Cain's Quest

  • Downhome Magazine
  • Posted: Oct 24, 2008 5:17 PM
Gerard Rumbolt and John Efford show off their coveted trophy after winning Cain's Quest for the second time.

In the November issue of Downhome, Kim Kielley speaks to Gerard Rumbolt and John Efford - two-time champs of Cain's Quest. Here are some quick facts about the race.

The 2009 Cain's Quest will be held on March 14, the fourth annual event.

Volunteers for the race include Ground Search and Rescue, Canadian Rangers, doctors, nurses and a helicopter for emergencies. Last year, 250 volunteers supported the race. Some were from as far away as Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

Racers are required to carry gear such as sleeping bags, a source of heat and emergency food.

On average, a team "from away" spends approximately $50,000 on the race and its peripherals - and that's not including their machines!

Teams are tracked by satellite, which brings the race into the homes of thousands through the Internet and allows fans to follow the race in real time.

Racers are not allowed to travel roads, railway lines or groomed trails.

Cain's Quest is the longest snowmobile endurance race in Canada and is quickly becoming known as one of the most extreme motor sport events in the world.

To learn more about Cain's Quest, click here.