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artprize monroe 300wArtPrize Edition October 7, 2017
Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Grand Rapids, MI
4-hour time limit

Part bike race, part running race and part Amazing Race, the ArtPrize Edition is to our knowledge the only sporting event that incorporates a world-class art festival (ranked #4 in the world by Time Magazine). Two-person teams will head out from Ah-Nab-Awen Park and bike and run to checkpoints pre-marked on a map, collecting as many points as they can within four hours. They’ll encounter Amazing Race-like challenges, many involving some aspect of art and ArtPrize, in popular downtown exhibits as well as out-of-the-way venues.

Check out the 2016 race photos.

artprize egg launch 2011 300wWhat’s included?

In addition to a great experience (100% of last year’s racers who responded to the survey gave it a thumbs up so hopefully you will too), you also will receive a short sleeve tech shirt, pizza lunch and a shot at some great top finisher and raffle prizes.

This is the least expensive sprint-class adventure race in the Midwest and the only one to include Amazing Race-like challenges. On a $-per-hour basis, no race in West Michigan is more affordable.

You can complete the bike and run section in either order. You can complete checkpoints within each section in any order. You can skip checkpoints and challenges if you wish. Go at whatever pace you are comfortable with. The goal is to maximize the number of checkpoints and get back to the finish before the time limit. Make the race as relaxing or intense as you want.

Date:Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
Duration:Up to 4 hours
Divisions:2-person teams (females, males, co-ed)
Disciplines:Road and trail biking, running, Navigating (primarily Google street map, some topographic), Amazing Race-like challenges. Everything is optional.
Lunch:Peppino's pizza, fruit
What you get:short-sleeve tech shirt (men's and women's cuts), chance at $1,000+ in raffle and top finisher prizes, sponsor swag, free Navigation 101/201 clinic
Cost:Early (until 7/1): $72 per person ($144 per team), includes lunch, shirt.

Regular (7/1-10/2): $79 per person ($158 per team), includes lunch, shirt.

Late (10/3-10/5 noon): $79 per person ($158 per team), does NOT include shirt ($15 after race if available)
Charity partner:Purple Community - Van Andel Institute
Schedule:Early check-in, Gazelle Sports GR:  Friday, Oct. 7, 4:00-7:00 pm
Same-day check-in, Ah-Nab-Awen Park:  Sat., Oct. 8, 7:15-8:15 am
Race briefing:  8:30-8:55 am
Race planning: 8:55-9:25 am
Race start:  9:30/9:37/9:44 am (waves)
Race cutoff:  1:30/1:37/1:44 pm
Lunch:  1:15-2:30 pm
Raffle and awards ceremony:  2:00-2:45 pm

Register here
Limited to the first 600 racers.


ah nab awen mapCheck-in
You may check in on Friday from 4-7 pm at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th ST or same day at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

Ah-Nab-Awen Park is located at 220 Front Ave. NW. The closest parking is at the Scribner Lot under US-131 or the Dash West Area 7 Lot just west of US-131. Both are between Bridge and Pearl. Try Scribner first as it’s right across the street from the bike corral. Both are free and just a minute or two from the park, which is between the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Grand River.

Race day check-in
Bring your bike to the corral located at the north end of Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Same-day check-in will be just a few yards south of the corral. View the layout here. Get your shirt, passport, and “bib” number if you didn’t make it to Friday packet pick-up. Attach your number on your backpack or wherever most visible if you won’t be carrying a pack (not underneath a jacket). 

Please bring a campchair if you need seating. Otherwise it’s the grass.

There is no minimum distance you must travel. Find one checkpoint (out of 30-40) and you’ll be considered a finisher. To find every checkpoint, expect to bike 14-22 miles, cover 5-7 miles on foot, and conquer 7-8 Amazing Race-style challenges. The course is designed so that many teams will not get every checkpoint. That brings strategy and time management into play as you determine the route that will best maximize checkpoints as time begins to run out.

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Please review the Required Gear page.

Note that a mountain or cyclocross bike is recommended for the ArtPrize Edition due to some dirt trails. Rough but not technically difficult. Road and hybrid bikes with road tires will be allowed on paved roads and paths only. Or, you can always skip the dirt trails.

West Michigan Bike (Kentwood shop only; talk to Evert III) will likely have mountain bikes available for rental for $45 each. Central District Cyclery on Plainfield is a good option as well.

Adventure Racing/Navigation 101 Clinic
We will hold a free clinic on August x at Robinette’s Apple Haus in Grand Rapids to help you prepare for the Sleeping Bear or ArtPrize race. If demand is great, we’ll add another clinic just before the ArtPrize race.

