2019 Marji Gesick Out&Back – Cliff Notes
213 Miles – 38 Hours
“Four years ago, Marvin Wanders and I did the Marji Gesick race for the first time. We have done it every year since and this year we had a bunch of other friends sign up to do either the 17-mile, 50-mile or 100-mile versions. It’s my favorite (summer) race and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge – whatever distance you choose. (Except the Out & Back. Not recommended!)”
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It’s all about community.
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 $110,000 to the trail-builders of RAMBA, NTN, Sisu Dirt Crews, WinMan and the DCNT.
- We also support youth adventure programs in three communities, investing over $35,000 this year alone in equipment, training, and gear to remove barriers for all kids. Our summer and after-school programs now have over 350 participants, and spots fill up as quickly as Marji Gesick. There is a need we’re trying to fill: to connect kids with their communities and get them off devices.