The Extreme North Dakota Bike, Orienteering and Boat Race (END-BOB) is back again thisyear. It combines a couple of hours of biking (approx. 15 miles) with a couple of hours (8-10 miles) of downstream canoeing resulting in a very challenging (but still fun) event.
This event will be challenging for big-time competitors, but doable and enjoyable for kids, adults, and adults who like to behave like kids.
This is not a race in the classic sense -- where speed is what matters. The main challenge in this race is to get to all the checkpoints scattered around the course.
Freedom! Unlike those "other" races where the race director tells you where to go and in what order, this one is wide open. There are almost no rules and you can hit the checkpoints in (just about) any order and any way you wish. Pure rogaine fun.
The race will be held on the Greenways in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, on some country roads in ND and MN, and on the Red River. Current plans have the start and finish in Lincoln Drive Park but if some things work out, we may move downtown.
So, this will be an event for all: those rabbits who like to set speed records can do their thing – it will definitely be tough and challenging enough to keep their interest. Others, who want to have fun enjoying some of the best that Grand Forks has to offer, can be more casual.
Date: The race is Saturday, June 6, 2015. Check in, fill out the waiver form, etc. on Friday, June 5 at the Ski and Bike Shop, 1711 S Washington St in Grand Forks, 6-8 pm. Alternatively, race day check in will be 7:30-8:30 am at the Lincoln Drive Park warming house. First racers will start at 9 am.
Start and End Location: Lincoln Drive Park, Grand Forks. Go to GF Greenway map to see a map that will get you to race start/finish and also show where much of the race will be.
Cap: Race will be limited to 30 paying teams.
Equipment: You must provide your own boating equipment (including life vests), bikes, and navigation equipment. Race organizers will bring your bikes back to the race finish -- if you trust us to move your bikes.
Entry Includes: Maps, swag, light post race refreshments, and a prize pool.
Teams: Teams may have 1-4 members but practicality suggests you want to make sure your team will all fit in a boat together! Teams will be grouped into categories based on team size and experience; there will be special categories for teams that include kids!
Biking: The bike course will be mostly on dirt and grassy trails, and on gravel roads. A small amount will be on pavement of some sort. You are welcome to use any bike you wish but skinny tires may not be the best idea! Length of the ride depends on the route you take, it is on the order of 15 miles long, and a trial run took us about 80 minutes without looking for any check points.
Boating: You may use any water craft you wish, as long as it is human powered and it is something you can get in or on. Canoe, kayak, row boat, paddle board . . . 1 paddler, 2 paddlers, or more – do it your way.
Swimming: There will be no swimming.
Orienteering: There is no set race course. Instead, there will be check points. Your challenge is to navigate to them in the order specified. To aid you, we will provide you with maps showing checkpoint locations. Other useful tools (that you may care to bring) include a compass and measuring devices, and a bike computer to measure distances. No GPS units of any sort may be used! A waterproof map case might be a good idea. If you plan to do some or all of the optional points, you should be ready to find points by triangulation, or by bearing and distance, or if given map coordinates.
Scoring: Teams collect a point for each checkpoint (CP) they visit during the course. Some CP's are optional so that slower or less experienced teams can still complete the course by opting out of these as they see fit. Teams will be placed in approriate categories (based on number of team members and experience) and then ranked based on score. Teams with the same score are ranked based on finish time.
Any profits from this event will be used to support Ground UP Adventures.