By Jake Bross
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
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.
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.
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.