Endorsed by Curators:
We ran a similar race last year and it was a blast. So let's do this again in 2017!
The plan would be to leave on Friday, May 19th and camp out at Lake Michigan Rec Area Campground (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hmnf/recarea/?recid=18902). Wake up early as hell on Saturday to run the race (I'm planning on doing the 12-hour edition, but we can split up depending on the skill level). We then will spend another night at the same campground on Saturday and drive back on Sunday, the 21st.
The teams can be 1-3 people. Once we know who's going we will sign up the teams and book the campsite (around a month before the actual race).
If you don't want to run the race but would like to hang out andcamp with us, your are more than welcome to do that.
More info on the race:
Experience 6or 12hours of intensely fun and challenging trekking, orienteering, paddling, and biking over some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in Michigan at jaw-dropping, eye-poppingLudington State Park.You and your teammate(s) will racetogether to findas many checkpoints as you can in the time period. This isaclassic style wilderness adventure race. No urban sectionsorAmazing Race-typechallenges like manyof our races (See the ArtPrize and Winter Editions). Youll have plenty of 100% natural challenges.
YOU CAN DO THIS.
Dont let the long durationkeep you from an incredible experience. Just adjust your pace, maintain a positive attitude and make sure you know how to followa pre-marked topographic map and use a compass to find off-trail checkpoints. If you are gassed early, no worries. Head on in earlyand be proud of how you raced.
On the fence about which race to choose? We encourage teams to try the 12 hour race which will feature some amazing areas that the 6-hour race wont be able to get to. Well haul into the wilderness by bus and drop you off. You will experience an epic expedition as you journey back to Ludington State Park by bike, foot and boat. Well offer lots of optional checkpoints so you can skip a fewif necessary to get back before the deadline. Both courses feature a nice mix of packed, marked trails and off-trail running with virtually no sand.
Trekking, paddling and biking sectionsAND the checkpoints within each section can all be done in any order within each section (score-o/rogaine style).
Trekking/Orienteering: 8-11miles.Some of the finest navigation in Michigan. Expect a variety of terrain, from hardwood forest tolakeside swamp to Lake Michigan dunes and from epic ridge climbs and descents to fast-moving woods. Mostly intermediate-level difficulty with several beginner checkpoints. A combination of very definable checkpoints and more subtle placements to test your ability to process many types of information (contour shape, elevation, vegetation types, man-made features, distance, direction, water features, etc.). Very little to no loose sand.Biking: 22-26 miles. Some really fun singletrack along with paved roads.Some amazing Lake Michigan views provided, free of charge. Road bikes areallowed in the race but NOT on the singletrack trails. Trail bike rentals available (see Gear page).Paddling:[masked] miles. We will provide the kayaks and canoes. Because the paddle is short and can be done at any time, we will rent 40boats and they will be first come, first served (a lot less expensive for you then everyone having to rent a boat). Very likely any wait for a boat will be short. No boat available? You can do a trek or bike section and try the paddle later. All rentals come with PFD and paddle(s). The trekkingsections and biking section all come back to the start of the paddle so there will be multiple opportunities to paddle. Personal boats allowed ifyou want to transport them to and from your car during race (otherwise they may get lumped in with the rentals).Challenges. We will NOT have Amazing Race challenges in this race. Ludington has amazing terrain and we want to give youas much time as possible to experience the incredible land and water.
The course design features lots of variety. Checkpoints are expected to be mostly or entirely score-o/rogaine and optional; they can be done in any order within each section; you can skip them if you are struggling to find them or running out of time.
Transition areas and major sections will be done in order (to track teams for safety and allow volunteers to work multiple areas). All transition areas will be mandatory. If you are running behind, you should be able to get to all of these TAs without problem.
Orienteering/Trekking: 15miles. Two large sections. Great navigation. Expect a variety of terrain, from hardwood forest tolakeside swamp to Lake Michigan dunes; from epic ridge climbs and descents to fast-moving woods. Distances between CPs will vary from 250 meters to over a mile. Mostly intermediate-level difficulty with a few advanced and beginner checkpoints. A combination of very definable checkpoints and more subtle placements to test your ability to process many types of information (contour shape, elevation, vegetation types, man-made features, distance, direction, water features, etc.). Very little loose sand.Biking: 35-42miles. Some really fun singletrackalong with gravel and paved roads. Not a lot of hills. Road bikes not allowed.Paddling: 6miles. Beautiful river paddling. Short but sweet. Rental kayakswill be 10-footsolos; rental canoes are expected tobealuminum16-footers. All rentals come with PFD and paddle(s). You MAYprovide and stage your own boat.