Thornapple Kellogg Middle School
5:30p-9:00p Number Pickup
6:00a-7:30a Late Number Pick-up
8:00am sharp START of the 24 hr challenge
8:00am sharp FINISH of the 24 hr challenge
8:15a Free Breakfast for riders
(courtesy of Caledonia McDonald's)
8:30a Drawing for Door Prizes
9:00a Awards Ceremony
The event begins at 8:00 am on Saturday. A bagpipe band gets riders off to a thrilling start! Participants begin on loop of 120 rolling to hilly miles, a scenic route through Barry County which has three outlying Checkpoints. After the riders depart, their crews leave on an alternate route to meet their riders at the various Checkpoints. Then, the only sounds at Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School are from the Amateur Radio Communications Group, using a radios to keep contact with the lead car, the checkpoints and the two broom wagons.
After returning in the afternoon, the bicyclists cycle a 24 mile rolling loop that goes through the Yankee Springs Recreation area. From evening to 8:00 am Sunday morning, they will ride an 7.5 mile fairly flat night loop beginning and ending at the Middle School. All Checkpoints are well stocked with quality fruit from Family Fare Supermarkets. When the riding is done at 8:00 AM, riders and their crews are treated to breakfast provided by McDonald's of Caledonia.
Our award ceremony begins at 8:30 am with door prizes from our sponsors. Medals are awarded and the traditional Siegel Silver bowls are presented to the top mileage male and female rider.
While we often hear "I'll never do that again", most riders soon begin planning how they can improve on their Personal Best next year!