% mandatory, and will be checked and used at several times during the race. We know it sucks, but you will not be required to race in a mask for the most part, just when close interactions are necessary. This is to protect our staff, other athletes, and required by the permit.
Boats - any inflatable watercraft is ok. The water is cold, so ideally you are not fitting all 4 people in one Alpacka Scout. And the Paddle section is a paddle section, so running (unless you are running in the river) is not allowed. You will be required to carry your boat for some short distance on both foot and bike possibly. What does short mean? Somewhere between 1/2 and 3 miles.
Climbing equipment (pending). 50% of your team will need a harness, belay devices (ATC style), two locking carabiners, and one sewn sling. Odd # teams round up. So if you have a team of 3, 2 of you will need this equipment. Soloist need to have it, and must have an additional sling and carbiner (non locking ok). Those of you bringing the gear must know how to use it too.
Environmental concerns. You will get cold and wet and muddy. Plan on it. October means variable weather conditions so come prepared for temps ranging from 30 - 70 degrees, and you can dress accordingly on race morning.
Ok all for now. Get training. It is amazing how long 6 hours can seem in one of our races.