You will receive a short-sleeved tech shirt with your entry. You must register by the Sunday before the race to receive it. $15 after registration if we have any left. Men’s/adult crew or women’s v-neck, slightly contoured. Sport-tek brand, same shirt as all races except the 2016 Winter Edition. Tends to run a bit large if you are between sizes.

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Women’s shirt specifications
Men’s shirt specifications

Merchandise (available at race)
Tech shirt, men’s or women’s, short sleeved $17, long sleeved $22
Buff headwear $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
Stainless steel pint $10 ($15 on most race sites)
Sticker (removable) $3

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Please read through our standard race rules. Special rules that only apply to the ArtPrize Edition will be listed in one of the race updates you’ll receive.

Age Requirement
Racers must be at least 12 years old
 due to some biking on high-traffic roads. Parents may contact race organizers to seek an exception. Racers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult teammate and have a parent or guardian sign the waiver/consent form.

This is an open-course race; no streets are closed to traffic or pedestrians. We have seen racers cross the street without looking, just avoiding being struck by a speeding vehicle. Adrenaline, looking at your map, and unfamiliarity with certain streets all increase your risks. Our primary concern is with your life and the safety of pedestrians in the area so please follow all traffic laws, take caution and be safe!

We will race rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm, we will postpone the start of the race until conditions improve. During the race, please seek shelter during these conditions. No prize is worth risking your life. Race organizers reserve the right to cancel the event in the case of extended severe weather. We will do everything possible to get the event in, but refunds are not available if it is cancelled due to significant costs we must pay in advance of the race. If we can, we’ll try to offer a partial credit for next year.

We would encourage you to invite friends and family to watch the race. We will offer race maps to spectators (first come basis) so they can check out some of the fun challenges. Keep in mind that spectating an adventure race is an adventure in itself as they must always be moving ahead of racers to see a lot of the action.

Pre-race briefing
We’ll go over rules, answer any questions, explain the passport and hand out an instruction sheet and maps. Bring your passport with you. The passport is the piece of waterproof paper you’ll punch at each checkpoint to prove you found it. You must punch the correct box in the passport so we can verify you were indeed there. A card with a number will be attached to the flag. Check it to confirm you got the right one. At most challenges, you will punch the passport upon arrival and a volunteer will hand you the second punch if you complete the challenge successfully.

passport Feb1 gray borderPunch the “CH” box next to the CP box you just punched.

The race instructions/clues will list the rules, describe the course and the challenge activities, and provide hints about where checkpoints are located.

The map(s) are pre-marked. The maps will be topographical (link to example), satellite and/or street-Google Map format. It’s critical that you do not lose or destroy your passport, map or instructions! You SHOULD waterproof your map with packing tape or contact paper (find at Meijer-type stores) and/or use a waterproof map case.

We may note which checkpoints are “advanced.” Teams that are not going at a fast pace should consider skipping these as they require going a significant distance or over dodgy terrain to obtain. They are meant to challenge the elite teams trying to obtain all CPs.

Map reading will be critical. You should also know how to use a compass, although you may be able to manage without if you can navigate well with your map. See our online clinic presentation and other tips or attend our free clinic.

All CPs are optional.
The format will be “rogaine” style. You can get any checkpoint in any order with each of the two sections – a bike section and an on-foot section. Teams will head out in dozens of directions. This will greatly minimize lines. You can access gear and food from your car at any time during the race. All checkpoints are optional so there’s no pressure to get a certain number.

Water and Gatorade will be available at the start/finish (which is also the transition area between the bike and on-foot sections) and probably at a challenge or two. Portajohns will be available as well at the start.

Checkpoints may be out of view, tucked behind trees or a hill, but generally are not difficult to find. They will usually be located at eye level. Sometimes to deter theft, they may be hidden. We will try to tell you when this is the case (this isn’t a treasure hunt). Check your map to see where the point is located and consult your instruction sheet for the clue which will help you determine its more exact location.

Each checkpoint will have an orange and white orienteering flag with a punch attached to it. Look for the checkpoint number attached to the flag/punch to confirm which checkpoint you are at and punch the corresponding box on your passport.

The goal is to maximize the number of checkpoints on your passport within the time limit. A team that gets 25 checkpoints with one minute to spare will finish ahead of a team that gets 24 checkpoints with an hour to spare.

The finish is at the start/check-in area, just in front of the tents. You must be back within four hours or you’ll lose a checkpoint every minute for ten minutes at which point you won’t be counted in the standings.

We will provide a complimentary Peppino’s Downtown pizza and fruit lunch to all registered racers (and volunteers) and hand out raffle prizes and top finisher awards.

Our charity partner for this race is the Purple Community, which gives 100% of funds raised in this race and all events to support biomedical research in the fight against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases at the Van Andel Institute.

Questions? is a great place to ask
questions and get answers so others can learn from your question. For questions
specific to you, email Mark VanTongeren, race director.

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