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Race Update #3

So glad we won’t have yesterday’s weather for tomorrow. That was miserable! The current forecast (weather.com, click to enlarge) is for temps in the 40s early morning, climbing into the 50s later in the morning with a high of 62. Might get a bit breezy but looks like we will dodge any rain. Really good running weather but a bit chilly if you are standing around so bring a gear bag and leave it in the Saucony tent (or your vehicle if you are in the lot) before the race if you’d like. There are two changing rooms at Luton, in the central grassy area, so get some dry clothes on after the race and join us for the pig roast, deli sides and fruit feast (even featured in Runner’s World magazine this month)..

Just a few reminders for you.

  • If you are in the habit of coming to Gazelle Sports GR on Friday for early check-in, break that habit quickly. Early check-in was last night.
  • We are out of parking passes. Please help us keep the Luton parking lot from clogging with traffic by driving straight to Crossroads Church which is the shuttle lot. Just 1 mile east of Luton. It’s quick and…
  • Coffee!! Crossroads Church is providing hot coffee, fruit, water and bathrooms during your short wait for a shuttle. Thanks!!
  • Please use the bib # look-up to help check-in go faster. Grab a set of safety pins and a free EcoTrek whole food bar. You do not need to bring a signed waiver if you did normal online registration. You acknowledged review of the waiver there.
  • Despite (or because of) yesterday’s rain the trail is in great shape for the race thanks to its sustainable, erosion-controlling design, thank to the International Mountain Biking Alliance and West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance. The only wet area I saw was on the Blue loop in the meadow. Please run THROUGH wet or muddy areas to help keep Luton a great, narrow singletrack trail.
  • Keep blue flags on your right throughout the race. Never cross the line of blue flags. Red flags are for the kids’ run.
  • Saucony demo shoes. The Saucony Xodus and Peregrine will be available after the race to try on the Youth Strider Loop (follow the red flags). See how they feel compared to the shoes you raced in.
  • If you didn’t notice, you can look at everyone in your age group at the main bib look-up and results site. Sort by distance, age group, gender and click apply.
  • The quinoa is vegan and nut-free in case that helps you plan your lunch. Friends and family can still purchase the lunch for $7 each. No need to let me know at this point. I ordered extra pig.

Race Update #2

Hope you are looking forward to Saturday! (Just a reminder that early check-in is Thursday. Details below.) At this point, Saturday appears to be the best weather day of the week with race day temps climbing toward 60 and a high of 64 with sun. Recent rain has packed down the soft sand and dust so the trail should be in great shape for racing. At least as of yesterday the flowers are out and several areas are blooming with color thanks to an early spring. We’re getting some green on the trees as well. No drabby browns like most years!

Sponsors
Thanks again to our generous sponsors: Saucony and Gazelle Sports, our two presenting sponsors, for providing over $5,000 in prizes and in-kind support, Ramona’s Table for awesome veggie deli sides, Founders Brewing Co., one of the best breweries in the world, for gift cards; Frans Girls for the amazing hand-crafted top finisher and 500+ finisher awards; Metro Health Sports Medicine for expert medical support once again, EcoTrek Bars & Fitness for the tasty and healthy whole food bars, and Gordon Water Systems for refreshing water at the start/finish.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who will be working a lot of hours to help this race go smoothly. Please thank them as you run by them if you have a breath to do so! Camp Blodgett is our charity partner for the race and will have volunteers out there as well. A portion of race profits will help send deserving children to summer camp. Thanks also to the Kent County Parks for allowing us to race at Luton each year (and the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance for their support)..

