Running a claim

Ontario has a much-heralded mining history. Prospectors are required under Ontario’s mining law to actually walk around the area they plan to stake, placing wood posts at each corner. If several people want to stake the claim, a race can break out. Whoever completes the circuit first and writes the finish time on the starting point would win the claim.

“We’ve actually had some new claims come open where companies have hired track athletes to stake their claims…”