Shuffle Questions and Answers
Question: How do I participate?
Answer: Participation is a two-step process.
- Registration – The only way to register is online via this site. Registration for the Shuffle will open February 22, 2019
- Sign-in and Shuffle Bib Number pick up for the Shuffle will be at the Shinglemill Bistro parking lot on the morning of the event. *PLEASE NOTE! ALL SIGN-IN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SHINGLEMILL. THERE WILL BE NO SIGN-IN AT MALASPINA ROAD. ALL SHUFFLERS MUST SIGN IN AND PICK UP THEIR BIBS AT THE SHINGLEMILL.
Question: Where do I register on the day of the event?
Answer: There is no last minute registration. All participants MUST register ahead of time. Remember – the only way to register is online.
Question: How long does it take to hike the whole 29 kilometres?
Answer: It takes between six to eight hours to hike the full 29 kilometres, with six hours requiring a steady pace without much time spent taking breaks or smelling the orchids. Runners complete the course with an average time of between three to five hours.
Question: What do I do if I decide not to complete the entire route?
Answer: It is very important that you report your Shuffle Bib Number to a Volunteer or Event Official, either at a checkpoint, or at the finish line. All participants will be tracked throughout the Shuffle by way of their Bib number. Failure to report your Bib number will lead event organizers to believe that you are still out on the course and notify Search & Rescue that you are unaccounted for.
Question: How do I get from the Shinglemill parking lot to the start at Malaspina Road?
Answer: There will be a shuttle bus service taking runners/hikers doing the Shuffle from the Shinglemill Bistro to the starting area at Malaspina Road.
Question: If I leave my car at Malaspina Road, how do I get back out there after the Shuffle?
Answer: There is no shuttle service to retrieve your vehicle. People should make carpooling arrangements to pick up vehicles before the Shuffle.
Question: Is there bus service for participants travelling from Vancouver Island?
Answer: There will be a shuttle bus service for people coming from Vancouver Island who are travelling on the Sunday morning ferry from Comox to Powell River. The bus will be waiting at the Westview Ferry Terminal to take participants to the Shinglemill Bistro parking lot for sign-in and Bib pickup.
Question: What’s the registration fee?
Answer: There is no registration fee, but to raise funds for trail maintenance and improvements, we encourage participants to make a donation, and/or buy a PRPAWS membership, Shuffle T-shirt or SCT Passport, the proceeds of which get pumped back into trail maintenance and improvements.
Question: How can I get a Shuffle T-shirt and/or SCT Passport?
Answer: Shirts, passports, guidebooks and other items will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the finish line. All of these items can also be purchased at Tourism Powell River, 4257 Joyce Avenue.
Question: How can I make a donation?
Answer: You can make a donation online through PayPal or with a credit card or Visa debit card. You can also make a cheque out to: PRPAWS and mail it to: Box 345, Powell River, BC, V8A 5C2. Feel free to also bring your cheque or cash to the Shuffle. A tax receipt for donations greater than $20 will be mailed to you. Your donation will be used to maintain and improve the trail throughout the year. We continue to build new huts, kiosks, benches, picnic tables, swimming docks, camp sites, and outhouses along the entire 180 km of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Your donation is important to the continued success of the SCT, Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hiking trail.
Question: Will there be a Lost & Found?
Answer: Yes! A station will be set up at the finish line at the merchandise tent.