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Winter Edition
Camp Roger, Rockford
January 19, 2019
Up to 3 hours

Join us for the 8th 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 (4-6 miles), Amazing Race-style challenges, beginner to intermediate orienteering (map and compass), and snowshoeing, snow permitting. Snowshoes will be provided but you may bring your own. 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 value), the Michigan Adventure Race is one of the least expensive races of any kind in Michigan.


2-person Females
2-person Males
2-person Co-eds

3-person Females
3-person Males
3-person Co-eds

3-person divisions will likely have fewer teams receive prizes because they have fewer teams in the divisions or their divisions may be merged if not enough teams in each. Note that one or more challenges may be for two people only.

Early check-in: 
Camp Roger, Friday, Jan. 18, 4:00-7:00 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 5 minute intervals likely) 
Race cutoff:
 12:30 pm
12:15 pm  chili lunch begins in the lodge
Award ceremony and raffle:


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.

Navigation/Compass Clinic
Join us for a free Navigation 101 clinic at Seidman Park on Saturday, Jan. 5. 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. Candlestone in Belding or Super 8 in Ionia will likely be your best deals if coming from the east. 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.

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. 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.

If you are bringing a fatbike with flat pedals that you’ll allow others to use during the race, you can park right at Camp Roger. Contact us first though.

Free Gear
You can pick a hoodie shirt, stainless steel pint or buff/headwear with your entry. The shirt is available until the Monday before the race. Register on Monday-Wednesday of race week and you get the pint or buff. Men’s/unisex and women’s sizing. Our usual Sporttek brand so it should fit like previous race shirts (most people between sizes order the smaller size).

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.

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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passport Feb1 gray border

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.

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. No fatbike leg this year. 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.

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.

Each checkpoint will have an orange and white flag with a punch attached to it. 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.

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 have no age requirements for the winter race. 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. We encourage you to invite friends and family to check out the race and they can stay warm in the lodge.

Please join us in the lodge for lunch followed by the awards. 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
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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