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M22 CHALLENGE

 


INFORMATION

Important notes:
Any question/comment regarding the M22 Challenge, please email [email protected]

Shirt exchange and Awards pickup will be at the Traverse City M22 store only, up to two weeks post event.

Lost and Found will be at the Glen Arbor M22 store only, up to two weeks post event. M22 is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


WHAT

The M22 Challenge is a unique run-bike-paddle event held in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Recognized as "The Most Beautiful Place in America," the overwhelming beauty of the race course and the camaraderie of fellow racers will make this event one you won’t forget! 


WHEN

8am Saturday June 10, 2017 


WHERE

Little Glen Lake Picnic Area. For directions to the event site, please use the following address: 6900 South Dune Highway, Empire, MI 49630-9447


WHO

All are welcome, from first time racers to professional competitors, though the multi-sport event will definitely challenge all athletes. 


HOW MUCH

Registration is $135 which includes entry for one athlete, event shirt, event bag, and use of timing chip. There is no entry fee for spectators (other than National Park requirements), we encourage you to bring friends and family to cheer you on! Sorry but there are no refunds.

 

REGISTRATION & VOLUNTEERING

The event is limited to the first 900 registered participants. 

Visit our registration page for more information on participating and volunteering.

 

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS

If for some reason you are unable to commit to the event after registering, you have the option to transfer your participant number to anyone you choose. Transfers are permitted only from May 1 to May 31, 2017 (this timing window assists the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Service with properly registering names and adhering to safety regulations). 

 

CLICK HERE TO TRANSFER YOUR PARTICIPANT NUMBER

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Login with Confirmation code & date of birth or Newton Timing account
  • Click "Transfer"
  • Follow instructions through the transfer process (must know the email address of person they are transferring to).
  • Participants can send out as many transfer requests as they need to — transfers are first come first serve, so the first person to accept the transfer gets it.

Looking for an open spot to grab or need help finding someone to take your registration? Join our closed M22 Challenge Facebook group to post your opening or look for opportunities as they come. Tip: be quick! It's a first-come, first-serve basis and spots tend to go fast.

  

 


THE COURSE

The M-22 Challenge will begin at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (aka Little Glen Lake Picnic Area) located on the northwest corner of Little Glen Lake at 8:00am.

 

RUN: Athletes will run south down M-109 and into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore “Dune Climb” to face a steep and sandy climb up the dune. The reward at the top is the view! Competitors will then run down the dune and along a groomed trail to M-109. On the road, runners will sprint back to the event site and transition area to complete the 2.5 mile run. Approximately half of the run will take place on pavement.

BIKE: The bike portion is 17 miles around Big and Little Glen Lake.  This course takes competitors through downtown Glen Arbor, along sections of the Crystal River and the famous M22, and of course, a monster climb up Inspiration Point. There will be volunteers at all major intersections, but keep in mind you must follow traffic laws and be aware of cars pulling in and out of driveways. Riders are required to stay as close as possible to the white line on the road, absolutely no crossing of the yellow line. Helmets are mandatory for the biking portion.

PADDLE: Transitioning from a bike to the water, the third and final portion of the event  is by far the most challenging. Participants paddle out and back into Little Glen Lake for 2.5 miles. Athletes are only allowed to use one (1) paddle to hand power their chosen craft (kayak, standup paddle board, anything else you can dream up! ) A two blade paddle is allowed, but in no way can the paddle be fixed to the craft. At the end of the paddle portion, athletes will jump out of their boats and run through the water to the finish line. (Participants need to wear or have a PFD on their craft). 

 

“The best event in the most beautiful place” — Denny Paull

 

START LINE: Run staging will open at 7:50 am in the closed-off portion of M-109. To eliminate potential accidents at the start of the race we ask that all “expert” athletes line-up at the front of the start line with less experienced and beginner athletes lining up towards the back.


WAVE 1: Expert
WAVE 2: 29 & Under
WAVE 3: 30-39
WAVE 4: 40-49
WAVE 5: 50 & Over

FINISH LINE: Athletes will paddle into a kayak/SUP dismount area where competitors will jump out of their boats, run out of the water and sprint a short distance through the finish line. We’ll have volunteers helping move your water craft out of the way and safe for you to pick up later.

