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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 the only sporting event that incorporates a world-class art festival (ranked #4 in the world by Time Magazine). Two-person AND three-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?

  • Great experience (100% of last year’s racers who responded to the survey gave it a thumbs up so hopefully you will too)
  • Short sleeve tech shirt
  • Peppino’s pizza lunch
  • Shot at more than $1,000 great top finisher and raffle prizes.


  • Complete the bike and run section in either order.
  • Complete checkpoints within each section in any order.
  • Skip checkpoints and challenges if you wish.
  • 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!


  • 2-person team AND new 3-person (females, males, co-ed)
  • Family teams of any size allowed; see Register page for family deal


  • See the Register page for early, regular and late rates.
  • We offer discounts for families and members of the military.
  • 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.

Early check-in, Gazelle Sports GR:  Friday, Oct. 6, 4:00-7:00 pm
Same-day check-in, Ah-Nab-Awen Park:  Sat., Oct. 7, 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

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Check-in & Parking 

  • You may check in on Friday from 4-7 pm at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th ST or same day at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.
  • The race start/finish is at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front Ave NW.
  • Parking Map
  • 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.
  • Other options on the opposite side of the river are under Devos Place and the Government Center ramp.
  • All of the lots in the area cost money on Saturdays now. The Scribner lot is now $4 day rate. Area 7 is $2, 8 is $3, and 9 is $2.

Race day check-in

  • Bring your bike to the parking lot/corral located at the north end of Ah-Nab-Awen Park, corner of Scribner and Bridge.
  • Same-day check-in will be on the Ah-Nab-Awen lawn just a few yards southeast 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).
  • Water and Gatorade will be available at the start/finish (which is also the transition area between the bike and on-foot sections) and maybe at a challenge or two.
  • Portajohns will be available as well at the start, near the bike corral. There are also restrooms in the south part of the park.
  • 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 5-7 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.

teamwork tower 300wGear

  • 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 (no big rocks or roots). Road and hybrid bikes with road tires will be allowed on paved roads and paths only; not on the short dirt trail section. You would miss out on one checkpoint and one challenge point.
  • 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

  • Because very few points in this race will require a compass to find, we direct you to our Adventure Racing/Navigation clinic presentation for easy instructions on navigation and using a compass.
  • Check out all the pages under Learn More on the site for navigation lessons and other resources as well.

Shirt, Pint or Buff

  • You will receive a short-sleeved tech shirt with your entry. Or, you may choose our stainless steel pint or buff (multipurpose headware). See images under Merchandise below.
  • Men’s/adult crew or women’s v-neck, slightly contoured. Sport-tek brand, same shirt as all races. Tends to run a bit large if you are between sizes.
  • You must register by the Sunday before the race to receive the shirt; otherwise you will get the pint or buff.
  • Shirts are $15 after registration if we have any left.
  • Women’s shirt specifications
  • Men’s shirt specifications

Merchandise (available at early and same-day check-in)

  • Sweatshirt – hooded, pockets, $30 (trim fit for size)
  • Long sleeve tech shirt, crew or v-neck, $22
  • Short sleeve tech shirt, crew or v-neck, $17
  • Buff headwear, $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
  • Bike jersey (click for details, pre-order only; high-end), $85-90
  • Stainless steel pint, $10 ($15 on most race sites)
  • Sticker, $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 (except for families doing the on-foot only deal).
  • 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.
  • passport Feb1 gray borderKeep 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 Meeting

  • We’ll go over rules, answer any questions, explain the passport and hand out an instruction sheet and maps.


  • Don’t lose your passport! 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. The punch attached to the flag will have a number on it that corresponds to your passport and the map. Check it to confirm you got the right one.
  • At most challenges, you will punch the passport upon arrival and a volunteer will punch the CH box next to the CP box if you complete the challenge successfully. 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 with the locations of all the checkpoints and challenges.
  • 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!
  • Waterproof your map with packing tape or contact paper (find at Meijer-type stores) and/or use a waterproof map case if there’s any chance of rain (or sweaty hands).


  • 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.
  • You can access gear and food from your car at any time during the race.
  • You may return to a section later in the race but it will be more efficient to complete what you want on one section and then do the other.


  • All checkpoints are optional so there’s no pressure to get a certain number.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • IMG_4898Checkpoint flags may be out of view, tucked behind trees or a hill, but generally are not difficult to find. 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.
  • 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.
  • Please be patient as we have to count all the punches by hand. If you need to leave, check the website and your email for a race recap likely the next day.


  • Our charity partner for this race is Grand Rapids Whitewater, a group of individuals, rowing and paddling clubs, anglers and businesses dedicated to revitalizing the Grand River and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand for everyone’s enjoyment.
  • It is their goal to partner with the city and region to create a safer, more exciting river experience for everyone.

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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