Got questions, we got answers.
Whether this will be your first paddle or your opportunity to crush your PB this season, we got you covered. From training programs, to paddle meets ups, SUP gear, Queen gear (aka Honubelle), and a rad group of folks to cheer you on in your journey, we got you ;)
What level of experience do I need to race?
The Queen of the Valley is open to Women of all experience levels from beginner to elite.
What are the prizes?
Prizes will be based on donated cash prizes, and products from the generous sponsors. The final prize list will be known on race day.
If I am out of town where can I stay?
There is a sweet campground right near the event site, so competitors can camp Friday and/or Saturday night. Booking your campsite will be your responsibility.
Where do I pick up my race package?
You will be picking up your race package the morning of the race at the registration booth. This will be located at the event site, East of the marina parking lot.
What about COVID-19?
We all hope this is over soon, and we will follow all government restrictions as per the Alberta COVID-19 guidelines. As of July 1, 2021 all restrictions will hopefully remain lifted and the race will proceed. If restrictions force us to cancel the event, you will be notified by email.
What if the weather is cold, windy or stormy?
Then we kitesurf! Ha! JK
The race will run rain or shine, your toughness will just be put to the test. Bring a lots of warm layers, change of clothes, towels and blankets. Pray to the weather gods to bring us a warm, sunny and calm day! ,)
Is the registration fee refundable?
The registration fee is non-refundable, unless the event is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Will there be lifeguards present?
Each competitor is responsible to have their proper safety gear in order to be able to race. We will have a safety boat and off-duty firefighter crew on SUPs to keep us all safe.
Is there food/water/bathrooms on site?
There are public bathrooms on site. There is a drinking water faucet on site. There will be food and drinks available to purchase on site, but plan to bring your own supplies.
How many times do I race?
The sprint/technical race will be made up of heats. You will be assigned to a first round heat. The top two will advance and the rest of the field will have one second chance opportunity to make the finals. The distance race will have one wave of competitors and everyone will start together. The Junior Queens race will consist of 1 heat + finals heat.
What's the schedule?
The day will start with sunrise yoga, registration, followed by the Queens tech race. The Juniors will race afterwards, as the air temperature will be a bit warmer by then. Right after, the distance Queens race will begin. We will have a DJ to kick off a celebration, while the podium results are taking place. The times might be adjusted on the race day.