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5K Obstacle Race Bringing Adventure to Lansing Area

5K Obstacle Race Bringing Adventure to Lansing Area

By Stefanie Pohl. CREATED Jun 11, 2012

You may have heard of other extreme obstacle races out there, and there's no doubt you saw someone you know post pictures of Tough Mudder on Facebook last month.

Yet nothing will be quite like Rock the World, a 5K trail obstacle race planned to be held at Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge on the weekend of June 30th/July 1st.

Rock the World will feature a dozen unique obstacles designed after world landmarks - as Executive Director Matt Dykstra explains, no other races have gone with a theme in their planning and execution.

"We got into these world landmarks. The first thought was the Eiffel Tower - a cargo net tower sloped up. That's going to be 14-feet-tall. Then we started to develop ideas of what else we could do."

The world landmark obstacle theme is what led to Matt and his wife Leesa calling their race Rock the World.

Another landmark, the Great Wall of China, plays against the typical use of a wall obstacle in similar races.

"This one's a little different - you actually have to climb into the wall. There will be mud inside of there to trudge through, and it'll be a 40-45 foot-long wall. You don't climb over the Great Wall - you walk through it," he explains.

Ultimately, what Matt says sets Rock the World apart from other races is the sense of adventure. The race will take advantage of the trails at Fitzgerald Park, and play on the world landmark theme with unique obstacles fashioned after the Oregon Trail, the Great Pyramid, and the Statue of Liberty.

But Rock the World isn't only for extreme athletes looking to have an adventure and get caked in mud - it's for the whole family to enjoy a day out. The obstacles are designed so that anyone, of any fitness level, can cross the finish line.

"We want to encourage families to get active together. Local bands will be on-stage all day keeping the party going. Food vendors and a beer tent will also be available to refuel after the race. We want everyone to come out, do something positive, and have a great time," Matt says.

Music acts include local favorites Starfarm and Global Village, who will headline on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Participants in Rock the World must be 14 years old by race day, and anyone under 18 will need a parent to sign a waiver form at check-in. Younger kids will also be able to get in on their own adventures, with a climbing wall, slip-and-slide, and inflatable obstacle course.

And speaking of slip-and-slides, Rock the World will also be staging a World Record Attempt on June 30th following the race. The attempt will be for "the longest distance traveled on a slip-and-slide in one hour". 430 people will be needed to participate.

Most importantly, Rock the World has partnered with two local charity organizations in the Lansing area: Ele's Place, a healing center for grieving children, and Medals4Mettle, a non-profit that gifts individuals fighting debilitating illnesses with medals donated by marathon, half marathon, and triathalon runners. Rock the World is collaborating with Sparrow Hospital to distribute medals in the local community.

Registration is currently $72, which includes a runner's bag with moisture-wicking shirt, finisher's medal, access to vendor coupons and more. Prizes will be drawn during both days of the race, and trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age group, group ages 14 and up. The best costume will take home a prize as well.



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