Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race is responding to the current weather conditions by implementing a route change for the 2011 race. Since 2009, Cain’s Quest has attempted to take the race into Hopedale, Natuashish and Nain and have not been able to execute this route due to the mild temperatures and the lack of snow and ice.
Last year, organizers hoped that the conditions would change and when they did not, had to cancel the race in the interest of safety.
This year, Cain’s Quest formed a “Plan B” in case the same circumstances come into play and are once again faced with a lack of snow and ice in Happy Valley – Goose Bay and along the North Coast.
The Cain’s Quest committee is adamant that cancellation is not an option. The race will be going ahead.
Organizers have to make the decision now as time is of the essence and there are numerous logistical pieces that need to be put into place. In order to keep the same elements of challenge and endurance in the race and still have a community that can accommodate the large numbers associated with the race, Cain’s Quest approached Kuujjuaq, Quebec to take part in Canada’s Longest Snowmobile Endurance Race. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and the snow and ice conditions will meet the needs of the race.
The Cain’s Quest committee are pleased that Kuujjuaq are welcoming the race into their community and is hoping that this move will foster a cooperative partnership among the communities of the Ungava Peninsula. Organizers are disappointed that the coast could not be incorporated in the route as initially planned but still look favourably on including the coastal communities in years to come should the winter conditions permit. At the same time, there is excitement surrounding the idea of taking Cain’s Quest to our neighbours in Quebec and hosting a race that takes in two provinces. It is something new for the event and Cain’s Quest looks forward to building a strong relationship with the community of Kuujjuaq and Schefferville.
The race route will start and finish in Labrador City, taking in the communities of Schefferville, Kuujjuaq and Churchill Falls.