Parks Board Boat House Meeting

The "Boat House" project is going to be discussed at the next Parks Board meeting on December 4th.  The meeting is open to the public and we encourage attendance by anyone and everyone - particularly those who are enthusiastic supporters of what we're trying to accomplish.  We will be presenting a 'business plan' for the boat house which will detail our proposed management arrangement and discuss options for cost sharing, revenue streams, etc.

New Talent

We've just recieved word that two Bemidjii area youth, Christian (age 11) and Daven (age 16) have registred in the Zombie Male category for END-TOMBED!  For those of you that don't realize the significance of this action - these youth have committed themselves to riding as many 10+ mile laps around the epic course out at Turtle River State Park as they can in 12 hours!  And not only would that be something to talk about in and of itself, but the HIGH temperature on race day (Oct 27th) isn't expected to reach 35.  Kids are awesome.  

Youth Teams to Challenge END-TOMBED

Jesse Schurman, a 16 year old from Walhalla, ND, will be one of a group of youth racers heading down to Arvilla (just outside of Grand Forks) next weekend to take on Extreme North Dakota Racing's final event of the year, END-TOMBED.  The event  pits solo riders or relay teams against a 10 mile looped mountain bike course that weaves its way through Turtle River State Park.

Adventure Racing, Family Style!

END-FAR - Extreme North Dakota's Family Adventure Race - is almost here!  The race takes place on Sunday, October 7th in and around Lincoln Park (in Grand Forks, ND) from 1-3 pm.  Race day registration will be available starting at noon at the warming house.  The race is open to families (parent's racing with their kids) or 'kid only' teams (youth racers between the age of 11 and 16).  The event involves using map and compass navigation to locate as many 'checkpoints' as possible over 2 hours.  There are also a couple of 'mystery challenges' to break up all the running, biking, and paddling

Walhalla Youth Attempt State's Toughest Race

Hunter Soli (17) and Jesse Schurman (16) were part of a four man team that attempted to complete Extreme North Dakota's END-AR 24, a 24 hour adventure race, on August 25th and 26th.  Adventure racing requires team work and plenty of endurance as teams navigate their way using map and compass to a series of checkpoints on a course that remains a mystery until race day.  The pair were plunging in the deep end with END-AR 24 - an event covered over 50 miles of rugged and remote terrain in the Pembina Gorge region and took most tea

16 year old challenges END-WET

16 year old Braydon Love from Jamestown was the youngest swimmer to take on the mighty Red River of the North during the inaugual Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test (END-WET).  The event was put on by ENDracing, Ground UP's partner organization, and pitted boaters, stand up paddle boarders, and, yes, swimmers against 27 miles of river.  Starting in East Grand Forks, MN, and finishing in Oslo, MN, Braydon and his team-mate Ben Smith, swapped miles as they raced for victory in the relay team category.

We're official!

Jim Grijalva, Vice Chairman, recieved a letter from the IRS yesterday that begins 

We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.....

Woo hoo!  It was an interesting experience in patience and the specificity of language, but we made it.  Now we can get serious - so stay tuned!