It’s critical that you complete the liability releases, verify your team information and read the updates in preparation for the race. They should contain everything you need to know.
Best parking shown below. Note that Grandville between Weston and Oakes (including the intersection at Oakes, as of July 3) is closed for construction and Ottawa is closed for the bike corral. After parking, head east on Fulton (or Weston) to Ottawa to corral your bike before checking in.
Racer Update #2: Race day preparation and format (PDF: 156KB)
Email letter accompanying Racer Update #2
The field is set. You will be racing with just over 750 others in the inaugural Grand Rapids Urban Adventure Race, one of the largest adventure races ever held in the Midwest, thanks to you. From September 19, 2010 when this idea first sprouted, our primary goal has been to introduce the amazing sport of adventure racing to as many people as possible. For 640 of you, this will be your first adventure race! We are truly humbled… and proud of our on-fire, uber-enthusiastic, far-from-dying community.
Because of the popularity of the race, we will have “wave” starts, two days of packet pickup, more computers, more challenge stations to reduce wait time, more prizes, and more volunteers to streamline activities before, during and after the race. Oh, more food too of course.
Please read Racer Update #2 and verify your team information on the Team List. Both are found above this note. It’s critical that you and your teammate read this information. It should provide you with everything you need to know (besides the location of the checkpoints!). Please track the website blog and Facebook page for additional updates. You will receive one more racer update in the days before the race with any final information.
Lastly, to help us order enough buffet and post-race food for you – and your non-racing friends and family members – please record the number of people here , even if it’s simply to say that you are not going to the buffet or bringing others. It should only take you 30 seconds. Thanks!
Looking forward to seeing you on July 8 or 9!
Mark VanTongeren for Brian Fox, Michelle Leveque, Nate Phelps, Greg Van Tol, Matt Veltkamp
Michigan Adventure Racing LLC
Note: If you missed racer update #1 because you recently signed up, no worries. It was about the recent adventure racing clinics (a big hit with over 130 attendees; notes on the site) and the need for volunteers (volunteer@grUrbanAdventureRace.com). We could always use a few more if you know of someone who might enjoy watching you suffer! Kidding.
One last note: Check out the Apex Outdoor Gear Stark Raving Mad adventure race on August 20 in Belding, a short drive from Grand Rapids. Michigan Adventure Racing is the course designer. It’s the next step in our diabolical plan to get you addicted to adventure racing (insert wicked laugh). It’s a good opportunity to try a beginner to intermediate race with orienteering, canoeing, and single-track mountain biking. GRUAR racers get $10 off for a two-person team (enter code: madmanteam) or $5 off if you race solo (enter code: madman11). I think I just heard a roar from the Dutch racers… www.apexoutdoorgear.com.
Racer Update #1 information: Adventure Racing 101 and Navigation/Orienteering 101 Clinic Outline (PDF: 1.1MB)
Training Tips (PDF: 127KB)
If you have questions, please ask them on our Facebook page or send an email to mark@grUrbanAdventureRace.com if it’s a more individual question… or if Facebook gives you the heebie jeebies.