About The Marji Gesick

Now in our fifth year, the Marji Gesick challenges participants to, as we like to say, “Find your limits. Destroy them.”

We don’t think you can finish in less than 12-hours. Actually we have our doubts you can finish at all. Are you willing to sign the dotted line and take the Danny Hill Challenge? We have a course just itching to break ya.

Ride your bike a lot? That’s cute. We’ve watched a lot of big motors blow up in the first 30-miles. We have rocks up here that will eat your little rocks. Not kidding. Consider yourself a “technical rider”? You will find our definition of riding technical terrain and yours are not the same. On the bright side you’ll get a chance to find out if you enjoy riding in the dark – for hours.

If it sounds miserable that’s because it is. We want it to be. Danny designed the course to break you down and force you to ask yourself – What am I made of? Why am I doing this? Can I go on? And most importantly: How will I feel if I quit? Don’t come here to race. Come here to put yourself up against an experience that will change you. From the edges of failure spring life’s defining moments. We’ll be waiting at finish line to shake your hand and be part of yours.

It’s all about community.

We asked you to #adapt in 2020, and you did. Now we’re asking you to join us and #forge ahead. 2021 is about doing what you do best, making the most of what you have, and getting better every day.

While a lot of races out there are run by for-profit companies, that’s not the case for Marji Gesick, Polar Roll and The Crusher. All of our events are productions of the 906 Adventure Team, a 501(c)3 whose mission is to empower people to become the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure. We don’t have a large staff of people (two, to be exact) or significant overhead, and that enables us to donate a significant portion of race revenues in two ways:

Since 2015, we’ve given back more than $141,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT. We also support youth adventure programs in three communities and have plans for that number to grow in the near future.

In 2021 we’re building a learning management system to train 150+ volunteer Adventure Leaders, and have our eyes on the future: planning to grow from 500 youth served to thousands. Together with your continued support and a network of dedicated partners, we will connect kids with each other, their communities, and give them a healthy alternative to time spent on devices.

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