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Recap & Results

Race Recap

Whether it was your first time racing on dirt or your 80th marathon, we hope you enjoyed today’s race, the hard work that led up to it and the memories and next steps on the journey beyond. We’re so humbled by all the kind words and smiles. You are a great group of people to work for. Grateful that we didn’t get rained or snowed upon! (Some nice air from Sue, our Founders Brewing sponsor.)

If you transferred your entry to another, please forward this on to them. Thank you and hope to see you next year!

A big thanks to:

Great effort out there today! Go to Epic Race Timing for the results if you haven’t seen them yet. The top 3 in each age group get a wood medal and top 2 get a Gazelle Sports gift certificate ($15/$10). You can pick those up at Gazelle Sports GR, Kzoo or Holland if you let me know. If you can’t pick them up, you can send a pre-paid mailer (at least 5″ x 5″) to me and I’ll mail them to you. Provide your name, age group, place and desired Gazelle Sports pickup or let me know if you’ll send the mailer. If you just want the gift certificate, I can mail it to you. Include your mailing address if that’s the case.

The 2020 Hurt the Dirt will very likely be on April 25 if you want to save the date. Always two weeks before the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, which is always the second Saturday in May. You are now on the mailing list so you should get the announcement for open registration, likely this fall.

Please take two minutes to fill out our survey. We really do look at every comment to try to make the race better.

Lost and Found
Here are the items we found or that were turned in. We’ll put these items in the hold area of Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids so please retrieve them there in the next two weeks. I can have them transferred to Kalamazoo or Holland. Email me if you are from (way) out of town and want to send me a pre-paid mailer so I can mail your item back. Otherwise we will donate to a thrift store.

We are out of shirts. Sorry about that – I guess many of you liked them!

Look for 100+ photos I just posted on the Hurt the Dirt Facebook page and hundreds more to come on our Flickr photostream at some point. The Flickr site will contain non-watermarked, high res pics that you can download and use as you wish. Thanks to Jamie Geysbeek Photography

So What Next?
Here are some ways from our Presenting Sponsors to build on your progress in 2019.

  • GRIT Life Gym. GRIT Life wants you to be a part of our community! Whether you are an adventure seeker, a beginner or an elite athlete, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals and to be a part of your fitness journey! Bring in your race registration or bib from Hurt the Dirt and receive a two week free trial with GRIT Life! Offer expires June 1, 2019. Call us at 616-272-GRIT to get your two weeks started.
  • Merrell. Merrell has some of the top trail running shoes in the industry. Check out their Trail Glove 5, Agility Peak Flex 3 and other shoes at Gazelle Sports Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, Northville or Birmingham (support local if possible) or online.
  • Gazelle Sports. You can develop a form like Erika’s in the pic above. Gazelle Sports has 30 minute Gait Analysis Appointments in the GR store; Mondays 11:30am – 1:30pm with Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy and Fridays 10 – 12:30pm with our Gazelle Sports Guru (most of the time Rob). Simply call the Grand Rapids store at 616-940-9888 to reserve your appointment. Need help with recovery and injury prevention? Check out their CEP compression and Roll Recovery products.

Dirty Duel Trail Race
Nov. 9. Save the date. Robinette’s, Provin and Kuyper College trails. Likely the toughest 5K in Michigan. Pick between Short & Brutal (5K) or Long & Difficult (6K). Corn field, sand dune, pine forest like on the Black trail, fun trail and off-trail racing. No race like it on Earth (or earth). Oh, and you get donuts and cider too. And a camp-style coffee mug to go with your camp-style pint! Capped at 750 racers.

Looking for a New Kind of Challenge? 
Adventure races are treasure hunts for adults. The elation of finding flags in the woods after using your compass and map is like no experience in sports and addictive (really easy to learn; May 18 and July 20 free clinics at Seidman Park, east of GR) . Running off trail is an adrenaline trip. No need to be an expert at paddling or mountain biking but we can help you with both. Email me with any questions or concerns. Lessons through WMMBA and Bill & Paul’s too. Here are the races coming up.

Michigan Adventure Race: Silver Lake. June 1. 5 or 8 hours. Teams of 1-4. Paddleboard, sandboard down the dunes (sit or stand), bike and trek/orienteer. The largest and likely most scenic adventure race in America. We only have 1 volunteer so far so consider that if you don’t want to race or bring a volunteer with you!

Michigan Adventure Race: Traverse City. Aug. 3. 7 or 18 hours (18-hour race starts Friday evening, Aug. 2). Teams of 1-4. Bike, trek/orienteer, flat water paddle. Incredible northern Michigan forests, bike trails and lakes.

Michigan Adventure Race: Kids. Aug. 24. 2 hours. Johnson Park. Formerly called the Kids Adventure Challenge. Geared toward kids 5-12. Not too difficult “treasure hunt” with Minute to Win It challenges. Registration to open soon.

Thanks so much for racing with us! You are class acts.

Mark, for Greg

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