Big race, big technology will be in Grand Ledge on Sept. 22

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By Jake Bross
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer

Grand Adventure Race kayak route

Grand Adventure Race kayak route

GRAND LEDGE—The Second Annual Grand Adventure Race, slated for Sept. 22, is becoming more of a reality as the Grand Ledge Parks and Recreation Commission gather final details for the event.

Essentially a triathlon, the Grand Adventure Race begins and ends at Jaycee Park in Grand Ledge.  It includes a two-mile kayak paddle on the Grand River, an 11.5-mile bike race and finally, a 5K run.  The proceeds for the race go to Grand Ledge Parks.

The Parks and Recreation Commission recently recommended that the city pay Timing Service, a company that handles statistics and results, for $4 per applicant and $1,400 minimum for mileage and hotel costs for the company’s employees.  This does not include a $20 Velcro tag price per applicant that the athletes place around their ankle to help with timing.

Grand Adventure Race bike route

Grand Adventure Race bike route

The motion to present the information to City Council was unanimously approved.

Grand Ledge resident Terry Van Dorn told commissioners that his company, Risk Management, will “assist on all of [the Parks and Recreation Board Commission’s] ventures.”

These ventures provided by Van Dorn include insurance for special events, especially the Grand Adventure Race.  They also include racer/non-participant injuries and workman comp coverage.

Separately, the Parks and Recreation Commission recommended that a new software be used.  This software, RecDesk, helps small Parks and Recreation Departments automate their Program and Activities Management—essentially the running of the department—for a yearly fee of $2,500.

Grand Adventure Race running route

Grand Adventure Race running route

For a 30-day free trial and $2,500 for its annual maintenance and support fee after the trial is over, the software would help organize and manage Grand Ledge Parks and Recreation, according to City Treasurer Chuck Remenar.

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