Registration opens some time in January, 2013 – stay tuned . . .
The Extreme North Dakota Bike, Orienteering and Boat Race (END-BOB) is a new event this year. It combines a couple of hours of biking with a couple of hours of 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.
The race will be held on the Grand Forks Greenway and some country roads south of Grand Forks, and on the Red River. Current plans have the start and finish in Lincoln 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: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Start and End Location: Lincoln Park, Grand Forks
Cap: Race will be limited to 30 paying teams.
Registration fee: $25 per person
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!
Biking: The bike course will be mostly on dirt and grassy trails. A small amount will be on paved bike trail and on gravel roads. You are welcome to use any bike you wish but skinny tires may not be the best idea!
Boating: After biking south, participants will boat back to town. 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!
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.
Equipment: You must provide your own boating equipment (including life vests), bikes, and navigation equipment. You will drop off your boats at the launch point prior to race start. Race organizers will bring your bikes back to the race finish -- if you trust us to move your bikes.
Any profits from this event will be used to support the Grand Forks boathouse project currently being negotiated by Ground UP Advntures.