When: Saturday, February 24; wave 1 at 12:00pm, wave 2 at 1:30pm
Where: Lansing Brewing Company
Come get cheap, barely used gear or sell some you already have! Only have a few items? Perfect, OC can sell it for you and get you your money after the event. Contact Dan Durbin if you’d like to have OC sell your stuff. There will be beer.
Executive Board Elections
When: March 19 and March 26
Where: IM West 208, bring your club membership card!
What: Each person running will pitch a 2-3 minute speech, then members will vote
Being on the board has many perks. It’s a professional experience with peers who share the same passion you have for the out of doors. It’s an opportunity to project manage. You’re an integral part of the club and its functioning. Do you like taking on responsibility and have an interest in running for a position? Contact a board member and ask them about their experience and read up on the descriptions and requirements of each position. All positions are open.
Campus to Coast
Tonight the Race Director, Joe Dewan, gave us a run-through of portages and preparation advice for Campus to Coast. Campus to Coast is a paddle sport adventure race. The race starts at Wonch Park in Okemos, following the Red Cedar River into the Grand River and out through Grand Haven, finishing at Grand Haven State Park.
The race is approximately 160 miles, with a 57 hour cut-off time. This event includes paddling at night, 7 portages, along with one section where racers must “canoe line” a small section of fall over dams. There is required gear that can be found in the rules section.
Due to the inherent dangers of canoeing/kayaking, cold weather, night river travel, and dams, every racer should be well aware of the protocols regarding emergency situations (found in the rules). Racers also must be aware of their own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses before undertaking this event. Everyone is welcome to take part in any division they are applicable for; however they should take into consideration all risks (frostbite, hypothermia, drowning, death, etc.). Plan ahead!
Want to volunteer?
Not sure if you’re ready to race? Get used to the waters and cheer on your friends! Plus, camp out and get quadruple the 40 night challenges nights- that’s right, four nights for one! Your job is to check in on participants, mark their time, and ensure that everyone is safe. You’ll be posted up at portages and keeping the spirits raised. Volunteers are a key component of this race that make it possible to have a safe, adventurous competition. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Joe Dewan and keep your ears peeled for the volunteer registration.
Want to race?
Registration will be open February 26, 2018 at noon at www.msuoc.org
$40 per person for an OC member
$50 per person for a non OC member
$70 per person for open division
$40 per canoe for canoe rental (includes paddles and pfds)
Required gear list:
2 coast guard flares
1 white light for night travel (headlamp, or flashlight on front of boat)
1 emergency blanket per person (or SOL emergency bivy)
1 shelter solution (tarp or tent)
1 coast guard approve pfd per person, worn at all times
1 whistle per person
2 or more changes of clothes
last set of dry clothes= race is over for your team
Multiple layers! Ex: synthetic or wool (NO cotton, NO down), mid layer fleece
rain gear per person (rain jacket, frog togs)
1 cell phone in a waterproof container (try a JIF jar)
3-4 quarts water per person (2-3 nalgenes per person)
synthetic sleeping bag, sleeping pad
scoop and sponges to get water out of boat
ditch kit dry bag (emergency stuff you can grab quickly)
10 L drybag for food
first aid kit
1 spare paddle
Some info about the portages from your race coordinator:
*more technical information can be found in the safety videos linked below.
Hannah Rapids: don’t try to clear this and get wet this early! Not worth it!
Lansing Fish Ladder: this portage is a quarter mile of walking.
Grand Ledge: Not an easy take out but it’s an ok portage. Don’t go over the dam!
Portland: wave hello to Verlen Kruger.
10 mile of reservoir before Webber
Webber: no one likes this one
Wager: it’s very easy to miss this portage! keep your eyes peeled!
Then, stop at Cindy’s for a bonfire at camp 1
Lyons: There are boulders and a strong current at the put in
In just another 40 to 50 miles, you’ll pass camp 2
Grand Rapids: you’ll hike your boat on portage wheels for about a mile and a half, get ready
Need to prepare?
Attend the mandatory safety meeting Monday, April 16! Work on the basics! Paddle with your partner! Get on the water during Dan Durbin’s Office Hours (check the Facebook to see when he’s heading out)! Watch the safety videos! Check some blogs and videos from races past! Long story short, there are plenty of things you can do to get ready for the race. Start yesterday.
Any and all questions can be directed to your Race Director, Joe Dewan, at 517-643-7177 and email@example.com.
Now that you’ve got the current information I hope your day flows smoothly. Boat if it doesn’t, choose to embrace this rain!
buckets of love,
Michigan State University