Race Information

Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race: Summer Edition
May 19, 2012
Millennium Park
1415 Maynard Ave SW
Walker, MI 49534

Early check-in, Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus: Friday, 4-8 pm
Same-day check-in, Millennium Park (Open shelter A, park in lot A):
Saturday, 6:15 am to 7:00 am
Race briefing:
7:30 am to 8:00 am
Race start (NO waves):
  8:30 am
Race cutoff: 12:30 pm
pizza is on us! Pop, fruit, cookies too.
Award ceremony and raffle:

We would encourage you to invite friends and family to watch the race. We will offer race maps to spectators (first come basis) so they can check out some of the fun challenges.

We will race rain or shine. In the event of a thunderstorm, tornado, or freak lake-effect blizzard, we will postpone the race until conditions improve. During the race, please seek shelter during these conditions. No prize is worth risking your life.

Early/Race day check-in
Get your shirt, passport, and “bib” number. Friday check-in people also get a can of Red Bull. Attach your number on your backpack or wherever most visible. Make sure you keep your passport on you from now until the minute you hand it in! Also, put your names and mobile phone numbers on it in case you drop it so someone can call you and leave it for you to pick up. The bike corral will be located right at check-in/start. Here’s the shirt you’ll be getting:





Pre-race briefing
We’ll go over rules, answer any questions, explain the passport and hand out an instruction sheet and maps. Bring your passport with you. The passport is the piece of paper you’ll punch at each checkpoint to prove you found it. 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. At most challenges, you will punch the passport upon arrival and a volunteer will hand you the second punch if you complete the challenge successfully. Punch the “CH” box next to the CP box you just punched.

The race instructions/clues will list the rules, describe the course and the challenge activities, and provide hints about where checkpoints are located.

The maps will be topographical and satellite, or a topo overlayed on a satellite map. Most, if not all, checkpoints will be shown on them. YOU MAY PRINT AND USE THE MILLENNIUM “PARK TRAILS” MAP AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO AS A SUPPLEMENT TO RACE MAPS. It’s critical that you do not lose or destroy your passport, maps or instructions! You can waterproof your maps with packing tape or contact paper if desired (find at Meijer-type stores).

The course will likely require 6-7 miles of running, 13-16 miles of biking and 2-2.5 miles of canoeing to get all of the checkpoints. We will note which checkpoints are “advanced.” Teams that are not going at a fast pace should consider skipping these as they require going a significant distance or over uncertain/difficult terrain to obtain. They are meant to challenge the elite teams trying to obtain all CPs.

All CPs are optional.
The format will be “breakout” style. You can get any checkpoint in any order. Teams will head out in several directions. Ideally, this will greatly minimize lines. Millennium Park will be the transition area between running, biking and canoeing so you will return to the start/finish area twice before the finish. You may access your car or a gear bag near the shelter to change gear. You must carry your mandatory gear at all times, depending on whether its mandatory for the entire race (e.g., hydration, phone) or a section (e.g., bike helmets only during bike, PFDs only during canoe).

Water will be available on the run section and you will be returning to the main transition twice during the race. You are responsible for carrying enough water. Restrooms are available at the start/finish and on the run section.

Checkpoints may be out of view, tucked behind trees or a hill, but generally are not difficult to find. They will usually be located at eye level. Check your map to see where the point is located and consult your instruction sheet for the clue which will help you determine its more exact location.

Each checkpoint will have an orange and white (some also have a blue stripe) flag with a punch attached to it. Look for the checkpoint number attached to the flag/punch to confirm which checkpoint you are at and punch the corresponding box on your passport.

The goal is to maximize the number of checkpoints on your passport within the four hour time limit. A team that gets 40 checkpoints in 3 hours and 59 minutes will finish ahead of a team that gets 39 checkpoints in 3 hours.

Medical staff will be on hand to treat injuries. In an emergency, call 911.

Canoeing: the canoe leg will be 2-2.5 miles. Paddles and PFDs are included in your entry fee. You may bring your own paddles and PFDs but not your own canoe. This will be lake canoeing so no advanced skills are required.

Orienteering/running: you will be running and orienteering for 6-7 miles,  both paved trail and wooded bushwhacking. Orienteering will be “short-track” style with points fairly close together. A compass is required but teams skilled in reading maps and taking risks will be rewarded with short distances between checkpoints. Beginners can take more established routes to find CPs but at greater distances.

Mountain biking/bike orienteering. Bikers will be on and off their bikes a lot as the 13-16 mile bike section has many checkpoints, some near the trail and some requiring bushwhacking to find. Trail surfaces will very greatly, from dirt two tracks to paved trails to hike-a-bike areas and roads. We highly recommend wide, knobby tires, preferable on a mountain bike.

Amazing Race/Survivor-type challenges. Mum is the word on these, but you’ll have several unique challenges to overcome.

Gulp down some pizza, fruit and cookies. We’ll furiously count up the checkpoints so bring a campchair and stick around for the post-race awards. We’ll pass out some great prizes to the top teams in each division and in some other categories. We’ll raffle off a bunch of stuff too.

Our charity partner for this race is Catherine’s Health Center, a free clinic providing health education, screening, treatment and referrals to the uninsured and underserved residents of Northeast Grand Rapids.

Questions? www.facebook.com/grUrbanAdventureRace 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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