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What an amazing day with some amazing people. Thank you for racing with us. Hopefully the race will be a great memory maker for you and your teammate. Achieving PRs (personal records) in races is all good, but nothing beats an adventure with a friend or family member.

We will order less wind next year, but we were impressed by your toughness as you pushed through it. The sunshine was much needed, eh?

A Big Thanks to:

  • Our sponsors: Spectrum Health, Community West Credit Union, Gazelle Sports, Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Peppino’s Sports Grille, West Michigan Bike & Fitness, EcoTrek Bars, Jamie Geysbeek Photograph and Zanfel. Please consider supporting their business and letting them know you appreciate their support of the race.
  • All the volunteers. Without their help, the race would have no challenges. Extra dose of thanks to those who were in the shade or wind much of the day.
  • Those who donated at the Charity Challenge. We’re still working on the final amount from the challenge and race profits but looks like a nice amount of money will go to the Van Andel Institute in their quest to find a cure for 20 diseases.
  • Local vendors for discounted goods: D&D Printing (maps), Kingma’s Market (love their fruit), Fran’s Girls (cool trophies)
  • Local businesses for allowing us to do checkpoints and/or challenges on their property: Out Back Casual Living and Fence, Peaches Bed & Breakfast, Mayan Buzz Coffee Shop, Peppino’s, GR Community College, and Monroe Community Church.
  • A special thanks to the bike polo team for helping us with that challenge. Interested in bike polo? Learn more here.

Results
Great job everyone. Here are the preliminary results. If there are significant errors, please email me by Tuesday or we’ll consider results final. It appears that the overall standings might have shuffled for a few teams, but the divisional standings remain the same. If you finished in the top 8 in your division and weren’t there to claim your prize, please email me by Wednesday and I will mail it to you. If you returned beyond the deadline, don’t let that tarnish the day – look at where you probably would have finished without penalties and next time you’ll know what to do differently. If you finished near the back of the pack even without penalties? Who cares. Having fun is what this race is all about.

We still owe prizes to the team with the greatest combined age. Stay tuned.

Befuddled by a Challenge?
Here are answers to two challenges that stumped a few teams.

  • Silhouette Count: the number of silhouettes (200) was listed on the Artist’s statement card about 30 feet south of the checkpoint flag. 🙂
  • Tour de Caffeine: your race instructions recommended that you ask anyone around for help or their phone. Searching the words “Steel Water Grand Rapids” revealed it is a sculpture at the JW Marriott, just above the Grand River, just a few hundred meters from the finish (you can actually see it from the finish line).

Survey
Please take a minute to fill out our survey to help us improve future races. We consider every comment seriously. I’ve already added “more cookies and apples” to my event plan. 🙂 Sorry about that!

Lost and Found
Found: I think there’s a black headband and maybe a watch. The pile of stuff is too high for me to find that box at the moment. Feel free to email me if you lost something.

Photos
Thanks to Jamie Geysbeek Photography for the race photos. Check out the first batch on Facebook. Once they go through image editing, we’ll post hundreds more to our Flickr album and let you know via Facebook.

Shirts
If you did not get the shirt that you registered for, please email me today.

What’s Next?
The Dirty Duel is November 12. Capped at 750 and expected to fill up. Just $29. Pick between the Short & Brutal 5K or Long & Difficult 6K, both designed to finish within seconds of each other for the average runner. Pick the one that suits your skills and desire. Merrell just announced $18 tubular headware (aka buffs) free for all racers. Donuts, cider, EcoTrek whole food bars for all registrants. Heaping piles of top prizes and raffle prizes. This is the only race of its kind on earth/Earth (from what we can tell online). Both courses will conquer the corn maze/field.  Shirt purchase optional.

The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition registration is now open. Jan. 28 at Camp Roger in Rockford. All of the fun and challenge of the ArtPrize Edition with a slightly whiter background and three hours instead of four. Fatbiking and snowshoe challenges (equipment provided) along with several mystery challenges. Same great Peppino’s pizza and veggie and meat chili from Honey Creek Inn too. Learn more here.

We appreciate your wonderful attitudes, effort and spirit! Thanks again for racing with us!

Mark, for Greg, Matt and Brian

 

Race Update 1

Thanks so much for registering for the 6th annual Michigan Adventure Race: ArtPrize Edition.

