Night Adventure Race at Grace College
Metzger Outdoors, KCV Cycling Club, and the Grace College Student Veteran Organization are partnering to host “Nocturnal II: Military Edition.” This event includes three different races throughout the afternoon and into the evening on October 22. Nocturnal II is Metzger Outdoors’ fifth adventure race. Past races have drawn over 150 participants from as far away as Arizona. Earlier this year, Metzger Outdoors put on an adventure race called “Destination: Unknown,” which raised over $10,000 for a Grace scholarship. The proceeds from Nocturnal II will go to the Grace Military Fund to assist Grace students who are veterans or military dependents.
Nocturnal II includes a 10-Mile Mountain Bike Trail Race starting at 4 p.m. Within this race are three divisions: Expert, Sport, and Beginner. Following the Mountain Bike Trail Race, a 5K Evening Trail Race will start at 6 p.m., with divisions broken down by gender and age group. Finally, for the truly adventurous, the Ridiculous Race will start at 7:30 p.m. and is completely in the dark. Racers are encouraged to compete in teams, and each team needs one bike.
Prizes will be given for best costume (bikers and runners), coolest bike, and 1st place for each race. Anyone who finishes all three races will be entered to win a cash prize of $500. Early registration is through Oct. 15 and is $15/person per race or all three races for $35. Late Registration, until race day, is $20/person per race or all three races for $50. In honor of all veterans, there is a military discount of $5 off the total registration fee for reserve, active duty, or retired Military. Registration is online at www.grace.edu/nocturnal.
Immediately following the Ridiculous Race, there will be a night bike parade through Winona Lake, and all the racers will get to be a part of a surprise act of kindness. A bonfire and cookout will also take place at Miller Field on the Grace campus.
A U.S. Marine will be at Nocturnal II collecting for Toys for Tots. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
For more information on Nocturnal II: Military Edition, and to register for the event, please visit www.grace.edu/nocturnal.