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This Saturday: The First Annual M-22 Challenge

Inaugural multi-discipline event, to take place this weekend on June 20th, 2009 in Glen Arbor, invites spectators and athletes to enjoy the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and compete in the bike-run-paddle challenge.

Traverse City, Michigan June 17th, 2009 –  M-109 near Glen Lake will be closed this Saturday beginning at 8:45am in order for the shot gun start of the 1st Annual M-22 Challenge.  At 9:00am, event participants will cross the start line on M-109 near the event site, Little Glen Lake Picnic Area, on bikes escorted by the Leelanau County Sheriffs Department.  And so begins M-22 Challenge!

After a 17 mile cycle up to Inspiration Point and around picturesque Big and Little Glen Lake, participants will transition to the running event and sprint to the base of the Sleeping Bear Dunes “Dune Climb” to summit the sandy slope.  The male and female participant with the fastest dune climb time will be named the first-ever, “King and Queen of the Dune” and receive granite mounted trophies by TC Mirror. 

At the top of the dune, athletes will catch their breath and take in the view of the National Lakeshore before sprinting down the dune and back to the transition area for the last and most exciting event: The paddle race.

Lined up on the shore of Little Glen Lake, kayaks and stand up paddle-boards will await participants to race out and back on crystal clear Little Glen Lake.  With the finish line in the water built by Sox Construction, it’s an exciting, can’t miss finish.   Awards will take place around12:00pm near national sponsor Red Bull’s tent with trophies for the top athletes and even an “I finished the M-22 Challenge” trophy for the last finisher.

Spectators will be able to witness the entire event from the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area and cheer participants on as they start the weekend in one of Michigan’s most beautiful areas.  Additionally, The National Lakeshore will be offering free parking all weekend. 

Are you up for the Challenge? Registration is still open and kayak rentals are available at the event site.  Don’t let the dune climb scare you away and don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the first ever M-22 Challenge.

Online registration at www.m22challenge.com  will be open until 5pm on Thursday, June 18th.  Or, Register in person from 5-7pm in the downtown Traverse City M-22 Store.  Event check-in is also possible at this time and location.  At check-in participants will receive their race packets, shirts, and a 22% discount on M-22 gear.  Late registration and an alternative check-in takes place 5-9pm on Friday, June 19th at the event site.  Bikes and watercraft may also be dropped off at this time. 

About the M-22 Challenge:
The M-22 Challenge is a multi-discipline event based in beautiful Leelanau County in Northern Michigan designed to challenge athletes against the natural terrain and environmental elements of the area. 
Additional information and course maps are available at www.m22challenge.com.

About M-22:
Founded by kiteboarders in search of epic wind and waves, M-22 was created to express the common passion for Northern Michigan.  M-22 is not just a road; it’s a way of life.  Its bays, beaches and bonfires, dunes and vineyards, cottages, friends and family.  It is the feeling you get when you realize there is no other place you would rather be.

Press Contact:
Stephanie Zalucha, Media Director
stephanie.zalucha@gmail.com
M-22 Challenge
www.m22challenge.com

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