50-Mile “Not Fun” Run

The Wilderness Ultra


Crusher isn’t run by a large event company. We don’t have a marketing team, in fact, our team is comprised of just two people and a bunch of passionate volunteers. 906 Adventure Team (the non-profit that produces the Crusher), is dedicated to empowering people to discover the best version of themselves through outdoor adventure, and we do it by providing unique adventure experiences for adults (Polar Roll, Crusher, Marji Gesick) and youth (Adventure Bike Club, 500+ kids in 2021!).

On Monday June 7th, 2021, Marc Salm, Kelsy Kellerman, and myself completed a 1,624-mile off-road circumnavigation of the Upper Peninsula. Liz Belt was with us until Marquette. All four of us are Crusher alumni. I thought about Crusher (the event) and Crushers (you) every day (16.5-days total). The experience has changed my perspective on life, what it means to be successful, and how to achieve it. We spend too much time comparing ourselves to others and worrying about what they think. We sell ourselves short. I see it at bike club with the kids, and I see it at the events with adults. We’re constantly being told what we are worth based on how fast or slow we made it to the finish line. Take my advice – forget about the fucking finish line. Dedicate yourself to getting ready, putting in the time, and doing the work. If you’re not signing up for things that scare you… you ain’t living! I once had a competitor tell me “I’ve never quit nothing in my life!”. So I asked if that record included a finish at Marji, and she said “Oh, no! I’d never do that. It’s too hard.” Ya…. #quitter.

The beauty of this event comes down to two simple questions: Did you claim a green dot (finish)? And what are you gonna do to finish the job, if you didn’t? How many events can you attempt, not finish, and go back for a second crack at it in the same year? Not many. How many events can you do around your schedule? Not many. How many events can you do and not see another human all day? Not many. How many events are gonna push you the way Crusher will? NOT MANY.

It’s YOU vs. YOU. Get ready.


We want to be very clear: the course is not marked. We will provide a GPX-file. For research read the stories of the participants from The Crusher Ultra Run 2019.

BE ADVISED. Crusher-EX is a new, never-done-before route.


All event participants are required to follow the self-supported ethos, take photos at checkpoints and to abide by the rules. GPS is mandatory. The course is not marked. Recommended gear lists are provided and may be updated prior to the race.


Your passport is your race plate. Need a number on the front of your bike? You’re in the wrong place. Do not lose your passport. You need your passport. It contains: checkpoint info, the rules, event info, and we can guarantee at least 51% of the information provided is accurate. .


Date: Complete your CrusherEX event anytime between July 1st – October 1, 2021.

Where: All events leave from Al Quaal in Ishpeming.

Time: You can start any time, just think it through, and understand how it impacts when you might be in the dark.

Beacons: We’re working with Trackleaders again. 225P2P riders will get their beacons at basecamp in Copper Harbor Friday night before we start. EX riders will need to request a beacon via this form.

Checkpoint selfies: This is important. Selfies are required at specific checkpoints. Your passport will contain all the info.  Checkpoint selfies will be required with your ride file to verify completion of your CrusherEX event. Email to: events@906adventureteam.com.

Ride file: Email a link to your ride file and make sure you have your privacy settings set so we can view the ride.. We may be able to use your tracker file assuming you used one, assuming it worked. We recommend navigation redundancy!


225P2P = 36 hours

225EX = 36 hours

100EX Run = 36 hours

100EX Bike = 24 hours

50EX Run = 24 hours

40EX = 12 hours

Team = 12 hours


  • GPS IS MANDATORY… but we won’t know if you don’t have one.
  • GPX-files will be provided by the event prior to race day.
  • The course IS NOT MARKED.
  • Cell service is unreliable, if not impossible.


Neutral support allowed. Offer to all Crushers. Help each other out.

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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