Frequently Asked Questions...


Is there going to be a half-time show at CIRC again this year?

Yes, there will be and it is going to be out of this world!  Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will join the action from Houston via video conference on Sunday during the CIRC half-time show led by Marnie McBean, 3x Olympic gold medalist and current Chef de Mission of Team Canada for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.   Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, a rower, demonstrated his commitment to indoor rowing on his redesigned ergometer on the International Space Station where he spent 204 days. Marnie will lead a lively Q&A session wiht astronaut Saint-Jacques after his presentation.  The show takes place between 12:25 to 1:00 pm at Centre ice.

Will my grandfather be able to watch my race online from Thunder Bay.

Yes, he can watch the race streaming on Youtube.  Or follow more closely on the Live Race Tracker. All he needs is an internet connection. CIRC will be "live streaming" all of the races as a result of our partnership with TIME-TEAM. 

TIME-TEAM Youtube Channel can be found at https//   

The Live Tracker is HERE at

What will my race look like on the Video Board screen over the race area?

Glad you asked.  For 2020, CIRC wil be working with TIME-TEAM from the Netherlands for the race visual screen display . You will see a difference with smooth boat movement and enhanced race information showing all 32 Lanes on the screen. TIme-Team has been used at the European Rowing Indoor Championships, the French Indoor Rowing Championships and the World Rowing Indoor Championships in Paris, France.  An example of what result look like can be found on the Results page for 2019. 

How do I win an Erg at CIRC?

You must enter in the GO THE DISTANCE 4 minute race to be entered into the random draw to win the erg. The entry fee is $30.  The erg will be awarded in a random draw from all competitors who race this race.   Odds of winning will be based on the number of competitors in this race. The lane official will use your "race card" as your ballot.  You must have an erg score to complete the ballot.   The official will then deposit your ballot (Race Card) into the official ballot box. 

Can I purchase one of the new Model D Ergometers used at the race?

Yes, there are 77 new Concept 2 Model D ergs that will be unboxed, assembled, tested and used for racing at the at CIRC on February 9, 2020.  Contact us in advance - don't wait until race day. Contact if you need more information.

Which charity has been chosen for the proceeds of the Go-the-Distance Race?

The CIRC Organizing Committee has selected Jesse’s Journey as the charity to support in our 2020 Go-to-the-Distance Race. Jesse’s Journey is Canada’s leading charity in the fight to defeat Duchenne muscular dystrophy – the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. Affecting approximately 1 in every 5,000 boys in Canada, Duchenne gradually weakens the body’s muscles and ultimately leads to the deterioration of vital organs, such as the heart and lungs. Jesse’s Journey supports patients, families, and caregivers living with Duchenne and funds the most promising research to improve the lives of boys and young men. Learn more about Jesse’s Journey by clicking here  

Will my coach be able to sit beside me and coach me?

Coaches will be able to coach and shout encouragement, but must stand behind the arena wall barrier behind you. Only competitors and lane officials are allowed to be in the race area.

What is the PM5 start sequence look like?

When all rowers are in their correct lane and sitting still at the ready position, the starter will begin the START sequence.  It starts with SIT READY, then ATTENTION, then after a variable pause, ROW.  There is a considerable amount of information available to each competitor to tell them where they are in the race and if they are close behind or slightly ahead of other competitors

Where do I park?

Parking is free near the Paramount Fine Foods Centre building on the south and north lots.  There are 1920 spaces.  For driving directions, click on the Location tab on the top bar on this page.  The main entrance is the on the East side.

How old do I need to be to race at CIRC?

To enter a race at CIRC you must be 13 year of age or older on race day.   CIRC is sanctioned by Concept 2 and aligns its race age categories to the format and events with the World Championships.

Who can race at CIRC? Do I need to qualify for this event?  What is a qualifier?

You do not have to have previously raced in an indoor or on the water rowing event.  CIRC is open to novices through to Olympians. When we refer to this race as a "qualifier" we mean that it is sanctioned by Concept 2 and can be used to row to a time standard to win a cash stipend to travel to Boston to compete in the U.S. Indoor Rowing Championships on March 1, 2020.

Do I have to finish ahead of someone to medal at CIRC?

Yes, in order to earn a CIRC medal you must finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd and beat at least one other competitor.  If the race category has only 3 entries, only gold and silver will be awarded, if it has 2, then only gold will be given out, if only 1 competitor then no medal will be awarded. See Prizes for more.

I am a lightweight and I wonder when the Weigh-in station opens and closes?

The weigh-in station will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 12:30 a.m. Registration opens at 7:30 as well.

Weigh-ins at CIRC will be conducted using medical precision weigh scales and be done in metric.. There will be two scales used at CIRC one for men and one for women.  In the event of a dispute, the second scale may be used to verify an athlete's weight.  CIRC officials have the final say on an athlete's eligibility to race based on their weight on race day at CIRC. Coxswains do not need to weigh in.

Can I pick which ergometer I get to race on?

No, lane assignments are done randomly by the Time-Team system. It is very important to sit in the correct lane matched by your name on the screen and your orange Race Card.  Lane officials will be able to help you find your lane if you are unsure and each erg is labelled.

Will I be able to see where I am in the race on the Scoreboard screen?

The arena score clock screen is primarily placed for the spectators and you should concentrate on your own erg's PM5. On the bottom you will be told what place you are in the race and how far off the next competitor. With help from the TIME-TEAM, you will be able to login to the Results page and replay your race, stroke by stroke if you want.... or maybe you won't want to re-live it in that much detail....

How much does it cost to enter a race?  Can I enter more than one?

You can enter more than one race, but check the schedule for any back to back races. CIRC Fees include the mandatory RCA Seat fees. Fees are payable in Canadian . dollars and can be submitted online. .

CATEGORY Cdn $ Late Fee
Individuals (Adults) $30 $10
Juniors (Age 13-18) $25 $10
Crew Events (charged per seat) * $20  
Go the Distance - Charity Challenge $30 --na--

* Each competitor who races in a Crew event will be awarded an "Official CIRC gear" 

If I have to scratch my race can I get my entry fee refunded?

It depends when you scratch. If you report your withdrawl and scratch to the Entries Co-ordinator before February 2 deadline you are eligible for a refund. If you do not scratch before February 2, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. your race fees are non-refundable for any reason.  However, you will have to wait.  Refunds will only be processed starting 7 days after the event and mailed out to you.  Please do not ask for a refund at the event. 

My mom volunteered to officiate, so when does she meet for training?

The Officials (Lane Judges) meeting will take place at 7:45 am and is an opportunity for training on the PM5 Display, start procedures, medical emergency procedures, our paper paper-based backup system and escalation procedures for problems. It will be led by our Chief Umpire Lynda Dundas. More about volunteer start times click here.