 


THE DETAILS

 

PACKET PICK-UP: Check-In times are June 9 from 3-8 pm at the M22 shop in Glen Arbor (6298 W. Western Ave, M22), and June 11 from 6:30-7 am at the Event Site (please check-in on the 10th if at all possible). PLEASE NOTE: M22 Challenge is striving to be a zero waste event and has implemented a “packet-less” pickup process at registration. Please understand that you will not receive a packet full of miscellaneous products from various vendors. In past years we have realized that this process tends to leave the event with excessive items that never end up being used. Instead, you will be handed a reusable M22 bag and will have the opportunity to pick up select items from event sponsors that come to the registration. We hope you understand this “less is more” registration process.

 

COMPETITOR’S MEETING: All competitors are asked to gather at the announcers podium for a mandatory racer meeting at 7:30am.

 

TIMING: The event will be chip timed with mats in three locations: the start line, entrance or exit of the transition area, and the finish line. Click below for instructions on how to use the timing chip on race day:

TIMING CHIP INSTRUCTIONS

 

EQUIPMENT: Athletes are required to supply their own equipment, including bikes (road bikes or mountain bikes), helmets (mandatory), water transportation (kayak/canoe/stand up paddle board/etc), and paddles. Local rental options are listed below. You are encouraged to reserve your rental early due to limited inventory.

EQUIPMENT DROP OFF/STAGING: Event staging takes place on Friday June 9 from 5-8pm and from 6:00-7:00am Saturday June 10 at the event site. Run staging opens at 7:50am. Please, please, please try and drop off your kayak/SUP and bike at the event site during the Friday staging time (June 9 between 5 and 8pm). We have hired a security guard to watch over all equipment for Friday night. The event site space is limited and there will be LOTS of traffic, so for your own peace of mind, we ask you drop your boat off on Friday. You can leave your bike overnight, or ride it from the parking lot to the event site in the morning. You will not be permitted to drop off your kayak/SUP until you have been provided an invasive species wash/review receipt or tag which will be issued by officials at registration or at the Glen Lake Association Boat Wash operation (see below).

 

KAYAK/SUP POWER WASHING: In an effort to safeguard against invasive species, the Glen Lake Invasive Species Control Program is requiring that either: 
A) participants have their kayaks or SUPS and equipment washed and inspected by the Glen Lake Association boat wash station located at the MDNR launch ramp on the northeast side of Little Glen Lake on West Day Forest Rd. or
B) assure with officials at registration that their watercraft and equipment have not been in another body of water for 10 or more days or
C) their watercraft and equipment have been power washed with hot water.
A receipt or tag for your boat will be given to participants upon the completion of the wash, or at registration if an assurance can be made that the boat is invasive species free per A) or B) above. This will allow boats to enter the race event site. For those who can guarantee alternative clean boat compliance B) or C) above tags will be provided at the registration check-in. The boat wash will be open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm on Friday June 10th, and at 6:00 am until 7am the day of the event. NOTE: There will be NO OPPORTUNITY to approve or clean equipment after that time, so do not be late. IF YOU FAIL TO OBTAIN YOUR TAG YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THAT EQUIPMENT IN THE RACE. NO EXCEPTIONS. To prevent transporting invasive species elsewhere, please return to the boat wash station after the race or dry your kayak/SUP for 10 days before putting it into another body of water.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE BOAT WASH STATION (7075 W. DAY FOREST RD.)

 

AWARDS: Awards ceremony will take place immediately following the final finisher and when the results are ready. In past years, all awards were finished by noon. The top three finishers in both the Male & Female Overall Divisions & the Top Three Place Finishers of each age group will receive trophies. We will also recognize the following divisions:

  • SUP Division – At registration you will be asked if you plan to race using an SUP (stand up paddleboard) during the event. If you do, you will automatically be considered for the top 3 overall male/female awards in the all-new SUP division. You will also still be ranked in your age class for the overall event. Please note ONLY top three male and female (no age groups) will be given the SUP awards.
  • King and Queen of the Dune – fastest male and female in running portion.
  • King and Queen of the Road – fastest male and female in biking portion.
  • King and Queen of the Lake – fastest male and female in paddle portion.
  • I Finished the M-22 Challenge

We have been told by many participants that our trophies are pretty nice, in fact, here is what a 2009 and 2010 podium finisher had to say:  "All I want is one of your trophies.  They are the best of any races I’ve ever done." You know you want one.

