Raid the North Championship
Canadian Ecology Centre (Mattawa, Ontario)

September 19 - 21, 2003

The 'Golden Fleece'

Raid the North is Canada’s Ultimate Adventure Race Series, and each first place team from the series’ races – HOPE, PARRY SOUND, STONEHAM, KIMBERLEY, and Alberta’s acclaimed Full Moon in June, earns the right, by racing hardest and fastest, to wear the race winner’s yellow competitor’s bibs. The ‘Golden Fleece’ bibs are symbolic of these teams effort and are an automatic entry into the prestigious 2 day Raid the North Championship race, to take place in Mattawa, ON, Sept. 19.

The Rest of the Best, the second and third place teams from each race will also be awarded their own unique blue or red competitor’s bibs to be worn in the Championship race, each bib will serve as that team’s number for the race and are marked with the event that they won them in.

Be online at midnight September 18th for our webcast of the one event that will decide who the top 24-36 hour teams in Canada are. Can Canada’s fastest adventure racers defend their right to wear the bibs they fought to win? On the line for is a cash purse of over $15,000 CDN and the title of Raid the North Champions!

The Championship race is more challenging than a 24-36 hour Raid the North both mentally and physically. While the racecourse is not significantly longer in distance, technical skill, commitment, and navigation decisions will put your team to the test. This is what makes this 2 1/2 day race a great stepping stone to expedition-length adventure races.

Any team is invited to compete in this event but remember, Gold, Red or Blue entry bibs can be won at each of the remaining Raid the North races in 2003. See you there!

  • 2001 Champion - Team Spirit: British Columbia/Ontario, Canada
  • 2002 Champion - Team Eastern Outdoors: New Brunswick/Ontario, Canada

About the Canadian Ecology Centre

Located just north of Algonquin Provincial Park near Mattawa, Ontario, the Canadian Ecology Centre was created to promote ecological learning and eco-tourism - "A place of mutual discovery where the ecologically concerned and the natural resource sector come together for the benefit of the forest".

The Canadian Ecology Centre is best described as a learning environment where technology and modern thinking is embraced in order to forge a productive and symbiotic relationship among the forest industry, and those who wish to enjoy Canada's wilds. The activities offered at the CEC are as unique as they are educational:

  • Educational paddling journey in Voyageur canoes
  • Mountain biking to an abandoned Mica Mine
  • Interpretive hiking where you learn all about the forest ecology
  • Using night vision monoculars to see the forest like never before
  • Using a parabolic sound dish and headset to listen to the wetlands
  • Howl back and forth with nearby wolf packs

Each accommodation cabin is wired to the internet and the CEC also offers a 12-station computer lab, GPS units, topographic map creation, and a host of other services and activities in-line with their technological approach to resource sustainability.

For more information about the facilities, activities, and programmes offered at the Canadian Ecology Centre, visit or call 1-888-747-7577.

Results: Race Results are available [HERE].
Date: September 19 - 21, 2003
Format: 180 km, 2-1/2 days non-stop, supported, regular and advanced racecourse option
Categories: Coed teams of four (18 years of age or older)
Disciplines: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Rappelling
Cost: $2,000 CDN / $1,450 USD per team
*NOTE: FREE entry and discounts are earned through top 5 placings at the four 24-36 hour RtN's
What's Included:

Event t-shirt, race jersey, sponsor swag, post race banquet and awards, camping facility before race, watercraft rental

Prizing: Total cash purse of $15,000 CDN
1st - $7,500 CDN
2nd - $4,000 CDN
3rd - $2,000 CDN
4th - $1,000 CDN
5th - $500 CDN

TOP 5 TEAMS will also receive a guaranteed place into the 2004 World Championship of Adventure Racing coming to Canada (Raid the North Extreme) in August 2004

GEAR PRIZING from Salomon, Princeton Tec, Suunto, Buff, Fast Fuel and other sponsors

DRAW PRIZE from Searchmont Resort - a weekend getaway for 4 including accommodations, lift tickets, rentals, and ski lessons ($1,500 value)

DRAW PRIZE from Star Choice - a Navigo 405 home satellite system including installation ($500 value)
Registered Teams:

CLICK HERE to find out which of North America's top teams will be racing at the Raid the North Canadian Championships in Mattawa, ON! [Maximum is 60 teams]

Competitor Newsletters:

Registered teams must download this series of detailed documents leading up to the race. This is to ensure that your team is fully prepared for the adventure that awaits you. Topics covered include - Event Timeline, Racecourse Description, and necessary Forms to Complete.

Competitor Update #1 Competitor Update #2

Gear List:

CLICK HERE to download the Raid the North Championship Gear List

Simon River Sports
Kayak Paddle Rentals

NEW! FAR Inc has created the SRS Paddle Rental Programme so that more people can enjoy the incredible difference of a carbon wing. Each is universally adjustable and breaks down to 5-pieces. Rentals are $48 CDN (incl. GST) for the team. Email to reserve yours! [Rental fleet of 16 paddles]

Directions: CLICK HERE to reach and find the Mapping section on the Canadian Ecology Centre website. More details within Competitor Newsletters
  • 380 km North of Toronto, ON
  • 300 km West of Ottawa, ON
  • 500 km East of Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Modern accommodations with all the luxuries in a rustic wilderness setting. Most of the 32 cabins at the Canadian Ecology Centre are equipped with two double beds and a single bunk and can sleep up to five people. There are a few bunk cabins which can sleep either four or six people. Each one has a refrigerator, coffee maker, computer with internet access, bed linens and towels. There are chairs, a picnic table and a propane barbecue at each building.

Special Raid the North Championship pricing of $99 per night per cabin. Bookings can be made at 1.888.747.7577.



Other 2003
Raid the North events

[Hope, BC]
[Parry Sound, ON]
[Stoneham Mountain Resort, QC]
[Kimberley Alpine Resort, BC]
[RtN Championship - Mattawa, ON]
[RtN Extreme - Atikokan, ON]

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