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Results and Updates

We hope you had a fun morning despite the “crisp” weather! Thanks so much for racing with us. Hope you made some good memories. For you first-time trail racers, know that this is as tough as it gets. Everything you do from now on, at least at the 5-6K distance, will be easier! Stick with it and I’m sure you will love it.

Another thank you to all our racing veterans. I was amazed at how many of you raced today!

Thanks also to:

Results
You can find your results here or at Epic Race Timing. Congrats to everyone for tackling two really challenging courses!  If you go to Epic’s site, click on the YouTube icon under your own results to view your amazing finish. If you finished in the top three in your age group but were not around to get your prize, please email me and I will mail it to you.

The Race in Numbers

  • 680 of you raced
  • 888 donuts gobbled up
  • 350+ of you did your first trail race!

Survey 
Please complete our 1-minute survey. This survey helps us improve our races and plan for the future.

Race Photos
Thanks to Jamie Geysbeek Photography for the race photos. Find even more photos on our Facebook page now and in the days ahead and later on our Flickr page.

Lost & Found
Email me if one of these clothing items is yours. I will drop all items off at Gazelle Grand Rapids this week if I don’t hear from you, but we can deliver them to other West MI Gazelle Sports stores.

Shirts
We have some women’s shirts in various sizes. Email if you want one. $10 each.

What’s Next?
If you like trails and off-trail running, you should check out adventure racing. I’m biased but there’s nothing like the challenge of racing with a teammate or two through wilderness (never too far from civilization though) for several hours with a map and compass and the terrain to guide your way. It’s really not that difficult but intimidating if you’ve never tried it. We hold 3-4 clinics a year and lots of online help too. We have four races each year of varying locations, lengths and levels of difficulty. This is the largest adventure race series in the U.S thanks to some badass West Michiganders. www.miadventurerace.com

Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition

  • Jan. 27, 2018 at Camp Roger, Rockford (just 13 minutes from Robinette’s)
  • Presented by Spectrum Health
  • Three hours of trail and off-trail running, fatbike and snowshoe sections (equipment provided), basic orienteering, and Amazing Race challenges.
  • Largest winter adventure race in U.S.
  • Two-person OR THREE-PERSON teams
  • www.miadventurerace.com.
  • Early bird rate ends in one week!

Hurt the Dirt

  • April 28, 2018 at Luton Trails, Rockford
  • Presented by Merrell and Gazelle Sports
  • Capped at 550 and expected to sell out in January. Over 175 have registered so far.
  • 1/4, 1/2 and full marathon. Includes pig roast and a stainless steel pint. Shirt purchase is optional.
  • www.hurtthedirt.com

Thanks again for racing. You guys are the best.

Mark, for Greg and our volunteer team
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Other Local Races

 

Race Update #2

A few key reminders here. For all the details, read Race Update #1 below.

We’re blown away that over 770 of you will be dueling it out Saturday. Trail running in West Michigan and beyond just keeps growing and growing. We’re especially excited for those of you trying a trail race for the first time and those who had to really summon the courage to do this race. Yes, it’s about as difficult as a 5K/6K gets, but at least it’s short (and there are donuts)!

Looks like we’ll dodge any rain so that’s good news. It will be cold. About 24 degrees when you arrive. A toasty 30 degrees when things wrap up. Maybe some sunshine. Warm up properly before the race, know that you’ll feel 10-20 degrees warmer while you race, bring dry clothes for after the race.

Thanks!

  • All of our great, generous sponsors. Please consider supporting them and thanking them.
  • Charity Partner: 20 Liters. Locally based but with a global impact for clean water.
  • Volunteers: Thank them when you have a chance (or when you catch your breath)!

Bib Number Assignment

  • Look up your bib number as well as confirm your age group. Provide your bib number at check-in to help things go faster and keep lines short.
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Schedule
Friday pm         pre-run courses if you wish
4:00-7:00 pm   early check-in at Gazelle Sports

Saturday
7:30-8:40 am  check in at Robinette’s, pre-run course
8:40 am           announcements, switch/buy shirts
9:00-9:15 am   race starts (waves)
9:20-11 am      donuts, cider, bonfire
10:15 am (?)    awards ceremony

If it appears flags have been stolen or tape torn down, please email or call me asap at 616.460.9331.

Early Check-in

  • 4-7 pm Friday at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids (3930 28th ST, Grand Rapids). Community Room in back.
  • Allows you show up later on race day. We’ll give away a few items to random people to encourage you to come on Friday.
  • You can grab friends’ bibs and shirts. Just make sure they know you are doing this!
  • See the same-day check-in steps below.

Parking

  • Please carpool to the race if possible due to limited parking and for the environment!
  • Please park in one of the areas highlighted on this parking/start/finish map, north or south of 4 Mile.
  • Parking attendants will guide you if you’re not sure where to park. Do NOT try to park at odd angles or squeeze in beyond the normal row. Park away from flags and tape that indicate one of the race courses.
  • Note that on the north side, there is added parking north of the first row of trees.
  • Along the north side of 4 Mile Rd, we will park you in two rows facing south. That way the vehicles closest to 4 Mile can just drive right onto 4 Mile. No one gets blocked in.
  • If you are coming late, Robinette’s lots will likely be full. Consider going right to St. Luke’s Church lot on the other side of the E. Beltline, entrance on 4 Mile. Be careful crossing the E. Beltline and cross at the crosswalk. Thank you St. Luke’s!
  • The paved parking lot in front of the Apple Haus will be closed to all vehicles except handicapped or non-race customers. The farthest south road/rows in the lot west of the Gift Barn is for Robinette’s staff only.

Same-day Check-in
7:30-8:40 between Robinette’s Apple Haus and Gift Barn (3142 4 Mile RD NE).

  1. Look up your bib number near the check-in tent if you didn’t via this email. Provide at check-in table.
  2. Get your bib, pins, and shirt if you ordered one. If you need to switch shirt sizes or didn’t get a shirt but want one, check in around 8:40 am and see if we have any left. $15. We have to first make sure everyone who paid for a shirt gets one and in their size. At 8:40 all shirts are up for grabs.
  3. Pin your bib anywhere above the knee on your front side, outer layer. It must be visible to register your time. The chip is on the bib. Your time begins when you cross the start mat and ends when you cross the finish mat.
  4. Visit the sponsor booths behind the Gift Barn including Merrell and Health Fitness PT massages and stretching.
  5. All portajohns are south of the check-in tents. Line up in one queue heading back toward the E. Beltline.
  6. You may pre-run any section of the course except the cornfield (we want to keep that fresh). Watch for vehicles.
  7. Gather behind the gift barn at 8:40.
  8. We’ll put out a tarp where you can shed layer(s) right before the race. No valuables please. We will not officially monitor this area or have a bag check. Parking lots are very close so you can run items back to your vehicle if you have any concerns or bring a bag with your name on it.
  9. Can’t make the race? You can still pick up your shirt at early or same-day check-in. If you don’t pick it up by then, we reserve the right to give it to someone at the race (we’ll refund your money).

Consider Bringing with You

  • Protective eyewear. I have trimmed branches as best I could but with lots of off-trail sections there are no guarantees. The corn stalks have not been trimmed and can be hazardous to the eyes. If you choose not to wear glasses, get your arms up  to protect your face there.
  • Old sweatshirt or jacket to throw off at start
  • Dry clothes
  • Chocolate frosting for your donuts if desired. 🙂 Takes too long to apply the chocolate. We’ll have cinnamon sugar and pumpkin spice sugar (darker).
  • I did not get a volunteer to buy gluten-free or vegan donuts so just a heads up. Sorry. Too busy getting the course ready.

Trail Notes

  • We will send you off in mini-waves (ripples) of 20 or so racers every 20-30 seconds based on your 5K road race pace (look for the pace signs). You must start the race by 9:15 as we have to switch the timing mats to record finish times at 9:15; the leaders will be finishing around 9:20.
  • At the start, go LEFT (sinister) for Short & Brutal. Go RIGHT for Long & Difficult. It does NOT matter what you indicated during registration. Just group up with your buddies so you head out in the same wave.
  • Both courses are very rooty in areas. Please keep your eyes on the trail and keep back a little from the runner in front so you can see obstacles and the blue flags, always on your right. The bulk of the leaves have been blown off the trail but more are falling.
  • Short & Brutal ridge climb. To avoid possible back-ups, we want to alert the Short and Brutal-ers to a nasty little ridge climb in the northwest section of Robinette’s. You may want to pre-run it before the race so you know what line works best for you. This will also help reduce any back-ups that could occur as you scale this steep hill.