Highlights
Saturday will be a great day. Here are some highlights:

  • We have designed the course so that those running multiple loops return to the start/finish area next to the parking lot and loop around for their next 6.55 miles. It keeps things exciting and allows spectators to catch lots of the action right from the start/finish. It even allows marathoners to stop for a moment to grab some pork and veggie sides if they wish.
  • Aid stations. At 1.4 (start of Black), 4 (start of Red), and 6.55 (start/finish) miles. 1.4 is just liquids. Others have snacks and some fruit.
  • Saucony gear bag tent. Leave your pre- and post-race clothes with Saucony. We’ll also have a tarp next to the tent for half and full marathoners to throw a bag for quick gear and fuel needs.
  • Lunch. Our famous pig roast and Ramona’s Place deli sides along with Kingma’s fruits and some store-bought sweets will be in the parking lot. Pig and deli sides are served around 11:15 or 11:30. You may bring alcohol. And if you would like to share a side dish or snack, that would be great too.
  • Results. Results will be just posted north of check-in by the start chute. Epic Race Timing will have printouts on boards, on their computer monitor and via a receipt print-out system with your finish data on it. Three ways to get results should keep lines short! Shortly after the race, you can also look up results on this mobile look-up or main look-up (main has social media sharing capability). We’ll also email a Race Recap with results.
  • Awards. Ideally we’ll gather a crowd and recognize top finishers but if you need to leave early with your hardware, no worries. The awards tent will be next to the check-in tent.
  • Raffle. Congrats to the raffle winners – scroll down to see if you won.

Bib #s and Check-in Process

  • Click on the Bib # look-up to get your bib number and confirm all of your information is correct. If not correct, please e-mail me now so we can fix it before race day. Need to change distance or fix error on race day? Go directly to Epic’s tent near the start/finish arch.
  • Bring your bib # to early or same-day check in and provide it to us. This helps us quickly get you your bib and shirt if you bought one.
  • You MAY pick up bibs and shirts for friends. Get their bib # in advance or look it up on your phone or our posted lists at check-in.
  • Give the shuttle process 15 minutes to be safe and complete check-in at least 25 minutes before your race.
  • You MAY still drop down from a longer distance to a shorter distance (or pay to run longer) if you need to. E-mail me as soon as possible.
  • See Race Update #1 for all the details on check-in.

Early Check in

  • THURSDAY from 4-7 pm at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th ST or Saturday morning at Luton Park, 45 minutes before the race to be safe.
  • Buy the $5 pass to park in the Luton lot at early check in. 90 passes available. First come, first served. Sorry, we can’t do this transaction online (By giving them to marathoners we can start the shuttle much later, keeping expenses and entry fees down. So we don’t know the number to give out until we get a final count of marathoners thus we can’t pre-sell them with registration).
  • We will let you know by email if there are passes available in the morning at Luton (requires $5 cash, no change available). Plan to drive over to the shuttle though. Please don’t stop at Luton to inquire and clog traffic.
  • If you did not get a shirt and would like one or would like to change sizes, they will be available for sale on Saturday at 10:30 am at the check-in tents. We have to make sure everyone who pre-paid for a shirt gets their shirt first
  • Did I mention early check in is THURSDAY?
Location & Parking
For most of you, the best bet is to take US-131 or the East Beltline (aka Wolverine/M-44) to 10 Mile Road. Turn east. From there, you have two or three options.

  1. Shuttle. Free and fast. Drive by Luton Park and go to 6750 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford in your map tool to get to the shuttle lot at Crossroads Wesleyan Church, one mile east of Luton Park on the southwest corner of 10 Mile and Myers Lake Road. You may drop off a full load of passengers first, but to avoid congestion groups of two should continue on one minute to the shuttle lot. Spectators should use the shuttle as well.
  2. Park at Luton (with $5 pass and all marathoners). Although Luton does not have a postal address,10 Mile Rd NE and Olde Meadow Rd NE, Rockford in Google Maps will take you to the lot entrance.
  3. Warm-up Run. Park at Crossroads Church. Run one mile west.
    You may NOT park on Olde Meadow which is private or on the shoulder of 10 Mile Rd or Luton Park’s entrance.

