Cancer Claimer Relay
The 1st Annual CANCER CLAIMER RELAY at the Gladwin County Recreation Area
Saturday, August 27th, 2016. 2-7pm
Cancer: We, as in the management team, have a few friends taking on cancer and wanted to do something to help out. To keep the spotlight off them, we decided to partner up with the Seebeck Family Fund to be the medium (tax entity and formalities) to use all of the proceeds for a local charity.**
Claimer: A type of race, typically from the motor world, in which the vehicle type is neutralized by a cost maximum. If you win, anyone behind you has the opportunity to buy your bike for $75. If you’re last, you can buy anyone else’s bike. If you really want to show up on a $1000 bike, that’s up to you. Don’t get hung up on the claiming. The goal is to have fun on a junker and not make the accessibility of the even costly on the equipment side.
Relay: One person per team on the course. Teams up to four people.
In short, it’s a eam relay on mountain bike trails. The intent is to have fun racking up as many laps as possible. If you’re trying too hard to win, you’re not doing it right.
Do you need a mountain bike? No. But the course is entirely off road and a mountain bike should be your first choice. The goal is to have fun so any bike will work.
“CLAIMING CLASS” If you want to have fun, ride in this class. You don’t have to be any good at riding a bicycle whatsoever. Each lap will be approximately 10-15 minutes. Each team will share one bike for the entire event.
“RACER WIENIE CLASS” If you are into bicycles, bicycle racing, spandex, competition, are healthy, have a nice bike, and know what you’re doing, this is your fundraiser ride. Each lap will be approximately 45 minutes on the larger course and riders are allowed to use their individual bikes.
$75 rule / Claiming Class. Don’t get hung up on this, no one wants to buy your stuff, and it’s a guideline to keep a level field.
Includes everything that is part of the bike (tires/tubes/consumables that are swapped during the event). If you are unsure ask the judge.
The intent is NOT to have you waste $75. It is to curb costs and promote fun vs spending money to win. Borrow an old garbage bike, buy a $20 garage sale bike (that’s only $5/team member) and then resell it, or even bring your $500 bike and don’t finish well enough for anyone to want to claim it.
Bikes may be marked by the judges for tracking.
Bikes may be altered by the judges.
About 2.5 miles. Due to the location to the lodge, the trail is no more than 1000 feet from the furthest point on the trail with a gravel road right down the center. A good portion of the course might be within line of sight.
Younglings are allowed to ride on a team. The short course is not super technical and a parent may ride with the kid but not count as two laps. We are also working on having volunteers on the course to help chaperone so let one of the “officials” know and we’ll make sure everyone stays safe.
Other considerations will be given for teams of children or riders with special needs that will exempt them from claiming rules as necessary for them to be able to participate.
Tandems are welcome. One team with a tandem will count as one lap. A tandem shared between two teams will count one lap for each team. The stoker (the person on the back) from the other team may be required to wear a costume.
Each team registration is $75 plus $20 for every rider up to 4 total. A team of 4 would have a total entry fee of $155.
After August 20th, the team registration will go up to $95.
Pre-entries are strongly encouraged.
Just remember, this is the total cost per team. That puts the individual cost cheaper than a lot of other mountain biking events. No parking fees or other hidden costs. Outside of insurance and the hall rental, everything else goes to the local charities.**
There is no official registration form. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your team name and members. There is Paypal account set up under that email if you want to send in payment or plan to bring cash or check to the event.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS: Saturday August 27th
Registration 12:00 – 12:30
Riders meeting 1:00 – 1:30
Prepare your junk 1:30 – 2:00
Event starts 2:00
Event ends 7:00
Awards ceremony 7:20
Awards given for sportsmanship and fun-factor. We will probably mention the lap leader.
Overnight camping, socializing, BBQing, is allowed and encouraged.
Rider changes may only happen in the designated area.
It is the responsibility of the team to keep track of and display their laps completed.
Helmets or other protective head gear is required.
Zero tolerance rules – Immediate disqualification:
- Compromising the safety of other teams
- Not following the intended course
- Not properly documenting or intentionally falsifying lap counts
- Disregarding or disrespecting a ruling of the judges
CLAIMING CLASS RULES:
- The registered bicycle must complete each lap with a registered rider for the lap to be scored.
- Penalty laps and handicap laps will be assessed by the judges at will.
- Contributing to the cause may reduce your penalty laps.
- Being cool may reduce your penalty laps.
- Anyone who finishes behind you may purchase your bike for $75 after the event.
- There will be a penalty wheel.
- Remove and reassemble your rear wheel
- Judge takes one lap on your bike at his pace
- Gift one of your laps to a competitor of your choice
- Spray paint your bike or a teammate
- One lap wearing a Sasquatch costume
RACER WIENIE CLASS RULES:
Due to a lack of interest, we’re cancelling the Weenie Class this year. The only weenies at the race will be the ones getting grilled.
Riders may ride any bike of any value.
Riders may swap bikes at any time.
No whining allowed.
Rider portability; you may ride on more than one registered team for an additional $20. This will allow Racer Weenies to ride in both classes as long as they ride on claimer jalopy for the short laps.
Gladwin County Recreation Area.
365 Shaw Rd. or Pratt Lake Road
Gladwin, MI 48624
We will have use of the lodge facilities, shelter, free parking, bathrooms, etc.
Interested in helping? Do you want to donate money, prizes, food for the event, or time?
Please email email@example.com
**Local or national charities where the contributions are used either directly for aid (local) or operate at 80% or greater score (national) as rated by charitynavigator.org. Proceeds means all donations that are not directly used to operate the event. (Hall rental, operating materials, etc are event costs) All of the time of all of the organizers is voluntary; no wages will be paid. NO REFUNDS. It’s charity, once we have your money, it will be used for better things than you would have blown it on anyway