FAQ
Why can't my 16-year-old ride the N24HC?

It’s not that we don’t want to encourage young riders – we’re going to need them in the future!

Michigan courts have ruled that NO release of liability can be upheld for a person under 18, the age of majority.
The young person can’t sign, nor his/her parents, nor us.

With no release, we’re liable for anything that might happen to that rider.

Despite our best efforts, there are plenty of awful possibilities in 24 hours, on open roads, and all through the night.

We just can’t take that risk. Please keep riding and join us when you’re 18.

What charity does N24HC support?

In a word, none. N24HC is a 501(c)(4) Michigan nonprofit corporation (“… devoted exclusively to … recreational purposes …”).

All the corporate officers, organizers, and volunteers are unpaid.

Major expenses include use of the school facilities, Sheriff’s Reserve officers, emergency medical coverage, and insurance.

Donations are not tax-deductible, and we do not seek donations, preferring to operate on registration fees.

The whole idea is that N24HC is an athletic event, and our focus is on the best possible rider experience.

When does registration open?

Registration opens January 1st at 12:01 Eastern time each year.

Why can't I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed on Thornapple-Kellogg school grounds, per school rules.

Please help us continue to be able to use the amazing facilities at TKMS by leaving your pet at home.

Why can't I use headphones?

Simply put, if you have headphones on, you can’t hear as well as you need to.

Between cars and other riders, you need to be able to hear what’s going on. If your ears are covered, that’s harder to do.

Do I have to have a crew?

Nope – some riders do choose to go without a crew.

There is limited support at the checkpoints, and few stores around Loop 1, so please be prepared if you’re going it alone.

And, new for 2019, we will be offering neutral support – please see page 5 of the registration packet

Do I have to ride all night?

You don’t have to ride all night.

Whether your goal is a century, 12-hour best, an N24HC record, or anywhere in between, you’re welcome to take part in the event!

(If you do choose to ride at night, you need to ride both Loop 1 and Loop 2 at a 12.5 mph average in order to be eligible to ride the nighttime loop. And you need to have lights, of course.)