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IMG_9143 275wWinter Edition
Camp Roger, Rockford
January 28, 2017
Up to 3 hours

Join us for the 6th annual Winter Edition, the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. Experience trail and off-trail running (likely 4-6 miles depending on how many checkpoints you get), Amazing Race-style challenges, orienteering (beginner to intermediate), snowshoeing and fatbiking (assuming we have sufficient snow). Snowshoes and fatbikes will be provided but you may bring your own.

Watch this 4-minute Go Pro video to get a first-hand feel for the race. Or view hundreds of photos from last year’s race.

Cost (all racers receive Peppino’s pizza and/or Honey Creek Inn chili lunch):
Early (through 11/30/16): $126 per team ($63 per person), long sleeve tech shirt
Regular (12/1/16-1/20/17): $138 per team ($69 per person), long sleeve tech shirt 
Late (1/21/16-1/25/17): $138 per team ($69 per person), no shirt ($15 after race if available)

We are allowing 3-person teams to race for $69 more. We will not have prizes for 3-person teams unless there are enough teams to warrant it. Note that some challenges are for two people only.

IMG_2977 275wOn a per-hour basis, the Michigan Adventure Race is one of the least expensive races of any kind in Michigan.

Register here. 

Tentative Schedule
Early check-in: 
Camp Roger, Friday, Jan. 27, 4:00-7:00 pm
Same-day check-in: Camp Roger, Saturday, 7:15 am to 8:15 am
Race briefing:
 8:30 am to 9:00 am
Race start:
 9:30 am (waves at 5 minute intervals likely) 
Race cutoff:
 12:30 pm
Lunch:
12:15 pm  pizza/chili lunch begins in the lodge.
Award ceremony and raffle:
 1:15-2:00

BEFORE THE RACE

Required Gear
The amount of required gear and clothing has been greatly reduced. We are requiring a few items for safety but the other items are at your discretion.

Navigation/Compass Clinic
Join us for a free Navigation 101 Clinic at Robinette’s Apple Haus on Saturday, Jan. XX. Large group instruction followed by small group in-field practice with map and compass. RSVP on Facebook here.

Lodging
We recommend using www.kayak.com or another aggregator site to gather the best hotel deals in the area.

Directions/Parking
Camp Roger is located at 8356 Belding Rd NE in Rockford, just east of Pando Winter Sports Park. All racers must park at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church (or Lakes Elementary if the church lot fills up), both located at Belding Road and Young Ave. Please carpool if at all possible as parking is limited. If you have two or more passengers, you may drop them off at Camp Roger before parking at the shuttle lot. Wait at the school front doors for the bus (not the church since there’s no easy turnaround). We will shuttle you by school buses to Camp Roger, which has only enough parking for volunteers and staff.

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

Age Guidelines
We have no age requirements for the winter race.

Spectators
Adventure racing isn’t the ideal spectator sport but we offer race maps to spectators before the race so they can check out some of the fun challenges. We encourage you to invite friends and family to check out the race and they can stay warm in the lodge.

Weather
We will race snow or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm or blizzard, we will postpone 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. We would provide you your race shirt and likely provide partial credits for a future race.

Check-in
Sign the waiver and get your shirt, passport, and “bib” number at early check-in or same day at Camp Roger (NOT Gazelle Sports due to a conflict). You may pick up your teammate’s and/or friends’ number and shirt only if you bring their signed waiver. For early check-in, you may park in the lot on the hill where the lodge is and the new dining hall is being built. For same-day check-in, you must use the shuttle system.

Shirt
You will receive a long-sleeved shirt with your entry if you register before February 1. Because it’s winter and to change things up for those racers who have a gazillion tech shirts, we hope to find a new, 100% polyester wicking shirt but with a warmer, cottony feel instead of the “colder” traditional tech feel, but with a better fit then last year’s shirt.

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Awards
Members of first place teams in each division will win a handcrafted medallion made from Michigan cherry trees similar to this award from last year.

Merchandise (available at race, limited quantities)
Sweatshirt, hooded, mid-weight $25
Short sleeve ($17) and long sleeve ($22) shirts
Buff headwear $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
Stainless steel pint $10 ($15 on most race sites)
Sticker (removable) $3

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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 so we can verify using the unique barb pattern on the punch that you were indeed there. At most challenges, you will punch the passport upon arrival and a volunteer will punch the box next to the checkpoint box if you complete the challenge successfully.

The map(s) will be topographical. Most, if not all, checkpoints will be shown. While not every trail in the area will be on the map, the vast majority will be. It’s critical that you do not lose or destroy your passport, map or instructions! You may want to waterproof your map with packing tape or contact paper (find at Meijer-type stores) as water can get into map cases.

DURING THE RACE
The trekking/orienteering portion of the race is roughly 5-6 miles to get every checkpoint; most people will log 3-5 miles. We will refine this once the course is fully designed and testing is underway. There will not be a biking leg like in a warm-weather race, although a short challenge will require one teammate to ride a provided fat-wheel bike (fatbike/snowbike) on snow if you choose to do it. Should not be too difficult if the snow is packed.

We will 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.

All CPs are optional.
The format will be “breakout” or rogaine style. You can get any checkpoint in any order. Teams will head out in dozens of directions. Ideally, this will greatly minimize lines. You can access gear and food from your car at any time during the race.

Water and Gatorade will be available at the lodge only. Restrooms are available inside the lodge.

Each checkpoint will have an orange and white 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 three hour time limit. A team that gets 25 checkpoints in 2 hours and 59 minutes will finish ahead of a team that gets 24 checkpoints in 2 hours.

IMG_3229 275wAFTER THE RACE
Please join us in the lodge for lunch followed by the awards. No cheap food – we’re bringing back Peppino’s Sports Grille pizza and adding Honey Creek Inn’s veggie and meat chilis. Please bring one food or drink (no beer) item to share (e.g., 2 Liter pop, fruit, veggie, chips, cookies) if you can. We’ll pass out some great prizes to the top teams in each division. We’ll raffle off a bunch of stuff too.

Charity Partner
A portion of the profits will go to a scholarship fund for kids to attend summer camp at Camp Roger who would not normally be able to afford to.

Questions? Our Facebook page 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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