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Kevin Witte, long-time ArtPrize Edition racer, in a car accident yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with his teammate and sister Kari, his wife Shari, their three young children, and others dealing with this tragic loss right now. This year’s race is dedicated to Kevin of Team K Dubs. It’s hard to switch over to mundane race details after this news, but hopefully it reminds us to really appreciate the friend or family member you’re racing with and to store up good memories of the day. They go by so fast.

We have 330 racers signed up to date. There’s still time to invite others to join you. Have them sign up by Sunday midnight to get the race shirt with their entry.

Whether you run or walk or somewhere in between, whether you have a carbon fiber cyclocross bike or a beach cruiser, whether you take the time to soak in some art or it’s all a blur, this race is a blast. There are many opportunities to catch your breath and every checkpoint is optional so advanced and beginner racers can both have a great experience.

As usual, this race update is loooong. I do this so that you have a really good sense for how the race will work if you are new and to make the race briefing shorter, allowing you more time to plan your route. This race has more moving parts than most, but it will all be clear at the start and it’s all worth the extra time to process the details. So sit back and enjoy the novel!

A few timely notes here before all the normal race prep details below.

Road bikes, dirt trails
To reduce “barriers to entry” that keep people from signing up for this race or any adventure race, we are allowing those of you who only own a road bike to use it on the bike section. However, during recent test rides of the 3 mile dirt section on the course (we always try to have some dirt) it was clear that road bikes equipped with standard, skinny, knobless tires will present some safety issues. This is not a technical singletrack bike trail but has some roots, sticks, bumps and potential muddy spots best for a bike with wider, knobbier tires. You are not required to have a front shock. Road bikers can (and are required to) skip right by this section which is not on the main route so no need to detour or turn around. You’ll miss out on a few checkpoints, but most people will find that there are plenty of other checkpoints to grab in the 4-hour time limit. If you wish to rent a bike so you can do this section, our sponsor West Michigan Bike has some at a great price. Call Evert III at their Kentwood store and tell him you’re doing the race. If you had known about this before you signed up and would NOT have signed up for the race, email me.

Volunteers
We are a little short on volunteers. If you have a friend or family member who might be interested in being part of the race as a volunteer, please share the Volunteer page link with them. For the standard shift, they’ll get $35 of race credits for themselves or an immediate family member, the race shirt, pizza and fruit lunch and a fun day, plus they will be helping raise money for Van Andel Institute (through their Purple Community fundraising group) to fight and find a cure for 20 diseases and cancers. You’ll have an opportunity to donate $5 toward The Purple Community at our charity challenge and get an important clue to help you solve it. If your friends and family can’t help Saturday, they can volunteer at our Friday afternoon/evening check-in at Gazelle Sports on 28th ST in Grand Rapids. Please thank the volunteers out on the course.

Gear List Change
Hydration system/capacity, 30 oz. We will make this a per team – not per person – requirement due to the large number of water sources on this urban course. If you already bought one, we recommend keeping it as most of our races require each person to have one.

Sponsors
We want to thank our great sponsors for supporting this race. Check out their sites, stores and products. Tell them you appreciate their support of local events.

  • Community West Credit Union. One of our Presenting Sponsors. Branches in Kentwood, Grandville/Wyoming, Hudsonville, Middleville and Rockford.
  • Spectrum Health. Our newest Presenting Sponsor, for the ArtPrize Edition and all of our West Michigan races.
  • Gazelle Sports. Gold sponsor from day 1 in 2011. They will get you into a trail or road shoe that is right for your foot and gait. Located in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo and Northville.
  • Modern Woodmen Financial. Gold sponsor. Your Modern Woodmen of America representative (and adventure racer) Brian DiGennaro can help you plan for all stages of life – from protection to saving to retirement.
  • Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus. Knowledgeable staff. Offering 10% off most adventure racing gear with proof of entry. Located just east of Grand Rapids.
  • EcoTrek Bars & Fitness. Great tasting, whole food nutrition bars. You’ll get a demo at check-in to try. Find them at Meijer, Wesco and other area stores. Also check out EcoTrek outdoor fitness classes.
  • Peppino’s Sports Grille. Looking forward to some great-tasting Peppino’s after the race. Great downtown location for food and watching sports.
  • West Michigan Bike & Fitness. My hometown bike shop. Great service and Trek/Bontrager bikes and other gear, located in Grand Rapids/Kentwood, Grandville and Holland.
  • Zanfel. I don’t think you’ll see much poison ivy out there. But if you get the rash, Zanfel can help you get rid of it. We’ll give away a bunch of tubes in the raffle.
  • Jamie Geysbeek Photography. Jamie takes amazing photos of our race as well as weddings, portraits and other events.

