"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
On May 3rd, 2014, bring the kids to the Assiniboine Forest and get ready to spend two hours trekking and biking (and maybe paddling...) while trying to find checkpoints with a map and compass. This is a Family Adventure Race, which means the focus is on everyone getting involved. The best part? Adults and kids under six race free. If you haven't done any of our previous races, check out the END-FAR page, which has links to photos, video, and some information from our past races.
Why Winnipeg? Well, we thought we'd let them in on some of the fun we've been having in Grand Forks for the last few years. The race is being directed by our Canadian friends John and Tara, who promise that even Americans will be able to find their way around. Right guys?
The GUP climbing team headed up to Winnipeg's Vertical Adventures climbing gym last weekend to take part in their annual climbing competition. Despite super challenging routes and the biggest youth field in the competition's history, the GUP girls managed to place 1, 2 and 3! The GUP boys didn't manage to reach the top spots but in fairness there were only two of them, they are 10, and their competition half a dozen teenagers twice their size! More important than the results though is the teamwork and determination that they displayed, and the personal challenges they all faced and overcame (self-doubt, uncertainty, frustration, etc). We are so proud of our team! Pictures from the event can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/endracing/sets/72157637557627883/.
Ground UP adventures third family adventure race took place last weekend despite high temperatures around 40 degrees, 20 mph winds, and constant rain. 12 family teams and 4 youth teams braved the weather to tackle the challenging and very muddy terrain. It was good "adventure racing weather" according to organizers, who also commented - "if families can play outside together in this weather, they can play outside in anything!" WDAZ covered the event as part of their weekly GR8 outdoors feature. You can see the broadcast HERE. A big congratulation to all the intrepid adventurers that attended the event!
Members of Ground UP adventures youth racing team, END-FAST, led by Canadian Reid Nelson (age 17) are set to challenge ENDracing's END-AR24, the midwest regional championship race in the North American Adventure Race Series on August 24th and 25th. The event marks the first time a youth team will attempt to compete in such a challenging race, unassisted by adults. Other members of the team include Rosa Grijalva (age 15) and Elizabeth Carr (age 16). The race is made possilbe by a generous donation by Delorme, who is providing the team with an inReach 2 way satellite communication device that will allow the team to send text messages about their position and condition to race organizers (and more importantly their parents!) from deep in the Pembina Gorge, an area that encompasses the largest uninterrupted block of woodlands in North Dakota, and the longest segment of unaltered river valley in the state. And it's a good thing because although there is no reliable cell service in the region, there is plenty of potential danger - steep and difficult terrain, a swift rivers, and 'large' wildlife including moose, cougars, and bears. You will be able to follow the team live on ENDracing's Facebook page or on Twitter at http://bit.ly/endar24.
I just received word that out of 31 applications for the State of North Dakota Tourism Expansion Grant, the Red River Boat House Project was number 1! What that means is that we've now got 24K of committed funding for the project. That's enough to buy two containers and pay for the modification of one of them, and possibly do some site development. Add to that a potential fundraiser by Cabelas for the dock and hopefull involvement from a few other awesome local businesses and we're finally getting somewhere!!! So excited!