Race Information

Winter Edition
Camp Roger, Rockford
January 23, 2021
Up to 3 hours

All information is tentative per COVID status. Join us for the 10th annual Winter Edition, the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. You and your teammate(s) will race together to find as many checkpoints as you can via trail and off-trail running (3-6 miles), Amazing Race-style challenges, beginner to intermediate orienteering with a topographic map and compass (free clinic provided), and snowshoeing (snow permitting, snowshoes provided). We’ll enjoy lounging in the cozy Camp Roger lodge before and after the race, feasting on Honey Creek Inn chili and sharing stories of glorious successes and hilarious fails.

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.

Entry Fee
See the Register page for the fees. On a per-hour basis, and factoring in the lunch and hoodie shirt ($30 total value), the Michigan Adventure Race is one of the least expensive races of any kind in Michigan.



  • Solo Males, Females
  • 2-person Females, Males, Co-eds
  • 3-4 person Females, Males, Co-eds

Early check-in: 
Camp Roger, Friday, Jan. 24, 4:00-6:00 pm
Same-day check-in and maps: Camp Roger, Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:40 am
Race briefing:
 8:45 am to 9:10 am
Additional race planning: 9:10 am to 9:30 am
Race start:
9:30 am (waves at 7 minute intervals likely) 
Race cutoff:
12:30 pm (and at 7 minute intervals after)
12:00 pm  chili lunch begins in the lodge
Award ceremony and raffle:
 1:15-2:00 (best guess)


Required Gear

  • The amount of required gear and clothing has been reduced from a typical adventure race.
  • We are requiring a few items for safety but most other items are at your discretion.
  • Need to rent a bike? Contact West Michigan Bike & Fitness (closes Saturday before end of race and not open Sundays so keep that in mind for returning)

Navigation/Compass Clinic

  • Join us for a free Navigation 101 clinic at Seidman Park on Saturday, Jan. 18 (postponed to this date from previous Saturday).
  • Large group instruction followed by small group in-field practice with map and compass. RSVP on Facebook here.


  • We recommend using Kayak, Hotwire or another search site to gather the best hotel deals in the area. Many more options south and west of Camp Roger.
  • Or make a weekend of it and stay downtown – lots of great things to do and see.


  • All racers must park at Lakes Elementary School (or Bostwick Lake Congregational Church if the school lot fills up) if the church lot fills up). Both lots are located at Belding Road and Young Ave. Please carpool if at all possible as parking is limited. Wait at the school front doors for the bus (not the church since there’s no easy turnaround).
  • We will shuttle you by coach bus to Camp Roger, which has only enough parking for volunteers and staff. Camp Roger is located at 8356 Belding Rd NE in Rockford, just east of Pando Winter Sports Park.

Free Gear

  • We won’t line your paths with luminary-like checkpoint flags like our shirt design, but we hope your face lights up each time you find one. Pick from this soft/warm feel hooded shirt, a buff/headwear or stainless steel pint as your free gear.
  • The shirt is guaranteed until Thursday at midnight of the week preceding the race. Register after this and you can choose from the pint or buff and swap it for a shirt if one is available when check-in ends.
  • Men’s/unisex and women’s sizing.
  • District brand this year (same as Silver Lake race) which is trimmer than the usual Sporttek brand (you might want to order the larger size if in between sizes).
  • Men’s/unisex shirt specifications
  • Women’s shirt specifications

Members of first place teams in each division will win a beautiful, locally made barnwood trophy similar to this. A minimum of 5 teams by 2 weeks before the race is required in a division to receive the $30 wood trophy but teams will still receive wood medals and top finisher prizes. Depth of prizes depends on size of division.

Merchandise (available online, at early check-in and on race day, limited quantities)
Sweatshirt – hooded, pockets $30
Short sleeve ($17) and long sleeve ($22) shirts, women’s and unisex style/neck
Buff headwear $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
Stainless steel pint $10 ($15 on most race sites)
Sticker (removable) $3

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Check-in, Pre-Race Briefing, Race Components

  • Check-in. We recommend arriving to check-in early as we will hand out maps then and you can get most or all of your route complete before the pre-race meeting.
  • Pre-race meeting. We’ll go over rules, answer any questions, explain the passport and hand out an instruction sheet and maps.
  • Passport. The passport is the piece of waterproof paper you’ll punch at each checkpoint to prove you found it. Each punch has a unique barb pattern. You must not lose it! 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.
  • Suunto-Control-Marker-3649Flag (control) and Punch. You are looking for orange and white 3-sided orienteering flags (technically called the control marker). You must punch the correct box in the passport so we can verify you were indeed there. A card with a number will be attached to the flag. Check it to confirm you got the right one.
  • Race instructions/clues. Lists key rules, describes the course and the activities, and provides hints about where checkpoints are located.
  • Maps. The map(s) are USGS topographical. They are pre-plotted. While not every trail in the area will be on the map, the vast majority will be. You can waterproof your map with packing tape or contact paper if desired (find at Meijer-type stores). Either way, we recommend keeping it in a waterproof map case or zip lock baggie at least.
  • Goal. 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 one hour to spare.


  • Distance. The trekking/orienteering portion of the race is roughly 4.5-5 miles to get every checkpoint; most people will log 3-4 miles plus a short, optional snowshoe loop.
  • Fatbiking. No fatbiking section this year due to lack of bikes available. There will not be a biking leg like in a warm-weather race, although a short, optional 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.
  • 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.
  • Order. All CPs are optional and in any order. Teams will head out in dozens of directions. Ideally, this will greatly minimize lines.
  • The goal. 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.


  • 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.
  • We will race snow or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm or blizzard, we will postpone the race until conditions improve.
  • 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 a small credit for a future race.


  • 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.
  • Invite friends and family to check out the race and they can get warm in the lodge.


  • Please join us in the lodge for lunch followed by the awards.
  • Honey Creek Inn Cincinnati chili with noodles along with their standard meat and veggie chili.
  • Feel free to bring one food or drink (no beer) item to share (e.g., 2 Liter pop, fruit, veggie, chips, cookies) for some variety. 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

  • The charity challenge money and 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.