Race Format

  • The race is split into two sections, a run section and a bike section. You can do them in either order and every checkpoint (CP) and challenge within each section can be done in any order.
  • It’s most efficient to do what you want in one section before switching to the other but you can go back and forth if you end up with time on your hands.
  • The only thing you can’t do is bike to any of the run section checkpoints. You must return your bikes to the corral before beginning the run section. The penalty for attempting to get CPs that are not within the section you are on is 5 CPs subtracted from your score. You MAY get nearby bike CPs by foot, for those of you who are not biking but have time on your hands.

Run Section

  • Our test run of the run section went well. We call it a run section, but a lot of teams run a bit, walk a bit, and anything in between. It will be in downtown Grand Rapids, within the ArtPrize district.The course will be on the short side (we’re feeling nice this year) at 5.5-6 miles not including any walking you’ll be doing inside ArtPrize venues.
  • We plan to have 4-5 Amazing Race-like challenges on the run section. Teams that choose not to bike at all can still experience a fun race with the 6 miles and these 4-5 challenges.
  • If you are expecting a tour of the best of ArtPrize, you’ll have to do that on your own. We are not able to get into several venues since they open at noon. Others we avoid because they get extremely crowded. The run section takes much of its shape from marrying our devious challenge ideas with venues that work well for them.
  • Running into ArtPrize patrons could get our race permit revoked next year. Please slow down when things get crowded and no running inside venues please!

Bike Section

  • The bike section will be 20-24 miles and is very flat (you’re welcome!), with 3 miles of beginner-level dirt trails and many miles of bike paths and bike lanes. Some biking on roads so remember we do not close roads for the race. Follow the rules of the road, and wait until you’ve stopped to look at your map.
  • Please read the one-page Bicycle Safety 101 list from the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition. Ignore #12. You ARE required to wear a helmet for the bike section.
  • Your life is more at risk during this race than almost any day of the year.  There have been several close calls, primarily due to over-aggressive biking. Please be careful. Stop before reading your map!
  • Please ride on the right side. You can use sidewalks outside of downtown but not downtown.
  • When you are approaching an intersection and wish to go left or straight, we recommend leaving the bike lane and moving into the car lane. This way cars see you and more easily know what you are doing than if you are hanging over in the bike lane. Return to the bike lane once through the intersection.
  • Three challenges are planned for the bike section.
  • Patches of poison ivy here and there so protect your legs if this is a concern. I have kept flags away from big patches (you’re welcome!). I did not notice any bee hives but please bring your epi-pen if you are allergic.

Orienteering?

  • Compass use for most will be limited to confirming the direction you are going. It’s never a bad idea to know the basics of shooting a bearing with a compass and you’ll need to know for all of our other races. Review our navigation 101 clinic presentation and other tips to learn more about navigation and orienteering.
  • The intent of this race is not to challenge your orienteering skills, simply because there is not much land around downtown for this. If you really want to be challenged, try our Winter Edition or Epic Edition in Ludington

Challenges

  • At this point, we have seven or eight challenges cooked up for you, four or five on the run section and three on the bike section. Most challenges downtown will be tied to ArtPrize entries, which will be fun.
  • Receive one checkpoint for finding the location of the challenge (don’t forget to punch the flag) and one for finishing the challenge (volunteer will punch your passport or you will have to solve the challenge to reveal the location of your bonus checkpoint).
  • Challenges will be described on the race instructions you’ll receive at the pre-race meeting along with your maps. Volunteers will also explain how challenges work. Take time to listen to them since sometimes we tweak challenge rules; your instructions may not be 100% accurate.

Strategy

  • We expect several teams to “clear” the course (get every checkpoint) but it’s still our goal to make the course tough enough so that most teams are pushing hard to get those last few checkpoints before the four-hour deadline. The goal of the race is to maximize your checkpoints, not get every one.
  • Benefits of starting with the run section: lighter ArtPrize foot traffic, but potential for lines at some challenges close to the start.
  • Benefits of starting with the bike section: lighter vehicle traffic, but more ArtPrize traffic downtown on the run section.
  • We hate waiting in line and have designed challenges so that you shouldn’t have to wait in line at all and if you do, for just a few minutes at most.