 

LODGING: Located just miles from the M-22 Challenge race start & finish, spectators and athletes can stay at The Homestead for a discounted rate. Package includes: nightly lodging, in your choice of accommodations, you will also receive a souvenir M-22 logo hat, Mountaineer breakfast each morning from CQ’s Cabin, the resort’s on-site breakfast restaurant for each guest. Rates start at $122 per person per night plus tax, based on double occupancy. Please contact The Homestead at 231-334-5100 or visit www.thehomesteadresort.com. In the Glen Arbor area there are also many vacation homes for rent along with camping options. Check out the Glen Arbor ChamberDH Day CampgroundMaple Lane Resort, or Bear Lake Bed and Breakfast.

 

TRAINING: If you are in the Northern Michigan area, be sure to check out the custom M22 Challenge training program at the YMCA.

 

WEATHER RELATED DELAYS: June in Northern Michigan can bring any type of weather so be prepared for clear blue skies and 85 degrees, or cool rain and fog. The race start will not be delayed for any weather related reason unless there is severe lightening visible in the area, which would most likely pass quickly. Be ready for the start of the race at 8am regardless of rain or fog. If there is a delay it will be in 15 minute increments and announced at the event site, our Facebook page and Instagram.

 

SPECTATORS: THINGS TO DO: Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to cheer you on! There are many great spots to spectate: transition area, finish line, Glen Arbor and of course Inspiration Hill. After the race enjoy the area! Just 15 miles north along the scenic M-22 highway to the Leland Harbor and steps from historic Fishtown, participants as well as their family and friends will find the Leland Wine & Food Festival beginning at noon the same day as the M22 Challenge. 

 

ENTRANCE FEE FOR SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The M22 Challenge takes place within the boundaries of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. For this reason all participants and spectators must have a Park Entrance Pass. For private vehicles, the pass is $15 and covers everyone riding in the vehicle. Motorcycles are $10. Racers and spectators on foot or bicycle are $7.00 per person for anyone 16 years of age or older. All passes are valid for 7-days. An Annual Park Entrance Pass for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also available for $30. Passes can be purchased at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, Dune Climb Entrance Station, or at the M22 Store in Glen Arbor. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BUY YOUR PASS AHEAD OF TIME. For more information about entrance fees, please call the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center at 231-326-4700, ext. 5010.

 


EVENT RULES

Since there is a cut-off for amount of participants in this event, no refunds will be given for any reason. Multiple organizations are involved in the registration process and due to the preparation necessary to operate a smooth event, there will be no refunds or exchanges after your online registration is complete. Photo identification is required when you pick up your race bib and timing chip.  If you use a race bib and timing chip that is not assigned to your name this will result in the results being removed and a lifetime ban of both athletes who took part in the unauthorized transfer. 

We are not responsible for late arrivals and hold the right to refuse any entry after staging/transition area is closed. Bikes and kayaks/SUP’s/etc. must be placed in proper location during the allotted staging time. Please respect the event management and volunteers, profanity will not be tolerated, along with any type of littering. Automatic Disqualification to any athlete that throws any type of refuse on the course at any point. We ask that you please leave clean tracks and put garbage in the designated bins.

For the bike portion, riders are required to stay as close as possible to the white line on the road, absolutely no crossing of the yellow line. Helmets are mandatory for the biking portion. We ask that the more experienced athletes line-up at the front of the pack for the start. NO drafting allowed. Participants need to wear or have a PFD on their craft.

Drafting is not allowed and will result in a time penalty. We request that all athletes follow the detailed “rules of the road” that can be seen at the following link: http://www.triduo.com/articlesPage/draftingrules/drafting.htm

This is enforced to dramatically increase the safety and sportsmanship of all racers. Any athlete race number that is reported more than one time will be penalized 2 minutes from overall race time. There will be people monitoring the course as well as your fellow racers. If you see someone intentionally drafting during the race please report their number to Newton Timing Services or a race director.