 

Post-race

  • Help yourself to some free homemade cider and a donut or two from Robinette’s. Apple too.
  • Awards will be given out at a ceremony following the race. A few more raffle prizes too.
  • Throw some dry clothes on and hang with us for the ceremony if you can.
  • We like most of the racers to be finished with the race so they can be a part of awards and raffle, but we can’t hold up 750+ people for a few walkers at the end if they are far back. If you are walking and have a runner friend, ask them to grab your prize.
  • If you must leave early, you can find results at Epic Race Timing or in our Race Recap email on Sunday or Monday.
  • Age groups and prizes in update #1 below.

Can’t wait!

Mark, for Greg

 

Race Update #1

Thanks for racing the Dirty Duel, the only race of its kind on earth (or Earth). We’re all full with 775 racers. A special congrats to the 440 of you who are tackling the Dirty Duel for the first time, including 200 of you who are running a trail race for the first time. You sure picked a doozy for your first!

Warning: long update ahead, but it should answer all your questions (and all those of the other 774 racers!)

Key Notes

  • Saturday looks to be chilly, with temps in the low 30s perhaps. Not a bad temperature for racing, but more challenging before and after the race. Ironically, we may want to do a snow dance so that any precipitation is fluffy rather than wet.
    • Before the race: A warm-up run to get the blood pumping will improve your performance and keep you warm. Run the first part of the course so you know where you’re going.
    • Right before the start: Throw on an old coat or sweatshirt as you wait for your wave and then toss it on our gear tarp near the start.
    • After the race: Bring dry clothes to swap into. At the least, get your sweaty base layer away from your skin.
  • Please carpool if possible. Parking will be tight.
  • We just had three volunteers cancel. If you are coming with someone who would be interested in volunteering, please have them sign up here.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

  • Merrell. One of our presenting sponsors. Thanks for the tubular headwear ($18) to all racers plus four $120 gift cards for shoes and apparel to the overall under 40 and 40+ winners and a middle of the pack gift card as well. That’s over $14,000 worth of value for you all!
  • Metro Health Sports Medicine. Providing sports medicine and medical first responder services at the race. Stop by their tent if you have a need or just a question.
  • Gazelle Sports. For 70 gift certificates, over $1,000 worth, to the top 3 in every age group plus race support (check-in space, hold room, etc.).
  • Moosejaw. Now located in downtown GR, across from the Downtown Market. Thanks for providing some great raffle prizes including fleece jackets and beanies.
  • Health Motion Physical Therapy, offering complimentary stretching and massages after the race in the school house.
  • Founders Brewing Co. For $300 in gift cards to one of the best breweries in the world, right here in downtown Grand Rapids (if you didn’t know).
  • Jamie Geysbeek Photography. Jamie takes amazing photos of our race as well as weddings, portraits and other events. Smile as you run by him. If you can.
  • Icespike. For 12 sets of Icespike cleats for our raffle. Great for running on tough trails and in winter conditions. Buy them at Gazelle Sports GR, Kzoo and Holland.
  • Zanfel. We shouldn’t have any poison ivy on the trail but if you get the rash, Zanfel can help you get rid of it. We’ll give away a bunch of tubes in the raffle.
  • Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. For hosting the race once again and offering discounts on the donuts and cider. Check out their gift barn and winery for Christmas gifts (and to gift yourself some wine perhaps).
  • Kuyper College for use of their trails and Kent County Parks for granting a permit for use of Provin Trails. Learn more about the Kent County Parks Foundation and support our great county park system.

Thanks to Our Charity Partner and Volunteers

  • 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. We’ll provide 7-10% of race profits to 20 Liters and they’ll support the race with many volunteers.
  • Thanks to all of the other volunteers as well. We try to keep volunteer training to a minimum so if they don’t know the answer to a question, find Greg VanTol or myself (or ask another runner since many have done the race before).

Age Groups and Awards

  • 12 age groups again this year: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
  • 1st place overall, under 40 and 40+ receive $120 Merrell shoe/apparel gift cards and massive, handcrafted wood trophies.
  • Top 3 in each age group get $20/$15/$10 Gazelle Sports gift certificates (use in store only at GR, Kzoo, Holland or Northville). New this year: First place finishers in each age group receive a handcrafted wood trophy.
  • Medals to all kids 12 and under at the tents after the race.
  • A big raffle for everyone including Founders Brewing gift cards, Icespike traction cleats, Zanfel poison ivy cream, Switchback Endurance gift cards, West Michigan Bike gift cards, and Dirty Duel 2017 shirts. See the bottom of the update for the list of winners. This year we will allow you to pick what you want out of a box so you are much more likely to get something you want. If you are from out of town and there’s nothing left in the raffle box besides local gift cards, we will give you one of our stainless steel pints or Michigan Adventure Racing buffs/headwear.

