Saturday, November 11, 2017
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
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Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, 3142 Four Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Pick from two very different but very fun and challenging trails. Expect to run roughly 50% slower than your normal road 5K time. Descriptions below are 2016 courses which will change somewhat in 2017.
Short & Brutal. approx 3.25 miles. Large sections of off-trail running define this trail along with its unique obstacles. It’s a roller coaster like its sister trail but instead of constant small ups and downs, it features fewer but much more severe climbs and descents – including some tough sand dunes and the Wicked West Ridge. Make it through Provin Trails in one piece (1.5 mile mark) and then take on the roller coaster hills of Robinette’s north woods trails. From there, it’s a wild grande finale as you must make your way through the cornfield/maze. Bushwhack through the corn or make use of the maze’s easier but longer trails. Your choice.
Long & Difficult. approx 3.75 miles. Starts with a nice warm-up through the south orchard following by the fast trails of Kuyper College. You may even run through a small portion of a vacant house along the way! Return to Robinette’s orchard and cross over 4-Mile to tackle Robinette’s north woods. Lots of ups, downs and turns, considered the most difficult trail in West Michigan mile for mile. Join the Short & Brutal racers with a fun dash through the corn, using the corn maze trails or bushwhacking through them. You pick!
$28 early registration through May 31.
$34 regular registration, June 1-Oct. 31
$40 late registration, Nov. 1-9
Add $15 for the optional race shirt. See below.
Free homemade cider, donut and apple from Robinette’s. Enjoy them at the finish line or in front of our bonfire.
Merrell tubular headware (buff). $18 value.
This race is professionally chip-timed by Epic Race Timing. Results will be posted on site and on Epic’s website shortly after the race.
Registration is online only and open until end of day Wednesday, Nov. 8 or 750 runners, whichever comes first. We are not allowing any Friday or Saturday registrations as we expect to be at capacity. Information about deferments is found on the Register page.
To keep entry fees low, shirt purchase is optional. Long sleeve, tech/wicking, pick from men’s/adult crew neck or women’s v-neck, mild contouring. Sizing is pretty standard although some people say the sizes tend to run a bit big so you may want to go with the smaller size if you are in between sizes.
Merchandise (available at race)
Tech shirt, men’s or women’s, short sleeved $20 or two for $35, long sleeved $25 or two for $45
Buff/headwear $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
Stainless steel pint $10 ($15 at most races)
Sticker (removable) $3
BEFORE THE RACE
14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
Gazelle Sports gift certificates ($20, $15, $10) to the top three in each division. The overall winners under 40 and 40+ (masters) will win a $120 Merrell Money gift certificate for shoes and/or gear with a locally handcrafted wood trophy from Fran’s Girls.
Early check-in 4-7 pm, Friday, 11/10, Gazelle Sports
Same-day check-in 7:30-8:30 am, Robinette’s Apple Haus
Start 9:00 am (dozens of small waves 20 seconds apart; chip timed)
Donuts & Cider: 9:30-10:45 or so
Raffle & Awards: 10:15-10:45
Robinette’s has parking both south and north of 4 Mile Rd. Note that on the north side, there is added parking north of the first row of cherry trees. Overflow parking is at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on 4 Mile, just east of the East Beltline/M-37. Parking Map.
Early check-in will be from 4-7 pm on Friday, Nov. 10, at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids. We’ll trade you a race number for your waiver. Attach your number on the front of your front side, outer layer. Please don’t cover it up or the chip timing may not work. Come with your race number and waiver signed to help keep lines short. We’ll provide your race number via email the day or two before the race. Portajohns are located at the start/finish only, between the Apple Haus and Gift Barn (see parking map). Please do not use Robinette’s bathroom due to septic limitations.
Race Number Look-up to come (Epic Race Timing)
If you cannot attend the race, you must pick up your shirt at check-in, BEFORE the start of the race. We have no way of knowing who will or will not be at the race so we reserve the right to give away or sell all shirts once same-day check-in ends.
We will use a wave start again this year to reduce congestion. You will self-select and we will adjust group size by rough count or by eye. We hope to use large sizes this year to indicate pace groups.
First wave, 9:00 am: fastest 20-30 racers
Middle waves: 20-30 racers every 20-30 seconds (approximate)
Last wave, 9:10-9:15 am (approx): remaining runners and all walkers
The fastest runners must be in the first wave so you are directly racing against your competition. For men who have done last year’s race, first wavers are considered under 26 minutes or sub-19 minute road 5K PR. For women, 32 minutes or under for last year or sub 24-minutes for a road 5K PR. Walkers must start at the back of the last wave.
The first section on each course will be two or three wide and will allow you to get into a proper position based on your pace. Short & Brutal will have fewer chances for easy passing in the second half of the course, but just communicate with the runner in front of you when you want to pass and give a burst of speed to get by when vegetation or obstacles lighten up on the side.
We would encourage you to invite friends and family to watch the race. We will post race maps so spectators know your route.
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 offer a discount to next year’s race however.
Coming from out of town? We recommend HotWire or Priceline for lowest hotel prices. There are dozens of options within twenty minutes of Robinette’s. If you want to check out the breweries and museums and don’t mind paying more ($150+), stay downtown. Holiday Inn is a safe option. CityFlats Hotel is a cool boutique hotel in the heart of downtown. Downtown hotels are just 12-15 minutes to Robinette’s. Otherwise, Country Inn & Suites on East Beltline at 96 is probably the easiest in and out and just 7 minutes south of the race. About $120. Knights Inn on Plainfield is closest and is your budget option at $55. Get what you pay for though.
DURING THE RACE
Aid stations will be available at the start/finish and at roughly the half-way mark.
If you wish to pass a runner in the singletrack sections, please give him or her a yee haw that you are there and how you will be going around them. “On your left” is the most common alert.
Music is discouraged. Headphone/earbud devices are allowed ONLY if you keep one ear free and the volume low so you can hear runners and volunteers.
“Bandit” (non-registered) racers will be locked up in the stockade. When racers do not register and get into a serious medical condition, medical staff may not be able to treat them properly. Non-registered racers are not covered by our liability insurance either. Also, it’s just not fair to paying racers and race organizers.
AFTER THE RACE
Awards and raffle prizes will be given out at a ceremony following the race. And of course help yourself to some free homemade cider and a donut from Robinette’s. Once everyone has had a crack at the donuts, you can grab another. We offer no saloon, although Robinette’s does sell some tasty wine.
Back this year: bonfire! Warm your chilly, sweaty bodies at our bonfire, back by the bounce pad. Feel free to bring s’mores ingredients and roasting sticks.
Our charity partner for the Dirty Duel is 20 Liters. 20 Liters creates and delivers innovative, human-centered solutions to make clean, safe drinking water for the areas of the world that need it most.
Thanks also to Kent County Parks for the use of Provin Trails and the Kent County Parks Foundation for helping expand and enhance our park and trails system. To support Luton Park and all our great Kent County parks by volunteering or donating, visit the Kent County Parks Foundation.