Schedule of Events
7;00 am parking begins at the Luton Park 10 Mile lot (requires pass)
7:45 am shuttle begins from Crossroads Church for half and quarter marathon
7:45 am same-day check-in begins (finish at least 25 minutes before start time)
8:00 am marathon start
9:15 – 9:25 am half marathon start (waves)
10:45-10:55 am quarter marathon start (waves)
11:15 am kids fun run
11:30 – 2:45 lunch
1:30 pm shuttle bus ends; volunteers take over shuttling duties
2:30-2:45 pm cut-off for all racers (subject to race director’s discretion)

Trail Rules & Etiquette

  • We are not outright banning music but you MUST keep volume low and have one ear free to be able to hear runners around you.
  • Please call “on your left/right” when appropriate. Commit and go (there is no out-of bounds on straight-aways; just avoid drastic cutting of corners when passing).
  • If walking, please stay on the far right and you must walk single file at all times.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the trails, leashed or unleashed (spectators can have leashed dogs anywhere in the park except please avoid singletrack trails due to limited space).

Start/Laps/Finish

  • See the start/finish layout so you understand how you’ll flow from start to lap 2-4 (if applicable) to finish. The start chute is to the left/north of all the tents. Gather in that chute based on your typical finish position in a race.
  • To try to ease the early congestion of a large trail race, we will plan to start quarter and half marathoners off in “ripples” of about twenty with a pause in between ripples, rather than a continuous stream (closer to what we do at the Dirty Duel if you’ve done that race). Your start time will begin once you cross the mat (your timing chip is adhered to the back of your bib).
  • The Green and Blue loops have ample opportunities to pass so get in the appropriate pace position before you get to Black at mile 1.4 where things get a bit tighter.
  • Please stay away from the start mats near the inflatable start/finish so your chip doesn’t accidentally start early.
  • Review the course map here.

Changes from 2015

  • Many of you did the race last year. Just so you’re not surprised, the only change on the course is at the end of Red. Instead of dropping down to Blue by the aid station, the course will continue along the ridge almost all the way to Green before dropping down to Blue. This will add some time to your time, but under one minute.
  • One portajohn will be right by the kiosk so you can make a pit stop without having to run across the parking lot. At 8 am and beyond, please leave this portajohn for racers in the race.
  • Two more portajohns in addition to the “in-race” portajohn have been ordered to shorten lines. Please use one queue for these. Plus don’t forget that there’s a portajohn next to the changing rooms just north of the line of portajohns.

Kids Run

  • The kids run will start at 11:15 from the south side of the kiosk. Parents will need to sign this waiver for their child. Please bring it with you if possible (or we will have copies there)
  • We’ve decided to use the Youth Strider Trail and a smaller portion of the Green trail so kids are not running as much on Green with the adult racers. Follow the trail represented by the Red line until it goes through woods to connect to Green at south end. See the map. The trail will be flagged with red flags (Green loop and all other trails will be in blue). The trail is 3/4 mile long.
  • We will have a few volunteers out on the kids loop but please accompany your child if possible (or use the map to head out onto the course and help us keep an eye on your kid and others). Watch for racers coming through on the Green trail.
  • All kids will receive a small medal at the finish.

Spectators

  • Please use the free shuttle by parking at Crossroads Church.
  • Lunch is $7 for spectators except small children (no need to email me at this point; I have ordered extra food).

More details on the trail, trail etiquette, merchandise, gear bags/drop, spectator info, lunch and prizes are in Race Update #1 below.

Raffle
Here are the winners of the raffle (everyone in the race was entered automatically). Pick up at early check-in Thursday or before noon Saturday or they will be re-raffled. This way you don’t have to wait around for a raffle later in the event. If you don’t like what you won, stick around the check-in area and hopefully you can trade it.

