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Published April 28, 2012, 05:02 PM

Racers in Grand Forks aren't Afraid of getting Dirty

TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - It's a six-hour extreme race that tests peoples' strength, endurance and sense of direction and it's called the North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

TURTLE RIVER STATE PARK (WDAZ-TV) - It's a six-hour extreme race that tests peoples' strength, endurance and sense of direction and it's called the North Dakota Spring Primer Adventure Race.

The race attracts people who are willing to get down and dirty while competing.

Forget those clearly marked roads on a typical 5K run. Well, just forget roads in general.

The six-hour event requires racers to run through woods, cross swamps and use maps to figure out where to go next.

"Biggest worry for me is orienteering, just making sure we don't get lost for an hour or two. In a race like this, if you get lost, you get lost for 45 minutes to an hour, so that would be a bad thing," Fargo racer Grant Mehring said.

Mehring and his team from Fargo say it's all about pushing yourself to the limit but staying on track.

"It's a weekend warrior type thing," Mehring said.

"An opportunity to test yourself physically and a little mentally," racer and Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

It's trails and hills that racers have to climb up to get to those checkpoints to prove they've been to every location.

"Do we stay on the trail? Do we cut down the river? And if you choose wrong, you waste time and you waste energy," professional racer Jason Magness said.

Magness and his team are professionals when it comes to racing. They just finished a ten-day race and call one like this a sprint.

"It's a fantastic event on just communication and teamwork and you find that so often you can push beyond what you thought possible," Magness said.

For most racers this is the biggest event of their day. But some have their eyes on another event and really are sprinting to that finish line.

"The cut off's at 3:30. We're gonna get her to her hair appointment by 4 She's gonna get her all dressed and done up and ready for prom!" a racer said of his daughter.

It's not about finishing first, but just crossing the line before time runs out.

"No matter where you finish in the lineup, you're doing well," Vettel said.

"Time management, teamwork and having the staying power for a six-hour race," Magness said.

35 teams from around the country participated in Saturday's race.

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