YOU vs. YOU.
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.
Total Adventure. No course markings. In fact, no course. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture as many checkpoints, as fast as you can, and return to basecamp. Teams decide where they go and how they get there. Checkpoints can be captured in any order. Navigation by GPS unit, map reading, and orientation skills will benefit you greatly. We consider the Team Adventure to favor the thinking man and woman.
All event participants are required to know 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.