Required Gear


  • 4-hour race: Canoe, life jackets, and paddles provided (you may bring your own canoe or kayak paddles or Type III life jackets; but no personal canoes. Sorry.)
  • 8-hour race: Canoe, PFDs and paddles provided, if needed, for the higher entry fee. Personal canoes, PFDs and paddles allowed for the lower entry fee. Canoes must be open bowed and have two or more actual seats. Canoes can have a maximum length of 19ft with a minimum width following the ratio of 0.1625 x length. The purpose of this rule is to restrict canoes designed solely for professional canoe racing.

Per Person

  • New: Pants and water-resistant jacket (weather-dependent; if the forecast does NOT call for heavy rain, we will drop this requirement in advance of the race)
  • New: one piece of scratch paper
  • Recommended: calculator (phone calculator ok)
  • Bicycle. A mountain, cyclocross or hybrid bike. Road bike okay but highly recommend wider, knobby tires. There will be at least four miles of gravel surfaces and singletrack.
  • Approved bike helmet (must be specifically approved for biking)
  • 40 oz. (4-hour) or 60 oz. (8-hour) of water or energy drink (in a Camelbak-type hydration pack or waist belt preferred). EACH TEAMMATE MUST CARRY THEIR OWN WATER/SPORTS DRINK and you must have this capacity during all legs of the race (if you are using water bottles on the bike to get to this capacity, you must maintain that capacity on non-bike legs).
  • One pencil or pen

Per Team

  • Compass (for basic orienteering, attend a clinic and you’ll learn it in 10 minutes)
  • $10 cash. $5 for the charity challenge (optional, but worth a bonus checkpoint) and $5-10 for emergency food or water
  • Mobile phone (smartphone not required, but you can use one for non-GPS activities and it may be helpful for looking up answers to one or more questions)
  • Waterproof map case or doubled-up ziplock baggies

Suggested Gear – We recommend The North Face, Gazelle Sports, Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, Ada Bike Shop, West Michigan Bike & Fitness or Central District Cyclery for these items. They sponsor the race so please thank them when you stop in.

  • Food (energy gel, bars, etc.)
  • Spare tires
  • Tire pump
  • Tire levers
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Synthetic, wicking t-shirt
  • Bike shorts
  • Bike gloves
  • Contact paper or clear tape to waterproof your instruction sheet and map (at Meijer in household goods)
  • Camera

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
  • Sherpas, pack mules, llamas or other living transport options

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