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Required Gear

7-Hour Race

Provided

  • Canoes and kayaks, paddles, PFDs provided FREE of charge by U Rent Em Canoe. You MAY bring your own canoe or solo/double kayak.

Required Per Person

  • Bicycle. Standard mountain, cyclocross or hybrid bike. Front shock recommended. Tandems allowed (but don’t qualify for prizes). Road bikes not allowed on singletrack trails. You can use a road bike, but you would forfeit all the checkpoints located on singletrack trails.
  • Bike helmet (must be specifically approved for biking)
  • Rear flashing bike light (fully charged)
  • Whistle 
  • mylar blanketEmergency/space/mylar blanket – Full size, metallic style, $2-$3 each at Meijer, outdoor/camping store or online.
  • Water-resistant jacket. If the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race

Required Per Team (including solos)

  • Mobile phone, fully charged, powered off and sealed in waterproof or suunto-a-10-compass 150wdouble-ziplocked bag
  • 60 oz. of hydration capacity per team
  • 4 x 25 mg Benadryl/diphenhydramine (epi-pen if prescribed)
  • Compass (base plate or sighting type)
  • compression bandage 125wWaterproof protection for maps (zip lock bag, map case, and/or contact paper)
  • Compression bandage (min. 4′)


12-Hour Race

Provided

  • Canoes and kayaks, paddles, PFDs provided FREE of charge by U Rent Em Canoe. You MAY bring your own boat and gear.

Required Per Person

  • Bicycle. Standard mountain, cyclocross or hybrid bike. Front shock recommended. Tandems allowed (but don’t qualify for prizes). Road bikes not allowed.
  • Bike helmet (must be specifically approved for biking)
  • Rear flashing bike light (fully charged)
  • Whistle 
  • mylar blanketEmergency/space/mylar blanket -Full size, metallic style, $2-$3 each at Meijer, outdoor/camping store or online.
  • 60 oz. of hydration capacity on each person throughout the race
  • Water-resistant jacket. If the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race

Required Per Team (including solos)

  • suunto-a-10-compass 150wMobile phone, fully charged, powered off and sealed in waterproof or double-ziplocked bag
  • 4 x 25 mg Benadryl/diphenhydramine (epi-pen if prescribed)
  • Compass (base plate or sighting type)
  • compression bandage 125wWaterproof protection for maps (zip lock bag, map case, and/or contact paper)
  • Compression bandage (minimum 4′)

Recommended 

  • Water-resistant jacket (weather-dependent; a cold driving rain can quickly cause hypothermia. If the forecast calls for good weather, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race.
  • Long pants, tights, long-sleeved shirt (weather-dependent)
  • Synthetic, wicking t-shirt
  • Contact paper or clear tape to waterproof your instruction sheet and map (at Meijer in household goods)
  • 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

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
  • ArtPrize only: Shoes with spikes (can damage venue floors). Recessed cleats on bike shoes ARE allowed.
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