Tammy Coleman  Tifosi Pro Escalate sunglasses & kit (from Gazelle)
Roberto Alicea  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Kendra Townsend  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Bethany Selleck  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Modesto Castillo  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Matt Albin  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Don Huizinga  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Tara Fox  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Dan Stegbauer  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Laura Wedeven  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Mike Hendricks  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Tom Kribs  $30 Founders Brewing gift card
Brianna Rood  Amphipod hydration belt (from Gazelle)
Diana Haggerty  Saucony Run Pack
Alyson  Mann Saucony Run Pack
Joshua Costa  Amphipod handheld bottle (20 oz.) (from Gazelle)
Rebecca Wheater  Saucony socks
Eric DeWaard  Saucony socks
Kate Nachtegall  Saucony socks
Holly Buyze  Saucony socks
Kelly Ross  Saucony socks
Juli Allaire  Saucony socks
Daniel Ryan  Saucony socks
Steven Feutz  Amphipod small handheld bottle (from Gazelle)
Heather Wiersma Amphipod small handheld bottle (from Gazelle)
Tyler Keay  Tecnu poison ivy scrub
Amy Jolman  Tecnu poison ivy scrub
Carly Johnson  Saucony hat
Eric Haynes  Saucony hat

Let’s race (or run)!

Mark, for Greg

 

Race Update #1

We hope you’re looking forward to the race on April 30! Some running events such as theme runs are about the celebration. Others are about performing well. We hope you’ll find Hurt the Dirt to be about both – a celebration of our running community (local and regional) and performing at your best on a great, great running trail.

Thank you for supporting this race and local races in general. We are at capacity with 550 racers. We welcome 146 first-time trail runners! You’re going to do great. Running on trails is sometimes thrilling, sometimes peaceful, always memorable. And really good for your body in the long term due to the softer surface and a constantly varied surface which strengthens your body and avoids repetitive pounding (try our off-trail Michigan Adventure Races for even more variety in surface).

Luton Park is widely considered one of the top trail systems in the Lower Peninsula for both running and biking. Its trails were designed with sustainability and flow in mind. Luton stays in great condition, drains well, offers a forgiving surface, and is designed so runners and bikers can maintain momentum with smooth ups, downs and turns. If you haven’t run this trail, we think you’ll love it.

We decided to send this update out early so everyone is well informed as the race approaches. We’ll send some key details later in April as well. As usual with my updates, this is LONG but should answer most questions.

Thanks!
We want to thank Saucony and Gazelle Sports, our two presenting sponsors, for providing thousands of dollars of prizes and in-kind support. If you didn’t know, Saucony is both a locally owned and global running shoe and gear powerhouse, part of Wolverine Worldwide headquartered just two miles from where you’ll be running. Gazelle Sports is one of the top running specialty stores in the U.S., with stores located in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland and Northville, near Detroit.

Thanks also to Ramona’s Table, located in East Grand Rapids and Rockford, offering the best veggie sides of any trail race this side of the Pacific Coast; Founders Brewing Co., one of the best breweries in the world, for gift cards; Frans Girls for the amazing hand-crafted top finisher and 500+ finisher awards; Metro Health Sports Medicine for expert medical support once again, EcoTrek Bars & Fitness for the tasty and healthy whole food bars, and Gordon Water Systems for refreshing water at the start/finish so we don’t have to scramble to get water when it’s running low (none available at the park). Consider showing your appreciation for our sponsors by posting a note on Facebook or dropping by their place of business.

A big thanks to all the volunteers who will be working a lot of hours to help this race go smoothly. Please thank them as you run by them if you have a breath to do so! Camp Blodgett is our charity partner for the race and will have volunteers out there as well. A portion of race profits will help send deserving children to summer camp  – children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford it. Thanks also to the Kent County Parks for allowing us to race at Luton each year (and the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance for their support)..

Also thanks to our vendors for discounts and special deals including Epic Race Timing for affordable chip-timing, Jamie Geysbeek Photography, Baker Tent Rental for portajohns, and Kingma’s Produce for the discounted fruit.

This map shows where most of you will be coming from (nearby postal codes clustered together; not exact location). A special thanks to those of you not on this map who are traveling from far away for this race (or adding the race into your visit).

BEFORE THE RACE

Racer list
Here’s the racer list. Email me if your information is incorrect. We’ll provide the final racer list with your bib number by Wednesday of race week. Gazelle Sports gift certificates will be awarded to the top three runners in the following age groups: Under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+.