 


PARKING

Be prepared for LOTS of traffic and long lines to park the morning of the event. All competitors and spectators are asked to park in downtown Glen Arbor and use provided shuttle service, or park either the “Dune Climb” parking lot, the “North” lot, or the “South” lot – no parking is allowed at the event site or on the side of the road (Park regulations). There will be handicap parking available at the event site.

 

Shuttle service begins at 6am.

 

 

Participants:

  • Participants can park in the overflow “South” lot of the Dune Climb, BUT they must be out of the lot by 12:30pm.
  • Participants can park in the field office “North” lot north of the Dune Climb.
  • Dune lot is open for parking. We ask that you please use the North lot and South lot first.
  • If all parking is full at North, South, and Dune lots, please park downtown Glen Arbor and take the shuttle from the M22 shop or ride your bike. Shuttle service begins at 6am.
  • We encourage those who would like to warm up before the race to park downtown Glen Arbor and ride their bike the 3 miles to the event site.

 

Volunteers:
All volunteers please park anywhere downtown Glen Arbor and take the shuttle from the M22 shop to the event site. 6298 Western Ave. (M22) in Glen Arbor, MI

 

Anyone parking at Little Glen Picnic Area must have a M22 Parking sticker visible in their windshield.  If they don't have a sticker the vehicle will be ticketed and towed.

 

Parking Fees:
Vehicles parked on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore property will need to purchase and entrance pass. Passes can be purchased at the registration check-in at the M22 store in Glen Arbor, or at the National Lakeshore headquarters in Empire, or at the Dune Climb parking area.

 


EQUIPMENT DROP OFF AND STAGING

In order to maintain pedestrian safety at the event site and along M-109, the SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE and the LEELANAU COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT is requiring that no vehicles are allowed to park along M-109 at anytime for any reason. Vehicles parked along M-109 will be ticketed.

During equipment drop-off, vehicles must pull into the designated drop-off area and unload their vehicle and move out to park at an off-site location as soon as possible. Also after the race, participants must use the designated pick-up area to load their equipment. Due to the small event site area, we ask that participants please be prepared to unload and load their equipment as quickly as they can. We will have volunteers available for assistance.

 

 

Please, please, please try and drop off your kayak/SUP and bike at the event site during the Friday staging time. We have hired a security guard to watch over all equipment for Friday night. The event site space is limited and there will be LOTS of traffic, so for your own peace of mind, we ask you drop your boat off on Friday. You can leave your bike overnight, or ride it from the parking lot to the event site in the morning.

 


TRANSITION AREA


RUN COURSE - 2.5 MILES

The event will commence with the running portion. We will once again begin with a shotgun start in the south-bound lane of M-109. Athletes will pass through the starting line and continue into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Competitors will then face an approximately 100 yard climb up the sand dune, bank left around a marker, run a short sprint along the top of the dune, and then make another left for a run down the dune face. Don’t let this portion of the event intimidate you! We have run it plenty of times; it is challenging – but not as difficult as you think.

Once off the dune, a short groomed trail will lead runners back on to M-109 where the running portion concludes with a sprint back to the main event site and into the transition area. Remember, this years King and Queen of the Dune will be won by the first male and first female to complete the entire running portion. So that means you have to be the fastest from the start of the race to the finish of the run.

 

 

RUNNING TIP: To excel at this event, jog trails at the Dunes. If you have access to sand even on a flat surface (such as our beaches in town), use them as training grounds.  Try doing sprint intervals in the sand for short distances of 30, 50 and 100 yards. It would be a good idea to set markers at each distance.  After a thorough warm-up, try 30 yards at full effort then rest until you feel ready to go again. Sprint 50 yards at about 80% effort and then after minimal rest, try 100 yards or more at 60% effort. You want to lean forward slightly while in the sand and take smaller steps.  Lunges, squats and skipping rope are good exercises for leg strength, coordination and development.

 


BIKE COURSE - 17 MILES

Once athletes complete the run portion of the event, they will enter the south end of the transition area to gear up for the 17 mile bike ride. There will be a designated area where competitors can mount their bike and head straight north on M-109. This road makes a sharp right-hand turn and leads into downtown Glen Arbor. Bikers will pass through downtown and local hot spots like Arts Tavern, Totem Shop, M22 Glen Arbor and Crystal River Outfitters and merge onto M-22.

