RockstAR Racer Update 2019
Dear RockstARs,

Our favourite time of year is nearly here - a time when we get to play around in the beautiful wilderness surrounding one of favourite places in the world, in preparation for our favourite event of the season! RockstAR 2019 is now just a few weeks away - insert air guitar and horns-hands here!!

Over the Canada Day weekend we scouted out the whole of the racecourse and found it to be...wet! Not at all surprising given the late Spring, but there is noticeably more water on the trails and in the swamps and creeks surrounding the race site. Other than making some of map features more prominent it won't have any effect on Race Day though - the stage is set for another amazing day of bush-bashing, lake-splashing fun!

Volunteer RockstARs Needed!
We are still in need of a few volunteers for afternoon shifts on Race Day - each only around 4 hours in duration, and none more than a few hundred metres from the race site. If you have friends or family over the age of 13 coming up with you, why not have them join the fun!

All volunteers will be offered a ticket to the post-race meal, as well as one of our sweet-looking RockstAR race tees. We promise to take very good care of them, and ensure that they have covered shelter in the event of poor weather. If someone you know would be interested in helping out, please do get in touch at !   
Race Info Packages - PLEASE READ!
No two ways around it, the racer information packages are your one-stop source for everything you need to know about Race Day, and they are mandatory reading for all

In addition to the day's itinerary and related details, these handy docs provide you with an overview of the racecourse; how the format works; notes on navigation; and answers to just about any question you might have. Please do make certain that you review your respective packages before heading up on Race Day!
Race Check-In - Get There Early!
Nothing causes more Race Day regret than showing up at the last minute to RockstAR! Given the choose-your-own-adventure format of the course, there will be a lot to do prior to race start. Please plan accordingly and get there early! Check-in will be open from 7:30-9:30am for 8-hour teams, and 11:00am-1:00pm for 4-hour. We highly recommend making use of every available moment!

Each team will be required to submit a copy of their proposed race route (not to mention actually plan that route), as well as prep your bikes and canoe, set up your transition space, sign your waivers and emergency contact forms, etc, etc. For reference, a complete summary of pre-race tasks is available by clicking here.

Note that bike helmets and PFDs will be checked at Check-In. Details are provided in Section 2 of the racer information packages linked above. 
Rental Canoes
Those teams who booked rental canoes with their registration will be able to pick up their boats after proceeding through Check-In. Any canoe with an "Algonquin Outfitters" logo on it (and that doesn't have any personal gear already inside it) may be claimed. You will be
issued an extra bike plate in your team kit so that you may easily identify your boat.

Renters - PLEASE take care of your canoes! This not only means being mindful when entering and exiting on rocky shorelines, but also NEVER dragging your boat across any surface that isn't grass. Our supplier thanks you in advance!
Breakfast Tickets
A delicious and hearty post-race meal will be waiting for you at the finish line (included in your race fees), but if you are thinking ahead to options for breakfast on either
Saturday or Sunday morning, please remember that tickets need to be purchased in advance. If you did not order any at the point of registration, you can still do so by contacting us at


If you have pre-ordered breakfast tickets for Saturday morning, you may claim them at the 8-Hour Race Check-In, which opens at 7:30am (breakfast will be served until 8:30). Any Sunday morning breakfast tickets will be included inside your team kits.
Host Site Notes
Accommodations - if you are looking to stay on-site, you'll want to call Bark Lake at 1-888-517-9999 to book your spot. Spaces tend to fill quickly, so don't delay!

Showers - a new shower facility is now open at Bark Lake and will be available for post-race use. Note that bikes are not permitted inside any on-site shower facilities, including those inside the cabins (yes, we actually have to say that!) A bike wash station will be made available.

Bugs - as could be expected, they're pretty bad this year! Be sure to bring your bug spray (or bug-hats if you hate them as much as we do)
And don't forget that there are no ATM's on-site at Bark Lake and that the nearest town is 15km away - be sure to bring some cash for that well-deserved post-race beer! 
Boshkung Brews on Tap!
Speaking of beer...

We are thrilled to be working again with Boshkung Brewing to offer draught beer at the post-race reception. There will be two micro-brews on tap - Boshkung's Hwy 35 & 118 Cream Ale, along with their North Country Kellerbier. Boshkung is a local cottage-country favourite, and we are really happy to have them back at RockstAR this year!
Teammate Changes
Yes - making adjustments to your team line-up IS allowed! We just need to know who is racing and who is not. If you need to make a substitution or category change, please let us know at and we'll take care of it right away.