Calling all mountain bike racers/off-road trail runners.
The Otway Challenge might not happen this year unless you register by today.
As of Tuesday morning only 20 riders had registered for the six-hour mountain bike enduro and there are only 20 runners committed to the five-kilometre or 10 km run, putting the annual event, which started in 2009, in jeopardy of being cancelled.
"If we don't get at least 40 riders by Wednesday we're going to cancel it," said race co-chair Alison Hoskins.
"We haven't run the event with less than 55 [riders} and typically they're slow to register. Last year, by the last weekend before the race there were 35 and it just about doubled during the week. It's been quite slow and Prince George is a last-minute town."
Hoskins said the event requires course marking the day before and race volunteers are typically on the course on race day for at least eight hours. It also requires an automated timing system to make it less labour-intensive to keep track of the riders. With only a couple dozen bikers, she said it would not be worth the effort it takes to run it.
The mountain bike course is a 10-kilometre loop over hilly terrain on mostly single-track trails at the Nordic Centre. The rider or team with the most laps after six hours wins the enduro. Riders who start a new lap as the six-hour time limit approaches have until the 6 1/2-hour mark to complete their final lap.
Assuming the race will go ahead as scheduled, the runners precede the riders on the course starting at 8 a.m. The mountain bike race is set to begin at 10 a.m.
Go to otwaychallenge.com for race details and to register. Cost for the run is $20. The entry fee for the enduro is $45 per rider.