Schedule for 11/10 and 11/11
Friday 
Afternoon         pre-run the courses if you wish (maybe Thursday too)
4:00-7:00 pm   early check-in at Gazelle Sports

Saturday
7:30-8:40 am   check in at Robinette’s
8:40 am           announcements
9:00-9:20 am   race starts (many waves)
9:30 am           donuts, cider, bonfire
10:15 am (?)   awards ceremony, raffle

Racer List
Check to see who else is racing here. We are all full so no waiting list or same day registration.

Balancing Capacity, Price and Race Experience
We don’t think we can make the race any larger. Our primary “capacity restraint” is the width and difficulty of the trail which can back up racers. Each year we fine tune our start process and course design to find that balance between getting as many people into the race as possible and providing a great race experience and enough room to run fast and pass in many spots along the way. We’ve received a thumbs up from every racer (300+) who has filled out a survey since 2011 so hopefully we continue to strike the right balance between these factors this year.

Course
Pick from two very fun and challenging trails. No need to tell us which one – just pick at the start and go! They split off just a few feet after the start. Your time starts when you cross the start line. Expect to run much slower than your normal road 5K time on either trail based on the difficulty and extra distance. Here’s are the course maps.

Short & Brutal. 3.1 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 more severe climbs and descents – including the Wicked West Ridge. Make it through Provin Trails in one piece, grab water or Gatorade as you cross the 4 Mile and Bird intersection and transition to Robinette’s, and then take on the roller coaster hills of Robinette’s north woods trails. You’re mostly on trail in this section although we have one very challenging climb. From there, it’s a wild grande finale as you must make your way through the cornfield/corn maze. Bushwhack through the corn or make use of the maze’s easier but longer trails. Your choice.

Long & Difficult. 3.6 miles. Fewer people run Long & Difficult so if you are concerned about passing or back-ups, this is your trail. Starts with a nice warm-up through the south orchard following by the fast trails of Kuyper College. Return to Robinette’s orchard, get some water or Gatorade at the aid station, 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 (but still easier than Short & Brutal). Join the Short & Brutal racers with a fun dash through the corn, using the corn maze trails or bushwhacking through them. You pick!

Pre-Run
The two trails are only partially flagged as of today. To get a general feel for the trails, you can try to follow the course map through Robinette’s and Provin Park trails. Please do not run on Kuyper College’s trails since it’s private land and students are in session. Friday afternoon, Nov. 11 (and possibly Thursday afternoon), would be the best opportunity to run the trails how they likely will be for the race (although we may make last-minute changes so follow the flags). Even better, arrive early and run some or all of the course as a warm-up Saturday morning.

Bib Number Assignment

  • We will email you the final racer list on Thursday, 11/9. Use it to look up your bib number as well as confirm your age group.
  • Provide your bib number at check-in to help things go faster and keep lines short.

Early Check-in

  • 4-7 pm Friday at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids (3930 28th ST, Grand Rapids). Community Room in back. FYI: Sock sale going on now.
  • Allows you show up later on race day.
  • You can grab friends’ bibs and shirts since waivers were signed online. Just make sure they know you are doing this!
  • See the same-day check-in steps below.

Parking

  • Please carpool to the race if possible due to limited parking and for the environment!
  • Please park in one of the areas highlighted on this parking/start/finish map, north or south of 4 Mile.
  • Parking attendants will guide you if you’re not sure where to park. Do NOT try to park at odd angles or squeeze in beyond the normal row. Park away from flags and tape that indicate one of the race courses (SE corner of corn field, SW corner of Gift Barn gravel lot)
  • Note that on the north side of 4 Mile, there is more parking north of the first row of trees.
  • If you are coming late, Robinette’s lots will likely be full. Consider going right to St. Luke’s Church lot on the other side of the E. Beltline, entrance off 4 Mile. Look for a volunteer waving a sign to turn east onto 4 Mile, which means Robinette’s is full. Be careful crossing the E. Beltline and cross at the crosswalk. Thank you St. Luke’s!
  • The paved parking lot in front of the Apple Haus will be closed to all vehicles except handicapped or non-race customers.

Same-day Check-in
The race will be held at Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery (3142 4 Mile RD NE). You may check in on Saturday between 7:30-8:30 (we’ll take you later but wait too long and you’ll be in a later wave then you want).

