Extreme North Dakota Adventure Race (END-AR)

Saturday, April 22 2017, Grand Forks, ND

We're doubling up in 2017! On this date you get a choice of END-SPAR (6 hours) or END-AR (12 hours).

END-AR 36-hour in 2014, western North Dakota

Race Summary:  END-AR is hands down the hardest race in the state of North Dakota. It is an extreme challenge of teamwork that involved biking, trekking, and paddling through (some years) some of the most difficult terrain in the entire state for up to a full day. Many races like to tout themselves as hard but don't deliver.  As racers ourselves, we hate that.  As race directors, we never want to be 'that guy'. That said, a good race isn't just comprised of insanely difficult obstacles or ungodly distances - at the end of the day it needs to be both a memorable and rewarding experience for the racers, whether they finish or not. And of course, it needs to be tons of fun (although the types of fun may vary between participants). So that is our goal in putting on this event. It won't be for everyone. It will be tough.  

Date: Saturday, April 22 2017
Duration: 12 hour soft cutoff.
Cap: Race will be limited to 40 paying teams over all categories.
  Through Feb 28 Mar 1-Race Day
Team of 2 $180 $210
Team of 3 $270 $315
Team of  $360 $420

Youth (17 and under) save $10.
Refund Policy

Location: Start and finish in downtown Grand Forks, but who knows where you'll end up in between.
Entry Includes:  One heck of a course, t-shirt, bragging rights, prize pool, and more TBD.
Categories: 3/4 person coed (premiere), 3/4 person all same sex (open), 2 person open, 2 person coed. 
Schedule: TBD. Start in the morning, finish in the evening. (Sunrise 6:25, sunset 8:29)
Disciplines: All three main AR disciplines (trekking, biking, and paddling) will be well represented.
Gear List: gear list (updated 2017-04-18). FAQs are here. Race email supercedes anything on the website.
Format: The race will have a format that allows both novice and experienced teams to challenge the same course. There will time cut offs at certain CPs throughout  the course. Teams arriving ahead of the cutoff will be allowed to pursue optional points, adding distance and difficulty to the race. Teams missing the cutoffs will need to proceed along the mandatory course.  Experienced teams gunning for the podium will need to visit all the optional CPs (or try to!). Newer teams just hoping to complete the "toughest race in North Dakota" will just need to clear the mandatory sections of the course (which will still be plenty challenging).
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 are ranked based on score.  Teams with the same score are ranked based on finish time.

More Details: Updates provided via prerace email and course book (coming this summer). 

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Past Races
Year Racers Results Photos Videos Race Reports Press
2017-04-22 (12 hours)            
2014 (36 hours)   Results Photos Tara Race DescriptionNYARARev3ENDracing1  
2013 (24 hours)   Results Photos Tara Race Description  
2012 (24 hours)   Results Photos Video Race Description  
2011 (24 hours)   Results Photos overviewCH1CH2CH3 Race Description  
2010 (9 hours)   Results Set 1Set 2 onetwo Race Description  
2009 (9 hours)   Results Photos      
2007 (12 hours)         ???  


Profits from this event--and all ENDracing events--will help support Ground Up Adventures, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based on North Dakota dedicated to helping kids get as much adventure as we wished we had growing up.