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

Parking
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 (one way heading north) as it’s right across the street from the bike corral. See where the red route line goes in and out under 131, across the street from the Ford Museum. Both are free and just a 1-2 minute bike ride from the park, which is between the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the Grand River. Other free parking can be found in the core downtown area – here’s a map of those lots.

Check-in
Early check-in is Friday, Oct. 9, 4-7 pm, Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids, 3930 28th ST. Same-day check in is Saturday from 7:15-8:15 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 220 Front ST. Bring with you:

  • Team Number: We will email the list of teams and your team/bib number on Thursday, 10/6, two days before the event.
  • Waiver: One per person. Parent/guardians sign for kids under 18. You CAN bring your teammate’s or friends’ waivers and get their bib, passport and shirt. If you don’t have your teammate’s waiver, you can’t get it. We’ll have copies of waivers if you forget to bring it. Write your team number on your waiver.
  • Required Gear: Make sure you have all the gear on the list.
  • Team Gear Bag: Optional, to be left at corral for bike gear, food, drink, merchandise you purchased at check-in. No valuables please.
  1. Give yourself enough time to park and check in. You will not want to be messing with your gear or the portajohn when the race briefing starts.
  2. Bring your bike to the corral located at the northwest corner of Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Just lay your bike near or on your teammate’s. Everyone will start on foot in front of the check-in tents. You must run to the bike corral to get your bike if you are starting on the bike.
  3. Head to the same-day check-in tents just a few yards southeast of the corral. View the layout here.
  4. Get your passport, “bib” number, and shirt (except those registering after Sunday) if you didn’t make it Friday. Attach your number on your backpack or wherever most visible if you won’t be carrying a pack (not underneath a jacket). You’ll get your maps at the pre-race meeting.
  5. Put your name and mobile phone number on your passport in case you drop it so someone can call you and leave it at a checkpoint for you to pick up. If your phone is 100% powered, you may leave it on to make and receive calls and take photos (share your best with us after the race). No GPS use.
  6. Portajohns will be on the south side of the bike corral. If there are lines, the restroom building is located on the south side of the park.
  7. Lunch gear: Please bring a campchair if you need seating for lunch. Otherwise it’s the grass. Throw rain gear and an umbrella in the car too. It’s $1,000+ to put up a tent so unless rain is very likely, we’ll be taking a chance and going without one.

Shirts

  • We have to give you the shirt size listed on your registration so that everyone gets what they ordered. Once check-in is complete at 8:15 am Saturday, anyone can come and swap shirt sizes. We’ll also open up shirt sales ($15) to late registrants and general public at that time.
  • On occasion we run out of a size due to an error (or you’re late to check in and your shirt was sold to someone else). In that event and if you do not fit the next size up or down, we will give you 100% of the cost of the shirt or, if desired and available, a Michigan Adventure Racing pint and buff ($18 value).

Planning Your Race

  • You will receive your maps and race instructions during the 8:30 am pre-race meeting Saturday so that you have at least 30 minutes to plan your route. Part of the fun is the short amount of time to plan, but almost all teams find that they have adequate time to figure out their route before the start.
  • If you’re diligent about zipping up your map case and rain stays out of the forecast, you may not need to take time to seal your maps with contact paper. Your call. The passport is waterproof.
  • Female-female teams start at 9:30 this time, males at 9:37 and co-eds at 9:44. So if you were hoping to group up with friends in a different division to race, you may have to wait several minutes. You’ll need to be back by your division’s deadline as well. Do a few checkpoints nearby, set a time to circle back and meet your friends and then they can do those same checkpoints at the end of the race when you have to make your deadline.
  • Please make sure you are in the right wave. If you are in the second or third wave, adjust your deadline by 7 or 14 minutes (but build some buffer time in there too).

Race instructions

  • Race instructions will be on an 8.5” x 11” sheet. They will list the rules and explain the flow and sections of the race, telling you which checkpoints must be obtained by bike vs. run.
  • The instructions also provide a list of all the checkpoints by number and a brief description of where they are located. For checkpoints accompanied by a challenge, a brief description of the challenge instructions is included. Volunteers will provide additional instruction when you arrive at each challenge location. Don’t forget to punch the checkpoint flag when you first arrive.