Shirts
The shirt design is inspired by vintage outdoor business logos of the mid-20th century. If you did not order a shirt but would like to add one, you may use this form to pay the $13 by April 24. You can skip the questions applying to the wait list. Mens/adult crew or women’s v-neck, slightly contoured. Some say the shirts run just a bit larger than normal sizes so you may want to go with the smaller size if you are right in between sizes. We will order 8-10% extra shirts for S, M and L sizes for those who want to buy one at the race but these extra shirts will not be available until after the quarter marathoners get their shirts. The expected time when these shirts will be available is 10:30 am, first come, first served. Sizes XS, XL and above will NOT have any extra shirts ordered due to the smaller quantities so you should order one now if you want one.

Changing distances
You can still drop down from a longer distance to a shorter distance (or pay to run longer) if you need to. Email me, before the Monday of race week if possible. We’ll take emergency changes after but it’s much easier to handle it earlier.

Cancellations, Deferments and Transfers
We’re pretty generous with our new deferment and transfer policy IF you contact me by Sunday, April 24. See the Register page for details.

Parking passes
We’ll email complimentary parking passes to marathoners soon. Others can buy the $5 pass for the Luton lot at early check-in at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids on THURSDAY, April 28, 4-7 pm. Proceeds to Kent County Parks. I think we’ll have 80-90 passes available. First come, first served. We are not set up to take transactions online for this. The shuttle is free and just 1 mile to the east so no worries if you can’t get a pass. More details on parking below.

Check-in

  • Check in is Thursday, April 28, 4-7 pm at Gazelle Sports, 3930 28th ST or Saturday morning at Luton Park, 45 minutes before the race to be safe.
  • We will email your bib number a few days before the race. Bring when you check in.
  • You may collect bibs and shirts for friends.
  • If you didn’t order a shirt or you need a different size, you must wait until AFTER quarter marathon check-in Saturday to get it (until after all those who purchased their shirts get them).

Location
For most of you, the best bet is to take US-131 or the East Beltline (aka Wolverine/M-44) to 10 Mile Road. Turn east. From there, you have three options.

1. Shuttle. Use 6750 10 Mile Rd NE, Rockford in your map tool to get to the shuttle lot at Crossroads Wesleyan Church, one mile east of Luton Park on the southwest corner of 10 Mile and Myers Lake Road. You may drop off a full load of passengers first, but to avoid congestion groups of two should continue on one minute to the shuttle lot which will go very fast. We rented two buses so many of you will have no wait or just a few minutes.

2. Park at Luton (with $5 pass and all marathoners). Although Luton does not have a postal address, 10 Mile Rd NE and Olde Meadow Rd NE, Rockford in Google Maps will take you to the lot entrance.

3. Warm-up Run. Park at Crossroads Church. Run one mile west.
You may NOT park on Olde Meadow which is private or on the shoulder of 10 Mile Rd or Luton Park entrance.

Schedule of events
7:00 am parking at the Luton Park 10 Mile lot (requires pass)
7:45 am shuttle begins from Crossroads Church for half and quarter marathon
7:45 am same-day check-in begins (finish at least 25 minutes before start time)
8:00 am marathon start
9:15 – 9:25 am half marathon start (waves)
10:45-11:00 am quarter marathon start (waves)
11:15 am kids fun run
11:30 – 2:00 lunch
1:30 pm shuttle bus ends; volunteers take over shuttling duties
2:30 pm cut-off for all racers (subject to race director’s discretion)

Pre-Race Prep/Bag Drop

  • Bring a bag with clothes to change into (changing rooms available), warm-up clothes, bib. Camp chair if you want.
  • Gear check. Saucony can keep your gear bag secure.
  • Drop bag area. If you are a half or full marathoner wanting quick access to your gear DURING the race, you may want to use the drop bag tarp next to the Saucony tent so you can access the bag as you make the turn to do your next lap.
  • Review the start/finish layout here. Portajohns are located in three places: the majority are in the grass area west of the trailhead. One is in the changing room structure just north of the others. One will be near the trailhead kiosk and gear drop tent. If there’s a long line at the main portajohn area, see if there’s a line at the others.

