The Bear Creek Grunt is an approximately 15 mile open water adventure type race, that will be run downstream from the Bear Creek PUA, down the Canton Chute between a series of islands and the Illinois shoreline. Then passes the Canton Chute PUA (Knapheide Landing Boat Ramp), past the south end of Hogback Island. Then the course moves onto the main channel of the river below Hogback Island, over four wing dams, then turns in through “The Cut” from the main river back into Quincy Bay and proceeds South along Quincy’s historic waterfront to the finish line at the South Side Boat Club.
Start time: 10 am Sunday September 17, 2017.
Place: Bear Creek PUA (Public Use Area).
Register: Online before race day or At the Bear Creek PUA on day of race.
Entry: $25 for One Race, $40 for Both Races (Quincy 5 Miler & Bear Creek Grunt), includes T-Shirt, and Awards for winners of each class.
ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL IS TO BE CONSUMED PRIOR TO, OR DURING THE RACE!
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE, AND WEAR A PFD AT ALL TIMES DURING THE RACE!
RACE COURSE OVERVIEW
Launch your boat at the Bear Creek Landing area, where the Registration Booth is located and then proceed to the start group. You should find your place based upon the approximate position in the starting order of similar boats. The discretion of the race officials determines start order based upon craft frontal area and speed estimate. It is the goal of the race officials to create a field that will involve as little passing of slower boaters during the race as possible. However, start order in such a long race has next to nothing to do with finish order so we are intending to do the best approximate job in setting race order. The most important thing is to get everyone safely started approximately the same distance from the finish line.
There are four Wing Dams that are at and after the bottom of Hogback Island, just below the Canton Chute boat ramp. Depending on conditions and water level the wing dams may be barriers or underwater hazards. We will try to start the race far enough out in the river to point people generally toward the cut, then you are on your own. The wing dams create water turbulence that may be invisible but can be significant. It is possible to go around the wing dams completely but at some cost in distance.
The river conditions are available from multiple sources and change dramatically when there is water source change or strong weather conditions, each of which may occur during this event. A weather briefing will be included in the Mandatory Safety Briefing before the event.
Note that this Adventure type race involves no course or safety markings and no efforts are undertaken to ensure the safety or safe participation of the competitors. A sweep boat will follow the main field but competitors are on their own to race and complete the course. There are areas of intermittent or non-existent cell phone coverage on the course and the entire race is run on public waterway open to all traffic. The course may be viewed on chart 101,102 and 103 of the US Army Corps of Engineers river charts.