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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery
9:00 am


Pick from two very different but very fun and challenging trails. No need to decide until three seconds after the start. Expect to run roughly 50% slower than your normal road 5K time. That’s 50% slower. You’ll suffer and you’ll love it. The trails are test run and shortened or lengthened until they both take the same amount of time to complete.

Short & Brutal. approx 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 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 3.6 miles. Starts with a nice warm-up through the south orchard following by the fast trails of Kuyper College. Return to Robinette’s orchard and cross over 4-Mile Road to tackle Robinette’s north woods. Lots of ups, downs and turns, rooty at times, considered the most difficult trail in West Michigan mile for mile but totally doable. Join the Short & Brutal racers with a fun dash through the corn, using the corn maze trails or bushwhacking through them. You pick!

Includes free homemade cider and either hot applesauce or a doughnut (or two) from Robinette’s, enjoyed in front of our bonfire. We may also hold a raffle after the race of more than 100 items (TBD).

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.

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 to the top two in each division. Wood medals to the top three in each division. The overall winners under 40 and 40+ (masters) will win a locally handcrafted barnwood trophy.

Not sure if you signed up? Looking to see if a friend (or rival) is racing? Click on Who’s Registered here.

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, 3142 Four Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Registration is online only. See the Registration page for details. We are not allowing any Friday or Saturday registrations. Information about deferments and transfers is found on the Register page.

To keep entry fees low, $15 shirt purchase is optional. Long sleeve, cotton/poly blend, soft and warm. It’s available in unisex, crew neck or women’s v-neck. Sizing is more form-fitting than past shirts (except same as 2019).

Sizing comparison between past shirts and this year’s shirt (DT6201/2)

Our charity partner for the Dirty Duel is 20 Liters. 20 Liters is a locally based non-profit that creates and delivers innovative, human-centered solutions to make clean, safe drinking water for the areas of the world that need it most.

MERCHANDISE (available at early and same-day check-in)
Sweatshirt – hooded, pockets, $30 (trim fit for size)
Long sleeve tech shirt, crew or v-neck, $22
Short sleeve tech shirt, crew or v-neck, $17
Buff headwear, $10 ($18-$23 for most others)
Bike jersey (click for details, pre-order only; high-end), $85
Stainless steel pint, $10 ($15 on most race sites)
Sticker, $3

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Early check-in 4-7 pm, Friday, 11/8, Gazelle Sports GR, 3930 28th St SE
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, hot apple sauce & 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 the day before the race at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids. Pick up your race number. 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 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.

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 use dozens of wave (ripple) starts to reduce congestion. Look for the pace group signs to help you start with the correct pace group for your speed. If social distancing requires, we’ll use 50-70 waves with smaller numbers of racers in each wave.

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 and run/walk participants 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.

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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 ($175+), stay downtown. Holiday Inn is an 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. Motel 6 on Plainfield is closest and is your budget option. Get what you pay for though.

Aid stations will be available at the start/finish and at roughly the half-way mark.

Flags and arrows will be used to show the course. Keep flags on your right. Be aware that sometimes the course will veer off the main trail. It’s your responsibility to follow course markings or your time and place will not count.

Ear buds/music is not allowed due to safety issues of not hearing police or volunteers or runners who want to pass.

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.

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.

Questions? 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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