END-TOMBED, ENDracing's final race of the year, took place last weekend in Turtle River State Park. The halloween themed 12 hour mountain bike race drew 75 bikers, over half from outside of Grand Forks, and may have been the biggest bike race in North Dakota this year! The event was fantastic - phenomenal course, great venue (thanks TRSP!), awesome food from Dakota Harvest, tons of awesome prizes, excellent music, and a fun vibe the whole day through.
So we're about nine months old, and I find myself asking this question. Why is Ground UP adventures the real deal? Why are ENDracing's events so gosh darn fun? Well, there are four parts to that answer - experience, passion, support, and love. Our organization not only puts on some great races, but all of the board members are also experienced racers and/or adventurers themselves.
END-AR 24, the "toughest race in North Dakota" made the Fargo news twice last week as they profiled local teams that participated in the event. Two news-casts were aired - one focusing on pre-race planning and one touching base with teams after the grueling race. You can see the pre race race story here and the post race story here.
"I want to thank you for having the vision and energy to bring this sort of adventure to Grand Forks. People like you make this a better community to live in."
--Jim Fairlcloth, Sr. Vice President of Marketing, Alerus financial
Team END-FAST (Extreme North Dakota - Future of Adventure Sports Team) competed this last weekend in the 'toughest race in North Dakota'. The contest proved even more difficult than the race directors anticipated, as dropping river levels and tricky navigation caused the first section of the race to take longer than projected. This meant teams had to negotiate the 15 miles of technical mountain bike trails in the dark, a daunting task for all racers, but especially so for 18-year old END-FAST team member Jacqueline who was mountain biking for the first time ever, and on a borrowed bike.
Andy Magness, Chair of Ground UP adventures, met this week with Randy Lieberg of JLG Architects to discuss thier possible involvement in the proposed boat house project. While it is too early to go into details, the meeting has us very excited about the possibilites and is definitely a positive step forward for the project.
It may have been less than ideal weather for some of the other folks at family fun night, but being adventurers, we at GUP weren't to be daunted. Over 20 groups made their way over to our booth to try their luck at slack-lining and then head out on our 6 point orienteering course. They braved almost constant rain and a littlebit of mud as they made their way through the course on foot to the check points, some of which required a bit of adventurous bushwhacking.
The Ski and Bike shop, Grand Fork's one and only LBS (local bike shop) has generously donated 20 compasses to Ground UP adventures! The compasses will make their debut at the Kids orienteering challenge at family fun night, in Lincoln park on July 26th. Ski and bike will also be providing Ski and bike water bottles as prizes (while supplies last) for intrepid adventurers who are able to "clear the course". See you there!