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2019sat16mar10:00 amWaterloo G & G presented by Short's Brewing Company50K · 100K · 10 Mile Grit and Gravel Ride10:00 am EST Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd.Event Type :BikeRegister Now!Volunteer Signup !

Winter dressed cyclists coming out over the start line

Event Details

Grit on the Gravel of the 100K • 50K • 10 Mile

Short's Brewing Epic Races Sponsor Waterloo Grit and Gravel

A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Kick off the cycling season by gritting on the gravel with Epic Races and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for a truly amazing experience: Waterloo G & G! This amazing adventure, will take you through the wilds of Lower Michigan’s largest park, where pristine forests, rolling glacial terrain, and sparkling lakes provide a breathtaking backdrop for the cycling experience of a lifetime.

Given Waterloo Recreational Area’s glacial history, the bike courses will vary from rolling hill climbs and swift descents to winding curves and rare straightaways. Some of the roads will be paved. Some of the roads may be patched. Most of the roads will be dirt and rock. There may even be mud, ice, and snow. Expect to get dusty. Expect to get grimy. Expect to have the time of your life! Waterloo G & G is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.

100K: 2 loops that wind through Waterloo’s more than 20,000 acres. Note: 100K participants must complete the first 50K loop by the 12:30 PM cut-off time.

50K: Condenses the best that the 100K offers into half the distance (one loop)

10-mile non-competitive, untimed: a little bit of everything!

All courses run counterclockwise, turning left onto Seymour Road from Portage Lake, then right on List.

Post race party presented by Short’s Brewing Company!

Please note: this event caps at 700 participants!


G & G Swag… aka… What you get:
>Chip Timing with Freaky Fast Results (100K and 5K only)
>Fabulous Finisher’s Pint Glass
>Signature Water Bottle
>Free Race Photos compliments of Epic Races
>Yummy Post-Race snacks and additional snacks available for purchase from Ray’s Red Hots

2018 Swag... 2019 coming soon and promises to be equally as cool!

Fraser Bike will be on course providing support.


epic races happy planet runningThe event is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!

Participants registered for one of these three special bike categories are not eligible for open-division awards.


8:00 am - 9:45 am Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration

9:50 am Race Announcements

10:00 am Start: 100K

10:20 am 50K Starts

10:45 a.m. Start: 10 Mile

11:00 am Post race party begins (approximate time)

12:30 pm 50K Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

2:00 pm 100K Awards Ceremony (approximate time)

3:30 pm Official event closes


50K & 100K (2 loops) Maps

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10 Mile

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Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):

18 and under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


1st-3rd Place Overall Male/Female

Top 5 in each in each age-group


1st-3rd Place Overall Male/Female

Top 5 in each in each age-group

Fat Bike, Single Speed & Tandem Categories

1st-3rd Place Overall Male/Female

1st in each age-group category

  • FAQ’s:

I signed up for one distance but I think that the other distance is more my speed. Can I switch?

You can switch events — by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. If you are transferring to a more expensive event, you will be charged for the difference in price between the events.

Where do I park on race morning?

Plenty of parking will be available at the park! You will need a Recreation Passport which can be purchased at the park race day if you already don’t have it on your Michigan Registration tab.

What happens if it is raining or snowing on race morning?

All Epic Races will be held, rain, snow, or shine.

I can no longer participate.How do I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please click this link.  You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Policy Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by Waterloo G&G. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions.  Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

How do I confirm my registration?

Click here and click the blue Find a Participant button, then look yourself up.

Can somebody else pick up my packet for me?

Yes! Friday, March 15 – Packet Pick-Up will be from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. at Epic Races HQ 600 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Saturday, March 16 – Packet pick-up will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. under the white tent at Portage Lake State Park. Make sure they have a copy of your drivers license so we can confirm its for you!

I wasn't able to stay for the awards ceremony. Where can I get my award?

Send us a self, addressed, stamped 9 x 12 envelope (please have $5.00 postage affixed to your envelope) and we will send your award!


SASE Epic Races awards



  • Friday, March 15 – Packet Pick-Up will be from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00p.m. at Epic Races HQ 600 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
  • Saturday, March 16 – Packet pick-up will be from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. under the white tent at Portage Lake State Park.






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