Here’s a brief update as the Big Weekend approaches at Clark Lake.

In advance of Run Clark Lake, packet pick-up and pre-registration takes place between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm today (Friday) at the Beach Bar.

Saturday, August 6 at the Beach Bar

  • 7 am – 8:15 am Race day registration and packet pickup
  • 8:30 am – 12k Run Start
  • 8:35 am – 5k Run Start
  • 8:36 am – 5k Walk start
  • 9:45 am – 3/4k Kids Run start
  • 10 am – Awards Ceremony

For reference, this map shows the routes the four events will take.  If looking at this first thing in the morning, be sure to have a cup of coffee, first.

Raft-O-Rama registration takes place this evening (Fri) at the Beach Bar between 7 pm – 9 m, and tomorrow (Sat) at the Shipwreck Pro Shop on Eagle Point between 7 pm – 9 pm.  For further details check out 10 Things You Need to Know info by clicking here.

Here’s the schedule for Raft-O-Rama Sunday.  After the parade, all the action takes place at Eagle Point.

What else?

Wednesday into Thursday, Clark Lake received at least 1 1/8 inches of rain.  As Beth June points out, her rain gauge may have underestimated the total rainfall.  When rain blows sideways across the lake, not all of it makes it into the gauge receptacle.

On a happy note, it’s good to know that Clark Lake and the planet Earth did not appear to be affected adversely by the minor G-1 geomagnetic storm on Wednesday.  High-speed solar winds from a “hole” in the sun’s atmosphere hit Earth’s magnetic field triggering the event.  Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) made the prediction after observing that “gaseous material is flowing from a southern hole in the sun’s atmosphere.”  Good enough.  No canopies ripped, docks collapsed, or boats overturned at Clark Lake.  Add to that other events we have survived—the grim 1960s warning that we would run out of oil, the global cooling crisis of the 1970s, the hole in the ozone in the 1980s, the frightening scenarios connected to the coming of Y2K, and various zombie apocalypses.  So, time to focus on the weekend’s competitions and all the fun alotted to us at Clark Lake.