What to Wear/Weather

  • If we get heavy rain all week, we may have to avoid the Black and Red loops but we’ll add loops to Green and Blue as necessary to keep distances about the same. Running and biking in heavy mud can permanently widen the trail (most people run around puddles and mud) so we want to be good caretakers of the trail.
  • If you are new to racing and struggle with knowing what to wear, a good rule of thumb is to dress 15-20 degrees warmer than the feels-like temperature at race time, maybe even more considering much of the course is sheltered from the wind.
  • You may dump off warm-up clothes before the start at the Saucony gear check/drop bag area (or drop them on the outside of the start chute).
  • In case of severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms) we will wait as along as possible for storms to pass and finish the race up when lightning or severe winds are no longer a threat. Stay in your car if storms roll in before the race and we’ll communicate to the shuttle driver when the coast is clear. We’ll then wait for everyone to get shuttled over. If we have to cancel the race, we can’t provide a refund due to all the upfront costs but we will provide a discount code for next year’s race.
Pre-Race Raffle

Since people leave at different times Saturday, we will do our primary raffle before the race. Look for another email with all the winners. Pick up your prize at check-in or the race.

Merchandise

  • Buffs – $10, full length head/neckwear ($18-25 for national brands). Camo or bright green options.
  • Pints – $10
  • Stickers – removable, $3 (free if you put it on your vehicle in the lot)
  

 

DURING THE RACE

Trail/course

  • Here’s the course map. One loop is just over 6.5 miles (wheel-measured; gps varies wildly). One loop for the quarter marathon, two for half, four for the full marathon. The elevation gain/lost is roughly 700-750 feet I believe (GPS varies greatly), mostly in 5-15 feet ups and downs. It’s fun, flowing singletrack running. We didn’t say easy, but fun.
  • One change from last year: the ending of Red now continues on the ridge above Blue and doesn’t drop down until closer to the start of Green.
  • Within the green, black, and red  “spoke” trails that are linked by the blue “hub” trail, there is only one way to go with just a few exceptions. We will only flag those exceptions within the spoke trails. We will flag all intersections where you turn off or return to the “hub” blue trail. Red or orange flags crossing the trail means do not access that trail. If you are jumping over these flags, you are going the wrong way. Just follow the line of flags extending down the correct trail at any junction. We will not use tape because bikers and other trail users are allowed to be on the trail during the race, although strongly discouraged. MI Adventure Racing and WMMBA are asking people to use another trail that day.
  • We expect to have each mile marked with a sign. If you miss a sign, it may help you to know that the start of Black is about 1.4 miles and Red starts at 4 miles.
  • Aid stations. We’ll have aid stations at these 1.4 and 4-mile trailheads along with the start/finish, just after starting lap 2. Black will have water and Gatorade; Red will add sweet and salty snacks. We cannot guarantee that all food items will be available at the end so carry your favorite food/gels if it’s critical to your performance. Half and full marathoners may certainly eat your BBQ pork and/or veggies/fruit DURING the race. Fruit will be available at the start with the pig and veggies ready around 11:15 am.
  • There are no portajohns out on the course but we will position one right at the start of the next lap so you don’t have to run through the parking lot..

Start/Laps/Finish

  • See the start/finish layout so you understand how you’ll flow from start to lap 2-4 (if applicable) to finish. The start chute is to the left/north of all the tents. Gather in that chute based on your typical finish position in a race.
  • You’ll start the race two at a time and your start time will begin once you cross the mat (your timing chip is adhered to the back of your bib).
  • The Green and Blue loops have ample opportunities to pass so get in the appropriate pace position before you get to Black at mile 1.4 where things get a bit tighter. Because vegetation is still thin from the winter, you can pass in many, many places throughout the race course.
  • Please stay away from the start mats near the inflatable start/finish so your chip doesn’t accidentally start early.

