All about the challenge!

April 2022

Everything you need to know about the National 24 Hour Challenge!


The Challenge is Moving! (but only a few hundred feet)
Registration Closes at 6:00 p.m. EDT on June 17
Teams Deadline May 31!
Rules You Must Know
Calling All Volunteers!
Questions, Comments, Suggestions

The Challenge is Moving!

We received a call from Thornapple-Kellogg School District officials the last week of March letting us know that construction on Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School was going to start the day school ends on June 2nd. This means that we will be unable to use Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School as our headquarters for the National 24 Hour Challenge this year.

Our headquarters for the 2022 National 24 Hour Challenge will now be Thornapple-Kellogg High School, which is located about 1,500 feet to the east of Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School. For those of you who want to see these buildings on a map:,-85.4911523,1063m/data=!3m1!1e3

At the high school we will still have all the amenities that we had at the middle school – restrooms, lockers rooms with showers, a gym for people who want to sleep indoors, and a cafeteria for food and the awards ceremony. You will also be able to camp on the grounds of Thornapple-Kellogg High School and Page Elementary located just south of the high school.

However, some things will change. We will be unable to use the service drive into and out of Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School, so the checkpoint location will now be at the high school. The Day Loop and Night Loop will be shorter because we will not be using the service drive. The 2022 National 24 Hour Challenge will start from the Thornapple-Kellogg High School parking lot.

We will be finalizing these details in the next couple of weeks and will be releasing new maps and information for where you will find everything this year as soon as we can.

Registration closes at 6:00 p.m. EDT on June 17

Registration closes at 6:00 p.m. EDT on June 17.

If you haven’t registered, you might want to do so on or before May 31st as the registration fee goes up on June 1st.

Register at:

Teams Deadline May 31st!

Do you want one of these medals? Of course you do! A National 24 Hour Challenge team consists of five riders and may include any combination of upright, recumbent, recumbent trike, tandem, handcycle or Elliptigo bicycles. All five riders must be registered individually as National 24 Hour Challenge participants.

All five riders must start the event at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. At least four of the five team riders must have completed the Day Loop at least 2 times (approximately 100 miles) by 9:00 p.m. Saturday to be eligible for team scoring.

The team mileage will be the combined mileage of the 4 team riders who have ridden the farthest as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday. The team with the highest team mileage will receive an award at the awards ceremony Sunday morning.

How to Register Your Team:

Be sure all five riders on your team have registered individually for the National 24 Hour Challenge.
The team captain must send an email to with the following information: your team name (no more than 3 words) and the names of all five riders on your team. You will receive a confirmation email from the National 24 Hour Challenge registrar confirming your team registration.

Please note that you cannot participate in another group category like Father/Son, Sibling/Sibling, Family, etc. and also participate on a team.

Get busy the deadline is May 31, 2022. There is no additional cost for the teams category.


You can find a listing of all of the rules for the National 24 Hour Challenge on our website, but to save you some time, here are the rules you absolutely must know before you come to the event. Please read and heed the rules:

NO PETS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS. No exceptions due to school policies and restrictions. If you bring a pet, you will be asked to leave the school grounds.

MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE. All riders are subject to the Michigan Vehicle Code which includes but is not limited to: riders may not ride more than two (2) abreast, riders may not ride to the left of the center line of the road, and riders must obey stop signs and traffic lights.

CHECK-IN. All riders must personally check-in to event organizers no later than 7:30 a.m. the morning of the event.

HEADLIGHT AND TAILLIGHT. Bicycles must be equipped with a constant burning white headlight and constant burning red taillight visible from a distance of 500 feet. The headlight and taillight must be affixed to the bicycle. The headlight and taillight must not blink.

If you have questions about any of our rules, please let us know. We will go over the rules at the rider meeting on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Thornapple-Kellogg High School gymnasium.

Calling All Volunteers

You know who you are! Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the National 24 Hour Challenge! We are still looking to fill a couple spots, so please sign up today at:

If you have questions or want more information about volunteering, call (616) 953-0234 or email

Thank you volunteers – you make the National 24 Hour Challenge happen!

questions, comments, suggestions

On behalf of our board of directors and over 100 volunteers, we are looking forward to having you join us and several hundred of your cycling friends on June 18-19! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please call or shoot me an email at or call (616) 953-0234.

Stay in touch on Instagram and Facebook, and look for our next issue of All About the Challenge on May 27th!

Gary Goscenski, Executive Director