Half Shuffle, Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:30 am: Participants arrive at the upper parking lot above the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro for Shuffle sign-in and bib number pickup.
*PLEASE NOTE! ALL SIGN-IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHINGLEMILL. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN-IN AT HAYWIRE BAY SO ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN IN AT THE SHINGLEMILL.
7:50 am: Transportation service will leave from the Westview Ferry Terminal to take participants coming from Vancouver Island to the Shinglemill for Half Shuffle sign-in and bib number pickup.
9:00 am: Buses leave the Shinglemill parking lot for the Half Shuffle Start at Haywire Bay.
9:50 am: Half Shuffle starter photo.
10:00 am: Half Shuffle start – runners first, hikers second.
Full Shuffle, Sunday, April 29, 2018
7:30 am: Participants arrive at the upper parking lot above the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro for sign-in and bib number pickup.
*PLEASE NOTE! ALL SIGN-IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHINGLEMILL. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN-IN AT MALASPINA ROAD SO ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST SIGN IN AT THE SHINGLEMILL.
7:50 am: Buses will leave from the Westview Ferry Terminal to take participants coming from Vancouver Island to the Shinglemill for Full Shuffle sign-in and bib number pickup.
8:00-8:15 am: Buses leave the Shinglemill parking lot for the Full Shuffle start at Malaspina Road.
8:50 am: Full Shuffle starter photo.
9:00 am: Full Shuffle start – runners first; hikers second.
FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON GETTING TO POWELL RIVER, CLICK HERE.
TO GET TO SHINGLEMILL (SIGN-IN FOR BOTH THE FULL SHUFFLE AND THE HALF SHUFFLE):
From the Powell River – Comox ferry terminal in Westview (Powell River) head north along Marine Avenue (Highway 101) towards Lund. Follow Highway 101 to the Townsite, crossing Ash Street at the first stop sign, and turning right on Arbutus at the second stop sign. Continue north, across the Powell River Bridge and make an immediate right turn. This road leads along the water to the lower Shinglemill parking lot, where participants can park their vehicles. Continue on foot to the upper parking lot, where you can sign in and pick up your bib number. The buses will leave from the lower parking lot, but it’s important to walk up to the upper parking lot first to sign in and pick up your bib number.
What to Bring?
Bring your own official timing system (a watch will do, even if the second hand doesn’t work).
Be self-sufficient for your food and water needs on the trail. While we will have aid stations along the way, these are a bonus and should not be relied upon.
Be prepared for the weather and trail conditions. If you are a hiker bring your usual gear and extra clothes to layer and protect from rain.
A change of clothes and maybe a towel will come in handy. There are no showers, but there is a public washroom at the finish where you can change.
No dogs are allowed in either the Full or Half Shuffle.
Come and join us for stories of the trail, some food and beverages at the Shinglemill Pub and Bistro at 6233 Powell Heights (604-483-3545) near the finish.
The whole trail has been well marked with fluorescent orange-red metal squares all the way to the finish line at the Shinglemill. It has also been brushed and groomed in the weeks preceding the Shuffle. Be at the trailhead at least 15 minutes before the start so we can take the starter picture and start on time. Be prepared for the weather. Make sure you have your Shuffle bib number clearly visible during the event so volunteers can check you off as you pass through the half-dozen checkpoints along the route. If you decide not to finish the entire route, it is imperative that you inform the volunteers at the Aid Station at whatever point you are leaving the trail and tell them your Bib Number. Search and Rescue volunteers will be called out for anyone who has not informed our volunteers that they are leaving the event.
For some it’s a race, but for others it’s not. However, we do keep track of your times so you have something to compare to next year. We hope everyone will take the same course, but won’t disqualify folks for getting lost and hiking or running extra distance. Over the last few years the course has been substantially upgraded with the installation of a multitude of the square florescent markers every 30 metres or so, and dozens more of the carved wooden directional signs at any of the junctions. If you don’t see any of the red markers, retrace your steps to the last junction and take the fork that has the markers. Junctions are signed with the ground being spray-painted, but when you are running (or talking) you sometimes don’t look up to take note of the proper turn, keeping straight ahead instead. Remember: red markers, red markers. Look up every so often, and refer to your route instructions.
This event is not sponsored, sanctioned, permitted or anything else that would qualify it as an official event, and you participate at your own risk entirely.
Use this wonderful opportunity check out some of the last surviving groves of BC’s old growth temperate rainforest.
Expect rain, trails, hills, some old friends and maybe some new.