Is Winter Warrior a Race?

No.  Winter Warrior is not a race.  It's a challenge designed to test your arctic athleticism in Canada's snow and cold.  If you would like to know your time, please keep track yourself.    

                                                                                                                                                                                            Why does The Ranch host the Winter Warrior?

The Winter Warrior Challenge is a showcase event for The Ranch Golf and Country Club.  We will be hosting this event every year, not only to raise money for a great cause like The Rainbow Society of Alberta but also to show all we have to offer on a year-round basis.  This year, we are launching our Winter Activities package that includes fun activities such as toboganning, sleigh rides and bonfires along with our great banquet facilities and mouth-watering meal options.  The Ranch is a great spot to hold your next social function, business meeting or wedding, any time of the year. 

                                                                                                                                                                                          When does Registration close?

Registration closes on March 16th, 2018, the day before the event.  Space is limited so be sure to register early to guarantee your spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                             Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Unfortunately, we cannot transfer a registration to another person.  We require a signed waiver and photo ID to pick up your kit and these are tied to the name that is registered.

                                                                                                                                                                                            How do I raise money for the Rainbow Society of Alberta?

With every registration, $15 is automatically donated to The Rainbow Society of Alberta, which is dedicated to granting wishes for children who reside in Alberta and have been diagnosed with a severe chronic or life-threatening illness. We encourage you to collect more donations for The Rainbow Society through "Sponsor an Athlete" on The Running Room website or set up your own Personal Donation Page by clicking HERE. Manual pledge forms are available on the Fundraising page and can be collected on the day of the event.

                                                                                                                                                                                          When will I receive my tax receipt for my donation to the Rainbow Society?

You will receive an emailed tax receipt within 1 - 2 weeks after the race.


Are there prizes?

Yes, there will be prizes awarded at the meal afterwards. Prizes will be awarded for craziest costumes and top pledge earners. Feel free to get crazy with your outfits (although we still recommend you wear a waterproof layer) and help raise funds for The Rainbow Society of Alberta.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Can I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds, regardless of circumstance.  However, if you are unable to participate in the 2018 Winter Warrior and we are notified by March 1, we will allow you to carry your registration forward to our 2019 event.

                                                                                                                                                                                           When can I get my registration kit?

Registration kit pick up will be on March 15th at a location TBD.  Please bring Photo ID in order to pick up your race kit.  You can also pick up your kit on the day of the event.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I sign up as a team, where and when do I get my rebate?

You will be given your rebate when you pick up your registration kit.  Each member of a team with 5 to 14 people will receive a $5 cash rebate.  Each team member on a team of 15+ people will receive a $10 cash rebate.

                                                                                                                                                                                         What is my starting time?

All participants will be emailed a few days prior to the event with their starting wave.  Please arrive at least 45 minutes in advance of your starting time. Start times will range from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                         What should I bring on the day of the event?

Shoes - Running shoes or lighweight boots; cleats won't improve your grip and are dangerous to other participants

Clothes - Lightweight clothes that dry quickly.  A waterproof layer is recommended as well.  Even though temperatures might be below zero, heavy and thick clothing will retain moisture and make you colder.  Bring a change of clothes as well as you can enjoy the meal afterwards. 

Gloves - Waterproof gloves are recommended as you will be crawling on snow and ice.  Small cotton gloves will work but are not ideal as they will hold moisture and cool your hands quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                          WHAT NOT TO BRING ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?

Alcohol not purchased at The Ranch.  As a licensed facility, The Ranch does not permit any outside alcohol on the premises. 

                                                                                                                                                                                              Are teams required to finish together?

It's completely up to the participants whether they would like to complete the course as a group or not.  There are certain obstacles that are easier to complete with a team but you are able to complete the entire course going solo as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Is there an age requirement to participate?

Due to insurance and liability reasons, all registrants must be at least 18 years old to participate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Is there a bag drop?

Yes, there will be a secure bag drop located in our clubhouse area.  The cost is $2 per bag and all proceeds will go to the Rainbow Society of Alberta, our charity of choice.  Your items will be marked with your bib number so that only you are able to come and pick them up after the race.  Although anything going missing is unlikely, The Ranch assumes no liability for lost or stolen items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Can I skip obstacles?

Yes.  Winter Warrior is not a race, it's a challenge.  If one of the obstacles looks too challenging, you can feel free to skip it.  There will always be an alternative path, so you are never forced to complete anything you don't feel comfortable with.  Of course, we expect a true Winter Warrior will make their best effort towards every challenge that comes their way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Are there any aid stations on the course?

There will be 1 aid station located on the course. Please make sure you are properly hydrated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  What do I do for parking?

Parking is free but space is limited. Carpooling is encouraged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Can Spectators come and watch the race?

Spectators are more than welcome to come out and support their friends and family. There will be spectating areas set up at the start and finish line as well as designated areas throughout the coruse. For liability and safety reasons, spectators are not allowed on the course unless in a designated spectator area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Contact events@theranchgolf .com or phone 780.470.4700 ext 303 for more information