Northern Michigan Events: Registration for the 2012 M22 Challenge, a multi-sport competition consisting of running, biking and kayaking held annually at Northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, filled up in a mere 1.5 hours after opening. For those who weren't able to get their name on the roster, there are still plenty of ways to stay involved.
Be a part of the 2012 M22 Challenge by volunteering. Volunteers are needed to ensure a safe and fun competition, and everyone is welcome. Join in the action and admire Sleeping Bear Dunes' beautiful scenery without breaking a sweat (or if anything, just a little one!). Click here to volunteer.
New for 2012 is the M22 Kids Challenge to Benefit Carter's Kids, with Traverse City native Carter Ooseterhouse. The M-22 Kids Challenge will begin at 1pm on June 9th, immediately following the M-22 Challenge Awards Ceremony and will consist of a run, bike and dune climb for two age divisions: ages 8-11 and ages 12-15. Registration for the M-22 Kids Challenge is now open and is $40 per child.
Proceeds from the M-22 Kids Challenge will go to Carter’s Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth. The organization's purpose is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces.
"My team and I collaborate closely with the neighborhood kids as they are active participants in the building process from beginning to end," says founder, home improvement TV show celeb and Traverse City-born Carter Oosterhouse. "They assist in planning, developing and executing the playground or youth center."
The collaborative effort gets them active and creates a connection with the kids and their “space” so that they gain that sense of ownership and care for a place that they helped build.