M-22 will take you along the Crystal River up to County Road 675 where riders make another right-hand turn and continue along the eastern edge of Big Glen Lake up to Inspiration Point. The route then follows along the southern edge of Big and Little Glen Lake, merges back onto M-22 briefly, then merges onto Welch Road and then turns onto Harriger and back onto M-109. Bikers then sprint back to the event site and into the transition area to prepare for the paddle course.

 


 

BIKE TIP: Establishing a steady working pace considering the distance is the key to shaving time off the clock. You need to know the course layout to develop a plan if you are in it to win. Many people practice in the off season attending spinning classes or riding at home on their own stationary set up.  The key is to ride flats and hills that are farther and steeper than what the event calls for while maintaining a good pace. Try 20-25 miles at a challenging pace and by race time you can pick up the intensity for the shorter distance. If you are a local, climb Philosophy Hill (Co Rd 675) twice a week for endurance and hill training.

 


PADDLE COURSE - 2.5 MILES

Once athletes finish with the biking portion, they will pass through the staging area, pick up their paddle craft, and launch into the water for a 2.5mile paddle. The course begins by heading directly south to a designated point. Athletes will make a left-hand turn around a buoy and head east. Participants then make a final left-hand turn around the second buoy and head into the final stretch for spectacular views of the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb. About 20 yards from shore, athletes will dismount their kayak or SUP and run through the water into the finish corral and over the finish line. *Note to participants, there are some very shallow spots in this section so be prepared. The bottom is all sand, but will require strategic navigation to excel.

 

 

PADDLE TIP: Balance and coordination lead to efficiency.  If you plan to do the stand- up paddling method, make sure that in addition to getting out on the water that you spend time using other devices to enhance balance. If you are a member of a health club, you can find things like the Bosu balance device, Bongo boards, Indo Boards or anything similar. You have to train the legs and brain in a variety of ways to improve the training effect. With practice, you will improve technique and posture, spend less time clenching your board with your toes and spend more time delivering a powerful paddle stroke.  When you have a strong foundation with the legs, practice keeping your abdominals engaged especially when you start the paddle stroke. You want to try and keep your hips square so you don’t lose power as you follow through. Some exercises for the upper body and core would include dumbbell rows, cable pulls to the chest and performing rotations for the trunk with cables or elastic bands. These exercises would be similar for kayak users with the exception of the leg involvement.

 


WATERCRAFT POWER WASHING

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE BOAT WASHING STATION, 7075 W. Forest Day Rd.

In an effort to safeguard against invasive species, the Glen Lake Invasive Species Control Program is requiring that either: 

A) participants have their kayaks or SUPS and equipment washed and inspected by the Glen Lake Association boat wash station located at the MDNR launch ramp on the northeast side of Little Glen Lake on West Day Forest Rd. or 

B) assure with officials at registration that their watercraft and equipment have not been in another body of water for 10 or more days or 

C) their watercraft and equipment have been power washed with hot water.

The Glen Lake Invasive Species Control Program will have a table set up at registration at the M22 store in Glen Arbor. A receipt or tag for your boat will be given to participants upon the completion of the wash, or at registration if an assurance can be made that the boat is invasive species free per A) or B) above. This will allow boats to enter the race event site. For those who can guarantee alternative clean boat compliance B) or C) above tags will be provided at the registration check-in. The boat wash will be open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm on Friday June 9th, and at 6:00 am until 7am the day of the event. NOTE: There will be NO OPPORTUNITY to approve or clean equipment after that time, so do not be late. IF YOU FAIL TO OBTAIN YOUR TAG YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THAT EQUIPMENT IN THE RACE. NO EXCEPTIONS. To prevent transporting invasive species elsewhere, please return to the boat wash station after the race or dry your kayak/SUP for 10 days before putting it into another body of water.

  • M22 Store address:  6298 W. Western Ave
  • Boat Wash Station address:  7075 W Day Forest Rd.
  • Event Site address:  6900 South Dune Highway