Safety

  • Most volunteers will have mobile phones so flag a volunteer (or runner) down if injured and they can call for help.
  • Metro Health Sports Medicine will be at the start/finish to help with medical issues.
  • Please pay special attention to the children running in the Kids’ Run on the Green loop from 11:15-11:45. They may or may not run in a straight line so give them a wide berth as you pass them.

Trail Etiquette

  • Alert any non-racing patrons (and other racers) if approaching from behind with “on your left” (or right if it presents a better passing lane, but left is standard) when you see a wide enough spot just ahead.
  • Be aggressive and sprint by; don’t wait for that perfect passing lane, letting things back up behind you.
  • If you need to walk during part of the race, please stay to the right, single-file if you are with another participant. Both the person being passed and the person passing should be working together to make the pass happen easily.
  • Music is not prohibited, but strongly discouraged; please remove one ear bud and keep the volume low so you can hear people wanted to pass behind you.
  • Dogs (and bad-ass cats) are not allowed with runners on- or off-leash.
  • Non-registered “bandit” and pacer runners are not allowed and will be subjected to a 550-racer wedgie machine.
  • Please hold any trash such as gel wrappers until you get to one of the aid stations where we will have garbage bags.

Kids’ Run

  • The free kids’ run will start at 11:15 am. It is the full Green loop (about one mile). You may run it with your child at a different time if 11:15 am doesn’t work.
  • Each kid 12 or under receives a medal.
  • Parents please sign a waiver for your child. We’ll have a few monitors out there, but parents should run with younger children. Keep in mind that the course is being used by adult racers so please don’t run or walk two-wide with your kids.

Spectators

  • The start/finish provides a good vantage point, although seating is mostly on long grass so spectators (and you after the race) may want a chair or blanket.
  • Venture out on the two-three wide Blue “hub” trail to see more of the action, preferably in clockwise direction so you can see runners coming at you.
  • Spectators should stay off the Black and Red trails unless they want to “bushwhack” next to the trail. On the Blue trail, walk single-file and step aside for the runners as needed.

AFTER THE RACE
Post-Race Lunch
A pretty spectacular lunch will be provided to all registered runners. You must show your bib. Our feast is featured in this month’s Runner’s World.

  • Pig roast from R.P. Vanden Berg, deli sides from Ramona’s Table and fruit from Kingma’s Market.
  • Seconds may be allowed once we ensure we have enough for the marathoners who will be finishing later.
  • Note: The quinoa is the nut-free deli option if needed.
  • Please consider bringing some sweets/dessert, bag of chips, or a favorite side or drink to share (alcohol is permitted) if you can. It’s nice to round out the lunch with some more variety.
  • Almond Leaf Chiropractic will offer free massages this year. Thanks!

Spectator/guest lunch.
We will offer our lunch to spectators this year. Please pass this info along to any guests coming to watch you.

  • Email me with the number of spectators attached to you that would like lunch.
  • We will only take RSVPs through Wednesday so that we can order extra food in advance.
  • To keep things simple, the $7 rate will apply to all ages (except the tiny eaters). $7 is below actual cost. Pay at the beginning of the lunch line.

Prizes
About half of you will win something at Hurt the Dirt. That has to be some sort of record. We’re excited to offer 250+ prizes including 12 new pairs of Saucony shoes, other Saucony gear, 216 gift certificates from Gazelle Sports, gift cards from Founders Brewing and more.

  • Finisher award. Every finisher will receive a handcrafted wood medal from Frans Girls at the finish line.
  • Overall winners will receive new Saucony shoes (certificates good at Gazelle Sports stores; in store only) and custom wood trophies from Frans Girls.
  • Masters winners will receive new Saucony shoes and wood medal.
  • Age group winners will receive wood medals and $20, $15, and $10 gift certificates from Gazelle Sports, valid in store only.  If you do not live near their GR, Kzoo or Holland stores, stop by the store after the race (Saucony shoe winners too). Age divisions are in five-year increments.

The long-range forecast for late April is ABOVE normal temperatures so think spring. Can’t wait for race day!

Mark, for Matt, Greg and Brian

     

     

     

     

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