Family and Youth Adventure Race Set Sunday September 25th 1- 3 pm

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Multi Sport race including boating, biking, running and orienteering- start at Lincoln Drive Park, Grand Forks, ND. Prizes for top finishers.

Two categories  
Family teams - kids from ages 0-16 can come race on a family team (kids and grownups) Kids 6-16 are $15.00; Kids 3-5 $5.00, Parents and kids under 3 race free. 
Youth team - just kids ages 10-16. Entry is $15 per kid.

Day of the race- kids are 6-16 $20.00 and kids; 3-5 $10.00; under 5 $5.00

You supply the bike and helmet we supply the rest.


GUP to hold two paddle events in July

Ground UP Adventures is hosting two paddling events in mid-July.

The first event is an introduction to kayak paddling skills, open to all ages.  This course starts at 3pm on Saturday, July 16 at the Boathouse in Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks, ND. The cost is $10 for boat rental, and $5 for adults--speaking to GUP's mission to get young people outdoors and active, instruction for youth under 18 is FREE! (But they need to rent a boat and be accompanied by an adult.)  We can take a total of 14 paddlers for this 90 minute course.

The second event is YOUTH-ONLY, open to ages 10-17, and is a 3-hour float trip down the Red Lake River just south of East Grand Forks, MN.  We'll meet at the Boathouse in Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks, ND at 1pm on Sunday, July 17 to get set up, and then we will drive together to the river put-in and start paddling around 2pm.  Parents/guardians will need to provide transportation to the river put-in, and pick up their kids at the take-out (the motor boat ramp near the Zavoral Park entrance off the Point Bridge).  We expect to paddle from approximately 2pm-5pm.  Participants will have the option to try all four styles of GUP craft--canoes, single kayaks, double kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. Participants will learn basic paddling skills for all craft, and river safety.  The trip will include a drink and snack.  Cost is $30 per participant.  We can take a total of 18 paddlers for this course.

Reserve your spot for both events by emailing the names and ages of participants to  Payment and Waivers will be made at the Boathouse at the start of the events.

Ground UP Adventures' Youth Team Runs END-SPAR

Ground Up Adventures'  Emmett Sum (12) and Carmen Grijalva (14) ran as the only youth team in the ENDracing's Spring Adventure Race, the race included running/trekking, mountain biking (including single-track), packrafting, and map and compass navigation. The youth team (we like to call them Guppies) came in just under the hard cutoff of 6:30 hours.  They ran with no adult team members, but were significantly assisted by long-time GUP supporter Jason Schaefer and his two teammates.  It was a great effort by both the youngsters.  Also, GUP-honed adventurer Megan Peck (14), joined the Canadian version of the super hot YogaSlackers team, and smoked the course.  Great GUP successes.  

Winter Break -Adventure Camp

Not sure what to do with the kids during the February school break? How about taking advantage of North Dakota's greatest resource-the winter! Two day Winter Adventure (day) Camp- campers meet at Lincoln Drive Park at 8:15 am returning at 5:00 pm (on both days) and are taken by bus to Turtle River for a day of winter survival, snow fort building, sledding, xcountry skiing, snow shoeing, winter tracks for ages 10-14 year olds, $65.00 total for both days (food and gear included). Spaces are limited. Contact: Photo by Wes Peck (at ENDSURE). Sign up here: