Extreme North Dakota Racing, or ENDracing for short is now in its fifth year of putting on crazy, fun, and sometimes really really hard athletic events right here in this great state of ours. 2013 will involve a dozen events including family friendly adventure races, a marathon swim, a 24 hour adventure race (the hardest race in North Dakota), and halloween themed mountain bike/trail running. But ENDracing doesn’t wait until the snow melts to give you a reason to train – we’re starting things off right in the middle of deep winter with the BeMobile Iceman Triathlon, coming your way on Feb. 23rd.
Co-organized by ENDracing and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, the race is a standard winter triathlon – classic cross country skiing, biking, and running – with a couple of fun and adventurous twists. To begin with some portion of each leg will take racers ‘off the beaten track’. And to end with? Well, we’ve added a final fourth leg – sledding – to make sure that no matter how tired participants might be approaching the finish, they’ll finish smiling.
The event is head-quartered at the Lincoln Park warming house and the course showcases stunningly beautiful terrain within the Greenway that even local Grand Cities Residents might be surprised to discover in existence. A heated finish line tent, fabulous post race grub courtesy of the artisan chefs at Dakota Harvest Bakery, a great Iceman Buff for all racers, and awesome prizes of great cold weather gear you might actually use from Due North by Surefoot and Talus Outdoor Technologies further make the event one of the best values you’ll ever find.
Participants can choose between the challenge of racing as a “Yeti” or “Yetiess” (solo) or as part of a relay team. Relay team racers each only complete one leg of the race but rejoin after the run leg for some exciting ‘team sledding’. Each leg is short enough (3 mile ski, 7.5 mile bike, 3 mile run) that the relay category helps make the race more accessible for recreational athletes or those just looking for a bit less of a hardcore experience.
The event attracts racers from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, and southern Manitoba. It is generously supported by many local businesses and organizations including BeMobile Verizon Wireless, Due North by Surefoot, Dakota Harvest Bakery, the Ski and Bike shop, Greater Grand Forks Special Events, and The Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. Proceeds from the event support Ground UP adventures, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing adventure based activities to the regions youth.
For more information about the event or to register, go to www.endracing.com/end-it.