Ore Cart Races

Purpose

We’ve created a new competition in the Slabtown vs. Lemati Feud that gives Grovers and their family and friendsa new way to have summertime fun, some friendly competition, and make lots of happy memories together!
Cascade Home Center (located in beautiful downtown Lemati) and Boyce & Sons (located in Slabtown on the banks of the Coast Fork River) are the title sponsors of this inaugural Mine Ore Cart Races in historic downtown Cottage Grove.

HOW IT WORKS

  • This is a team sport. It requires a three-person team with two alternates who are all 18 years old and older.
  • The team builds a human-powered reusable mining ore cart that meets the required minimum standards.
  • Two “Miners” push a “Tommyknocker” who rides in the cart from the start/finish line at Sixth & Main to the
    Seventh & Main intersection. At this halfway point, the Tommyknocker must jump out of the cart, load three
    20-lb sandbags in the cart, jump back into the cart and the team races back to the finish line!
  • Two teams race against each other in 15-minute heat races on Saturday, July 17, starting at 6:30 pm
  • Winners advance to the championship showdown on Sunday, July 18, at 2:30 pm

REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEES

  • Early Bird Entry Form received by Friday, July 2, at 8 pm
  • After the early bird deadline (and up to the July 17 check-in time) the fee doubles to TWO shiny nickels
  • Fee (prior to July 2): One SHINY nickel (emphasis on shiny) After July 2, the fee doubles! Payable on race day.

Need some inspiration on naming your Ore Cart? Click on the below link for some Naming ideas.

CASH PRIZES & AWARDS

  • This is a team sport. It requires a three-person team with two alternates who are all 18 years old and older.
  • The team builds a human-powered reusable mining ore cart that meets the required minimum standards.
  • Two “Miners” push a “Tommyknocker” who rides in the cart from the start/finish line at Sixth & Main to the
    Seventh & Main intersection. At this halfway point, the Tommyknocker must jump out of the cart, load three
    20-lb sandbags in the cart, jump back into the cart and the team races back to the finish line!
  • Two teams race against each other in 15-minute heat races on Saturday, July 17, starting at 6:30 pm
  • Winners advance to the championship showdown on Sunday, July 18, at 2:30 pm

CREW

  •  A crew consists of three members: 2 pushers (Miners) and 1 rider (Tommyknocker) and 2 alternates
  • All crew members must be of humanoid ancestry. No dogs or other animals allowed.
  • All crew members must be 18-years or older
  • Safety Equipment: Suggested but not required. Reminder to all participants:
    “Asphalt is hard and gravity is real: Please dress appropriately.

ORE CART SPECIFICATIONS

  • Minimum Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Minimum Height: 44 inches (from ground to top of cart)
  • Minimum Box Size: 30 inches x 48 inches
  • Ore Carts may be constructed using any material
  • May have any number or configuration of wheels and axles must extend out from cart box for safety and
    stability
  • Must be human powered (no motors)
  • Steering and brakes are optional
  • Must have a light source
  • Carts may have a logo, company, or personal team members’ names (not required)
  • Team must have a catchy name (List of historical mine names in the Bohemia Mining District is provided)

FORMAT

  • SATURDAY: Teams check in on Saturday at 4 pm at Cascade Home Center on Washington Avenue. At 2 pm the BMD Kiddie Parade and Ore Cart Procession begins. Heat Races begin after the parade around 6:30 pm. Two  carts race at a time in a 3-race guarantee, double elimination format. Races begin every 15-minutes until all carts have raced. All carts will be secured at Cascade Home Center overnight.
  • SUNDAY: Team Check-in is at 1:30 pm at Cascade Home Center on Washington Avenue. At 2 pm the BMD Bloomers Parade and Cart Procession begins. The Finals begin at 2:30 pm and race until all semi-winnershave raced. The award ceremony is at 6 pm on the Main Stage at Seventh & Main.

SCHEDULE

  • Saturday, July 17
    4:00 pm Check-in at Cascade Home Center on Washington Avenue
    6:00 pm BMD Kiddie Parade & Procession of Carts
    6:30 pm Heat Races Begin at Sixth & Main
  • Sunday, July 18
    1:30 pm Check-in at Cascade Home Center on Washington Avenue
    2:00 pm BMD Bloomer Parade & Procession of Carts
    2:30 pm Championship Races begin
    6:00 pm Awards Ceremony on Main Stage (Seventh & Main)

The Inaugural BMD Feud Ore Cart Races ****Three *AWESOME* trophy plaques***** Be the first name on one of these!

RACE RULES

  1.  All ore carts and crew must be ready to check in starting at 4 pm on Saturday.
  2. Ore Cart racing teams will consist of 1 rider and 2 pushers.
  3.  Ore Carts must be pushed or pulled by human power only.
  4. Ore Carts must be kept in designated area while not racing
  5. At starting line no portion of ore cart may extend over the line. It will be the judges
    determination as to a restart.
  6. Ore Cart teams must always maintain control of their cart during the race.
  7. Ore Carts must remain in their designated lane during the entire race. IF an ore cart
    crosses into a competitor’s lane and, in the opinion of the judges, interferes with that cart’s
    ability to race, the offending cart will be disqualified for that heat.
  8. The first ore cart to reach the finish line with any attached part of it WINS and will be determined
    by the judges.
  9. In case of a tie or photo finish, the race will re-run and determined by judges
  10. All members of the team must sign a liability waiver form to compete.
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