Labrador City, NL, March 5, 2014 – Cain’s Quest today announced a change to the 2014 race route once racers leave Checkpoint 15 Nain as inclement weather has made the original route through the interior of Labrador from Nain to Churchill Falls a safety risk.
“Racer safety is our number one priority,” said Todd Kent, Chair of Cain’s Quest Inc. “The route has already taken longer than we anticipated and the extreme cold temperatures have taken its toll on all the teams.”
The crew for Checkpoint 16 Crystal Lake cannot reach the Crystal Lake checkpoint because of poor weather conditions.
“Not having the appropriate people in place is also a huge concern for us,” said Todd.
Once the remaining teams have finished their mandatory layover in Nain, the revised route will take them back down the north coast with express checkpoints in Hopedale (Checkpoint 13) and Postville (Checkpoint 11) to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where they will serve an eight hour layover. Racers will then travel to Churchill Falls and Esker, both now express checkpoints, before heading back to Labrador West. The trails that were marked out-of-bounds previously will still be off-limits, including the ungroomed and groomed regulated snowmobile trails from Postville to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Checkpoint numbers will remain the same.
Cain’s Quest is the world’s toughest and longest snowmobile endurance race. It is an incredible off-trail riding adventure where teams of two battle in an all-out race through deep snow and thick wooded areas in some of the most remote parts of Labrador. The race is managed by Cain’s Quest Inc., a volunteer-run, non-profit organization.