Man, this troubles me to post this, but due to various reasons, I think it would just be better/safer in the long run to cancel the event. When we first picked the date, we were not aware that it was opening day of rifle season for Washington State - that's the biggy. We feel that there is just too much opportunity for conflicts between riders and hunters at this time. As of last Sunday's recon ride, we even have the full course and staging location, so that work's done. We'll just archive it for next year, plus add in a couple other new options we think you would like.
For those that have pre-registered, we will gladly refund your entry or carry it over to next year's event (which we will change the date off of Washington's opening day of hunting season). If you have any questions, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for understanding, and again, sorry!