Volunteers--Time to Get Wet!!!

The swimmers might get the glory, but they don't do it alone.... Be an unsung hero--Volunteer

On June 21st two dozen or more crazy people are coming from around the country to Grand Forks, North Dakota, to participate in the longest one day swim event in North America this year, ENDracing's END-WET.  It is a 36 mile downriver race from near Climax, MN, to the center of the Grand Cities.  Each solo swimmer requires a support boater to be with them the entire race and although while a few of the swimmers are making the journey to the Red with their own support people, the majority of them are not.  Thats where you come in.  We need support boaters.  It's (kind of) a paying gig. ENDracing will provide all support boaters with $100 as a thank you giving up your saturday to help your swimmer attempt (and hopefully accomplish) what is nothing short of an incredible feat.  Than being said, don't do it for the money--its not really a good time investment economically speaking!  Sure the cash helps you have a nice party afterwords or take your significant (and very understanding) other out for date night, but even paddling 36 miles in a day is no joke.  And you'll be doing much more than that - you'll be looking after somene who's condition will deteriorate as the miles wear on - both mentally and physically.  

Although the swimmers often get all the accolades, it really is a team effort, and the swimmers realize this.  They can't do it without your support.  We need roughly 20 paddlers.  It's no problem if you don't have your own boat, we've got craft to spare.  If you want to team up with a freind so you'll have company during the long journey or even to split the support job up into two halves (switch with a friend at roughly half way) then let us know (the caveat is that we only have $100/swimmer as a gift built into the budget if you team up you'd each get half).  The most important thing is that you have are comfortable paddling on the lazy red and willing to put in a rather long day on the water.  This is truly a one of a kind event that showcases the tremendous hospitality of our community.  There is nothing else like it anywhere--the only other swim anywhere near as long charges over $2000 to each participant.  This is cost prohibitive to many potential racers, and not our style.  We want these crazy people to be able to challenge themselves and visit our wonderful corner of the country without taking out a second mortgage.  And this is only possible because of both generous support from the City, Visitors Bureau, and incredible volunteers. Express your interest in volunteering for this year's END-WET at http://endracing.com/volunteer.


Announcing END-FAR Winnipeg!

Do you like our races?  Wish we had more of them?  Wish we had something for the kids?  We do!  To kick off 2014, ENDracing is proud to team up with Ground UP Adventures to cross the border...to host END-FAR Winnipeg!  

On May 3rd, 2014, bring the kids to the Assiniboine Forest and get ready to spend two hours trekking and biking (and maybe paddling...) while trying to find checkpoints with a map and compass.  This is a Family Adventure Race, which means the focus is on everyone getting involved.  The best part?  Adults and kids under six race free.  If you haven't done any of our previous races, check out the END-FAR page, which has links to photos, video, and some information from our past races.

Why Winnipeg?  Well, we thought we'd let them in on some of the fun we've been having in Grand Forks for the last few years.  The race is being directed by our Canadian friends John and Tara, who promise that even Americans will be able to find their way around.  Right guys?


END-IT Photos and Beardcicle 2014 Winners!

It's been a great (cold) winter for getting outside and creating a frosty face extension on your beard or mask.  We asked and you submitted: your beardcicle contest winners are (for length) Tara Kenny and Lori Smith Lindholm, and (for mass) Cory Pratt!  Get in touch with matt@endracing.com and each of you will get a choice between a ColdAvenger mask or $25 credit towards ENDracing registration or swag.

Tara, Lori, and Cory all exhibit frosty faces.

The ColdAvenger Extreme North Dakota Iceman Triathlon was yesterday, and our all-weather photographer Wes Peck already has photos up.  Check them out here while you wait for us to finalize results.  This was the first event in the 2014 Grand Forks Winter Series, so you still have next weekend to participate in the Frozen Feat 5K/10K and Northern Star Cycling Club's Bikecicle winter bike race and compete to win some fabulous prizes, including a winner's jacket and night at the CanadInn.


Thanks to you….

We (ENDracing) were able to donate a whopping $10,000 to Ground UP Adventures--a local Grand Forks youth based non-profit--at the end of 2013.  The non-profit is the chosen beneficiary of any surplus our organization has at the end of the year, but we honestly never imagined we'd be able to make such a substantial contribution.  It's a good thing too--Ground UP's ambitious boat house project  needed financial support.  It had only recieved one cash grant (from the North Dakota Tourism Department) and although many in-kind donations promised to see the facility stocked to the gills, additional funding for the actual facility was sorely needed.  

We at ENDracing are all just thrilled to have been able to find such success doing what we love that we can give back in such a meaningful way.  A huge thanks to all those who have raced with us, volunteered, or just cheered us on--it is your support that makes it possible for us to support others.