Passport

  • The passport is a 5.5” x 8.5” inch waterproof sheet with boxes for each checkpoint. You’ll use the uniquely barbed punch hanging from the CP flags (aka control markers) to puncture the appropriate box to prove that you found the checkpoint.
  • It’s critical that you do not lose or destroy your passport. Some teams bring a hole punch, punch a hole in a corner of the passport, reinforce with tape, and tie a decent length loop of string so they can carabiner it to their hydration pack.
  • If you lose your passport and do not recover it by end of race any CPs you had found to that point do not count. You may run back to race HQ to see if we have any more passports.
  • Do NOT waterproof your passport. Our scoring markers do not write well on packing tape or contact paper. Your passport is already waterproof!
  • Punch your passport in the corresponding numbered box for that flag. Punch the correct box in the passport so we can verify you were indeed there. If you accidentally punch the wrong box, then when you get to the CP for that box, punch it in the open box where your previous punch should have gone (just switch the two). Don’t punch twice in the same box and don’t punch off to the side. Punch with the barbs on top and make sure the barbs go all the way through.

Checkpoint flag (control marker)

  • Each CP is marked with an orange and white 3-sided flag with the punch attached to it, usually hanging from a tree branch.
  • When you arrive at the flag, you’ll find a punch with a unique barb pattern hanging from it. The punch on the flag will have the CP number on it. Verify that the number is the CP you were looking for.
  • Checkpoints may be out of view, tucked behind trees or a hill, but generally are not intentionally hidden (except in public areas to minimize risk of theft in which case we will try to tell you this in advance).

Maps

  • The maps will be pre-marked with all checkpoints and challenges. Checkpoints will be blue circles with numbers corresponding to the race instructions. A letter appearing after the numbers means the checkpoint has a challenge with it.
  • Maps are in Google map format since almost all terrain is urban/street-based. We have “spliced” in a topographical map in one area where it will be helpful to see the natural features of the land (USGS format, 1982, the last time the land was surveyed).
  • Maps are all 11″x17″ and are not waterproofed.
  • Here’s last year’s on foot/run map to give you an idea.

Finish

  • The finish is in front of the start/check-in tents. There is no finish line corral because racers are coming from multiple directions. Look for the wind banners and the non-sweaty people shouting “passports!”
  • You must return bikes to the corral before you turn in your passport. Teams coming in late have nearly run over people near the finish with their bikes.
  • Even if you don’t want your race scored, you must turn in your passport after the race so that we can make sure all teams are accounted for.

Scoring & Rules

  • See our Rules page online for all of our standard adventure racing rules.
  • Finishing place is determined by the highest number of checkpoints and then by the fastest time, in that order and provided you finish within the 4-hour cut off.
  • You will lose a checkpoint for each minute you are beyond the 4-hour cut-off time, up to ten CPs/minutes at which point you will be unranked. It is human nature to get greedy and go after that last CP, but do you really want to slide to the bottom of the list as an unranked team? Sync your watch to the official World Clock race time (very likely your cell phone is synched already) before the race to ensure you make cut-off time. Leave yourselves several minutes of buffer to be safe and set an alarm when it’s time to head to the finish.
  • We get lots of questions about teams helping other teams. The ideal race would be one where top teams solve challenges on their own and teams struggling with challenges or in the back of the pack join forces if desired. No matter what you decide, please at least do not diminish another team’s experience by giving them the answer to any challenge before they have tried the challenge on their own.
  • GPS that shows you where you are on a map is not allowed. A GPS watch used for downloaded data after the race is acceptable in this race.
  • Teammates must stay within 100 feet of each other.
  • Missing flag? If you are sure a flag is missing, you may call us at the numbers listed on the race instructions. If we confirm it’s missing, we’ll hang a new flag and credit you for the point.

Gear
Please review the Required Gear page. We may have a mandatory gear check on course so review the list online. We have slashed a lot of items from the mandatory gear list and moved them to the recommended gear list. Many items may still be important, especially if the weather is cold or raining, but you are adults and can make those decisions. Keep in mind that you are on an adventure on an “open” course. No race officials, no closed streets. A few notes:

  • No one will be allowed to race without a helmet. Road bikes are allowed on all sections except for the dirt trail.
  • Shoes: please do not wear shoes with spikes because of the ArtPrize venue floors. Please do your best to kick any mud off before entering venues.
  • Gear bag: You can leave gear that you will need during the race in a bag at the bike corral or access it from your car. Tape your name and team number on it. You must return your bike to the corral when transitioning to on-foot sections. Your car is for gear access only.
  • Hydration system/capacity, 30 oz. We are making this a per team, not per person, requirement due to the large number of water sources on this urban course.
  • Pants/tights and rain jacket/poncho: Recommended for cooler and/or wet weather, but your call. Layer up, swap out an internal layer or two, and/or find a place to warm up if you get sweaty and cold.
  • Lock: If you are concerned about theft, lock your bikes together in the corral. We will do our best to have a volunteer at the bike corral at all times but they could get pulled away. We have never had a bike stolen but we can’t guarantee its safety (by replacing it if it is stolen). On the bike section checkpoints are always close to the road.
  • First aid: Consider throwing in some basic first aid for cuts and scrapes; your choice. Epi-pen for sure if you need one.

