All the nitty gritty details (and there are a lot of them) have just been announced on the Facebook page and the main END-WET page - so make sure to give that a thorough read if you're racing or volunteering in the event next weekend. But what about the fun details? well, there are those too, thanks to our fabulous sponsors!!!! Here is a well deserved shot out....
First of all there are the cities of East Grand Forks and Grand Forks and Oslo who have all been great partners for the event. They're supporting logistical operations and going to be on hand for the awards ceremony to help recognize individuals that complete the solo swim. Oslo is also going out of their way to enhance the racers experience and make them feel welcome at the finish line during their annual celebration, Oslo Days. Click on the link to see their schedule of events.... looks like swimmers who finish in less than 12 hours will be just in time for the hypnotist. Maybe you can volunteer and get hypnotized into believing your shoulders are still functional. Or maybe the great smells from the chicken wing cook off will get you moving just a little faster that last mile when you are dragging. But we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit.... so lets go back to the beginning -
Dakota Harvest, a fantastic local bakery and long time ENDracing partner, is once again stepping up to the plate to be involved - this time serving as a the location for the friday night meeting between solo swimmers and their volunteer kayakers. They will also be providing light refreshments for Darren Miller's talk and the swimmer's awards ceremony on Sunday (11 a.m. at the Fire Hall Theater) - which you'd be foolish to miss - both Darren's talk and Dakota Harvests bittersweet chocolate and sea salt cookies would alone make it worth attending! Amazing Grains, a local and organic foods co-op, is helping us show our appreciation for those volunteers by providing them with gift certificates for SNAG (Saturday Night at Grains) - a themed seven course meal prepared by a rotating group of gifted chefs - which in my opinion is the best dinner in town, hands down. Blue Moose, another local stand-out eatery with one of the nicest views of the river in town (and the biggest deck!) is also coming through with great prizes to be given away. Finally, Happy Harry's has donated growlers of micro-brew for solo swimmers and their volunteers which may be just what they need after 12 hours of swallowing river water (which FYI is awesomely clean!).
Dakota Harvest and the Blue Moose, as well as at the farmers market in the town square) will host a Jumbo map of the river race course with pins in it indicating racer locations (to the nearest checkpoint) and the time they arrived at each. It will be a great way for folks going about their day to keep track of the event as they spend a great saturday morning or afternoon in the downtown Grand Cities.
END-WET also has a few great national sponsors that are sending some gear for us to pass on as prizing - SeasonFive,Hydroflask, and Numa - so fast racers might just walk away with something in addition to a great day on the river and a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
As always, appreciated sponsors are happy sponsors. Lets make sure they know how much they are appreciated. Cheers everyone!