70th Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare Scrambles



Sunday, June 10, 2018
8:00:00 AM
Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area
Dwight Harris Chris Carey Ray Keller
604)466-8812 (604)534-0609 (604)612-1036
 dwightpat@shaw.ca; rkeller@wcwtholdings.com
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History of the Piston Run

Piston Run

In 1948, Trev Deeley seized his Harley 45 racing the National at Daytona Beach. The damaged piston and rod were mounted on a shield to form the perpetual Piston Run trophy. There is, on the clubhouse wall, a small Piston Run trophy, engraved 1942. This suggests the event has an even longer history, but in any case, the perpetual trophy dates consecutively from 1949.

The event was originally an enduro, where riders had to average given speeds to arrive at checkpoints by a certain time. There were no dirt bikes before the 1960ís, and riders often took the saddlebags and lights off their daily transportation (few riders were rich enough to afford a car), rode the event, then washed the bike and bolted the lights and bags back on for the ride home. The course was traditionally challenging, with riders on 400 to 600 pound bikes charging into mudholes, logs and streambeds. Many riders of heavier bikes took a passenger along to help push.

By the early 1980ís, timekeeping had fallen out of favour, so the format was changed to a hare scrambles race. It was one of the original five events when the PNWMA started the Off-Road Series in 1984. In 1985, the first of the souvenir beer mugs was given out to finishers. This started a new tradition of collecting beer mugs, which continues today.

Current Information On The Piston Run

70th Annual Piston Run Hare Scrambles presented by the GVMC

Mark this date Sunday June 10th, 2018 on your calendar for a great off road adventure.

BCORCS Off Road Championship Event

Dedicated to the Memory of Don Barnes

Fun New Trails and Old Favourites
Spectator Friendly

25 Unit Campsite near start area (aprox $15.00 fee) - Rapids Campground

A limited number of sites are available for reservation, excluding the Staging Area: however most sites are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will not be taken more than 60 days in advance. This is a CASH ONLY site and has on-site supervision during camping season. All visitors are required to to exit the site by 10:30pm as the gates are locked at 11:00pm and will remain closed until 7:00am

For more information and to make a reservation visit: www.chilliwackvalleycampsites.ca

Food Concession On Site.

Start Area: Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area.

Directions: Take the Vedder Road exit (#119) off Hwy 1 at Chilliwack. Drive south thru Sardis and turn left at the steel bridge towards Chilliwack Lake. After 25km, you will pass the Ford Mountain Correction Center. Turn left immediately after crossing the bridge towards Chipmunk Creek/Wally's Staging Area. Follow the arrows to the staging area, parking, camping and signup about 6km from blacktop.

Signup Opens: 8:00am

Rider's Meeting: 10:30am

Race Starts: 11:00am

Entry Fee:
Pre Enty on line PNWMA Website until 6:00pm Thursday prior to the race
With BCORMA Trail Pass $50.00
Without BCORMA Trail Pass $60.00

PNWMA Licence Required - Individual Year $40.00 - Weekend $20.00 - Includes 1 transponder - Family - Year - $60.00 - Weekend $20.00 - Includes 2 transponders - Extra transponders $5.00

BCORMA Trail Pass (Optional) $45.00
BCORMA Trail Pass (17 & Under) Free

Sound test 96db limit and spark arrestors required - "Less Sound More Ground"

**To view pictures of this event please check it out in the Photo Gallery.

Event Comments:
70th Annual GVMC Piston Run
Chipmunk Creek
June 10, 2018

On Sunday morning, June 10, 2018, 136 riders gathered at the Rapids Staging area for what would be a great day of racing. The riders were split into two groups with 48 riders in the pro/expert group and 88 riders in the amateur/recreational group. The racing got started at 11:00AM and the last rider finished about 4 1/2 hours later. The race was completed without any serious incidents and all the riders returned to the staging area with big grins on their faces while they talked to each other about their adventures on the trails.

The weather on the days leading up to the race had been rather cool with intermittent rain, and race day was no exception. These conditions left the trails in excellent condition for racing. The damp trails provided good traction and dust was non-existent so visibility was never a problem. Thanks to Chris, Ray, Dwight and the others who put in a lot of time and effort to groom the course and complete the considerable paper work required to provide a great day for the riders.

The race was completed with minimal wear and tear on the trails and they will be inspected promptly to make sure that anything that needs to be dealt with will be taken care of right away.

The overall winner was Blake Watkins who completed the course in 3 hours & 19 minutes.

At days end all the refuse was picked up and taken away for disposal and the staging area was left in good condition which prompted a personal compliment from the camp host.

Many thanks go to Daytona Motorsports whose sponsorship of this event significantly contributes to its success. Thank you Daytona; GVMC sincerely appreciates your help.
Special thanks go out to Tim Haveman from Chilliwack Search and Rescue for manning the first aid tent and providing resources to deal with any serious incidents that might have occurred. Thankfully there were none. Thanks also to the Chilliwack Ham Radio Club for taking positions at strategic locations on the course, and providing vital communications as the race progressed. Great job guys.

Thanks to all the PNWMA volunteers, all of our club members, to Jackie for keeping order at the sign up desk and to Donna for Breakfast and the Concession.
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