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Raid the North: Canadian Championship
Calabogie Peaks Resort, Ontario

September 15 - 19, 2004

It's with significant frustration that I have to announce the cancellation of the 2004 Raid the North Canadian Championship. Due to many factors, primarily very low registrations, I have no option but to bring this race to a halt at this late date.

As some of you know from our conversations and emails recently, the FAR staff and many of our suppliers went over and above to volunteer their services and find other ways to make this event happen.  However, with a total of 12 teams registered, and several not paid up and committed, it is both financially and logistically impossible to hold a four day expedition event.

My apologies to those teams I've communicated with recently who are committed to and enthused about this race. We were equally anticipating a fun and unique course crafted by Bob Miller, and a supportive and enthusiastic host site at Calabogie Peaks.  We are hoping to be able to bring both of these with us into next year.

Last year, I heard from several teams that they'd like to see a race length between the 2.5 day champs and the 6 day Extreme.  We polled all competitors in the year-end survey about the concept of a four-day race, and the response was extremely positive.  Just over 80 teams replied with interest in such an event.  Based on that, we moved forward with this race length, anticipating the long-term development of a new race length for the FAR schedule.  It turns out the support was not actually there, despite all of our best efforts (I know many of you have been working to encourage other teams to join us at this race).

I want to assure you that you will not lose any value from this.  All teams who have paid will receive a full refund.  Teams using their Championship entry prizing from the season will have their entry value honored during the 2005 season.  Stay tuned for how we will address that, I will be in contact with team captains shortly.

The Salomon Adventure Challenge: Canadian Championship, a 14-hour race on the same weekend at Calabogie Peaks, will be going ahead with much better registration levels.  I invite all of you to join us for that race instead.  You're all ready to race; why not come enjoy a different pace of race, in the brilliant fall colors of the area?

Again, my apologies, but I hope you understand the reality of the situation given the disappointingly low support.

Yours in AR,

Geoff Langford

About Calabogie Peaks Resort:

Situated in the beautiful Ottawa Valley, and so close for Ontario and Quebec competitors, Calabogie Peaks Resort offers up world class accommodation, spectacular hospitality and facilities, and access to a magnificent adventure playground. The stage is set for an unforgettable 2004 Raid the North Canadian Championship!

Four days will not be enough to truly explore the wilderness surrounding Calabogie Peaks. With Algonquin to the north, the Ottawa River Valley to the east, and the Madawaska Highlands all around, our course options are endless. This is a beautiful, mountainous region with extensive Crown land areas, hardwood forests, and hundreds of lakes. The landscape of pristine waterways, rolling woodlands and dramatic landforms beckon people out-of-doors. Renowned for canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting opportunities, the Calabogie region is a favorite scenic area.

In the heart of maple country, nature's display of colours in the fall will provide a brilliant backdrop for this event. We'll journey through gentle, rolling hills that give way to vast hardwood forests set amidst the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield. Maybe challenge the mighty Ottawa and Madawaska rivers - considered the best whitewater east of the Rockies - or dip our paddles along scores of canoeing and kayaking routes. Bike past rustic barns, old stone fences and ghost towns on groomed snowmobile trails along the Opeongo Line. Even with a four day expedition, we'll be stretching it to experience all this area has to offer. 

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