Which schools offer Endurance Adventure?
Currently Endurance Adventure is available in three schools in Muskegon County: Reeths-Puffer, Grand Haven and Shelby. We want Endurance Adventure in every school! All you need to offer Endurance Adventure to your middle school students is volunteers with a love of the outdoors and a willingness to mentor middle school aged kids.
How do I get Endurance Adventure into my school district?
The best way to get started is to gather a group of volunteers to manage the program. Step 1: You need a volunteer to be your school's EA coordinator. Step 2: Find coaching volunteers. Step 3: Register students! To help you get started and organized contact Matt Vander Sys via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 231-557-6454
Who can join Endurance Adventure?
Any school looking for an after school program aimed at getting kids active can host an Endurance Adventure program. Endurance Adventure is targeted to middle school aged students between 5th and 8th grade.
What if I'm a beginner biker or I can't swim?
No previous experience is required. If you do not own a bike one will be provided and there is a mountain bike clinic prior to the event. If you cannot swim, don’t get freaked out, it is our policy to assume no one knows how to swim. Lifeguards, shadows, and volunteers will monitor swim sections. And all swimmers, ALL SWIMMERS, are required to wear a life jacket during the swim.
What does it cost to join Endurance Adventure?
Currently we charge $150 to the school to host a program and $40 for each participating student. But we also host fundraisers and take donations to help provide scholarships and equipment to kids who need a little help.
What kind of gear or equipment do I need to join?
Gear requirements change from year to year because our courses change from year to year. You will need: a mountain bike, a bike helmet, change of clothes (you will get muddy and wet), comfortable shoes, a sense of adventure and don’t forget your wiliness to work with others.
Where does Endurance Adventure practice? Where are the events held?
Endurance Adventure starts right after Spring break. Students meet twice a week after school for fun and conditioning. At the end of the eight weeks there is a 2 hour adventure style race held at Camp Pendalouan.
"Each year brings a unique challenge, environment, obstacle or personality. The victory is in overcoming it."
Can a mother, father, or family member race with an Endurance Adventure team?
No. EA teams this year are on their own and will be required to strategize and navigate by themselves. EA staff and volunteers will be along the course ensuring all students are complying with the rules and are safe. If there is team we feel needs a volunteer we will assign a volunteer to that team.
Will bikes be available?
Yes and no. A limited number of bikes will be available on a first come first serve basis to EA teams only. No bikes will available to non-EA divisions.
We have four people can we be on the same team?
No. You can each register as two/ two person teams and travel together.
My son or daughter is participating in EA but will be unable to make the end of program event, can he/she still get their finisher medal? No. Must be present and participate to receive the much coveted medal.
Is there a family discount?
No. We feel $20 is cheap.
Will we be ranked?
Yes. EA teams are their own division and will be ranked separately. All other divisions will be ranked both overall and by division.
What do we win?
The praise and admiration of your friends and family. There are no awards to teams not participating in the EA division. However; we may give top finishers free entry into next year’s race. Participants will receive either a race shirt of some other sort of cool gift.
Do non-EA divisions start the same time as EA teams?
No. EA teams will start first (usually 9 am), non-EA teams will start approximately 2 hours later (around 10 am).