  1. Look up your bib number if you didn’t via email we send Thursday or Friday. Provide at check-in table.
  2. Get your bib, pins, and shirt if you ordered one. If you need to switch shirt sizes or didn’t get a shirt but want one, check in around 8:45 am and see if we have any left. $15. We have to first make sure everyone who paid for a shirt gets one and in their size.
  3. At 8:45 all shirts are up for grabs. If you bought a shirt and show up late to find out shirts are gone, we will return your $15. We have no way of knowing who will show up late or not.
  4. Can’t make the race but want your shirt? You can still pick up your shirt at early or same-day check-in. If you don’t pick it up by then, we reserve the right to give it out if we have a shortage.
  5. Pin your bib anywhere above the knee on your front side, outer layer. It must be visible to register your time. The chip is on the bib. Your time begins when you cross the start mat and ends when you cross the finish mat.
  6. Visit the sponsor booths behind the Gift Barn
  7. All portajohns are south of the check-in tents. We’ve added even more this year to reduce lines. Line up in one queue that goes back toward the east (East Beltline).
  8. You may pre-run any section of the course except the cornfield (we want to keep that fresh). Watch for vehicles.
  9. Gather behind the gift barn at 8:40.
  10. We’ll put out a tarp or designate an area where you can shed layer(s) right before the race. No valuables please. We will not have a bag check. Parking lots are very close so you can run items back to your vehicle if you have any concerns or bring a bag with your name on it.
  11. Look for signs with 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10+ minute mile on them. The mile pace number will be your normal minute per mile pace for a 5K road race. Position yourself at the start based on these signs. The fastest runners must be in the first wave so you are directly racing against your competition.
  12. FASTEST RUNNERS AND SLOWEST RUNNERS/WALKERS: Because of wave start times and speed differential, the fastest finishers may be crossing 4 Mile north to south toward the finish line as the less speedy runners/walkers from the Long and Difficult course are crossing 4 Mile from south to north. Slower runners/walkers please give right of way to those finishing the race as you will have the ability to stop easier and they may be racing side by side for first place. Volunteers will also be stationed here to help.

Merchandise
We have Dirty Duel pints made for the race again this year. With Founders Brewing as a sponsor, they pair well together. $10 at check-in or after the race. See the website for the other items for sale including sweatshirts, shirts, buffs, and stickers.

Consider Bringing with You

  • Protective eyewear. I will trim branches as best I can but with lots of off-trail sections there are no guarantees. The corn stalks still contain corn and scratchy surfaces and can be hazardous to the eyes. If you choose not to wear glasses, get your arms up  to protect your face there.
  • Old sweatshirt or coat to throw off onto our gear tarp at start. The tarp will be against the Apple Haus wall just south of the start.
  • Shoes with good traction, Icespike cleats or other traction devices.

General Course Info

  • The trails have been tested several times to ensure they take the same amount of time to complete (within a handful of seconds). You will not know from the results who did which trail since we allow people to decide at the last second. Be aware that the fastest runners generally pick Short & Brutal. The fact that most top finishers ran Short & Brutal is not an indication that it was faster to complete than Long & Difficult but rather due to who was attracted to Short & Brutal.
  • Long & Difficult actually has the potential to be faster because it always has fewer people racing it. Short & Brutal has the potential to be faster if you are an above average hill climber and descender, especially off the trail (because we tested the courses at a pace we thought represented average ability for all aspects of each course).
  • Please take a look at the course map to get a general idea of where you are going. Review the start, finish and road crossings in particular for the trail you decide to do.
  • Flags will be of blue color. Where the trail is obvious, flags will only appear after fairly long stretches. Where there are trail intersections, flags will appear in a row, on the right side. Don’t cross over the line of flags. Arrows will be used at some turns, especially where the course does not naturally flow in that direction. Caution tape will block off some trails and may line one or both sides of off-trail sections but we’ll mostly use flags. Focus on the flags to stay on the course.
  • Keep in mind that sometimes you’ll be on a wide, established trail and then veer off onto a narrow singletrack. Each year a handful of people, usually among the leaders, miss the correct route when the lead person is not watching the flags and goes the wrong way. Everyone in the pack behind him or her follows! You need to stay focused on the flags throughout the race. Give yourself enough space behind the person in front of you so you can see upcoming flags.
  • You do not need to decide which course to run until the start.
  • Please start on the right side if you are doing Long & Difficult and left side for Short & Brutal. Long & Difficult will take a sharp right turn and Short & Brutal takes a sharp left turn almost immediately after the start. Same as last year. See the start/finish map, especially if you are in the front pack. We will not have anyone on a bike leading you out.
  • Your bib has a chip to track when you cross the start and finish lines. We’ll be sending you out in “ripples” rather than waves, maybe 20 people every 30 seconds. We need to get everyone started by 9:15 as the top finishers will finish around 9:20.
  • I will blow the bulk of leaves off the trail before the race. However, expect slick footing on roots, leaves and mud. Very few roots will be marked. The trails are full of them. Please keep your eye on the trail and adjust your speed and stride in sketchy areas. For new trail racers: if you take a dive, roll onto a shoulder rather than try to catch yourself with your hands (broken wrist or arm much more likely than shoulder injury).
  • Aid stations with water and Gatorade will be available at the start/finish and at roughly the half-way mark on each course.
  • Kent County Sheriff deputies will be on hand to ensure safe crossings over roads. Please still look for traffic as you cross.

