Hello Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, Hurt the Dirt and Zombie Dash racers,
Many of you will never compete in the same race this year but you all share a love for challenging yourselves physcially (and mentally in the adventure races) in the outdoors and that’s an awesome thing. Michigan Adventure Racing is grateful for the opportunity to challenge all of you in new, adrenaline-fueled ways, but the real story is about the incredible growth in locally grown, trail-oriented races and racers, one of the largest groups in the nation. Please read on to learn what we have to offer in June, July and beyond.
Hurt the Dirt
June 16, Seidman Park, Ada (just east of Grand Rapids)
If you haven’t heard about our Hurt the Dirt trail race, check out www.HurtTheDirt.com. Trail racing provides a refreshing, one-of-a-kind mix of adrenaline and serenity like no road race can offer.
- First trail race ever at awesome Seidman Park
- Distances: 5k, 10k and half marathon; free 1-mile kids race
- $4,000 in prizes and raffle.
- Fewer than 40 slots remain
Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race: Summer Edition
July 14, Riverside Park, just north of downtown Grand Rapids.
Register at www.grUrbanAdventureRace.com. Two great options to choose from:
- 4-hour: We aim to make it easier than the Spring Edition with downtown racing, less running, an easier course, but still some challenging orienteering and fun canoeing on the Grand River.
- 8-hour. This epic adventure will challenge racers even more than the spring race with lots of biking (including singletrack), awesome canoeing, and another run-in or two with a swamp (not so deep, but we keep looking).
- Look for an adventure racing 101 clinic (focused on navigation/orienteering) to help you get ready, likely on Saturday, July 7, at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 10 am is the tentative time. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recap: Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race: Spring Edition
Congrats to all the finishers who conquered a swamp crossing, canoeing, and the toughest race to date.
- Special props to Brian and Kristin VanderArk who were the only team to complete all checkpoints and to the other division winners: father-son team of Ben and Zach Horn and two-person female winners Annie Mabry and Laura Howell.
- Survey results are in. We’ll use these to make future races better so check out how racers felt about the race. Overall, we’re excited to find out that of the 70 surveyed, 55 rated the race as very good, 14 rated it good and 1 rated it average (no poor or very poor ratings) for a thumbs up percentage of 99%. Thanks for loving our races! Some common responses we will review and potentially address are located on the Results page. Overall though you had really positive things to say and we appreciate that.
- Photos. Photos are ready! Click on View all Photos or try entering your bib number. Michael Smith and Dan Telander are in the process of tagging each photo with your bib number, so you have instant access to your photos.
Recap: The Zombie Dash
Robinette’s orchards was the scene of the largest nighttime zombie race in the world (to our knowledge) with over 600 racers and 200 zombies meeting in darkness. It was a bloody good time. Congrats to Elysa Cole and Wayne Perrin (and friend Nicholas VanderArk) for taking the top spots. The October 27 race planning is well under way. Much more on this in June.
Down the Road/Trail
See our race calendar at www.MiAdventureRacing.com for what’s in store. Dates are tentative.
Thanks to our sponsors for helping make this happen: Gazelle Sports, Patagonia Footwear, Bill & Paul’s SportHaus, 8th Day Gym, West Michigan Bike & Fitness, Ada Bike Shop, Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, New Balance, Swiftwick, and Zanfel.
And thank you for being the best racing community in the U.S.
Mark, for Brian, Greg and Matt