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Required Gear

6-Hour Race

Provided

  • Canoes and kayaks, paddles, PFDs. We will order several dozen boats (mix of canoes, tandems and solo kayaks) which will be available on a first come, first-served basis. The paddle will be on the short side so wait times should be short or nonexistent.

Required Per Person

  • Bicycle. Standard mountain, cyclocross, or hybrid bike. No road bikes. Tandems allowed but no prizes awarded.
  • Bike helmet
  • 30 oz. of hydration capacity on each person (or next to you in boat) throughout the race
  • mylar blanketEmergency/space/mylar blanket – full size, metallic style, $2-$3 each at Meijer, outdoor/camping store or online. Buy early, local supplies often run out.
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  • Water-resistant jacket. If the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race
  • Pants or tights. Weather dependent.suunto-a-10-compass 150w

Required Per Team (including solos)

  • Mobile phone, fully charged, powered off and sealed in waterproof or double-ziplocked bag
  • 4 x 25 mg Benadryl/ diphenhydramine (epi-pen if prescribed)compression bandage 125w
  • Compass, must be base plate or sighting type
  • Waterproof protection for maps (zip lock bag, map case, and/or contact paper)
  • 4 feet of compression bandage

18-Hour Race

Provided

  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs. Logistics do not allow for teams to bring their own boats. Three-person teams will share a canoe. You may bring your own paddles and/or PFDs. They will be delivered to and from the paddle section. You will not need to carry them on you during the race.

Required Per Person

  • Bicycle. Standard mountain or cyclocross bike. Road bikes and tandem bikes are not allowed as some biking will be on rugged singletrack. trails.
  • Bike helmet
  • 60 oz. of hydration capacity
  • mylar blanketWhistle 
  • Emergency/space/mylar blanket,  full-size, metallic style, $2-$3 each at Meijer, outdoor/camping store or online. Buy early, local supplies often run out.
  • Water-resistant jacket. If the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race
  • Pants or tights. Weather dependent.

Required Per Team

  • Mobile phone, fully charged, powered off and sealed in waterproof or double-ziplocked bag
  • 8 x 25 mg Benadryl/ diphenhydramine (epi-pen if prescribed)
  • Compass, must be base plate or sighting type
  • compression bandage 125wWaterproof protection for maps (zip lock bag, map case, contact paper)
  • 4 feet of compression bandage 
  • Basic first aid kit (gauze pads, band-aids, medical tape, etc.)
  • Spare tires (one per teammate)
  • Tire pump and/or CO2 cartridges
  • Tire levers
  • Allen key set

Recommended 

  • Long pants, tights, long-sleeved shirt (weather-dependent)
  • Synthetic, wicking t-shirt
  • First aid kit (gauze pads, band-aids, medical tape, etc.)
  • $5-10 cash for emergency purchases
  • Trail running shoes
  • Outdoor/athletic socks
  • Food (energy gel, bars, etc.)
  • Spare tires
  • Tire pump and/or CO2 cartridges
  • Chain repair tool
  • Tire levers
  • Allen key set
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Bug spray
  • Zip ties, duct tape
  • Bike shorts
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike computer (non-GPS)

We recommend Gazelle Sports, Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, and West Michigan Bike & Fitness for the items above. Not every store has every product so call ahead if you aren’t sure. They sponsor many of our races so please thank them when you stop in.

Bill & Paul’s is offering a 10% discount up until the day of the race on the following with proof of registration: hydration products, trail footwear and socks, compasses/navigation tools, fitness watches (except Freestyle or Timex), headlights, nutrition, and paddlesport clothing.

Prohibited Gear

  • GPS that allows you to determine your location on a map is not allowed. A GPS watch is ok, but only to check your route after the race
  • Motorized anything
  • See the Rules page for additional details.
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