Race Information

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery, Grand Rapids

9 am or 11 am starting times

Pick from two very fun and challenging trails. No need to decide until right at the start. Expect to run a lot slower than your normal road 5K time. You’ll suffer (a bit) 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. 5K. You’ll start off on the north orchard trail but quickly find yourself into “octopus” roots, short but steep hills, more twists than a thriller movie. Sometimes you’ll even go off-trail, scrambling up ridges, flying down gullies (but no briar patches or swamps!). It features 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 slightly longer trails. Your choice.

Long & Difficult. 6K. Flat, fast orchard trails to warm you up, followed by ups, downs and near turn-arounds, rooty at times but we’ll keep you on the trail for the entire race, fortunately! Join the Short & Brutal racers with a fun dash through the corn, using the corn maze trails or bushwhacking through them as a short cut. You pick!

COVID PRECAUTIONS (following the Michigan Department of Health Epidemic Order, Oct. 29)

  • All staff, volunteers, racers and spectators must wear a face covering/mask over their mouth and nose while on the premises, except while running the race or in your vehicle.
  • Maintain 6 feet of space between others (excluding your family). We will have two completely separate races – at 9 am and 11 am – in order to allow for lots of space to spread out (and this will help avoid crowded/backed up trails as well) and adhere to the require maximum attendance of 30 people for every 1,000 square feet of space
  • Maximum ONE two spectator per racer.
  • We will not have an awards ceremony or raffle after the race.
  • We will have all participants, volunteers and staff complete a pre-race screening questionnaire as well.


  • Finisher award: Gazelle Sports $10 gift certificates to ALL finishers
  • Fine food: Free homemade cider and doughnuts from Robinette’s!
  • Fast results: Chip-timed by Epic Race Timing. Results will be posted on site and on Epic’s website shortly after the race.


(tentative) 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

The top 2 in each age group will win a custom wood medal similar to this one. The overall winners under 40 and 40+ (masters) will win a handcrafted barnwood trophy. Awarded AFTER the 11 am race. Pick up awards then or at any West Michigan Gazelle Sports.

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. Sign up for one of two start times. We are not allowing any Friday or Saturday registrations. Information about deferments and transfers is found on the Register page.

Sweet design, eh? To keep entry fees low, the shirt is an optional purchase. $15. 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 pre-2019 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 check-in only)
Dirty Duel ceramic coffee mug, $10
Dirty Duel stainless steel pint, $10
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)
Sticker, $3



Check-in: 30 minutes before your race time, Robinette’s Apple Haus.
Start: two separate races at 9 am and 11 am (plus wave starts within each race).
Doughnuts (1-2) & cider: after you finish

Robinette’s has parking both south and north of 4 Mile Rd. Please first try to park in the gravel lot on the south side, next to the gift barn. Note that on the north side, there is added parking north of the first row of cherry trees. Parking Map.

Mask up please at check-in, at the start line and whenever you are within 6 feet of others. 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.

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Weather, COVID
Race organizers reserve the right to cancel the event in the case of COVID conditions or 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 partial (weather) or full (COVID) deferred credit code to next year’s race however.

Coming from out of town? 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 I-96 is probably the easiest in and out and just 7 minutes south of the race.

Bring your own hydrations. We may have bottled water but it would only be before and after the race. We will NOT have aid stations during the race due to COVID precautions and limited volunteers. Bring fluids with you if you will need them during the race.

Arrow signs (and possibly sprinkler-type flags) will be used to mark the course. Keep flags on your right. Be aware that sometimes the course may 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 sheriff offices at road crossings, volunteers, or runners who want to pass.

Enjoy a Robinette’s legendary donut (or two) and cider after the race with your family or social bubble. No awards ceremony this year. Awards can be picked up after the 11 am race or from any West Michigan Gazelle Sports store.

Thanks to Robinette’s for hosting and 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? www.facebook.com/dirtyduel 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.