Weather

  • We will race rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm, we will postpone the start of the race until conditions improve. Hunker down in your car. During the race, please seek shelter during these conditions. If you arrive at a challenge or the transition area during severe weather, you’ll be asked to take cover there if it’s available. Because we have no way of communicating with all of you, the clock will keep moving and you will need to be back within the four hours. We will likely throw the top finisher prizes into the raffle pile to discourage racers from racing during the thunderstorm while others wait it out. 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 canceled due to significant costs we must pay in advance of the race. Depending on how much racing was done, we may offer a partial credit for a future race.

Spectators

  • We will offer race maps to spectators after the pre-race meeting (first come basis) so they can check out some of the fun challenges (as long as they don’t assist).
  • Spectators can reach much of the race course by car. Some downtown checkpoints and challenges can best be reached on foot.

Retrieving Flags for Race Credits

  • Got energy left in your tank? Use it to earn $40/hour in race credits by retrieving some orienteering flags/control markers from part of the course after lunch and prizes. Many can be retrieved by car. Knife or box cutters required to cut flags that may be zip-tied. Email me if you’re interested.

What the Heck is Going On?

  • You may get that question from a few people during the race. We’ll have business cards at check-in that you can write your name on and hand to people. Tell them to email me with your name when they sign up for their first race. We’ll reward the top 3 referral people with at least a buff and a pint, more stuff or even race credits depending on number of people who email us.

Merchandise
If you want to buy any of our Michigan Adventure Racing gear, consider doing it at early check-in (or on race day you can leave it in a bag at the bike corral).

  • Tech shirts – $20 for short sleeved, $25 for long sleeved. $5 discount for your 2nd shirt.. Same brand as race shirt. Women’s v-neck in hot coral, tropic blue, pink raspberry; men’s/adult crew in navy, iron grey. Limited sizes.
  • Buffs – $10, full length head/neckwear ($18-25 for national brands)
  • Pints – MAR logo on both sides, $10 ($15 at most races)
  • Stickers – removable, $3, or $1 if you will put it on your vehicle the day of the race (we like the advertising)

Lunch, Awards

  • As soon as you turn in your passport, please, please bring your bike back to your car (don’t forget a lock if your rack doesn’t have one). Ellis Parking needs the lot clear as soon as possible after 1:45 for ArtPrize parking. We’ll have plenty of pizza for you.
  • Keep in mind that we have to scan and count over 6,000 punch boxes, enter the times and checkpoints into the system and determine the rankings. So enjoy the food and hanging out with other racers if you have time. Usually the results are ready by 2:15 or 2:30 if I recall. Need to bolt? Look up your standings in the race recap I’ll email out Sunday or Monday.
  • We usually give prizes to the top 4 teams in each division but we’re going to do the top 8 teams this year – 24 additional awards – thanks to a good turnout at our Sleeping Bear Race. Teams that are 5th-8th will receive a Michigan Adventure Racing buff or pint if all other prizes have been taken by then.
  • You must be present to win any of the non-top finisher awards. They will likely be:
    • middle of the pack team (overall)
    • youngest and oldest individual racers
    • team with the oldest combined age
    • person or team that traveled here the furthest just to do the race (email me now if you think you may have won this).
    • most unusual or largest piece of trash recovered and brought back to the finish
  • Devour Kingma’s fresh fruit and 140 pizzas from Peppino’s, arriving between 1:00 and 1:40. Please start with two pieces; once we make sure the last wave is back and eating, feel free to have more. We ordered two gluten-free cheese pizzas for those who need it. Please avoid those boxes if you don’t. Bring your own beverage if you don’t want Gatorade or water.

Questions? Really? You still have a question? (just kidding – ask away). Email me at mark@MIadventureracing.com, preferably this week.

Look for the team list with team numbers next Thursday.

Can’t wait!

Mark, for Greg, Matt and Brian

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