Trail Tips/Etiquette

  • Make sure you are in the correct position in the “pace line” when the trail narrows. Just because it’s singletrack doesn’t mean you can’t pass. Look for any small opening in the vegetation, announce “on your left/right” before starting the pass, and then burst ahead (the person ahead should shift to the opposite side to give you a little extra room to pass). While the trail width is narrow, much of it runnable just beyond the actual dirt trail. You must be aggressive or else a long line will form making it hard for anyone to pass. The person ahead of you will prefer you in front of them rather than nipping at their heels.
  • If you plan to walk the race, that’s cool. Please start in the back of the last ripple as you probably know. We may need to start the raffle and award ceremony before you get back so people don’t freeze and can get home in a timely manner. We expect police officer support until you finish, but please watch for traffic when you cross either way.
  • You may encounter other trail users and Kuyper College students during your run. Please alert them if approaching from behind.
  • Please no music during the race. With so many runners on the trail and the need to listen to volunteers and police officers, it’s imperative that you hear well. Plus we want to encourage a fun, community atmosphere, impossible if everyone is in their own world.
  • “Bandit” racers will be locked up in the stockade. If a friend runs the race un-registered, they are at risk during a medical emergency and it’s unfair to those who paid to race and race organizers. We reserve the right to ban un-registered racers from all of our races for life.
  • Volunteer course marshals will be on the course, especially at key intersections and crossings. They will have a mobile phone to call 911 if you get hurt. Rockford Ambulance and Metro Health Sports Medicine will be on site.
  • If someone is injured, please stop to help them. Look for a volunteer so they can contact medical support and get a vehicle closer to them. If you basically threw away your race to help someone, we will give you race credits and/or prizes. Or, if you were in an early wave, you may even be able to start the race over.

Weather

  • For those of you new to racing, a good rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 10-20 degrees warmer than the feels-like temperature and don’t forget that the wind will be calmer once you get in the woods.
  • We will race in heavy rain, wind or snow if necessary. Pretty much anything besides a thunderstorm or tornado.
  • We’ll hang out in the Apple Haus (carbo-loading on donuts) or vehicles to wait out any severe weather.
  • If you encounter severe weather out on the course, find shelter at a nearby building, Kuyper College or back at the start/finish or your vehicle.
  • Nothing in the forecast hints at prolonged severe weather, but we reserve the right to cancel the race if conditions will endanger participants. We will do everything possible to get the race in. Full refunds would not be available if the race were canceled due to thousands of dollars in up-front costs but we would provide a discount code for at least a small credit for next year (unlike all those national chain races).

Post-race

  • Merrell tubular headwear (buffs) will be handed out at the finish line. One per racer please. What an awesome finisher award! $18 normally!
  • Awards will be given out at a ceremony following the race. Throw some dry clothes on and hang with us for the ceremony if you can.
  • Help yourself to some free homemade cider and a donut from Robinette’s. Apples too. Please limit it to two donuts each.
  • Check out Merrell’s base camp, Health Motion stretching and massages, other sponsor booths and the bonfire we’ll hopefully have going.
  • If you must leave early, you can find results at Epic Race Timing or in our Race Recap email on Sunday or Monday.

Repeat after me, “suffering is fun, suffering is fun…” We’re looking forward to seeing you on November 10 or 11!

Mark, for Greg
Michigan Adventure Racing

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