Frequently Asked Questions...

How do I enter the my ballot for the "Win an Erg"?

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 $20.  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.  The lane official will use your "race card" as your ballot.  With your help the lane official will fill in your name, and when you finish racing, they will enter your erg score and initial the card that you completed the race.  You must have an erg score to complete the ballot.   The official will then deposit your ballot (Race Card) into the official ballot box. This draw replaces the Win an Erg for your School draw from previous years. 

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.  Most competitors find the boats on the big screen somewhat distracting and with 20 lanes not all boats can be seen at once.  Go to this page to see what you will see on your PM5- its quite informative.

Can anyone enter the race?

Yes anyone is able to enter who is at least 13 years of age.  You do not need to qualify at another race.  You will be asked for an estimate of  your 2000 metre erg score for the purposes of lane assignment. The entry deadline is on FRIDAY Jan 28!!! Entries are done through Regatta Central, an online system widely used in the rowing community. .

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.

Where do I park?

Parking is free near the Hershey 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 a satellite regatta on the World Indoor Rowing circuit and aligns its race age categories to the format and events at the World Championships. Competitors must be age 14 or older to be eligible to win the airfare prize to Alexandria based on their race score against the qualifying standards.  

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.

I am a lightweight and I wondered 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. 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.

Speaking of food, will there be food available at the Hershey Centre?

The Hershey Centre will have concession open during the event to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages, coffee, water, etc. Food can be consumed in the arena seats, but no food or snacks will be allowed in the competition area (arena floor) to keep the competition area clean.  

Can I pick which ergometer I get to race on?

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

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

Yes, there are 84 new Concept 2 Model D ergs that were unboxed, assembled, tested and used for racing at the Invictus Games in September and at CIRC on February 4, 2018.  Contact us in advance - don't wait until race day. Contact if you need more information..

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. Fees are payable in Canadian or U.S. dollars and can be submitted on line or by cheque.

Individuals (Adults) $25
Juniors (Age 13-18) $20
Crew Events (charged per seat) * $15
Go the Distance - Charity Challenge $20

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

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

It depends when you scratch. If you do not scratch before February 1, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. your race fees are non-refundable for any reason.   If you reported your withdrawl and scratch to the Entries Co-ordinator and received a reply email that it was recieved before February 1 deadline you are eligible for a refund.  However, you will have to wait.  Refunds will only be processed starting 14 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 a.m. 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.

Do I need to qualify for this event?  What is a qualifier?

No, you do not have to have previously raced in an indoor rowing event.  CIRC is open to novices through to Olympians. Just enter through our online system. When we refer to this race as a "qualifier" that means that it is an official Concept 2 satellite regatta and can be used to win a trip to the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston if you post a fast "qualifying time"  See Prizes for more.

How fast do I have to be to win a trip to the World Indoor Rowing Championships?

Qualifying times are in place for both able-bodied and Para event classifications. The times are calculated in each category based on the 2017 World Championship winning times. First you must post a time faster (can be as little as .01), in your age and event category. You must also be at least 14 years of age. If at the completion of racing there are more than 4 qualifiers, CIRC will rank the top four based on the seconds faster than the qualifying time.(e.g. 5 sec - 1st, 3.2 and 1.0 sec, 3rd, etc.)  In the situation where a qualifier with a faster time is unable to go the World's in Alexandria, Virginia USA and accept the prize, CIRC organizers will invite the next fastest qualifier.

What colour are the ergs this year?

They come in Black only. All ergs are brand new, shipped to Toronto directly and carry the original warranty with Concept 2.

What is the PM5 start sequence look like this year?

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.  Please note the variable pause is new this year and matches on-the-water start procedures.  I would suggest you click here to familiarize your athletes with what they will see on their erg during the race. 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.


Thank-you to CONCEPT 2, our race sponsor.